Creation Studies Institute
Spontaneous Generation
 


This book is written primarily for Christians who may have difficulty understanding the ways of science and scientists. In particular, it is for students being taught about evolution, who wonder if they have to choose between believing the Bible or believing science. A geneticist from a major university, Dr. John Sanford examines the validity of evolution’s Primary Axiom—that man is merely the result of random mutations plus natural selection. This revolutionary book details compelling new genetic evidence that the human genome is deteriorating, and has always been deteriorating due to accumulations of mutations. Inspired by the pioneering creationist physicist D. Russell Humphreys, and building on the work of secular cosmologist  Moshe Carmeli, physics professor John Hartnett employs the evidence which demands another revolution in cosmological physics. The author debunks the most accepted teachings about evolution, giving tremendous answers for those struggling to reconcile the Bible and science. Readers are given solid answers to questions about the speed of light, geology, and the big bang. These concise, relevant topics answer questions on the minds of Christians and seekers everywhere. Ham has discovered that multitudes of people want to know the answers to key questions like, “Where did Cain get his wife?" and “How could Noah fit all of those animals on the ark?” 100% evolution-free and biblically correct • Sequel to the popular Did Adam Have a Bellybutton? • Popular creationist speaker Ken Ham answers the most-asked questions about creation One of the greatest myths about the biblical view of creation is that it is based on religion—not science. As a result, Christians who believe in six-day creation are often looked down upon. However, this book shows, that six-day creation is rooted in science, but it does not contradict the Bible! In 1979, New Jersey orthodontist Jack Cuozzo was granted access to the world's most famous Neanderthal skeletons in Germany, France, and Israel. His interest in the mysterious remains began as mere curiosity about these ancient creatures. His findings, though, are sure to shock the scientific world. Based on his x-rays and photographs, Cuozzo maintains that the key to understanding who the Neanderthals were lies in the pages of aged manuscripts readily available to anyone: the Bible Global Warming Global Warming: Emerging Science An engaging look at significant discoveries through the centuries, mostly geared around science and invention. Dr. DeYoung uses his astronomy background as a basis for sharing many significant events down through the years, and adds to the mix with facts related to many different areas of science. The Bible is not just a book of theology. It touches every aspect of life - including science. • A revision of one of the classic defenses of the Christian faith • Contains many evidences that the Bible is scientifically accurate One of the most serious fallacies today is the belief that genuine scientists cannot believe the Bible. But the truth is that many of the major scientific contributions were made by scientists who were dedicated men of God Did you know that while in flight, the sparrow's heart can beat up to 760 times per minute? Or that a baby blue whale grows at a rate of 3.3 kg an hour while it's nursing, a grand total of 17 tons by the end of the nursing stage? Featuring more than 100 animals, this long-awaited Zoo Guide includes beautiful pictures and explores the amazing facts and design features that point to our awesome Creator. Excellent gift for anyone who loves animals! A window for children into the world of animals God created, and which are mentioned in the Bible. From the mysterious 'behemoth' and 'leviathan' described in Job, to the popular lion and lamb, the animals described and illustrated (in alphabetical order) make this a book that teems with life Are there really creatures that produce fire to defend themselves? In this book, Duane Gish, the author, who has faced evolutionists in almost 300 debates, reviews the history of the controversy, and critiques and challenges the attacks of evolutionists against the theory of special creation and its proponents Dr Jonathan Sarfati presents case after case for amazing design in the living world, and demolishes theories of chemical evolution of the first life. Yet unlike many in the prominent Intelligent Design Movement, he is up-front about the truth of the Bible. This enables him to refute many anti-design arguments, and answer the key question: ‘Who is the Designer?’ Did you know that while in flight, the sparrow's heart can beat up to 760 times per minute? Or that a baby blue whale grows at a rate of 3.3 kg an hour while it's nursing, a grand total of 17 tons by the end of the nursing stage? How about that glow worms have a light output efficiency of 100%, as compared to only 4% for our incandescent bulbs? Global Warming Global Warming: Emerging Science
Can nothing produce everything? Evolution says it can and did!


Does anyone remember Billy Preston? He was referred to by some as the “fifth Beatle.” This was due to the fact that he recorded several songs with the famous band including “Get Back.” Billy Preston is the only musician that is listed with the Beatles as a co-writer of any of their legendary compositions. 

One of Preston’s more famous hits in the 1970’s was a song entitled “Nothing from Nothing Leaves Nothing.”  Far from being a scientific treatise, the title of the song does make a statement that is important for everyone interested in the origin of life to examine. Modern science has embraced Darwin’s Theory of Evolution as the only explanation for life existing in the universe today.  When pressed to explain how life as we know it could come into existence, science has had a long history of "just so" stories, some more fanciful than others. 

