Item description for Creation: Facts of Life (Revised & Updated) by Gary Parker...
Overview What happens when an evolutionary biologist is overwhelmed with scientific evidences of God's plan in nature? After three years of trying to "prove evolution" to skeptical professors in his science department, Gary Parker finally realized that the scientific evidence we see in God's world agrees with what we read in God's Word. In Creation Facts of Life, Dr. Parker respectfully describes the evidences he once used to "preach" evolution - but then he explains how the "rest of the evidence" points away from evolution and toward a perfect world created by God, ruined by man, restored to new life in Christ! In easy-to-follow conversational style, Dr. Parker discusses: DNA and genetics Life Before birth Mutations Adaptations Natural Selection Fossils The Geologic Column The Grand Canyon
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Studio: New Leaf Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.42" Width: 5.34" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Oct 20, 2006
Publisher New Leaf Press/Master Books
ISBN 0890514925 ISBN13 9780890514924
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More About Gary Parker
Gary E. Parker is the best-selling author of ten novels and three novellas, including "Secret Tides" and "Fateful Journeys". A Christy Award finalist, Parker has become CBA's source for sweeping sagas of faith and family. A PhD graduate of Baylor University, he serves as the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Decatur, Georgia, and lives there with his wife, Melody, and daughters, Andrea and Ashley.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Creation: Facts of Life (Revised & Updated)?
Evidence for Creation or where the beef really is May 17, 2007
Evolution is based on faith, bias and obstinacy. Creation is based on logic demonstrated through evidence and facts. This book is the definitive one (it can't get any better) to finally vote for Creationism as against Evolution (that is, macro-evolution). You won't need any more books because you won't have any more doubts.
Evolutionists would still have us believe that the sun moves around the Earth simply because they have to justify their salaries. But they never convince, they threaten and insult, that they do well. Next thing they will have us believe that Princes come from frogs, if you only kiss them for three million years. I am not an ultra-conservative or anti-utopian person. I am open-minded enough and willing to give evolution a chance if I see some evidence, just as I would believe in the goodness of Marxism if I could see it work somewhere (and Castro would just quit). But it ain't the case, Chase.
There are a lot of questions that strict evolutionists don't know how to answer, even by 2007 and, however, they are absolutely obstinate about being right. "In evolutionary thinking, chance and struggle produce 'new and improved' forms of life. In biblical thinking, chance and struggle produce disease, decline and death."
The author himself was an evolutionist before he decided to check the facts from a biblical perspective. It took him three years to change his mind and fully believe that the Bible is the best guide to understanding God's world. This book is written by a scientist who became a Christian. It is written in an easy to understand language, full of facts, quotes from other leading scientists, and lots of investigation on fields like biology, genetics to paleontology (and don't tell me you're smarter than him, that won't do).
Evolutionists don't even explain why horses, dogs or fish have stopped evolving, if they ever evolved -which they haven't, otherwise why have they stopped?-. Evolution does not trespass barriers between species. There are different "varieties" of dogs, but they are still dogs. Animals just become more adapted and fitted to their particular environment. The change is only within kind, not from one kind to others. "Natural selection does not explain the origin of species or traits, but only their preservation. Lewontin ... recognizes that 'natural selection operates essentially to enable the organisms to maintain their state rather than to improve it'. "
There is the false idea that mutations in the genes are the motor of transformation, but: "mutations presuppose creation. After all, mutations are only changes in genes that already exist."
There's a warning in this book against trying to become a peacemaker between evolutionists and creationists while being a Christian. The author himself had been through that stage. He tried to convince himself that evolution told us how God did it. The reason for the warning: "Darwin described the evolutionary process (as) ... the 'war of nature, famine, and death'. Evolution is a gruesome cycle of struggle-and-death." But "God even tells us that He was 'grieved to His heart by the violence and corruption' that filled the earth after people turned away from Him (Genesis 6:5-6). If God was grieved by violence and corruption, how could He use it as His means of creation? ... Evolution is the opposite of the whole Gospel message."
