Reasons Why I Believe in God
It all began with a book recommendation…
I have condensed my whole site into this one page. These 11 books have the reasons for my beliefs. There are also online books and articles below if you want to know the same information for free. Click on a few links and read the reviews that others have written on Amazon. You might be surprised:
My top 11 Favorite books:
The Young Earth by John D. Morris, PhD
The author, a geological engineer, describes the geological systems of the earth and shows that they have been made within thousands, not millions, of years.
By Design: Evidence for Nature’s Intelligent Design – The God of the Bible by Dr. Jonathan Safarti,
Dr. Jonathan Safarti, a chess champion, as well as a scientist, uses logic, as well as science, to talk about aspects in living things with indicate the need for a designer. This book is about “Intelligent Design”, but by a Christian
Darwin’s Black Box: : The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution by Michael J. Behe
The author is a biochemist at Lehigh University. He examines the cell close up and describes all of the inner workings. He compares the cell to a large city with food delivery and trash pickup. He coins the term "irreducible complexity" and concludes that life on earth was intelligently designed.
Darwin’s Enigma by Luther D. Sunderland
In 1859, in the book Origin of the Species, Charles Darwin said: "Why, if species have descended from other species by insensibly fine gradations, do we not everywhere see innumerable transitional forms". Now over 100 years later, Sutherland wrote letters to at the world’s largest museums and asked each one what fossils of transitional forms they had in their collections. None of the paleontologists had a fossil of a transitional form.
Bones of Contention: A Creationist Assessment of Human Fossils by Marvin L. Lubenow
This book analyzes all of the hominid fossils. The appendix has a very detailed discussion of the dating of the fossil skull KNM-ER 1470. The science journal "Nature" is where the researchers published their research regarding this skull and their papers in "Nature" are quoted extensively. According to the many quotes from "Nature" it took a period of ten years to date this one fossil skull. This skull caused a big controversy in the scientific community and that’s why it took ten years for them to agree. This ten year process is detailed step by step using the words of the researchers, themselves. There were many dates given by the various radiometric dating techniques. The scientists could not agree on the "right" date of the many that were given by the various techniques. The author shows that a lot of the science related to the fossils and evolution is subjective.
Buried Alive: The Startling Truth About Neanderthal Man by Jack Cuozzo
The author, an orthodontist, went all over Europe into the back rooms of the largest museums and examined actual fossil skulls of Neanderthals. Most museums only have cast copies of the skulls and most scientists have never seen a real one. He got permission to x-ray the skulls and there are pictures in the book. He shows that the skulls have been put together improperly with the jaw jutting out. Because of the belief in evolution the jaw has been put in a more ape like fashion in all Neanderthal skulls. Then, these improperly assembled skulls were copied and sent museums all over the world.
Icons of Evolution: Science or Myth? Why Much of What We Teach About Evolution is Wrong by Jonathan Wells, Jody F. Sjogren
This book talks about the supposed evidence for evolution as taught in text books. The author describes in detail the Miller-Urey experiment, Darwin’s tree of life, Darwin’s finches, the horse series, Haeckel’s embryos, peppered moths, and several other topics. This author is one of the men interviewed in the book above entitled Case for a Creator: The: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God
Case for a Creator: The: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God by Lee Strobel
The author was an atheist journalist. When his wife became a Christian he went all over the USA and interviewed scientists and others about why they believed in God. After a period of time he came to believe in God and became a Christian, too. This book has the interviews that convinced him. Two of the men he interviewed, Jonathan Wells ( Icons of Evolution:: Science or Myth? Why Much of What We Teach About Evolution is Wrong ) and Michael Behe (Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution ), wrote books that are on this reading list. My story is similar to Strobel’s. I was so excited to see that God’s existence can be proven scientifically I made this website to tell others.
In Six Days: Why Fifty Scientists Choose to Believe in Creation Edited by John F. Ashton PhD.
Read "In Six Days" Online
This might be my favorite of all the books on this list. The editor compiled papers by fifty scientists. Each chapter is by a different scientist who gives aspects from each field that cannot be explained by purely physical means. Each scientist gives the reasons why he believes that God created the universe, the earth, plants and animals in six days as the Bible book of Genesis describes. It has detailed scientific explanations. There is a sequel to this book entitled On the Seventh Day:: Forty Scientists and Academics Explain Why They Believe in God which is listed below.
