CAPS Meeting, Sun. 12/17, 3 pm, Bellevue - "The Great Debate" Video - John MacKay vs John Polkinghorne
- The December CAPS meeting will be at the
Bellevue Church of Christ,
Sun. afternoon, Dec. 17:
3:00 pm for refreshments and book & video tables.
At 3:30 we will show "The Great Debate" DVD video with
John MacKay (Australian Creationist geologist)
vs John Polkinghorne, (British physicist, professor,
Anglican theologian, a theistic evolutionist
who sees no problem with men evolving from apes).
I will have some extra copies to sell or loan.
Site for John Polkinhorne's interviews and papers
Site for Biography of John Mackay
Summary of Debate video:
LIVERPOOL CATHEDRAL DEBATE A GREAT SUCCESS Over 1100
people filled the Liverpool Cathedral to hear
Cambridge University physicist and Canon Theological
for the Cathedral, Dr John Polkinghorne, debate
Australian and International Director of Creation
Research, John Mackay. The topic: Is evolution
compatible with the Christian faith?"
As the UKs leading theistic evolutionist, Dr John
Polkinghorne started the debate with his claim that
the universe had evolved over the past 14 billion
years. Mackay quickly produced a copy of a 1990
lecture by Polkinghorne, where he had stated the
universe had evolved over 15 billion years. It was fun
to watch the audience react to Mackays claim that
evolution must be so wonderful it has enabled John
Polkinghorne to become 15 years older while the
universe became one billion years younger, and then
use it to emphasis the point that these vast billions
of years are not facts that disprove a literal reading
of the scriptures, but mens feeble theories, which
are constantly evolving while the scriptures in
Genesis remain firm.
THE UK CHURCHMAN NEWSPAPER reporting the Liverpool
Debate stated: "The controversial issue of origins was
given a theological airing in the cloistered confines
of Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral, on March 8th 2005.
The distinguished Australian Creation Scientist John
Mackay was, in my humble opinion, far away ahead in
his creation views against the resident Anglican
theologian, Canon John Polkinghorne, KBE. It was a
great educational debate but in my view Mackay's
Biblical answers left the canon (and he reminded me
very much of Captain Mainwaring of Dad's Army)
spluttering in his hastily assembled answers. (from
Liverpool Canon Debates Creation Scientist in
Cathedral by G. Patrick Battell Paper No 7568, 18
Hosted by popular BBC Commentator Roger Phillips, this
exciting debate was filmed professionally. This is one
DVD you dont want to miss. Since faith in Theistic
Evolution over billions of years is one of the biggest
problems in evangelical churches throughout the world,
your church needs to see it as well!
John N. Johnson
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