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1 Acts 17: While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. 17 So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there. 18 A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers began to dispute with him. Some of them asked, "What is this babbler trying to say?" Others remarked, "He seems to be advocating foreign gods." They said this because Paul was preaching the good news about Jesus and the resurrection. Acts 17: While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. 17 So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there. 18 A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers began to dispute with him. Some of them asked, "What is this babbler trying to say?" Others remarked, "He seems to be advocating foreign gods." They said this because Paul was preaching the good news about Jesus and the resurrection.

2 19 Then they took him and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus, where they said to him, "May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? 20 You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we want to know what they mean." 21 (All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.) 19 Then they took him and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus, where they said to him, "May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? 20 You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we want to know what they mean." 21 (All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.)

3 22 Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: "Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you.

4 24 "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. 27 God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.

5 Acts 17:16-28 Living in The World, Part 2: Faith & the Complex Sciences Today Living in The World, Part 2: Faith & the Complex Sciences Today 20. November 2005

6 1) The origin of the universe "Conflicts" between science and the Bible come mostly in three areas: 2) The origin of first life 3) The origin of the diversity of life (including humans)

7 Science & The Universe No Purpose 19th Century & Earlier 1) Eternal 2) Self-Sustaining 3) Accidental 20 th Century & Today 1) Big Bang Creation Event 2) Dependent 3) Fine-Tuned Purpose

8 1) The origin of the universe "Conflicts" between science and the Bible come mostly in three areas: 2) The origin of first life 3) The origin of the diversity of life (including humans)

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10 Neo-Darwinism or Macroevolution The theory that the present diversity of life, including the emergence of first life and of new species, can be explained by descent with modification through the mechanisms of natural selection and random mutations.

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12 I put the Darwin fish on my car for a number of reasons. Mainly I did it to annoy Christians. I also use it to display the symbol of my group, which believes natural processes explain the world around us. I believe that the Darwin fish sums up my religious beliefs. I believe in a higher being, God, if you will, but I do not believe that excludes scientific evidence for evolution. I put the Darwin fish on my car for a number of reasons. Mainly I did it to annoy Christians. I also use it to display the symbol of my group, which believes natural processes explain the world around us. I believe that the Darwin fish sums up my religious beliefs. I believe in a higher being, God, if you will, but I do not believe that excludes scientific evidence for evolution.

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14 Richard Dawkins Oxford University Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose.

15 Origin of First Life Evolution Predictions 1) First life should emerge gradually over ~a billion years 2) First life should be very simple 3) Evidence for a primordial soup to form first Amino Acids Science Today 4) Amino Acids should spontaneously form into Proteins

16 Niles Eldridge One of the most arresting facts I've ever learned is that life goes back as far in earth history as we can possibly trace it.

17 No one has publicly disagreed with my interpretation of the Apex fossils, but privately some would prefer that I were mistaken since they, and I too, would prefer a simpler evolutionary story, one that told us these oldest fossil organisms were capable only of primitive ways of living and that advanced metabolic lifestyles evolved much later. But the evidence seems strong, and what one might prefer shouldn't matter. Bill Schopf

18 Noam Lahav in Biogenesis: Theories of Lifes Origins So far, no geochemical evidence for the existence of a prebiotic soup has been published.

19 The notion that not only proteins but the operating program of a living cell could be arrived at by chance in a primordial organic soup here on Earth is evidently nonsense of a high order.....It is enough to bury Darwin and the whole theory of evolution. Sir Fred Hoyle

20 An honest man armed with all the information available to us now could only state that in some sense, the Origin of Life appears at the moment to be almost a miracle, so many are the conditions which would have had to have been satisfied to get it going. Sir Francis Crick

21 Origin of First Life Evolution Predictions 1) First life should emerge gradually over ~a billion years 2) First life should be very simple 3) Evidence for a primordial soup to form first Amino Acids Science Today 1) First life appears suddenly, found in the oldest possible rocks 2) First life is strikingly complex 3) No evidence for soup 4) Amino Acids to Proteins requires DNA 4) Amino Acids should spontaneously form into Proteins

22 Fossil Record Evolution Predictions 1) Slow, steady change over billions of years 2) Tree of Life: single-celled simple life to complex and diverse over time 3) Transitional forms should abound Science Today

23 Richard Dawkins Oxford University It's as though they were just planted there without any evolutionary history.

24 Fossil Record

25 Kevin Peterson Although the Cambrian Explosion is of singular importance to our understanding of the history of life, it continues to defy explanation.

26 [those] who say there are no transitional fossils are hard to contradict....I will lay it on the line -- there is not one such fossil for which one could make a watertight argument. Dr. Colin Patterson Sr. Paleontologist British Museum of Natural History

27 No matter how far back we go in the fossil record….we find no trace of any animal forms which are intermediate between the various major groups or phyla. This can only mean one thing. If we are willing to accept the facts we must believe that there never were such intermediates, or in other words that these major groups have from the very first borne the same relation to each other that they bear today. Dr. Austin H. Clark Senior Zoologist Smithsonian Institution

28 Eric Davidson Neo-Darwinism is dead; the West just doesnt know it yet.

29 Fossil Record Evolution Predictions 1) Slow, steady change over billions of years 2) Tree of Life: single-celled simple life to complex and diverse over time 3) Transitional forms should abound Science Today 1) Stasis (no change) and the Cambrian Explosion 2) Lawn of Life: instantaneously complex and diverse 3) Transitional forms utterly lacking

30 If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down. Charles Darwin

31 If you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid, or insane (or wicked, but I'd rather not consider that). Richard Dawkins Oxford University

32 The claim that all skeptics of Darwinism are Christian fundamentalists stands refuted by me. Its obviously not true: Im neither a Christian nor a fundamentalist. Lots and lots of people are skeptical in the scientific community. Dr. David Berlinski Princeton University

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34 100+ Leading Scientists We are skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life. Careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory should be encouraged.

35 It is interesting.....In China, we can criticize Darwinian evolution, but not the government. In the West, you can criticize the government but not evolution. Dr. Xian Wan Chin

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37 A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question. Charles Darwin The Origin of Species

38 Who else has held the oceans in his hand? Who has measured off the heavens with his fingers? Who else knows the weight of the earth or has weighed out the mountains and the hills?…….Have you never heard or understood? Are you deaf to the words of Godthe words he gave before the world began? Are you so ignorant? It is God who sits above the circle of the earth….He is the one who spreads out the heavens like a curtain and makes his tent from them….. Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars?…. Have you never heard or understood? Isaiah 40: 12-28

39 Acts 17:16-28 Living in The World, Part 2: Faith & the Complex Sciences Today Living in The World, Part 2: Faith & the Complex Sciences Today 20. November 2005

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