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God Upholding His Most Elegant Creation

Our God is a sovereign God. He is far greater than any human mind can possibly comprehend. This is the recurring theme that crosses my mind every time I think about the witness of God in creation, particularly in the realm of the sciences. God makes himself known to us in his creation, which the […]

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How great the Father’s love!

It is he who made the earth by his power,    who established the world by his wisdom,      and by his understanding stretched out the heavens.   Jeremiah 10:12 (ESV)    A couple of years ago, one of my daughters asked me why God had made such an amazingly large universe when his primary purpose […]

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I Am Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Psalm 139:13-16 “For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in […]

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A Recipe for a 150 Pound Human Body

Ingredients: While many of these ingredients cannot be found in pure form in nature, they can be purchased quite reasonably at a good chemistry supply store. 97.5 lb pure oxygen Oxygen is a very abundant element on earth. About 21% of the atmosphere is oxygen, and about 49% of the weight of the earth’s crust […]

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The Elements

The huge machinery growled and shook as it ripped hungrily into the earth tearing out chunks of rock. The rock was crushed and loaded onto an endless string of rail cars that carried it toward a city and into an enormous building with rows of smokestacks billowing putrid smoke. Inside the building, conveyors hastened the […]

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The Strengthening of the Militant Church

Many scientific theories and discoveries have come into existence in the past century. Incredibly advanced technologies such as cloning and the further advancement of evolutionary theory have recently become significantly entangled in the Christian life. Today’s church world has readily embraced these new ideas in an attempt to remain influential and popular with the new-agers […]

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Love…7-Eleven?

God is love. Our love for Him is a primary concern. Our relationship with the living God is awesome and important. But, it is very difficult. So God gave us a way to understand love. In His providential care and love, He did not place us alone in separate little pockets of the human population. […]

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When in Doubt

“In doubt and temptation, I rest, Lord, in Thee..” Few things have influenced society in the last 400 years more than science. Today our world revolves around scientific achievements and the resulting technology. This edition of the Beacon Lights was written on a digital computer (invented around 1940), printed on a Xerox copier (1960), and […]

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Learning From What Scientists Ignore

This past July, planetary scientists watched excitedly as massive chunks of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 collided with the planet Jupiter. The tremendous explosions provided a fantastic display of power and energy, and the scientists busily gath­ered data to learn more about the distant planet. Many of us may not even have been aware of this event. […]

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Christian Science

           This article by Gary Vander Schaaf is the first in a series dealing with how Protestant Reformed Teachers present their subjects from a distinctive point of view. This series was introduced in the November issue. The foundation for science education in the Protestant Reformed schools is found in Genesis 1:28: […]

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The Earth – The Lord’s

Ecology is a much discussed topic in our time. This branch of science, which deals with the relationship of a creature to his environment, has now become primarily concerned with the relationship of man to his environment. It is obvious to almost anyone that more and more people in this world are becoming involved with […]

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A Completely Unique Experience

The development of science accompanied by a powerful technology has given man great opportunities for enriching life, and hopes for a better tomorrow. One need only mention the great technological advances of our Twentieth Century to verify that this truly is a scientific age. At the beginning of the century men spoke of the horseless […]

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Science and God

As Christian young people, we often face difficult problems in our relationship to the world. Not the least of these problems arises when we are confronted with the world of science. We study the physical world around us in order to determine or establish general facts, to categorize these facts, to find relationships between these […]

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Teaching the Sciences (5)

During the past four months I have been considering the teaching of science in the classroom of the Protestant Reformed Christian School. I have done this from the point of view of one who is convinced the instruction in the sciences must be given in such a way that no contradiction exists between the instruction […]

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Teaching the Sciences (4)

Charles Darwin and the Theory of Evolution (continued)   That Darwin was not simply posing some slight variations in truths that had been believed for centuries is evident when one considers the fact that in 1871 The Descent of Man was published by Darwin, This book took a much longer step in the same fundamentally […]

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Teaching the Sciences (3): Regarding Evolution

In my last two articles I have been trying to indicate how in my estimation the whole question of evolution is related to the important area of science. I am convinced along with many other Christian teachers that the field of science is a very legitimate area for Christian endeavor and study. I have profound […]

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Teaching the Sciences (2) – Evolution

In our last article for the Beacon Lights we were making a few general and introductory remarks about the teaching of science. In that article it was emphasized that those who are of the household of faith possess a basic prejudice. I indicated, however, that those who are of the household of faith are not […]

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Teaching the Sciences (1)

“I Believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth.” A good motto to be placed in large letters so that each one may read it as he enters the science laboratory or the science classroom of the Christian School is this first article of faith in the Apostolic Confession. Too often this […]

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With Heart and Mind

With Heart and Mind KENNETH L. PIKE William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids. 140 pages, $1.75. One of the crucial problems which every serious student begins to face in high school and meets head on in college is that of faith and science. Sometimes, an apparent conflict will lead to a rejection of faith. […]

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God of the Gaps

If the strangeness of the title of this article has increased your interest in it, let me begin with the statement that this is not a study of some strange, newly discovered cult. This is not some group called the Gaps, whose deity we are studying. The title refers to those areas, those gaps in […]

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Apology for the 24-Hour Day

Science is no more to be blamed when it puffs up than a sword when it falls into the hands of a madman—John Calvin Beating a dead dog is always safe, generally satisfying, and seldom profitable.  If the belief which contends for creation days of millions and billions of years were, indeed, a dead dog, […]

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The Modernistic Interpretation of Scripture

Its View of Science and Scripture Another favorite attack upon the Word of God is to argue that the Book is not a scientific treatise, but an expression of certain tribal beliefs and religious aspirations of past ages.  The implication is that the Bible is not in harmony with science.  It is filled with errors […]

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The Christian and His Body

“What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” So wrote Paul to the Corinthian church. In this day of ever present temptation it is well that we ask ourselves this question. Many of us […]

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