Guyana to attend OAS Summit, other international forums

first_imgGuyana will, in the coming weeks, be represented at several international forums, the first being the 72nd Session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee, to be held in London, United Kingdom (UK) from April 9-13, 2018.Minister of State, Joseph HarmonMinister of State, Joseph Harmon, who made the announcement recently, said the remit of the Marine Environment Protection Committee includes the control of ship-sourced pollution, such as sewage, garbage, and greenhouse gas emissions.The committee is also concerned with water management and pollution preparedness and response.The meeting, Minister Harmon noted, will address issues such as international certification for the carriage of dangerous chemicals, and will provide a forum for knowledge- sharing on the environmental impact of oil spills and the mitigation of its adverse effects.Director General of the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) in the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Claudette Rogers, and Director General of the Frontiers Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Barbara Haley, are attending the meeting.This is followed by the country’s participation at the 8th Summit of the Organisation of American States (OAS), slated for April 13-14, 2018 in Lima, Peru, and being held under the theme “Democratic Governance against corruption”.The summit is aimed at coordinating concrete action among member states in the fight against corruption, which hinders sustainable development; and at transnational threats across the Western Hemisphere.“Guyana’s participation will reiterate the Government’s continued commitment to fight corruption at the national and regional levels,” Minister Harmon noted.Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge; Guyana’s Ambassador to the OAS, Dr. Riyad Insanally; and Guyana’s Ambassador to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Charlene Phoenix, will comprise the Guyanese delegation.Cabinet also granted approval for attendance at the World Bank’s 9th Forum of the Debt Management Facility in Brussels, Belgium, from May 28-29, 2018.Focus will be placed on policy-relevant research, topics related to debt policy and management, and the current challenges faced by developing countries with respect to debt policy, sustainability and management.The growing complexities of portfolios and uncertain market conditions, the State Minister pointed out, will be addressed.Head of the Debt Management Division in the Ministry of Finance, Donna Heywood, will be representing Guyana.Guyana also participated in the 9th Mid-term Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement, which was held from April 4-6, 2018 in Baku, Azerbaijan.It allowed participants to exchange views on how to respond to challenges facing member states individually and generally, due to the changing economic, social and security environment.Minister Harmon said participation at the Ministerial Conference allowed Guyana opportunity to demonstrate its continued and strong interest in the founding principles of the Non-Aligned Movement, and engagement in proactive diplomacy with regard to the preservation and sanctity of our borders.Minister Greenidge, along with the Director of Multilateral and Global Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Troy Torrington, and First Secretary of Guyana’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations (UN), Marissa Edwards, attended the conference.Additionally, Preparedness and Response Manager of the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), Sean Welcome, participated in the Regional Summit on Disaster Risk Management held in Dominica from April 5-6, 2018.The summit involved the sharing of lessons learnt during the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, especially the effects of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.last_img read more

Taxpayers Federation calls for province to review on MSPs

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. — Jordan Bateman, B.C. Director of the Canadian Taxpayer’s Federation and he’s back on the Medical Services Premium warpath calling on the Clark government to implement a freeze this year, and to completely review and fix what he also calls this ‘stupid and hopelessly flawed tax.’Using a Freedom of Information Request the Taxpayers Federation has found MSP payment numbers — which don’t include 800,000 low-income earners who are MSP exempt, but that Mr. Bateman calls ‘shocking.’- Advertisement -Noting the payments have gone up 40 per cent since 2010, he contends that politicians don’t really understand the MSP system or exactly how poorly it’s performing.However, despite another petition seeking changes and speculation they could be in the offing, there’s still no clear indication from Premier Clark there will be any in next week’s provincial budget.last_img read more

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang performance by Dr. Kearney Middle School

