February, 2014 Archive

What Is the Doctrine of Creation Out of Nothing (Creatio ex Nihilo)?

Try for a moment to think about nothing—no people, no plants, no water, no air, no matter, no energy, no time, no space, no God. Nothing. Simply nothing. The more we ponder such nothingness, the more clearly we realize that the notion of nothingness could not be further from the truth. To posit that God […]

Did God Create Everything Out of Nothing?

The notion that God created everything from nothing has fallen on hard times. A surprising number of philosophers and theologians dogmatically contend that the doctrine of creation out of nothing (ex nihilo) has little scriptural support. Worse yet, leading Mormons overtly contend that matter has coexisted eternally with God. But the opening statement in Scripture—“In […]

Is Earth a Privileged Planet?

Some scientists speculate that the earth is an insignificant speck of soil aimlessly adrift in a meaningless universe. As documented by astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez and philosopher Jay W. Richards, however, evidence refutes the principle of mediocrity (Copernican principle), demonstrating instead that our earth is a singularly privileged planet designed for discovery. First, the unique conditions […]

Does the Fine-Tuning of the Universe Point to a Sovereign Creator?

One of the most astonishing discoveries of the twentieth century was that the universe is fine-tuned to support intelligent life. From the force of gravity to the balance of matter and antimatter, the universe is balanced, as it were, on the fine edge of a razor. Consider the force of gravity. If it were stronger […]

Could the Universe Emerge Out of Nothing?

When people face the compelling evidence that the universe began to exist at a definite point in time, a favorite fallback position is that it sprang into existence from nothing at all. This, however, stretches credulity beyond the breaking point. First, simple logic dictates that nothing comes from nothing. “Nothing” is nonexistent and therefore lacks […]

The Creation Answer Book Glossary

[Words marked with an asterisk (*) in the text of The Creation Answer Book are defined in this glossary.] alchemy: A medieval speculative philosophy and form of chemistry largely attempting to change common metals into gold and produce an elixir of long life. Arabah: The hot and dry elongated depression through which the Jordan River […]