Welcome to ARN-Announce
by Dennis Wagner
Number Sixteen, June 29, 2001
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IN THIS ARN-ANNOUNCE:
- Summer Special: Order $50 of products and get a free $29.95 video
- Origins & Design Issue 39 now available
- Eugenie Scott reviews Icons of Evolution in Science and Phillip Johnson responds
- San Francisco Weekly features cover story on Intelligent Design
- U.S. Senate wants science educators to distinguish between data and philosophy
- Michael Behe comments on proposed changes to Pennsylvania science education standards
This is Kansas Toto...
As you read this Im in Kansas City at the Darwin, Design and Democracy II Conference: Teaching the Evidence in Science Education. ARN is hosting a book table and many of the big guns in ID will be there: Johnson, Wells, Dembski, and Bradley just to name a few. I will have some first hand news to report in the next issue. But for now let me tell you about our Summer Special, the latest issue of our Origins & Design journal, and some important news in the world of Intelligent Design.
SUMMER SPECIAL: Buy $50 of ARN Products and Receive a FREE $29.95 video
One of my favorite new ARN videos is The Theological Roots of Modern Science by University of Georgia chemist Fritz Schaefer (V015, $29.95):
Schaefer confronts the assertion that one cannot believe in God and be a credible scientist. He starts by showing that the theistic worldview of Bacon, Kepler, Pascal, Boyle, Newton, Faraday and Maxwell was instrumental in the rise of modern science. He goes on to name many modern scientists and Nobel prize winners, including Charles Coulson, John Suppe, Charles Townes, Arther Schawlow, Alan Sandage, Donald Page, R. David Cole and Francis Collins, whose religious faith is an integral part of who they are as scientists. The video concludes with an exclusive interview with Dr. Schaefer where he discusses why a theistic worldview is more compatible with the findings of modern cosmology than a purely naturalistic and materialistic worldview.
We have a large supply of these videos in stock and we were brainstorming the other day about the best way to get them from our stock shelf to your VCR. So heres the deal: Order at least $50 of ARN products during the month of July (including our O&D journal subscription or renewal) and we will send you this $29.95 video for FREE. I know you will really enjoy this video and I can guarantee you will never find it at a lower price! When you place your online order for $50 or more, just indicate in the comment field that you would like the FREE V015 video.
ORIGINS & DESIGN ISSUE 39 NOW AVAILABLE
Featuring In Pursuit of Intelligent Causes by Charles B. Thaxton
I know it has been over a year since our last issue of Origins & Design, but the waiting is over and if you are already a subscriber to O&D your copy should be arriving in the mail in July. This issue features:
- A report on the 2001 AAAS annual meeting by Walter Hearn
- In Pursuit of Intelligent Causes: Some Historical Background. This was the keynote article delivered by Charles Thaxon at a conference held in Tacoma Washington in 1988 entitled Sources of Information Content in DNA. The article appears in print for the first time in this issue of O&D.
- A Round Table discussion of Thaxtons paper. At the Tacoma conference a group of scientists and philosophers responded to Thaxtons paper which had been circulated in advance. The participants include Hubert Yockey, David Wilcox, Gordon Mills, John Wiester, Walter Bradley, Howard Van Till, Hugh Ross, Michael Denton, Paul Nelson, Pattle Pun, Stephen Meyer, Robert Newman, Richard Wright, and Edwin Olson.
Now would be a good time to start or renew your subscription to O&D, especially with the free video offer. To subscribe to O&D go to:
Issue 39 will be sent out with all new subscription orders.
EUGENIE SCOTT REVIEWS ICONS OF EVOLUTION IN SCIENCE AND PHILLIP JOHNSON RESPONDS
Phillip Johnson titled his Weekly Wedge Update column for June 25th Scott Blows Smoke in Science. That should give you a little indication of what he thinks of Eugenie Scotts review of Icons of Evolution. The mere fact that Science would stoop so low to publish a review like this is an important indicator of just how desperate the Darwinist community is to respond to the issues raised by Wells.
To read Phils response go to:
SAN FRANCISCO WEEKLY FEATURES COVER STORY ON INTELLIGENT DESIGN
Evidence that the Intelligent Design movement is continuing to make cultural inroads is evidenced by a cover story in the San Francisco Weekly. To have a balanced article on the topic appear so prominently in a lifestyle left publication is another sign of the times. The article leads off with story about Jed Macosko, a young molecular biology researcher at UC Berkeley who sees the signs of design in his work. The article contains a few cheap shots at ID, but overall is fairly balanced.
The article can be viewed at:
Phils comments on the article appear in his June 25 column mentioned above.
THE SANTORUM AMENDMENT:
U.S. SENATE WANTS SCIENCE EDUCATORS TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN DATE AND PHILOSOPHY
Senator Santorum (R-PA) recently introduced an amendment to the Presidents education bill that passed with a 91-8 vote and has the Darwinists up in arms. In a nutshell the amendment supports academic freedom and promotes that
- good science education should prepare students to distinguish the data or testable theories of science from philosophical or religious claims that are made in the name of science; and
- where biological evolution is taught, the curriculum should help students to understand why this subject generates so much continuing controversy, and should prepare the students to be informed participants in public discussions regarding the subject.
Phil Johnson provides some helpful background on this amendment in his June 18th column that you can view at:
MICHAEL BEHE COMMENTS ON PROPOSED CHANGES TO PENNSYLVANIA SCIENCE EDUCATION STANDARDS
Changes are also afoot in the Science Education Standards in Pennsylvania. Changes that Lehigh Biology Professor Michael Behe strongly supports. To read Behes letter of support see Johnsons column for June 11th:
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