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Dr. Kearney Middle School is presenting Chitty Chitty Bang Bang a musical adventure.Dr. Kearney Middle School presents Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, a fun family performance about inventions, adventures and the magical flying car.The show is taking place at the North Peace Cultural Centre with showtimes at;- Advertisement -Thursday, May 30 at 7 pmFriday, May 31 at 7 pmSaturday, June 1st at 1 pm and 7 pmCost of tickets are $20 for Adults and $15 for Students and SeniorsTo purchase tickets; CLICK HERE Advertisementlast_img

Valley-area business developments

first_imgThe Thousand Oaks-Westlake Village Regional Chamber of Commerce is inviting the public to attend its December After Five Mixer on Wednesday evening. The mixer will take place in the newly remodeled food court on the lower level of The Oaks shopping center, 222 W. Hillcrest Drive, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The price to attend is $2 for members and $10 for nonmembers and no RSVP is required. For more information, visit www.towlvchamber.org. Opening a new business, got a hot tip or a big promotion? If so, we want to hear about it. E-mail your news to bizbuzz@dailynews.com and be sure to include your name and phone number.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Studio City-based QD3 Entertainment recently announced a partnership with cell-phone provider Helio to launch a QD3-branded channel as part of Helio’s new Music Mix premium video package. QD3 will offer regularly updated programming, including clips from its library of more than 2,000 hours. Music Mix will showcase streaming music-related video content such as performances, artist interviews, music news, videos and more. Founded in 2002 by Quincy Jones III – the son of musician, record producer and composer Quincy Jones Jr. – QD3 Entertainment is an independent producer and aggregator of images, video and music. Northrop Grumman recently chose PPG Aerospace’s Los Angeles application support center as a recipient of their Platinum Source Preferred Award. PPG was one of 56 from more than 1,200 of their suppliers to earn the award, and one of only 21 to earn it for the second straight year. To earn the award, suppliers must meet quality, delivery, customer satisfaction and lean process standards for at least 12 consecutive months and have a “process variability reduction program.” PPG supplies Northrop Grumman with coatings, sealants and custom-packaged third-party chemicals. The Los Angeles Center is in Glendale, and it supplies Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems facilities in Palmdale and El Segundo. Based in Pittsburgh, PPG employs more than 34,000 people at 125 manufacturing centers and equity affiliates in more than 25 countries. The bulk vending company A&A Global Industries, Inc. recently leased a 31,828-square-foot industrial facility in Sylmar for an expansion and relocation of its Los Angeles-area distribution center and showroom. It plans to relocate from Sun Valley and occupy the facility at 15094 Bledsoe St. on Jan. 1, 2008, and employ about 25 people. David Hoffberg, senior vice president of the Van Nuys-based Delphi Business Properties, represented the owner, Z. Patrick Berberian. Hoffberg and Delphi’s chief operating officer Jerry Scullin represented A&A. A&A’s products include toys, candy, stickers and other novelties. SureFire, LLC – a manufacturer of compact, high-end illumination tools and tactical equipment – recently named Calabasas-based interactive agency Wicked Smart Marketing as its online media buyer of record. In developing an overall strategy to help drive sales, Wicked Smart created microsites for SureFire’s flashlights. Previously, Wicked Smart designed and developed the Web site for SureFire’s EarPro products, which increased user interactivity while increasing sales. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champTIP JAR The Valley Economic Development Center has workshops on marketing and business loans set this week. Business Marketing Basics will cover the most important basics of how to prepare a realistic marketing plan for your business. The free seminar, sponsored by Wachovia, will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Do you want to expand, purchase equipment/inventory, or restructure your business? If so, attend All About Business Loans to learn about SBA, micro loan, minority, veteran, special loan programs and packaging options. The free workshop will be 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday. Both seminars are at the VEDC in Van Nuys, 5121 Van Nuys Blvd., third floor. To RSVP or for more information, call 818-907-9922. last_img read more

