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Instant Evolution!?

This morning, I listened to BBC Radio 4’s Midweek programme (10/10/2012, 9 am) with Libby Purves. One of her guests was Jan Beccaloni, the Curator of Arachnida and Myriapoda at the Natural History Museum (UK). Ms Beccaloni is also the conservation officer for the British Arachnological Society.

The discussion largely centred around such things as flies and scorpions. Libby Purves commented that these kinds of creatures were often found fossilized in amber and that they haven’t changed much over millions of years. Ms Beccaloni, referring specifically to scorpions, replied (and I quote); ‘They were obviously very highly evolved for their habitats initially.’

Now, I’m not claiming to be a six day creationist, nor do I particularly believe that evolution somehow disproves the Christian message. But can some kind person explain to this ageing dunce what Ms Beccaloni’s reply might mean?

Put On Your Sunday Clothes?

Many years ago, most people used to dress in their best clothes when attending church services on Sundays. In many modern churches, this practice has stopped, and indeed, it seems that many people ‘dress down’ when going to church, wearing jeans, tee-shirt, trainers etc. The song ‘Put on Your Sunday Clothes’ from the musical Hello, Dolly! must have become meaningless to most modern churchgoers. Read more »

The Coalition for Marriage

There is currently a move afoot in Britain to change the definition of marriage. Those in this country who wish to show their opposition can do so by signing the petition organised by the Coalition for Marriage. http://c4m.org.uk/?ci020312

For far too long in this country, Christians have sat back and allowed minority groups to so change our society that to even hold to traditional Christian values is now seen by many as ‘wrong’ or even (as I recently heard on a BBC Radio 4 phone in programme) evil! Here is at least one chance to join together with all like-minded Christians and make our protest known.

The End of God? (BBC4 at 8pm, 10th November, 2011)

As is often the case with modern documentaries on science and religion, this one seemed designed from the outset to try and destroy any remaining faith people may have in a supreme being. Dr Thomas Dixon, the presenter, informed us at the very outset that: ‘in the battle between science and religion, it would seem that science has won the war. Is there any room left for God.?’

Naturally, we were treated to the story of Galileo and his telescope proving the church wrong. His telescope, said Dixon, was ‘more reliable than the bible’. This is because ‘at the heart of scientific knowledge are observation and logic’. Scientists ‘make hypotheses and test them time and again against the evidence’. For poor old faith, there is just ‘revelation – direct communication from God.’ Read more »

THE SILENT HOLOCAUST

In the UK, at the time of writing there has been much coverage over the proposals by Nadine Dorries MP and Frank Field MP to change the way counselling about abortion takes place. As far as I’m aware, Nadine Dorries claims to be a Christian, and so some of us were hopeful about the possibility of an MP taking up the gauntlet in this area.

However, it turns out that Ms Dorries is quite firmly ‘pro-choice’. Her desire is not to see the number of abortions in the UK reduced (from the horrendous figure of 200,000 per year). What she is actually after is ‘independent help’ for mothers seeking abortion, rather than counselling from any organisation with a vested interest in the performing of abortions. ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-14822710 ). Read more »

High Street Evangelism

I had a rather unusual experience (for me) today, in that I got involved in a discussion about ‘religion’ in the middle of the busy hight Street in Skipton, North Yorkshire (which is near to where we live). A dear old saint who is there week by week, handing out little tracts and telling people that ‘Jesus loves you’ seemed to be having a hard time with a young, well educated man, who had stopped and was arguing (in a rather loud voice) about the age of the universe, carbon-dating, miracles and so on. I couldn’t help but overhear and wandered a little closer where I gradually got drawn into the discussion. Read more »