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Bryan College dropping support for Center for Origins Research

Bryan College has decided to stop funding the ‘Center for Origins Research’, which is not a good thing for creationist research.

Todd Wood himself, describes his job as:

I have long known that CORE is a luxury for a small, Christian college.  In fact, every time I described my job, people were always shocked to hear that an undergraduate institution like Bryan employed faculty to do research (my teaching load is a quarter of a standard teaching load).  I also long feared that financial hardship would spell the end of CORE, since luxuries are always the first to be cut from a budget.

Bryan College will support CORE until end June, and I sinserely hope that Todd Wood, his wife, and Roger Sanders find another way to secure funding for CORE or to obtain other jobs.

Although I not always agree with Todd Wood, he is one of few people who try to justify a creationist model by reason and science. That’s to be applauded.

Without Todd and others, creation biology wouldn’t be what it is today, and I hope that he will find a way to continu his research.

At the Panda’s Thumb Nick Matzke (who makes his career by dismissing creationism and ID ) also provides some commentary.

If you have any thoughts about this, please let me know in the comments.

Joachanan

Edited: 23-1-2013 because of interpretation mistake

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My plans for blogging in 2013

Last year I started blogging in August, and since then I have published 30 posts, and when I look back several posts stand out, at least in terms of viewership. The following list is ranked on viewership and you can judge yourself whether those are also the posts with the highest score in terms of quality.

Protein evolution – Two responses
Mediocre scientists
We will be there!
There are still several games in town..
Evolutionary stasis? – Change and abruptness
Biological Similarity – Why?
Falsification, scientific theory and creationism
Facts and interpretation
Allister Mcgrath on religion
Speedy evolution and extreme fast falsification
Junk DNA revisited – Implications for creation science
Strong attitudes in a debate
Transposable Elements, Epigenetics, and Genome Evolution
Pseudogenes are indeed (sometimes) functional
ENCODE: Exciting research but little consequences
Genomics
Have a nice Christmas – last blogpost of the year 2012
Adaptive evolution or not?
Fishing and Science – an Analogy
Overview
An interesting article
Stephen Jay Gould – 10 years after his death
Are there objective research questions?
Wonders of Creation – Birds of paradise
Why open access is needed in scientific creationism
Sadly my real name is going underground
The rotten tree of life – Introduction
Focusing on the details
Why another blog about science and religion?

In particular I enjoyed blogging in general and also in 2013 I plan to publish more and more about the creation/evolution debate. It is important that the voice of the creationists is heard on the web, and I will try to do that.

What I want to do more, are posts about developments in creation science. This year in August an important conference on creationism will be held, and I expect some nice insights for creation biology from that conference.

Of course I will be blogging about what interests me and as regular readers know, this will mostly cover molecular biology and genetics, which are after all, my fields of expertise.

Second, I am planning on publish some reviews of creationist literature in several series of posts. There is one book in particular, which involves several noteworthy insights about the evolution of morale, what I want to review in the coming months.

Another point of interest is the development in the ID-community, which in my opinion is changing more rapidly than imagined, and whether that is a good development remains to be seen. Besides that, I want to examine for myself what value there is in ID-ideas for the development of creation science.

What’s more important are the developments that are going to take place in creation biology. I am thrilled to be a creationist these days, when fascinating insights about evolution and molecular genetics are published everyday. We have to learn, in order to built a biblical view on creation. We have to search for, and take up every opportunity to develop a creationist theory which explains the origin and evolution of organisms.

Finally, I sure want to wish you all the best for a prosperous, successful and blessed 2013!

Sadly my real name is going underground

Although I think that anonymity on the web is not promoting a fair and honest exchange of ideas, and I am inclined to say that I should make my name known to the whole world, I choose not to do that.

Since my childhood I was online and participating in various discussions and communities on the internet. The internet age has its grip on me and will never let me go.

Still, based on what I see around me on websites that promote Intelligent Design or Creation the comments are rather harsh, with of course some exceptions. I do not know what the future holds for creation science, and I do not know which path I will have to choose in my career.

Currently I am a graduate student, who aspires a get an academic career in genetics or biotechnology. Although I think that my beliefs about the origin of life and my belief in a literal version of genesis do not put constrains that career, others tend to disagree with that. It is written in the words of famous evolutionists that creationist should not aspire an academic career. The creationist movement is categorized as science deniers and are not worthy to get any scientific education.

I live in Europe. In the USA people are more open towards creationist beliefs, except on most secular universities. In the USA there is a discussion and 40% beliefs that creation is true and that evolution did not occur. In Europe people do simply agree for almost 100% with evolutionary assumptions and conclusions.

For creationists that makes it difficult to get a degree in science. I am striving to be a competent scientists as I can be, but I have to be careful with my internet presence. I do not want my career ruined because I proclaimed my beliefs and though open on the World Wide Web. Just for assurance, hereby my name is not public anymore.

I know the disadvantages, but I think that for me personally the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. When this blog still exists in the future and I know which choices I have to make for my further career I will review my decision again.

But for now I will stick to this format. Sorry for that, but sadly, I do not see any other way.

Why another blog about science and religion?

Why another blog about science and religion? For thousands of years people thought about what science was, and still the debate is going strong. Many voices are living in the society, and many different opinions about the relation between religion and science are around.

But no one has given the final answer. A definitive answer has yet to be discovered. At least, if we look at the different opinions that are out there.

I define religion on this blog as Christianity, because I do not want to tell anything about religions like the Islam or Buddhism. I simply do not have the knowledge to say anything useful about that. This blog will therefore primarily be focused on religion in the christian way.

What do I believe? For starters, I believe in a God that created the earth in six (literal) days, and that on the seventh day he laid down and rested from his work. Second, I believe that mankind has fallen in the paradise, and that only little traces of knowledge and goodness are found in humans. Sin has a deterring function in society and in the lives of humans. Third, I belief in a God that has sent his Son to the earth to redeem mankind. I will not go further in detail about my faith, but I think this covers pretty well the basics.

This blog will primarily be written from a christian viewpoint, based on the above criteria. For me the Bible has absolute authority and I believe that it is Gods Word.

Good, enough about my viewpoints on that. What do I want to attribute to the debate about science and religion. First of all is it a search for knowledge and also an application of that knowledge to built a christian view on the relation of science and knowledge.

Second, my interests are within science, and I want to pursue a scientific career. My academic study leads me to uneven paths, in which I do not always want to follow, but where I sometimes have to set aside my own believes for an more ‘scientific’ approach (which by the way, I do not call science, but mainstream does it).

What can be found on this blog? I want to contribute to the fundamental debate about the science and religion debate. I know that this is philosophy, and that I do not know a lot about that, but in my opinion that makes me not less qualified to talk about those subjects. Second, I think that there is a big opportunity to explore a biblical model for science. Why? Because I think that everything is centered around the Word of God, and that means that there has to be answer to those questions.

There is more to say, but I will leave that for later posts.
Thanks for taking time to read this!