Author Archives: Paul Taylor

33 The Lost World of Exegesis

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The Lost World series of books, produced by writers for BioLogos, includes a book called The Lost World of the Flood. We show how the authors claim to have a high view of Scripture, but in fact it is a very low view of Scripture.

We also address Day 3 of creation, in our series about Genesis.

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32 Illogical Arguments on Creation

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There are comments on the legacy, as regards the creation vs evolution debate, of Dr. Norman Geisler. Then we discuss the lack of logic in William Lane Craig’s answers on evolution.

Finally, we discuss what God did on Day 2 of creation, using information from my upcoming commentary on Genesis.

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The god of the Kalam Cosmological Argument

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William Lane Craig states the “proof”, known as the Kalam Cosmological Argument, in the following syllogism:

The kalam cosmological argument may be formulated as follows:

  1. Whatever begins to exist has a cause.
  2. The universe began to exist.
  3. Therefore, the universe has a cause.1

The starting point for Lane’s argument is that he believes the first premise is self-evident.

Premise (1) seems obviously true—at the least, more so than its negation. First and foremost, it’s rooted in the metaphysical intuition that something cannot come into being from nothing. To suggest that things could just pop into being uncaused out of nothing is to quit doing serious metaphysics and to resort to magic. Second, if things really could come into being uncaused out of nothing, then it becomes inexplicable why just anything and everything do not come into existence uncaused from nothing. Finally, the first premise is constantly confirmed in our experience. Atheists who are scientific naturalists thus have the strongest of motivations to accept it.2

Lane then spends many pages, locking horns with a variety of atheists who deny premise 1, which he believes is self-evident. After all this argument, which becomes highly sophisticated, including a discussion on the mathematical difference between an actual infinity and a potential infinity, all he has achieved is to prove, in his own mind, that the universe has a cause, and he presumes that cause to be God.

It sounds as if I am about to dismiss a huge chunk of Lane’s discussion as if it were wrong. I am not dismissing it on those grounds. I am dismissing it from this portion of my book, on the grounds that the evidence that he provides is irrelevant. The fact that he has to address the objections of so many atheists to arguments that he makes indicates that he is on the wrong path. It is not that his discussion is uninteresting. There is a different context, to be discussed later in this book, where his discussion will be relevant. But it is not relevant as a proof of God, because it self-evidently fails.

Following Lane’s long defense of the first premise, he then spends a considerable amount of time, analyzing the conclusion (3), that “the universe has a cause”, and tries to discuss the nature of that cause (i.e. God) without reference to the Bible.

On the basis of a conceptual analysis of the conclusion implied by the kalam cosmological argument, we may therefore infer that a personal Creator of the universe exists, who is uncaused, beginningless, changeless, immaterial, timeless, spaceless, and unimaginably powerful. This, as Thomas Aquinas was wont to remark, is what everybody means by “God.”3

With respect, this is not what is meant by “God”. Indeed, the idea of what is meant by “God”, in quotation marks, is irrelevant. I am not interested in “God”. I am interested in God. Non of this extra-biblical discussion reveals God to be loving, holy, merciful, or, for that matter, angry with sin. Yet, we must remind ourselves, that these things are precisely what the apostle Paul has told us are part of the nature of God, revealed to every single person who lives, from the creation of the world. In other words, the Kalum Cosmological god does not have the complete nature of the God of the Bible. Therefore, the KCA god is not the same as the God of the Bible. Therefore, the KCA god is a false god and an idol.

Now, I am aware that this makes some people angry. Am I saying that Lane does not believe in the God of the Bible? No, I am not saying that. And there are many Classical Apologists, who will do precisely the right thing in showing Christians from the Bible what God is like. I am simply pointing out that their argument for the existence of God is fallacious, wrong and unbiblical. It does not prove God. If it proves anything – and I have my doubts – it proves a form of theism; the existence of a probable god. The God of the Bible is not a probable god. He is the only God.

* – This material has been extracted from my book, Only Believe.


Footnotes

1. Craig, William Lane (2008). Reasonable Faith (3rd edition): Christian Truth and Apologetics (p. 111). Crossway. Kindle Edition.