On the Seventh Day: Forty Scientists and Academics Explain Why They Believe in God Edited by John F. Ashton PhD.
This is the sequel to the book In Six Days: : Why Fifty Scientists Choose to Believe in Creation discussed above. Forty scientists and academics explain why they believe in God
Many Infallible Proofs: Evidences for the Christian Faith by Henry M. Morris
This book has many scientific evidences for the belief in God. It discusses evidence for a world wide flood which caused the fossil record and the large amount of buried foliage that became gas, coal and oil. It has a chapter on The Bible and Science which lists things that were in the Bible before science knew about it, including the circulation of blood, the water cycle, the shape of the earth and the number of stars. The Bible verses for each are listed.
(Disclaimer: I am set up with Amazon.com as an Amazon Associate. They pay a very small percentage of sales to the person who hosts links to Amazon.com. I have a couple of dollars on credit. But, as they only cut checks in $100 increments, I can honestly say I have never made any money on the sale of any book I recommend, and I never expect to in the future. The only reason I am set up this way is because it is the only way I can ever know if anybody ever buys a book I recommend.)
From as far back as I can remember, I was taught that life on earth came about by a process of time and chance. It was all I had ever known.
In 1996 I met some people who told me the scientific evidence does not support what I had always believed. Of course, I knew that they were ignorant. What I believed was scientific! What did they know!
But, they were very confident in what they believed. They basically dared me to read a book to see if they were right. I fought it for months, but, I ended up deciding that it wouldn’t hurt to read just one skinny book that they recommended.
So here I am paying money to have a website just to tell people why I believe in God. If you want to know what happened between then and now, check out My Testimony.
When I say at I am an ex-evolutionist, I am using the term “evolution” only as the supposed major changes from the beginning of life: Fish to amphibians to reptiles to mammals and birds.
Most of what people call “evolution” can more accurately be called genetics – variation within species. Creationists have no disagreement with the fact that there can be variety within types of animals, different sized beaks in Darwin’s finches, for instance. The only question is whether those small variations show that all live forms are related. See my page: What is a Species?.
There is a lot of misinformation about what a creationist believes. I’m going to try to explain part of it here. First off, not all scientists are evolutionists. Many scientists who believe in God as creator do research and publish their work in peer reviewed scientific journals. (If somebody tells you otherwise, they are misinformed or dishonest.)
However, scientists who believe in creation cannot publish evidence that disproves evolution in “peer reviewed” scientific journals as the peers who do the reviewing are evolutionists. If you are reading this website, you probably do not believe in God as creator and reject creation. Does that prove it false? No. The evolutionists who peer review the journals similarly reject any articles which are against evolution.
But, to a Bible believing creationist, it is irrelevant if a journal run by evolutionists does not print an article opposing evolution. That would make sense, wouldn’t it? It is no different than if a magazine about cats, peer reviewed by cat lovers, rejected articles saying that dogs are better than cats. It is their belief. It is not a fact.
So, what happens to the scientific articles that creationists write that disprove evolution? Do they get thrown away? No, they get published as books. Like all scientific papers, they have profuse quotes from articles in peer reviewed scientific journals. In fact, some of the published information in the evolutionist science journals actually will support a creationist view.
For instance, evolutionist Stephen Jay Gould published "The Return of Hopeful Monsters," in Natural History, vol. 86 (June/July 1977). In this article, he says there is insufficient evidence to support the theory of evolution in the fossil record.
He said this because he was promoting a new theory of evolution called Punctuated Equilibrium. But, that theory says that evolution happened in giant leaps, instead of small steps, leaving no evidence. A creationist would say that there is no evidence for evolution in the fossil record because evolution did not happen.
Since I was recommended that first, skinny book, I have read many more. If you want to see the whole list see my page: Book List. These are not all of the books I have read on this topic, but they are that I recommend most wholeheartedly. That list of recommended books was getting so long, that I have decided to condense all of my recommendations into the books listed above.
The following items may be read in their entirety online:
Adam’s Rib: Creation & the Human Body
Does Carbon Dating Disprove the Bible?
Evidence for a Young World
Is There Intelligent Life in Outer Space?
The Seven C’s of History
Six Days or Millions of Years?
Where Did Cain Get His Wife?
Where Did the ‘Races’ Come From?
What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs?
Why Is There Death & Suffering
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