What can we do or say that gives God His proper praise? Can His magnificence be put into words? This month's
poem "Panegyric Impossible" asks that question.
What is a panegyric? Word Perfect's dictionary defines panegyric as a speech or text in praise of someone or something. Merriam Webster's gives the idea of formal tribute: a eulogistic oration or writing; also formal or elaborate praise.
We know something of God's person and character from scripture. We see evidences of His working in the lives of people. We have historical references to substantiate Jesus' authenticity. We look at Jesus, who was the effulgence, the radiant splendor, the brilliance of God.
Who being the brightness of his glory,
and the express image of his person,
and upholding all things by the word of his power,
when he had by himself purged our sins,
sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high....
Hebrews 1:3 KJV
Recently, I bought a Photo-Objects software program to help with making my graphic poems and greeting cards. I debated whether or not to keep it because of the cost. I wondered if there would be enough use from it to justify the outlay. That was until I looked at the butterfly section. Seeing the intricate patterns and colors of the insects, I was awed by God's design. He must love color, diversity, even extravagance. He could have made a few butterflies and called it quits. But why so many? Did He do it for His own pleasure? For ours? Maybe He knew some observers would be struck by the thought that each butterfly can be identified exactly by characteristics, which remain the same wherever that type of butterfly may exist. Could evolution's theory explain that?
I've often thought about the human body. How is it that people all over the world have the same basal body temperature? Why do our body systems work in the same ways, with predictability? Scripture tells us that we all have the same blood.That is a proved scientific knowledge.
God that made the world and all things therein,
seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth,
dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
neither is worshipped with men's hands,
as though he needed any thing,
seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
and hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth,
and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
that they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him,
and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
Acts 17:24-27 KJV
Living in Ohio, I have been hearing about the debate over teaching Intelligent Design in public schools, alongside evolutionary theory. To me, God's design and perfection is so evident in everything around us, that I feel sorry that some earnest people, trained in science, can't see past the scientific method to causes.
Again, the scripture says:
...because that which may be known of God is manifest in them;
for God hath showed it unto them.
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen,
being understood by the things that are made,
even his eternal power and Godhead;
so that they are without excuse:
because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God,
neither were thankful;
but became vain in their imaginations,
and their foolish heart was darkened.
Romans 1: 19-21 KJV
Nature, situations, literature, and so many more evidences literally cry out that God is wonderful.God is powerful. God is creative. God is interesting and stimulating. God is love. God is caring. God has all things under control according to His perfect timetable. And God will take us one day to be with Him in that perfect, intriguing, wonderful place that Jesus is preparing for those who love Him and His appearing. He has said that He is making a room ready for each believer. Glory for us!
I can't begin to put into words what my heart feels. I can't, with human expression, do justice to our infinite, perfect God whose glory outshines the sun.
I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul shall make her boast in the LORD:
the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.
Psalm 34:1-3 KJV
- Nancy Spiegelberg
Unlocking the Mystery of Life
New Video Documentary! Unlocking the Mystery of Life is the story of contemporary scientists who are advancing a powerful, but controversial, idea-the theory of "intelligent design." The story begins with a landmark meeting of design theorists assembled by Professor Phillip Johnson in Pajaro Dunes California in 1993. Unlocking the Mystery of Life then follows the development of the intelligent design movement through insightful interviews with Paul Nelson, Stephen Meyer, Dean Kenyon, Michael Behe, William Dembski, Jonathan Wells, Jed Macosko and Scott Minnich. Unlocking the Mystery of Life is a remarkable documentary examining the scientific case for intelligent design.
Focus on Origins Video Collection
Everyone has heard of Phillip Johnson, Michael Behe, Bill Dembski and Jonathan Wells. These scholars are leading the ID charge with their important books, debates and lectures. But few people realize there are a growing number of scientists and university professors behind them that are making important contributions to the Intelligent Design movement. We’ve bundled together videos from a group of these scholars to help you and your students explore the breadth of the ID movement with interviews, lectures and panel discussions with Dean Kenyon, Walter Bradley, Robert Newman, Charles Thaxton, and Jeffrey Schloss. Several of the professors featured in these videos (James Valentine, Bruce Tiffney, and Allan Wallace) do not necessarily support ID, but are proponents of open and honest discussion of the issues.
