The Magnificent Marvels of Space
AnswersInGenesis.org, 9/25/22, “The Magnificent Marvels of Space” [Excerpts]: Stare up into the sky on a cloudless night, and you’ll see thousands of twinkling stars shining like tiny diamonds against the velvet background of space.... Astronomers (scientists who study space) are constantly making new discoveries in our solar system, some breathtakingly beautiful and others shockingly bizarre. The more we learn about our galaxy and its many mysteries, the more we marvel at our majestic, all-powerful God.
Studying the magnificent marvels of space reveals many mysteries about God’s cosmic creations. Unfortunately, many astronomers believe that what they see proves that our universe came into being without God’s help. But God’s Word says, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen:1:1). The same amazing things about space that scientists say prove evolution actually show us that only an intelligent Creator could bring about such wonders [that all work] together.
Responsible Statecraft: Let Iran Build Nukes
JihadWatch.org, 9/19/22, “Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft analyst: Let Iran build a nuclear weapon” [Excerpts]: Iran should be allowed to build a nuclear weapon, according to the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft’s newest hire, Roxane Farmanfarmaian.
Farmanfarmaian, a policy analyst who focuses on Iran, became a nonresident fellow at the isolationist think tank bankrolled by billionaires George Soros and Charles Koch. In a 2013 policy debate, Farmanfarmaian argued in favor of Iran building a nuclear bomb, saying the country would never use it to destroy Israel, even though the hardline regime has been threatening to do so for years and sponsors the top jihadist terrorists waging war on the Jewish state.
Farmanfarmaian joins a growing roster of Quincy Institute scholars who have pushed for increased engagement with Iran and promoted anti-Israel conspiracy theories from their perch at the think tank. This includes Trita Parsi, who formerly helmed the National Iranian American Council, a group accused of secretly lobbying on Iran’s behalf, and Stephen Walt, a longtime Israel critic who has pushed conspiracy theories about the Jewish state. Like many of her Quincy Institute colleagues, Farmanfarmaian has downplayed the threat posed by a nuclear-armed Iran and argued that Israel should learn to live with the threat of an Iranian bomb.
“If Iran was to bomb Israel, it would destroy Jerusalem, the third-holiest site in Islam,” Farmanfarmaian was quoted as saying during the debate, according to a press report published at the time. “It’s inconceivable that Iran would bomb Israel because it would isolate it...."
Fresh Dinosaur Tracks Revive Mysteries
ICR.org, 9/19/22, “Fresh Dinosaur Tracks Revive Rankling Mysteries” [Excerpts]: The University of California San Diego’s Droughts across north Texas dried the Paluxy River bed, famous for its dinosaur footprints. Ordinarily, the dinosaur tracks lie buried beneath water-covered mud, but dry conditions enabled workers to remove the mire that had long covered them at Dinosaur Valley State Park near Glen Rose. Reports of the newly exposed tracks revive the thrill of discovery as well as mysteries about these tracks.
For example, why are there dinosaur tracks instead of ones from other animals?
Were these dinosaurs the only creatures alive at that time? But that doesn’t square with fossil bone beds that preserve all kinds of creatures, including dinosaurs, birds, mammals, and fish jumbled together. A track-making model based on Noah’s Flood could help. Flood waters may have washed out all the possible track makers except those from creatures that were strong swimmers.
How did any tracks get preserved at all? Tracks rarely get preserved today, and never in the same conditions that the Glen Rose Limestone shows. The sediment must have begun just soft enough to deform when a multi-ton creature walked on it. Then it must have hardened within hours or days—soon enough to keep waves, wind, other creatures’ footsteps, worms, and clams from obliterating the tracks. Then, long before vegetation could take root to disorganize the ground and its tracks, new waters brought fresh sediment to cover the tracks. What was the world like when it could meet these conditions? And why were they walking on limestone which is a marine deposit? This means the dinosaurs were walking in the ocean!