"great variation within kind ("micro-evolution") by itself could never, even in infinite time, lead to macro-evolution." That is, small changes don't just add up continuously.
The chapter about fossils is very relevant. The Neanderthals, who were supposed to be our ancestors, are now considered to be -even by evolutionists- no more different from people living today (and I think know those people). Somebody owes an apology to Mr Neanderthal. But these nice Neanderthals were not the only ones so ill-treated by our racists of laboratory: The Tasmanian aborigines were once considered also as a subhuman evolutionary link. Then there's the Piltdown hoax. Why did that happen? " ... people (just) wanted to believe in evolution". Kind of what happend with the infamous Da Vinci Code: people just want to believe it. Then the author discusses the Lucy bones, and the Austrolopitecus (forgive my spelling) and that does more than convince me.
A final word: More evolutionary fantasy is not going to help us, folks. In Spain one chimp already ran for president and won (he's known as the Spanish Mr Bean), and things are getting pretty hair-raising here. Those who are not into any monkey business will soon end up as second rate citizens in a cage. And no banana.
The BEST!!! Jan 2, 2007
I never really understood evolutionary theories until I read this book. That is because I simply accepted - on FAITH - that all those scientists couldn't possibly be mistaken, without really examining things like statistical probabilites, actual fossil evidence and so on and on. To truly be fair minded, one summer I decided to look at the creationist point of view. As I said, I never really understood evolution before. I had to really stop and think and re-read quite a few passages and chapters in this book. This was not because it was difficult to understand, as it is extremely easy to understand, it's just that I had to stop and reflect on what I had been taught, and had accepted, in the light of scientific facts. When it all sank in on me and I saw how UNscientific evolution is, I had one of the biggest belly laughs of my adult life, just seeing the absurdity of it all. At the same time I felt such a sense of wonder at creation. And such a sense of sadness...The miraculousness of life had been, in a sense, stolen from me. If you only read one book on Creationism, mho, this is it. You will never see evolution, the world, or possibly yourself, the same.
Creation: Faux Facts of Life (Revised and Updated) Sep 23, 2006
In the rubber band reality of Answers in Genesis (AiG) newspeak "Revised and Updated" means "same old strawmen, same old quote mining, and same old slanders - but hey we redesigned the cover and threw in some old arguments from the late 1800s that were refuted over a century ago."
Gary Parker, Ed.D. is back with a logic-free lacuna of magical thinking driven by a hallucinogenic "Statement of Faith" that includes the following:
BASICS ARTICLE 3: "The account of origins presented in Genesis is a simple but factual presentation of actual events and therefore provides a reliable framework for scientific research into the question of the origin and history of life, mankind, the Earth and the universe."
GENERAL ARTICLE 6: "No apparent, perceived or claimed evidence in any field, including history and chronology, can be valid if it contradicts the Scriptural record."
This conceptual straightjacket routinely produces ludicrous results. How can anyone claim the creation of the universe occurred 2,500 years after archaeological and written evidence proves the Babylonians and Sumerians learned to brew beer.
Parker plumbs new depths of dishonesty when he blood libels evolution proponents by claiming that they are responsible for crimes against humanity ranging from racism to genocide. Parker's poster boy - Henry Fairfield Osborn - was a noted geologist and paleontologist. He was also a silly eugenicist who believed in "Orthogenesis," a pseudoscientific hypothesis (rather like creationism) that life has an innate tendency to move in a purposeful direction due to some internal or external "driving force." Parker knows that proponents of orthogenesis explicitly reject evolution by natural selection and cannot be considered "Darwinists," but what's another lie for Jesus. Slander continues when he blames "evolutionists" for the genocidal slaughter of Tasmanian Aborigines. Riddle me this Dr. Parker: since the British began slaughtering the indigenous human population of Tasmania in 1804 how can you blame this tragedy on Darwin's publication of "On the Origin of Species" in 1859?
