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Author Topic:   May 2008 Posts of the Month
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Message 1 of 6 (465959)
05-12-2008 1:06 AM

Find a post that is too good to be missed, make your May, 2008 Post of the Month (POTM) nominations here.

Subtitle should include the author's name and topic/thread title.

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Thread: Thread title
Message #: Number and Link to the nominated message

Nominations should include a link to the nominated article, and a short comment on why the message deserves nomination.

As always, this is not a thread for debates.
Posts should be limited to nomination, seconds, and acceptance statements by nominees.

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Message 2 of 6 (465960)
05-12-2008 1:09 AM

Bluejay, at "Key points of Evolution"
Author: Bluejay
Forum: Social and Religious Issues
Thread: Key points of Evolution
Message #: 216

A discussion of theistic evolutionism.

These intriguing paragraphs jumped out at me:

Bluejay writes:

Earlier in this thread, you and Granny (and some others) had a discussion about a children's textbook, which everybody seemed to conclude was lacking in scientific rigor, but which taught important, basic principles to children. Have you ever considered the possibility that the Bible is the equivalent of a children's textbook?

Could you imagine Adam, who could not possibly have known much about anything, trying to understand while God explains to him about His methods and reasons for creating nasty predators, for getting hard pits inside cherries, for making things so tiny that Adam can't see them, and things that lurk in the deep, dark ocean, where Adam will never be able to go? Is it any wonder God didn't bother to tell us when in Creation week He made bacteria? Is it any wonder He didn't bother explaining to the writer of Leviticus that bats and locusts are not birds?

Any discussion of the matter should go to the cited topic. Or perhaps the material deserves a new topic of its own.


ps: Re: April 2008 POTM message 7 - Hiss is indeed yawning in my avatar picture.

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Evolution - Changes in the environment, caused by the interactions of the components of the environment.

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Message 3 of 6 (468224)
05-28-2008 2:01 PM

Straggler in the Buzsaw Biblical Universe Thread
Author: Straggler
Thread: Buzsaw Biblical Universe Origin Hypothesis vs Singularity Universe Origin Theory
Post: Message 290

Long post that makes all the important points, including this most significant one:

Straggler writes:

I don't dispute that an omnipotent omniscient God could break the laws of physics at will and do whatever he wants.

However if this is what is being claimed then why bother to argue in scientific terms? Why bother arguing in terms of the laws of thermodynamics that God just ignores anyway? Why argue that the Big Bang never happened if God could have just as easily created the universe via that method too?


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Message 4 of 6 (468285)
05-28-2008 8:50 PM

Wumpini, at "Does the evidence support the Flood? (attn: DwarfishSquints)"
Author: Wumpini
Forum: Geology and the Great Flood
Thread: Does the evidence support the Flood? (attn: DwarfishSquints)
Message #: 61

This has struck me as being one of the better creationist efforts I have seen. Does contain significant snootiness, but that was probably running rampant in the topic, by various participants.


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Message 5 of 6 (468299)
05-28-2008 10:52 PM

Wumpini at "Does the Evidence Support the Great Flood"
Author: Wumpini
Forum:Geology and the Great Flood
Thread: Does The Evidence Support The Flood
Message Number: 81

In a science thread, this would seem to be a very well researched, documented, and linked post. It gives the evidence that Wumpini is claiming, and allows everyone to read the evidence for themselves and asks for people to try and refute the evidence. We should all strive to support our posts in this way, IMO.

Edited by Perdition, : Added subtitle

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Message 6 of 6 (468777)
06-01-2008 2:29 PM

Bluegenes and Percy at "Absence of Evidence.............." topic
Author: Bluegenes, Percy
Forum: Is It Science?
Thread: Absence of Evidence..............
Message #: 101-104

Collectively, a nice discussion on the nature of and the evaluation of "evidence".


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