The first edition of Acts & Facts for 2013 has been noticeably redesigned from last year. Aside from various cosmetic changes there is now a dedicated contents page, a new series of articles, and some of the usual sections have been rearranged. For its part the A&F page on the ICR’s website now has pictures, linking to some of the articles which are similarly highlighted in the magazine itself. Because I have been going through these articles for the last five days this recap is mostly for future archaeologists, but there are still a few things I missed.
Page 4: Grace from Beginning to End (Jayme Durant)
The new contents page pushes Durant’s column down to page 4. Content-wise, the article is a return to the old style of editor’s columns that served no greater purpose than introducing some of the later articles. It terminates with Durant’s signature, which is new.
Pages 5-7: Noah Found Grace (Henry Morris III)
The feature article is an excerpt from the as-yet unpublished Book of Beginnings, Volume Two, by Morris III. Morris claims that Noah must have been righteous on a Job-like level, and that he probably ran some kind of “architectural and contracting business” on the side. Noah’s honour is also defended against those would take the latter half of Genesis 9 to smear him as a “bumbling, drunken hypocrite.”
Page 8: Events
As I understand it the ICR has a regular thing with Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, on Wednesdays. Other notable events include the Jacksonville Pastors’ Conference on the 24th to the 27th. Meanwhile in San Diego there is something at the San Diego Christian College on the 25th, and on the 28th and 29th there is the “Why Origins Matter” conference – with keynote speakers Andrew Snelling and Jason Lisle.
Page 9: The Two-Book Fallacy (Jason Lisle)
The first of many swipes at non-YEC Christians in this edition. As we have already seen, Lisle argues against the idea that the natural would could be considered a divinely-authored “book” on par with the bible. Somehow this is listed under ‘research.’
Page 10: No Backdated Punishment in Eden (James J. S. Johnson)
Johnson’s regular column is the greatest casualty of the redesign: he has been reduced to a measly single page, not even long enough for him to get out one of his courtroom analogies. Here he builds a case that there could have been no death before the fall – another swing at theistic evolution and the like.
Pages 11-12: Epigenetics Proves Humans and Chimps Are Different (Jeffrey Tomkins)
Tomkins here rewrites a Thomas article from October that we have already looked at on the subject of the differences between Human and Chimp ‘methylomes.’ His conclusions are wonky, but you already knew that.
Page 13: The Survival of Noah’s Ark (John D. Morris)
Morris protests that yes, the ark really could have survived the flood. I mean, it’s buoyant and everything – surely that would be enough?
Page 14: The Ever-Changing Big Bang Story (Jake Hebert)
Another swipe at those foolish enough to incorporate the “changing, fallible stories of sinful men who were not present at creation” into their worldview. We looked at this at the same time as the Lisle article.
Page 15: DNA in Dinosaur Bones? (Brian Thomas)
Pages 16-18: A Mountain of Snow after the Genesis Flood (Larry Vardiman)
This is Vardiman’s ice age simulation from yesterday, if you have already forgotten. Somehow, this isn’t listed under ‘research.’
An advertisement for the ICR’s old museum in Santee, California – I used it as an excuse to take their virtual tour.
Page 20: Is Evolution an Observable Fact? (Nathaniel T. Jeanson)
This is the first of the “Creation Q&A” series. Jeanson takes the wrong road on this subject, attacking the “observable” part rather than tackling the more philosophical “fact” issue. He talks about baraminology and micro vs macro evolution (though without using those terms), and so do I.
Page 21: Occupy Till He Comes (Henry Morris IV)
This Morris is “longing for Christ’s return to bring sweet relief from the tribulations of this fallen world,” but in the meantime would rather like you to donate to the ICR. He also talks about some of the ICR’s projects, though these seem to be ones already in motion rather than those that we can expect to see this year.
The first one he mentions is the “partial conversion of one [of their] building[s] into a much-needed warehouse,” expanding their storage capacity six-fold. They intend to do more such renovation in future. The second is “a major project to design a series of high-quality science-oriented videos to teach in situations where ICR can’t” – I get the impression that he’s not actually talking about the That’s a Fact series, not least because the description certainly doesn’t fit them. This therefore could be something new for 2013. We shall have to wait and see. Morris notes that the whole enterprise is quite expensive.
The third thing he mentions is the cost of producing books – “2012 was a banner year for new books from ICR, and 2013 looks to be equally robust.” Again, let’s wait and see.
Page 22: Letters to the Editor
An interesting bunch this month. A nursing student is using the ICR’s app as a “respectable reference” when talking about their “difference of opinion when evolution topics are addressed” in class. Most of the rest of the letters relate to specific articles in previous editions of the magazine, with “C.W.” wanting to read more articles like Lisle mathematics thing from last month. You get the idea.
And that’s all for January 2013. Come back next month for more, or just stick around for their other stuff.