The first recipe for life

Spontaneous GenerationBelieve it or not, the first recipe for life came from the observations of Dr. Jan Baptista von Helmont (1579-1644). While this physician did make several notable contributions to science as the founder of pneumatic chemistry, he also became convinced that mice came from dirty underwear.  Dr. Jan Baptista von Helmont’s recipe for mice included a dirty shirt and a few grains of wheat and in 21 days mice will appear. Dr. Helmont was only building on concept of Spontaneous generation or the theory that living things can be generated from non-living things. This had been accepted as the scientific norm for centuries, a concept that had been promoted since the time of Aristotle in the 4th century BC.

In von Helmont’s time, questioning spontaneous generation was tantamount to questioning science itself. No one would dare challenge the prevailing scientific thought of the day. We are seeing the same thing when it comes to challenging Darwinian Theory in our present time. Only a handful of courageous scientists would stand up against the prevailing scientific consensus. The history of science is littered with the remains of courageous men and women who dared to challenge the accepted norm only to suffer the retribution of their peers. It often took decades for the scientific establishment to acknowledge their work. For many of them, vindication often came long after these scientists died in professional isolation and ruin.

From mice to maggots

As science became increasingly more influential, men of science tried to replicate the mice and underwear experiment with raw meat and maggots. Building on the previous work of Dr. Helmont, scientists made the following observation. When raw meat was left out, maggots would be found on the meat a week later. Scientists took this as further evidence of spontaneous generation. That is, until an Italian physician and scientist named Francesco Redi proved them wrong in 1668. Redi falsified this long-standing theory of science by placing a sample of raw meat in a jar leaving the top open. He placed a second sample of raw meat in a jar and covered the top with cheesecloth, as a sort of control. The meat left out in the open produced maggots that were later understood to be the offspring of flies and not the raw meat. Of course, the jar that was covered with the cheesecloth was maggot free! But still the scientific community was not ready to jettison their faith in spontaneous generation, not for another two centuries.

Believe it or not, a firm belief in spontaneous generation would persist and science continued to support this bogus theory until the 19th century. Only then was this scientific fallacy finally laid to rest. In 1859 Louis Pasture falsified the ‘pond scum’ evidence with a simple S-shaped flask experiment. He was able to produce clear meat broth, boil it to purify it and then split the sample. One half he exposed to air and thereby bacterial contaminants and the other half remained contamination free and therefore sterile. The broth that was exposed to air got contaminated and grew microorganisms; the sterile, air-free broth did not.

In fact, Pasture's first apparatus DID exclude air, and it was argued that a vital principle was thus also excluded. So, he created the crook-necked flask to allow air in, but trap tiny micro organisms he postulated to be in the air, in the crook, while still allowing air in. In essence, he thus not only finally disproved spontaneous generation that way, but also developed the germ theory of disease and decay as well.

Can Miller and Urey save the day?

When all else fails, try to recreate the origin of life in the laboratory. Enter Miller and Urey and their famous 1953 experiments. They unsuccessfully attempted to create the building blocks of life, amino acids, by manipulating chemicals in the laboratory. The headlines that followed were truly astounding, e.g. Scientist Creates Life In Test-tube! Evolution Proven in Laboratory! Creationism Takes a Fatal Blow! Even with such hype and sensationalism, the reality was far different. Miller and Urey did not create life in the laboratory. What they did create by manipulating chemicals and their environment could only be characterized as an experiment in support of  “Intelligent Design” and nothing more. What it really illustrated was god-like researchers manipulating the creation in order to produce the precursors to the building blocks of life or something akin to amino acids in the laboratory. This sounds a lot more like special creation than Darwinian evolution, but when promoting Darwin’s theory, the actual facts don’t seem to matter all that much.

We clearly see that centuries of bad science can, and should, be challenged. Eventually good science will replace the bad science, but it can be a long and protracted battle to get science to acknowledge information that is contrary to the accepted norm. Even though evolution says that life spontaneously arose from a cosmic soup billions of years ago, the scientific facts say it never happened. Today they don’t call it spontaneous generation, they call it abiogenesis, but rest assured, molecules never spontaneously come to life.

The old Billy Preston song was correct; nothing - nothing = nothing. The laws of physics preclude the origin of life by spontaneous generation or, its new and more scientific sounding name, abiogenesis. Still the evolutionary community continues to embrace concepts that defy the well established scientific laws of the universe. They do this in order to prop up a godless, naturalistic “just so” story of origins. A theory born of an entirely naturalistic and materialistic worldview that denies the Creator and any evidence that criticizes or contradicts the evolutionary status quo.