Every chapter of "Creation: Facts of Life" self-destructs when exposed to reason. The scientific method, based on methodological naturalism (in simple English: explore natural causes to explain natural phenomena), hypothesis, theory, prediction, and experimental verification or falsification has overthrown irrational dogmas fueled by absolutist superstitions, priestly hocus-pocus, and unverifiable special revelation. Science changed the rules of the game because it won the debate and dishonest apologetics - such as this book - have to dress up their cherished fables and imaginary friends in faux lab coats to maintain a fig leaf of credibility.
Here is a verbatim quote that reflects the overwhelming consensus view of biologists and other scientists. You won't find it in this book:
"Nothing in Biology makes sense except in the light of evolution." - Theodosius Dobzhansky, biologist and Greek Orthodox Christian.
And a perspicacious observation on the manufactured darkness that constitutes AiG's stock-in-tirade:
"The researches of many commentators have already thrown much darkness on this subject, and it is probable that, if they continue, we shall soon know nothing at all about it." - Mark Twain.
Creation: Faux Facts of Life Sep 14, 2006
"The researchers of many commentators have already thrown much darkness on this subject, and it is probable that, if they continue, we shall soon know nothing at all about it." - Mark Twain
Dr. Gary Parker throws steaming piles of crank "scientific creationism" darkness on the subject of origins throughout "Creation: Facts of Life." How can anyone claim the creation of the universe occurred 2,500 years after archaeological and written evidence proves the Babylonians and Sumerians learned to brew beer?
This hodgepodge of hokum targets people "who love science" - and then proceeds to rape everything science stands for. Why does Parker even bother? He already claims to possess an inerrant and infallible book that provides a ringside seat to creation itself, written by an omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent deity.
Unfortunately for Parker the world has grown up. Extraordinary claims now require extraordinary proof. Religious arguments from authority consisting of nothing more than utterly fantastic just-so stories, however special their purported revelation, are widely viewed as the superstitious ravings of various (and utterly anonymous) Bronze to Iron Age shamans and itinerant mystics. Myth, however poetic and allegorically meaningful, no longer frames the debate.
The Scientific method, based on methodological naturalism (in simple English: explore natural causes to explain natural phenomena), hypothesis, theory, prediction, and experimental verification or falsification, has overthrown irrational dogmas fueled by absolutist superstitions, priestly hocus-pocus, and unverifiable special revelation. Science changed the rules of the game because it won the debate and dishonest apologetics - such as this book - have to dress up their cherished fables and imaginary friends in faux lab coats to maintain a fig leaf of credibility
In a vacuous attempt to overthrow 200+ plus years of scientific advances that deliver actual, rather than fanciful miracles, Parker shamelessly pulls every tawdry trick from the tired creationist playbook. Parker deliberately conflates multiple theories, builds a strawman caricature of the questionable composite, and proceeds to attack it with fallacious logic, out of context quote-mined soundbytes, and dishonest appraisals of research findings and experimental results.
Here is a verbatim quote that reflects the overwhelming consensus view of biologists and other scientists. You won't find it in this book:
"Nothing in Biology makes sense except in the light of evolution." - Theodosius Dobzhansky
And nothing presented in "Creation: Facts of Life" will cause any careful or scientifically literate reader to question Dobzhansky's statement.
Presents the Evidence in a Logical Manner Oct 24, 2005
Professor Parker follows the evidence where it leads him. As an evolutionist who was challenged to examine data for himself, he concluded the preponderance of the evidence clearly led any objective observer to the conclustion that creationism cannot be denied. He confesses that he was so indoctrinated it took him three years before he fully made the transition. He explains in a step by step manner how each argument made by those still clinging to the outdated theory of Darwin are wrong. He even discusses where evolutionists disagree with each other. The issue of the myth of evidence supporting evolution is a fallacy.
"Evolution is based on genetics that have never been observed and fossils that have never been found," he writes. He explains that scientists are aware that material contained in the vast majority of textbooks is blatantly incorrect! Even knowledgeable people who are secularists are aware of this travesty. He challenges people to be open minded and ponder the evidence for themselves.