The Wasteland of Unbelief reviewed by Richard Stevens

The book’s title gives the impression the book is a longish rant, but The Vast Wastelands of Unbelief actually offers a collection of concisely stated insights into a number of selected issues arising from the ongoing “new atheist” critiques of Christianity and of belief in God generally. Vast Wastelands does not merely insult or dismiss the atheists’ points but lively challenges them on their merits.

The book provides the atheists’ positions quoted and cited to sources, so the counter arguments are focused and cogent. What you might have only heard about atheist positions is now set forth in text so you can speak or write about it with confidence. 

Hitler and the Nazi Darwinian Worldview

Reviewed by David J. Oberpriller

david.oberpriller@cox.net

Adolph Hitler and his top Nazi leaders were products of German education, science, and the prevailing social worldview of the late 19th and early 20th century. Their participation in what was one of the most infamous episodes of human suffering and death in the history of the human race could probably have been predicted. This should not be taken as an attempt to excuse them of the crimes and suffering that became known as the Holocaust – not just against the Jews – but also against the races and ethnic groups that were considered inferior to the Nazi-favored Aryan race. 

Review of Dobberpuhl’s The First Four Days

Reviewed by David Oberpriller

This book is not an “easy read.” Although it is not overly technical and contains no mathematics,
it is very dense with ideas and scientific concepts. The organization of the book is well-executed
and the language and explanations are very understandable. This makes it suitable for readers
with a basic understanding of science. However, there are a number of issues with it.

“Alleged” DVD Review by Jim Coleman Sr

Released in 2010, Alleged is an award-winning movie about the “Scopes Monkey Trial” of 1925 in Dayton, TN. Supported by a company of able though less known actors, Brian Dennehy and Senator Fred Thompson play the flamboyant opposing lawyers, Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan, respectively.

In the lingering shadow of the 1923 recession, Dayton was suffering especially because the local coal mine had closed. Some local leaders were looking for ways to put the town on the map again, so they promoted a controversial trial that would bring people from afar and would make the Butler Act unpopular. Tennessee’s Butler Act stated in general that it was illegal to teach in the public schools the idea that mankind came from primates and not from the direct creation of God.

Creation and Time Book Review

New Creation and Time by Mark Van Bebber and Paul S. Taylor
Rebuts Dr. Hugh Ross’s Book of the Same Name.

Book Review by Jim Coleman Sr.

There are 47 claims made by Dr. Ross in his similarly-titled book that are rebutted in this new revision of Creation and Time by Mark Van Bebber and Paul S. Taylor. These authors do not impugn Dr. Ross’ faith, but instead note he is considered to be a genuine Christian, although he advocates the secular concept of an earth that is billions of years old.

SPLICE Movie Review

SPLICE Movie Review

 

Many years ago AzOSA had a presentation on how evolution was portrayed in Hollywood movies.  Recently the movie ‘Splice’ depicts the laboratory creation of Dren, who is a composite of human and various types of animals.  At first glance one would say ‘this is not about evolution, as Dren is created’.  But Dren was not the larva like creature suitable for producing biochemical cocktails the scientists expected.   While initially  having the appearance of a grub, she went through several metamorphoses, finally becoming something resembling an angel, and then a fallen angel.  One might draw comparisons between this and Goldschmidt’s “hopeful monster” theory of evolution.   However, a significant idea is expressed when one of the scientists explains how Dren came to have so many amazing attributes: It was the expression of the “junk DNA” which supposedly compromises much of our genetic makeup.

Persuaded by the Evidence

By Doug Sharp and Dr. Jerry Bergman

Master Books, 2008, 288 Pages
Reviewed by Larry S. Kisner, B.S., M.S., D.D. (Hon)

Persuaded by the evidence is an inspiring collection of life-changing accounts of real scientists discovering the fact that science does not support evolution as defined by orthodox evolutionists (molecules to man by purely natural forces). Seeking the truth is what science is really about. Contrary to the popularly espoused view that evolution is science and creationism or ID is religion, evolution is not empirically verified science but rather is the hypothetical conjecture that life arose by purposeless, random naturalistic processes. Real science is objective, physical, and inductive, with measured evidence to support the theory. Belief in evolution, taken to its ultimate logical conclusion, is there can be no free will and no ultimate purpose in life. When you die, as Cornell Professor William Provine says, you are absolutely dead forever. We are born, we die, and that’s it.