There is a wonderful textbook that examines all the evidence for evolution both pro and con. This stunningly illustrated science textbook offers the reader an in-depth look at the facts from the perspective of many of the leading paleontologists, geologists, biologists, geneticists and leaders in community of evolutionary scientists. This timely resource can be ordered with a companion Teacher’s manual from the Creation Studies Institute.

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This study includes easy to follow lesson plans for K-12, over 300 activities and experiments, information about radiometric dating, oil and coal formation and Geologic formations and fossils occurred during the time of Noah's Flood. Profusely illustrated, this book presents an accurate view of earth’s natural history. This book will teach you how the Grand Canyon was carved, the age of the Dinosaurs, carbon dating and much more! Peeling back the layers of biblical geology. From the acclaimed Creation Research Society, this technical study of rock strata, and the fossils found therein, gives a solidly scientific rationale for believing in young earth You'll find answers to questions such as, What happened to the dinosaurs? Does radiometric dating really prove the earth is millions of years old? Do fossils show evolution? Why isn't there any evidence from evolutionists to show life forming itself from non-life? and many other topics in this brief and easy-to-read volume. This study includes easy to follow lesson plans for K-12, over 300 activities and experiments, information about radiometric dating, oil and coal formation and Geologic formations and fossils occurred during the time of Noah's Flood. Profusely illustrated, this book presents an accurate view of earth’s natural history. This book will teach you how the Grand Canyon was carved, the age of the Dinosaurs, carbon dating and much more! Peeling back the layers of biblical geology. From the acclaimed Creation Research Society, this technical study of rock strata, and the fossils found therein, gives a solidly scientific rationale for believing in young earth You'll find answers to questions such as, What happened to the dinosaurs? Does radiometric dating really prove the earth is millions of years old? Do fossils show evolution? Why isn't there any evidence from evolutionists to show life forming itself from non-life? and many other topics in this brief and easy-to-read volume.
A BOOK THAT CHALLENGES YOUR VIEWS AND DEMANDS A VERDICT.” Evolution: The Grand Experiment DVD Dismantling the Big Bang: This powerful resource shows that the big-bang theory cannot explain the universe, but the Bible can, so Christian leaders no longer have reason to insert big-bang theory into Genesis. One of the most clear and concise answers books on relevant topics concerning science and faith • Biblically addresses questions of science, creation, and ethics • Answers are written in a clear, concise manner -easy to understand In Six Days presents fifty doctorate-holding scientists from around the globe who certainly advocate a literal six-day creation and give sound scientific reasoning for doing so. Topics discussed include the Big Bang Theory, the decay of the magnetic field, irreducible complexity, the radioactive dating of rocks, and the fossil record.
Dr. Werner Gitt, an information specialist and committed creationist, takes readers on a fascinating journey to discover how the information packed into our universe — from DNA to the heavenly bodies — clearly points to a Designer. Morris studies geology, culture, and various creation theories to give a true picture of Earth history. Explodes popular misconceptions about the age of the earth by exposing the shaky reasoning behind radiometric dating The Great Dinosaur Mystery Solved: A rarely seen look at answering the questions associated with these “terrible lizards” from a creationist perspective TWO DVDs: This illustrated video, was shot live before hundreds of smiling children and their delighted parents! It's "edutainment" at its best, packed with great biblical teaching and dealing with some of children's most burning questions such as: Did dinosaurs actually roam the earth with Adam? Or could dinosaurs have actually fit on the ark? Dr Jonathan Sarfati presents case after case for amazing design in the living world, and demolishes theories of chemical evolution of the first life. Yet unlike many in the prominent Intelligent Design Movement, he is up-front about the truth of the Bible. This enables him to refute many anti-design arguments, and answer the key question: ‘Who is the Designer?’ (High School–Adult) 260 pages The NEW and updated Creation Answers book provides biblical answers to over 60 important questions that everyone wants to know on creation/evolution and the Bible! Not only does it answer your own questions, but equips you to effectively respond to those that resist the Gospel due to worldly teaching on origins. This important work is a "must-have" for anyone’s library! Explains how fossils are formed • Describes how to build your own fossil collection, including - How to extract fossils - How to identify fossils - How to store and display fossils • Dinosaurs Unleashed: Children will be taken on an exciting adventure through fossil graveyards, and into the Ark of Noah. The Great Dinosaur Mystery Solved: A rarely seen look at answering the questions associated with these “terrible lizards” from a creationist perspective This book is written primarily for Christians who may have difficulty understanding the ways of science and scientists. In particular, it is for students being taught about evolution, who wonder if they have to choose between believing the Bible or believing science. The most popular biology textbooks used in public schools today are saturated with references to evolutionary beliefs, which are misrepresented as irrefutable facts