2. ibid

3. ibid p.154

31 Creation Day One and a Terrible Textbook

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In this episode, we talk about upcoming events for the Mount St Helens Creation Center

We then address the publication of a theistic evolutionary textbook, written for students at Wheaton College and elsewhere, compiled by BioLogos.

Paul then discusses what happened on the First Day of Creation.

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Risen without a Doubt

Celebrate Easter at Mount St Helens

Please take the time to come to Creation Center, and watch some of this amazing video series on the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Each showing will last about 1 hour 15 minutes, including and questions afterwards. The video is a discussion between Eric Hovind and Tim Chaffey, and is in 6 parts; we will watch two of them.

The showings start at 6pm – Sunday April 14th and Sunday April 21st (Easter) 2019.

Click on the image to watch the trailer.

Center Volunteers

Being a volunteer at the Creation Center is fun! You get to meet interesting visitors, and have time to chat, as well as find out more for yourself about how creation and apologetics. You do not need to be an expert on the subjects of creation or the Bible. You just need to be able to point people to where our exhibits are.

Would you be able to help?

When I am taking groups on an excursion to the volcano, I have to close the Center for the day, unless I have a volunteer to look after it. Please consider volunteering, to help out. You will be shown how to operate the Point of Sale equipment, and also the Audio Visual equipment – and both of these tasks are easy.

If you think you could help out, please fill in the form below, and we will get back to you with some dates that we need to fill.

Volunteer Form

 

30 The Length of the Genesis Days

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In this episode, we talk about:

  • The Mountain Word Science curriculum – unit on Sound and Music
  • How to ask questions for the podcast to answer – podcast(at)mshcreationcenter.org

Paul discusses what the Bible teaches about the length of the days in Genesis 1.

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29 The Beginning of Day One

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In this episode, we talk about:

  • The Governor of Virginia’s comments on abortion.
  • My upcoming trip to Pensacola.
  • Our New Season Appeal
  • The Beginning of Day One

Paul discusses various forms of the so-called Gap Theory, and why it is biblically untenable.

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New Season Appeal 2019

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The new season for 2019 will be beginning soon. Already, we are taking bookings for excursions for the Summer. And, as often happens for ministries of our sort, the coffers are depleted from the long winter months when we get few visitors. So we are launching a special New Season Appeal, and asking that you will prayerfully consider helping us to meet these exciting new season goals.

For the new season, we are hoping to have a number of special things in place. Check out the gallery, and the descriptions below for details of what we are hoping to achieve.

Building Signs

The outside of our building looks so good, now that it has been painted. However, it now needs professional looking signs, that can easily be seen from the street. These are likely to cost about $3,000.

Presentation Area

The presentation area needs a partition sheet-rocking to the ceiling. Have a look at our gallery, so you can see what I mean. Then we need a large, permanent screen, and the projection equipment must be properly installed. Cost – about $500.

Displays

New displays cost money. It costs about $300 to get a museum standard display of four boards produced. Then we need new display stands, to show the displays off effectively. These cost about $500 each, and we probably need two.

Audio Features

I have been developing two audio displays. To complete these – one of which I built from a Raspberry Pi computer kit – will cost about $200 in parts.

Human Resources

Obviously, the most expensive cost for this Center is the human resource aspect. The only person who gets paid is the Director. Please help make sure that there are enough funds to pay him for the next couple of months.

Conclusion

So, you can see that we are likely to need a boost for the Center of about $10,000. Thank you for all your prayerful support in the past. Please pray that we can achieve this goal. Any funds collected through this appeal will go into our General Fund, and I will report back on how your gifts have been spent for each of the items mentioned above. Please use the special Giving Button above or click here for the special donations page.

 

28 New York and Imago Dei

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In this episode, we talk about:

  • Upcoming events in Washington state and Pensacola, FL
  • The so-called Reproductive Health Acts in New York state.

Paul explains in detail what the Bible and creationism has to say about abortion and the unborn child, and offers comment on the recent events in New York state.

Please keep tuned for further, more frequent episodes.