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  • Evolution: An Enlightenment View, by John White | Thank God For Evolution
    each species is a special creation by God rather than an evolutionary emergent brought into existence by acts of a supernatural Creator using special processes which are not operative today according to Dr Duane T Gish in Evolution The Fossils Say No Creation Life Publishers San Diego CA 1978 They point to alleged flaws in the theory of evolution arising from Darwin s On the Origin of Species and call their position creation science Their position as expressed by Dr Jonathan Sarfati in Refuting Evolution Master Books P O Box 727 Green Forest AR 72638 is this A God who created by evolution is for all practical purposes indistinguishable from no God at all p 22 He adds Evolution is a philosophy trying to explain everything without God p 91 Creation scientists seek to refute Darwinism because they see it and science in general as mis guided by a philosophy of atheistic materialism which holds that life arose from a chance arrangement of matter They are correct in that perception although it would be more accurate to call that philosophy scientism not science However from the point of view of enlightenment traditions all that is irrelevant Darwin may be wrong partly or even totally so but evolution does not rise or fall upon him Evolution per se is what the Declaration of Independence would call self evident truth derived from nature s God Everywhere we look in nature there is development and growth through sequenced and invariant stages and that growth development is always unidirectional Moreover the fossil record shows that the history of life what science calls macroevolution is a history of older simpler forms being succeeded by newer more complex forms Precisely how the newer more complex forms emerge is perhaps still to be discovered by science but their emergence itself is inarguable Mammals for example are not found in the fossil record prior to fishes and reptiles nor is Homo sapiens found in the fossil record prior to other less advanced hominid forms Creation science acknowledges that claiming the newer more complex forms are special creations including the various human forms rather than emergents arising through Darwinian natural selection I have no problem with that creationist claim From my perspective it doesn t matter whether the various human species were natural mutations or special creations As I see it evolution is divinely initiated divinely guided and divinely destined God is the motive force of all history including evolutionary history So evolution is really another mode of God s action in nature That does not change whether Darwin is ultimately proven right or wrong i e whether natural selection mutation or special creation eventually supplies the mechanism by which new species arrive on scene From the point of view of enlightenment science s godless chance mutation is actually God s special creation occurring through processes which simply are not yet fully perceived and understood by science That means official science doesn t yet see the hidden hand of

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    Advancement of Science AAAS author of Darwin s Gift to Science and Religion Home The Book Introduction Nobel Endorsements The Author Author s Promises Free Chapter Audiobook Table of Contents Study Guides FAQ Resources The Great Story Huffington Post Blog News Recent Archives Blog Recent Archives Huffington Post Blog Get Involved Evangelize Posters Flyers Donate Testimonials Subscribe Study Guides Media Audio Video Flyers Posters Schedule Store The Great Story Search

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  • "A Dying Breath on a Bloody Battlefield": A Civil War Ancestor Meditation, by Jon Host | Thank God For Evolution
    Ancestors to live in the American Civil War whether slave or free Hold that in your mind for a moment Try running a google image search on say civil war battle or if you re brave civil war POW Plus the soldiers about 20 of who died of course weren t the only ones who suffered For most of us our great great great grandma Mary had to be told as a young child that daddy would never come home or as a lovestruck 22 year old that her beloved new husband George was gone forever and that she d have to raise baby Anne you great great great great grandma alone Yet they grew up swallowed their pain and raised your great great grandparents Within a couple generations that pain was forgotten Those and many other powerful stories are as real as our lives today even though the details have been lost in the mists of time You exist today because through love and struggle they survived and in most cases gave their kids the best life they could We too easily forget that we stand on a mountain of love and struggle from thousands of loving Ancestors who often gave their whole lives of hardship just to make it by Because we don t know the details we forget that those lives existed For me an awareness of those lives fills me with gratitude every day for all I am and all I have It lifts me up when faced with hardship reminding me that I come from a long line of success stories filled with noble Ancestors who faced down hardships at least as severe as whatever I m facing today in this recession who persevered again and again As the Civil War plays out in 150thAnniversaries over the next four years each one will be a new reminder to me of the struggles of some of my Ancestors Along with thoughts of my trillions of other Ancestors these will continue to be a source of strength and gratitude Will you remember them on July 21st Bull Run July 21 Wilson Creek August 10 Fort Donelson February 16 the next year Shiloh April 6 2nd Bull Run August 29 Antietam September 17th and more Jon Cleland Host Footnotes 1 To estimate the likelihood of a MCWA actually being a soldier simply divide the size of the Union and Confederate armies 2 and 1 million respectively by the number of males ages 18 45 Estimates of the number of males ages 18 45 in 1861 are around 3 8 million for the Union 3 5 million white 3 million African American for about 2 3 8 or a 50 Union enlistment rate and around 1 million males ages 18 45 in 1861 for the Confederacy giving a Confederate enlistment rate conservatively well over 80 Data from U S Civil War 150th Anniversary Reference Guide compiled by Bill Lucey using The Civil War Day by Day An Almanac 1861

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    s Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives Home The Book Introduction Nobel Endorsements The Author Author s Promises Free Chapter Audiobook Table of Contents Study Guides FAQ Resources The Great Story Huffington Post Blog News Recent Archives Blog Recent Archives Huffington Post Blog Get Involved Evangelize Posters Flyers Donate Testimonials Subscribe Study Guides Media Audio Video Flyers Posters Schedule Store The Great Story Search Create new

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  • 7 Big Picture / Great Story Affirmations | Thank God For Evolution
    struggle for existence has been and even still is yet as far as the highest part of man s nature is concerned there are other agencies more important For the moral qualities are advanced either directly or indirectly much more through the effects of habit the reasoning powers instruction religion etc than through natural selection CHARLES DARWIN Words create worlds What we habitually tell ourselves and others about the nature of reality profoundly influences the quality of our lives and relationships Replacing outmoded ways of thinking with inspiring evidence based concepts can be transformative The following affirmations may assist you in integrating The Great Story into your life and habitual ways of being in the world As you read or better yet read them aloud I invite you to pause after each and notice if anything opens up for you Consider the statement long enough to begin to feel it Edit or adapt them however you d like Memorized even just one or two of these affirmations can influence how you habitually see your inner and outer world 1 I am an interdependent cell within the body of Life Everything I see hear and feel is part of me part of my larger Self my true Nature 2 I am the sum total of 14 billion years of unbroken evolutionary development now reflecting on its immense journey I am graced by a growing awareness of the awesome implications of my larger sacred story 3 I am one with the living face of evolution I participate in and as the ongoing emergence of the Universe and planet Earth I do so with courage compassion gratitude and care full action 4 I feel a deep connection to the whole of reality I know that my breathing seeing hearing and feeling are acts

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