Bacterial Flagella: A Paradigm for Design
New Video Lecture! Michael Behe made the bacterial flagella a popular argument for intelligent design in his book Darwin’s Black Box, when he used the flagella to illustrate the concept of irreducible complexity. In this lecture presentation, Professor Scott Minnich, a geneticist and Associate Professor of Microbiology at the University of Idaho, takes the argument to the next level by describing how the design paradigm led to new insights in his research
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Fifty-two Ohio Scientists Call for Academic Freedom on Darwin’s Theory March 21 Press Release Fifty-two Ohio scientists have issued a statement supporting academic freedom to teach the scientific arguments for and against Darwin’s theory of evolution. File Date 03.25.02
Edward Kennedy - Expert on Science? March 21 Press Release Kennedy is no scientist or philosopher of science, so presumably he has spoken to the experts, who assure him that intelligent design is not science. Indeed, Kennedy himself offers no argument for why intelligent design fails to be a scientific theory. File Date 03.21.02
Evolution is designed for science classes March 21 Washington Times The March 14 Commentary piece, "Illiberal education in Ohio schools," written by my colleague Sen. Rick Santorum, Pennsylvania Republican, erroneously suggested that I support the teaching of "intelligent design" as an alternative to biological evolution. File Date 03.21.02
Illiberal Education in Ohio Schools March 14 Washington Times "I hate your opinions, but I would die to defend your right to express them." This famous quote by the 18th-century philosopher Voltaire applies to the debate currently raging in Ohio. File Date 03.21.02
Ohio School Board Debates Teaching 'Intelligent Design' March 14 Washington Post Stakes were high Monday at a meeting of an Ohio Board of Education panel. Up for discussion: whether high school biology students should be told about potential problems with Darwinism and evidence that life on Earth was planned. File Date 03.17.02
Ohio Board Hears Debate on an Alternative to Darwinism March 12 New York Times. Proponents of the intelligent-design movement, which challenges Darwin's primacy in the science classroom, argued for equal footing in the state's new teaching curriculum today, while critics warned that speculative theories of some ultimate agent underpinning evolution were the antithesis of true science. File Date: 03.11.02
Hundreds gather for evolution-'intelligent design' discussion March 11 Nandotimes.Supporters of evolution and those who believe life must have been designed by a higher power due to its complexity faced off Monday before the state school board as it struggles to come up with new science standards. File Date: 03.11.02
Darwinian Struggle March 11 Time Magazine In Ohio, some members of the state school board want to downgrade the theory of natural selection in the biology curriculum guidelines. If their effort succeeds, Darwin's theory would have to share the blackboard with a school of thought called "intelligent design theory." File Date 03.07.02
Latest Resources Videos
Moody Science video set: Journeys to the Edge of Creation 2-video boxed set suitable for elementary or junior high children. Includes two documentary style videos that explore the beauty, design and grandeur of the universe in an engaging style that is appropriate for the entire family. Ideal for Christian schools and home educators.
Intelligent Design: From the Big Bang to Irreducible Complexity Interview with Dr. Michael J. Behe.
A Case Against Accident and Self-Organization In this illuminating book, Dean L. Overman uses logical principles and mathematical calculations to answer the questions that have long perplexed biologists and astrophysicists: Is it mathematically possible that accidental processes caused the formation of the first form of living matter from non-living matter? Could accidental processes have caused the formation of a universe compatible with life? Are current self-organization scenarios for the formation of the first living matter plausible?
Getting the Facts Straight: A Viewer's Guide to PBS' Evolution This Viewer's Guide has been prepared to help teachers, parents, students, and interested citizens ensure that discussions of evolution in the classroom fairly represent the evidence and the full range of scientific viewpoints about Darwin's controversial theory.
Three Views on Creation and Evolution Editors J.P. Moreland and John Mark Reynolds' introduction and reason for this virtual debate is stated well: "Because Christians are interested in the truth and because they are called to proclaim and defend their views to an unbelieving world, it is important for the believing community to think carefully about how to integrate their carefully formed theological beliefs with a careful evaluation of the 'deliverances' of science, especially in the area of creation and evolution." Whether you are a theist, agnostic, atheist, or mystic, reading this book will help you better understand why Christians hold three diverse perspectives on creation and evolution.