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The prayer and pledge in our national anthem are an inspiration for Canadians.  They also remind Canadian Christians to ask God to bless our country, encouraging us to work toward that goal, too.  May God bless Canada!

And, if you live in another country, may these verses of our anthem guide your prayers for your native land today.

O Canada, our home and native land!
True patriot love in all our sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise the true north strong and free!
From far and wide O Canada we stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee!

Ruler Supreme, Who hearest humble prayer
Hold our dominion in Thy loving care.
Help us to find O God in Thee a lasting rich reward,
As, waiting for the better day, we ever stand on guard.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee!

Review: Busting Myths by Sarfati and Bates

Busting Myths

Nowadays one regularly comes across the true statement, “Science is compatible with religion.”  Unfortunately it is often followed by the myth, “No reputable scientist believes in a literal six-day creation.”

Busting Myths by Sarfati and Bates aims to refute this idea by presenting interviews with Ph.D. holders in various fields of science.  This book highlights 30 reputable scientists, explaining their work, discussing their faith, and exploring how their views on creation affect their scientific work.

Featuring representatives from astronomy and astrophysics, biochemistry and biotechnology, biological research, chemistry, genetics, geology and paleontology, human biology, and physics and engineering, Busting Myths presents a broad spectrum of scientists.  They all passionately believe in Biblical creation and their reasons are many.  Some were atheists who studied evolutionary evidence and, realizing its weaknesses, explored the scientific logic involved in the concept of creation, becoming Christians in the process.  Others were Christians long before they realized the importance, both theologically and scientifically, of believing in six day creation.

Scientific reasons given by these scientists

—Scientific reasons for believing in a young earth and six day creation are different for each scientist interviewed and usually relate to the person’s own research.  However, they often include some version of the idea that believing an all-knowing God is behind everything enhances scientific research more than believing that the universe came about by chance.

—One of the fascinating aspects of this book is that people who are experts in their field explain their science in layman’s terms—and ‘everyone is a layman outside his own field’—showing how evolutionary ideas are unnecessary to explain the data and rarely helpful in coming up with new lines of inquiry.  The reader is introduced to pro-creation concepts of various specialized fields that are not usually discussed outside of the specialty.

Main theological reasons given by these scientists

—If God had used evolution to create the world, then there would have been many millennia of suffering and death before the fall.  However, the Bible says that death entered the world because of Adam and Eve’s sin.  Because of this sin all aspects of God’s perfect world, including mankind, were corrupted.  Jesus came to earth to atone for this and all subsequent sins; if there was suffering and death before Adam and Eve, mankind would not be responsible for it and therefore would not need to atone for it.

—The idea of creation in six days is not confined to the beginning of Genesis but is referred to by God throughout the Bible.  Jesus spoke of it as being true.  So did the prophets, the psalmists, and the apostles.  As one scientist said, “If Jesus didn’t speak the truth about Genesis, how could we trust what He was saying about sin, the cross, resurrection, and everlasting life?”

Thus Busting Myths responds to the many discussions in secular and Christian media about the validity of evolution.  It convincingly shows that many reputable scientists believe the literal Biblical creation story.

Of special interest to homeschoolers is the advice given by some of these scientists to young people interested in exploring science.

  • Observe carefully rather than relying on commonly accepted ideas.
  • Be prepared to give reasons for your beliefs, do not be ashamed of the gospel, be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.
  • The world needs more scientists able to research origins from a creation viewpoint [and, I suggest, funding agencies willing to support such research].

The scientists interviewed in Busting Myths can be an inspiration to Christian young people, but they also warn that peer pressure against six day creation is very strong, both in secular science and in theological circles.  Different interviewees had different experiences, though.

Considerations

Miss 17 noted that most of the scientists represented in this book are white males.  I would suggest that this is partially because of the demographics of reputable scientists able to speak out about this issue.  Because of scientific peer pressure and job security, scientists who speak out about creation must be very successful, be retired, or have open-minded employers.  The first two points mean they must, in most cases, be older, and in the days when many of these scientists earned their doctorates, few besides white males did so.  And, of the few such Ph. D. women scientists, many of the creationists devoted much of their lives to their families and therefore did not advance far enough in their careers to be listed among ‘reputable scientists’.

One difficulty with a book about such a wide range of scientific endeavor is that no one is qualified to catch all the typos.  I found a significant one in a field in which I am not a layman, and there are undoubtedly others.  Hopefully they will be found and corrected in future editions of this book.

Caution: One chapter of this book highlights a scientist who was mistreated as a child; this chapter would not be suitable for young children.

Recommended

This glossy book of more than 200 pages is heavily illustrated, contains many sections explaining relevant scientific ideas, and is full of footnotes.  An informative introduction prepares the reader for the interviews and an appendix discusses ‘Why science needed the Bible.’  Busting Myths is available directly from Creation Ministries International (NOT an affiliate link).

Busting Myths is highly recommended for any Christian interested in science and origins and is indispensable for a teen Christian considering a scientific career. It could also be used to help those who believe evolution has disproved the Bible.

This is yet another book in the in the 2015 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge and is also linked to Saturday Reviews, Booknificent Thursdays, Literacy Musings Monday, and The Book Nook.

For more encouragement, visit Raising Homemakers, Titus 2 Tuesday, R&R Wednesdays.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from CMI for the purpose of this review.  All my opinions are my own, and I am not compensated for sharing them.

