“Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them” Psalm 111:2
Welcome to Letters to Creationists. This represents my attempt to parse reality: what things happen in accord with natural laws, and what is supernatural? Two major themes are creation/evolution and present-day miracles. My working hypothesis is that all events since the Big Bang have unfolded according to the observed regularities known as “natural laws,” unless there is some personal interaction between God and a human. This militates against most forms of special creation, but allows for miracles in situations where faith and covenantal significance are involved. All the facts seem to align with this hypothesis, but it is of course open to correction. My personal faith journey is described in Evolution and Faith: My Story, Part 1.
Layout of blog: Recent posts are listed along the right-hand side of the blog window, newest at the top. Longer essays are listed across the top of the window. I post a new article (very roughly) about once a month, mainly on faith/science but also on other random topics. There is a “Follow” button at bottom right, if you want to get email notification of a new article. (WordPress sometimes inserts ads in articles, for which I receive no remuneration).
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Here is a listing of some of the more popular articles on this blog, grouped by topic:
The Cambrian Explosion (Reviews of “Darwin’s Doubt”)
“Big Daddy” Chick Tract: The Most Widely-Distributed Anti-Evolution Publication (Shows intermediate fossils between apes and modern humans)
Link to “Science Meets Religion” site by David H. Bailey; tackles many evolution/ID issues, including genetics/information issues like irreducible complexity and generating novel genetic features
Early Church Fathers: Excerpts From Christian Writings, 100-200 A.D. (including observations on the natural world)
Evolution and Faith: My Story, Part 2 (summarizes ways to interpret Genesis in the light of evolution)
The Historicity of Jesus (Assesses historical documentation of his life and teachings)
What’s In the Bible? (Describes contents of the various sections of the Bible)
The Atonement Wars: What the Church Fathers Actually Wrote (Modern attacks on Jesus taking penalty for our sins; what the earliest “church fathers” wrote on on this)
Church Fathers on Atonement (detailed treatment 2nd-4th century Christian authors)
History and Cultural Context of Creationism
Exposing the Roots of Young Earth Creationism (traces the origin of Young Earth “Flood geology” back to nineteenth-century Adventist cult prophetess Ellen White)
A Creationist Speaker Comes to Town (I attend and assess a talk by Jonathan Sarfati)
Overview of the U. S. Monetary System (What is money and how it is created; interactions of the Treasury, the Federal Reserve, and commercial banks; government and trade deficits)
Work of the American Scientific Affiliation or Its Members
“Disciple Science” New Podcast and YouTube Channel on Integrating Faith and Science, by Dale Gentry
Long-time evangelical Christian, interested in everything, including science, miracles, gardening, and macro-economics. B.A. in Near Eastern Studies, a year at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a year working as a plumber and a lab technician. Then a B.S.E. and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering. Since then, have conducted research in an industrial laboratory. Published a number of papers on heterogeneous catalysis, and am an inventor on over 100 U.S. patents in diverse technical areas.