Having devoted fourteen years (1994-2008) to the Creation/Evolution debate, including my own CreationEvolutionDesign Yahoo discussion group (2001-2005), and
[Right: "The Christian View of Science and Scripture" (1954), by the late Bernard L. Ramm (1916-1992). Next to the Bible, this book has been the most influential in founding my views on Creation/ Evolution/Design. Ramm was an early advocate of a form of Progressive Creation.]
completing a Biology degree (2000-2004), I had quite frankly become bored with Creation/Evolution/Design issues, and more interested in posting on my other two blogs The Shroud of Turin and Jesus is Jehovah!
One of the reasons for my loss of interest is that I am now even more persuaded that the evidence for Christianity being objectively true (i.e. true whether it is believed or not) is now so overwhelming (e.g. Daniels' 70 weeks and the Shroud of Turin), that some form of Creation must be true, and Progressive Creation best fits the Biblical and scientific evidence. And since Christianity is true, Evolution in "the standard scientific theory" sense "that `human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God had no part in this process.'" (Shermer, M.B., "The Gradual Illumination of the Mind," Scientific American, February, 2002. My emphasis) must be false.
I have decided toput my planned "Messianic Prophecy" series on the backburner, and start a series on on my theory of Progressive Mediate Creation (PMC). Factors that have played a part in this include two recent comments [here and here], especially the second one, to which I could not think of what to reply. I also feel that this my General Theory of Progressive Mediate Creation is, in the final analysis, all that I have to offer in the Creation/Evolution/Design debate.
I have fallen behind in my reading of Creation/Evolution/Design issues, so what I post may have been said better by someone else more recently, or may even be factually wrong. If that is the case, I ask that a reader will let me know in a comment under that post. And due to the Global Financial Crisis I have had to work as a high school relief (substitute, supply) teacher, mainly teaching Maths and Science, so I have less time to research issues in depth.
What I write will probably be mostly `off the top of my head' and not referenced or linked. This may be an advantage since I tend to get bogged down in detail! Each of these major headings will have minor headings inserted under them. And each heading, major and minor, will be linked to a separate post.
Comments are welcome, but if they are nasty, substandard or off-topic, they won't appear, as per my stated policy.
© Stephen E. Jones
1.1. What is Progressive Mediate Creation?
1.2. What is Evolution?
1.3. Since Christianity is True, Naturalism is False!
2. ORIGIN OF THE UNIVERSE
2.1. The Big Bang
2.2. Fine-tuning of the Universe
2.3. Before the Big Bang?
3. ORIGIN OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM
3.1. The Sun
3.2. The Planets
3.3. Fine-tuning of the Solar System
3.4. Uniqueness of the Solar System
4. ORIGIN OF THE EARTH
4.1. The Earth-Moon System
4.2. Fine-tuning of the Earth
4.3. Uniqueness of the Earth
4.4. Survival of the Earth
5. ORIGIN OF LIFE
5.1. Failure of All Naturalistic Origin of Life Theories
5.2. A Minimal Cell
5.3. Origin of all the Materials
5.4. All the Materials together at the Same Time and Place
5.5. Self-assembly of Materials into a Living Organism
5.7. Farsightedness of Life's Design
6. ORIGIN OF LIFE'S MAJOR GROUPS
6.1. Universal Common Ancestry
6.2. Single-Celled Organisms
6.3. Multi-Celled Organisms
7. ORIGIN OF MAN
7.2. Stereoscopic colour vision
7.3. Arms, Hands and Tools
7.7. The Human Package