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“In the Beginning” is an overview of the creation – evolution question.  It’s designed to run for about 10 hours, on weekday evenings or on a weekend.  In it we cover:

bulletWhy is the creation – evolution question important?
bulletThe Bible and creation: should the Genesis account be taken literally or is it an allegory?
bulletDoes the fossil record support long-ages evolution or creation?
bulletThe Big Bang and the age of the earth.
bulletCould dinosaurs and humans have coexisted?
bulletIs it possible to form life from chemicals?
bulletTheories of evolution—ways in which evolution has supposedly taken place, and the problems with each.
bulletThe evolution of man: ape-men, frauds and shifting opinions.

Each class participant receives a manual which covers all of the subject matter taught, and includes other related issues.

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Short Topics for Evening or Sunday School Programs, Youth Groups, Bible Study Groups, etc.

Ø      Evolution or Creation?
A quick overview that examines the importance of the issue and its effect on our society.  Does it matter what we believe?  Do all scientists believe in evolution?  Is the Bible compatible with evolution?  What the textbooks don’t tell you about the controversy.  A look at the fossil record, the complexity of creation, and other areas of science show the impossibility of evolution.

Ø      The Heavens Declare His Glory
Do we live on an insignificant speck of dust in the universe, or are we a central part of God’s creation?  Did God use the Big Bang billions of years ago to create the cosmos?  The Big Bang model is fraught with problems, yet is accepted by most scientists in spite of them.  In this presentation we look at these problems and why most don’t question them.

If the universe is not billions of years old, how can we see light from distant stars?  We look at evidences for a young universe, and uniqueness of the earth and solar system.

Ø      Fossils and Creation
Where did the fossil-laden layers of sediment found all over the surface of the earth come from?  Did they take millions of years to form, or could they have formed quickly?  What does it take to form a fossil?

The “horse series” is found in most biology texts as a standard proof of evolution.  In this session we take a closer look at this evidence to see if it really proves anything.  We also look at the dating of rocks and fossils, “living fossils,” and evidences for recent catastrophe.

Ø      Noah’s Ark and the Genesis Flood
For many years scholars and scientists have scoffed at the notion of a worldwide flood as depicted in Genesis.  If there was such a flood, where could all the water have come from, and where did it go?  How could Noah have built an ark big enough to hold all the species of animals?  Were there dinosaurs aboard the ark?  We answer these questions in a biblical context, and also look at evidences for a worldwide flood, and possible location of the ark today.

Ø      Dinosaurs and Dragons
What were the dinosaurs like, and how do they fit in with biblical history?  What happened to them?  In this presentation we look at evidences in ancient accounts and folklore that they lived much more recently than 65 million years ago.  We also examine fossil evidences and artwork left by ancient peoples. 

Is it possible that some dinosaurs and other animals supposedly extinct for millions of years have survived until relatively recent times?  We’ll look at recent reports sightings of dinosaur-like creatures, as well as strange animals of the Old Testament.

Ø      Can We Trust the Bible?
Bible-believing Christians are often accused of believing in a flat earth or being anti-science.  Is the Bible compatible with modern science?  Or have scientific discoveries relegated the Bible to the status of myths and fairy tales?  The presentation on science and scripture shows how the Bible actually anticipated and provided the basis for scientific discoveries, while mainstream science has become materialistic and humanistic.
 
The presentation entitled Voices from the Past shows how archaeological discoveries have consistently verified the accuracy of both Old and New Testaments.  Accounts that were long criticized by liberal scholars, such as the Philistines and the conquest of Jericho are verified by recent discoveries.

Ø      Sex and Evolution
Does is really matter what a Christian believes about creation or evolution?  What does evolution have to do with the sexual revolution?  Starting with the Scopes Monkey Trial, this presentation shows how western culture has been heavily influenced by evolutionary thinking, including its effects on politics, business, and social systems. 

We also compare the two basic worldviews, and how these competing views have resulted in the culture war.  We see that evolution is actually a religion in its own right.  We also show that not all “real” scientists are evolutionists.

Ø      Ape-Men and Cave Men
Why is there so much ado about a few old bones?  Media bias has resulted in monkey business more than sound science.  The history of fossil hominid discoveries is littered with fraud, error, and shifting opinions.  In spite of the proclamations by National Geographic and other popular publications, the “proofs” of human evolution are anything but.

In this presentation we examine the claims of each of the prominent hominid finds to see how they stack up against the facts.  We see that we were made in God’s image rather than having evolved from hominids who’re still trying to shake off an apelike past.  We also look at cave men in light of biblical history.

Ø      Mammoths and the Ice Age
There are two mysteries that have intrigued scientists for hundreds of years:

§         What caused the ice age or ages?

§         What happened to the woolly mammoths and other ice-age animals?

Evolutionary science has yet to find satisfactory answers, but the Bible provides a basis for solutions that fit the evidence much better than current mainstream theories.

Were there many ice ages or just one?  What does it take to have an ice age?  Evidences left behind by the ice sheets provide clues.

Ø      Genesis and the Age of the Earth
The Bible says that God completed creation in just six days, but science texts and the popular media claim that the earth is 4.6 billion years old.  Which is right?  Does it matter?  Either Genesis is wrong or it must be interpreted figuratively.  If it’s wrong, then doubt is cast upon the rest of the Bible.  If we try to interpret it figuratively then it can be stretched to mean whatever current evolutionary thinking demands.

But hasn’t radiometric dating shown that the earth is very old?  It turns out that all dating methods are based upon certain assumptions, since no one knows the history of the rock or other object being measured.  These assumptions form the basis of the long ages obtained by radiometric measurements.  In this presentation we look at some of the many evidences for a young earth.

Ø      Miracles of Creation
Recent scientific discoveries, far from proving evolution, have underscored its impossibility.  In this presentation we explore the almost unimaginable complexity of God’s creation, from the inner workings of the cell and its components, to the amazing power of a bee’s brain, to the seemingly simple bird feather.  We also see that, rather than an insignificant speck of dust, we inhabit a special place in the universe.  These all go to show that Creation reflects the handiwork of the Designer, rather than just being the result of accidents in space and chance mutations.

 

All short presentations are fully illustrated.  Other topics are available upon request.  For more information, please contact Bruce Barton.

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