Bunny, Homeschool Thoughts, and Books

Bunny

Imagine sitting on a verandah rocking chair, surrounded by greenery and birdsong, while cuddling a bunny and chatting with a daughter…rejoicing in the knowledge that this is currently the best possible use of my time.  Bunbun, our new little friend, has added so much joy to our lives!

Ottawa’s Sunset Ceremonies were spectacular:  the world famous Musical Ride as well as a search and rescue dog competition, pipers, and, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of our maple leaf flag, a repetition of the oath of allegiance, something very uncommon in our culture.  I have rarely heard this oath since I became a Canadian citizen 38 years ago, and it was thrilling to repeat it.

RCMP Musical Ride

We have not started our summer school yet, although my plans are almost in place and the checklists are almost finished.  However, we did begin to read Daugherty’s Magna Charta out loud.

For years the guiding principle of our homeschool has been that we aim to equip our children to  ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Luke 10:27)

Recently I realized that I’m not even sure what the distinctions between heart and soul and mind are!  In other words, I need to explore more deeply what this text actually means.   Also, with only two children left at home, our homeschool needs to be revamped, so I will be reading about the philosophy of education as well as more practical resources.

This week I’ve been readingBusting Myths by Sarfati and Bates, interviews with 30 Ph.D. scientists who believe God created the world in six days, and Two Roads Home by Deborah Raney, a thoughtful novel about modern life.  Some friends and I will be going through Disciplines of a Godly Woman by Barbara Hughes this summer, and I hope to start reading it this weekend.

In bloggy land, Site Meter says my unique readers have  more than tripled in the last week, but looking at all aspects of my statistics closely makes me think that there are automated systems visiting my blog, doing many page views per visit.  That makes me nervous.  That, and the fact that we still have no idea how to fix the comment problem.

As mentioned above, my comment form is still not working (my techie son and I have not been able to resolve this yet), but you can comment on Google+ instead.  Now that our homeschool year is finished, I do hope to solve this problem, finally.  Thank you for your patience.

This post is linked to Kris’s Weekly Wrap Up , Week in Review, and Finishing Strong.

Three Computer Games I Almost Always Allow

I’m over at the Curriculum Choice today writing about three computer games I almost always allow:

I disapprove of screen time and, perhaps foolishly, long for the ‘good old days’ when we had no screens except the bug screens in our windows.  Of course, too much screen time is good for no one, but I’ve discovered that I need to be realistic and allow some of it.  Getting too much out of step with what their friends do is not good for kids either.

Therefore I encourage some online learning and allow a few games.

To read the rest of this article and to find out what the three games are, please click over to the Curriculum Choice.

Review: Two Roads Home by Deborah Raney

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Corinne, a stay-at-home mom to three adorable little girls and Jesse, her successful husband, seem to have the perfect life.  But Corrine is stressed by Jess’s intense travel schedule, and Jesse, sole provider of  a luxurious lifestyle, has stresses of his own.  One of them is Michaela, a coworker who is becoming too friendly during long business trips.  Their family limps along sadly until disaster strikes:  Michaela charges Jesse with sexual harassment.*

Supported by their parents and siblings, whom I first got to know in Home to Chicory Lane, Corrine and Jesse need to refocus their lives in the face of this threat.  By this point I loved the characters so much that it was very difficult not to skip ahead in the book to see if Michaela succeeded in her attempts to destroy the family.

Deborah Raney has written another thoughtful novel about Christians in modern life.  The tensions are very real, the emotions strong, and the characters believable.  They are authentic, not perfect, trying to serve God, trying to love those around them, trying to avoid sin but not always grasping its subtleties, learning forgiveness and showing compassion.  Despite all this deep content, the author has written an exciting story about real life, without preaching.

Two Roads Home, the second book of the Chicory Inn series, is about many different kinds of relationships, those involving husband and wife, siblings, in-laws, coworkers, enemies, and especially Christians and God.  What’s more, we see how everyone in a family deals with different stresses and how family members try to support each other, learning to understand each other better as God changes their lives.  Deborah Raney subtly but convincingly reminds us that our good and powerful God is in control.

Two Roads Home is both fun and insightful and I am very glad I read it.  It could be read on its own, but knowing the characters from the first book in the series, Home to Chicory Lane (link to my review), increased my enjoyment.

If you are looking for a worthwhile and enjoyable novel, you will probably enjoy Two Roads Home.  If you are not sure check out the Litfuse website for more reviews; if you want to read this book you may wish to enter the giveaway mentioned below.

*Just to clarify—Jesse is not guilty of Michaela’s charges, and this is obvious early on.  This is a book about Christian family life, not about its opposite.

Deborah Raney is hosting a giveaway!

Two Roads Home Deborah Raney

Currently my comment form is not working (my techie son and I have not been able to resolve this yet), but you can comment on Google+ instead or at GoodReads.  Thank you for your patience.

This is yet another book in the in the 2015 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge and is also linked to Saturday Reviews, Booknificent Thursdays, Literacy Musings Monday, and The Book Nook.

For more family encouragement, visit Raising Homemakers, Titus 2 Tuesday, R&R Wednesdays.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Litfuse for the purpose of this review.  All my opinions are my own, and I am not compensated for sharing them.

 

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