Regional air flights supported

first_imgPALMDALE – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors endorsed Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich’s proposal to entice airlines to use Palmdale Regional Airport, which lost its only scheduled airline last week. The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday in favor of Antonovich’s resolution urging Los Angeles World Airports to explore a variety of incentives to attract airlines to Palmdale Regional Airport and the airport at Ontario. Antonovich is suggesting that LAWA, which operates Los Angeles International Airport and smaller airfields in Palmdale and Ontario, explore such incentives as advanced ticket purchases, reducing or eliminating various taxes and fees, providing free transportation from the Van Nuys FlyAway bus station, subsidizing airport security and cargo-handling improvements, and providing a connection between the Palmdale Metrolink station and the Palmdale airport. “Today’s action is a step forward in our plan to have airlines operating in Palmdale and we look forward to working with LAWA to make that a reality,” Antonovich spokesman Tony Bell said. “By placing airlines at Palmdale, we can fulfill the vision of a regional transportation system.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Antonovich’s suggestions could be part of a multiagency discussion on air traffic throughout Los Angeles County. A proposed settlement to lawsuits filed over the planned expansion of LAX calls for exploring ways to have regional airports take on airline traffic that would otherwise go to LAX. One of the provisions of the LAX master plan settlement agreement is that LAWA will invite the Federal Aviation Administration, the Southern California Association of Governments, Southern California counties and airport operators to participate in a working group to plan for regional distribution of air traffic demand, said LAWA spokesman Paul Haney. “There will be an airport summit to explore ideas and new approaches to the issue of distributing the traffic across the region,” Haney said. “This (resolution) is timely and fits nicely with the recommendations of the settlement.” Palmdale lost its only airline last weekend when Scenic Airlines pulled out, citing low passenger loads for its flights to North Las Vegas. Scenic, which operated 19-passenger turboprop aircraft, had flown out of Palmdale for just over a year. The cities of Los Angeles and Palmdale are hunting for airlines that would bring jetliners big enough for 60 passengers to the airport. “The focus is to make the business case for airlines to schedule flights linking Palmdale with major hubs in the west and the middle portion of the country,” Haney said. In a 2001 study commissioned by Los Angeles County, the consulting firm Tri-Star Marketing stated that Palmdale can support a profitable passenger service linking the Antelope Valley with Western cities such as Dallas, Denver or San Francisco. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 james.skeen@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Casualty update

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event No deaths reported. The latest identifications reported by the military: Army Spc. Daniel L. Sesker, 22, Ogden, Iowa, killed Thursday when an explosive detonated near his vehicle in Beiji; assigned to the Army National Guard’s Troop C, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry in LeMars, Iowa. – Associated Press As of Saturday, April 8, 2006, at least 2,350 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes seven military civilians. At least 1,846 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military’s numbers. The AP count is the same as the Defense Department’s tally, last updated Friday at 10 a.m. EST. The British military has reported 103 deaths; Italy, 27; Ukraine, 18; Poland, 17; Bulgaria, 13; Spain, 11; Slovakia, Denmark three; El Salvador, Estonia, Netherlands, Thailand, two each; and Hungary, Kazakhstan, Latvia, one death each. The latest deaths reported by the military: 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

BALLYSHANNON MUSICAL SOCIETY NEEDS YOU ….!

first_imgAre you thinking of doing something different for the New Year? Then this is your big chance for adults to get involved in this years production of The King and I.On Thursday January 3rd we are hosting another open night/audition to get men and women to make up the cast of our upcoming musical. A large cast and chorus of men and women are required to make this a memorable show. Everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary.If you would like to be onstage or backstage come along on Thursday 3rd January at 7.30pm to The Abbey Centre. Rehearsals begin next week.To ensure a top quality production a commitment to all rehearsals is required for a hectic schedule in January and February 2013 with the show running from February 26th to March 2nd.  BALLYSHANNON MUSICAL SOCIETY NEEDS YOU ….! was last modified: December 31st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:auditionsBallyshannon Musical SocietyThe King and Ilast_img read more

CHILDREN TO BE ISSUED WITH ID BANDS TO PREVENT REPEAT OF ROSSNOWLAGH SEARCH

first_imgCOAST Guard staff and volunteers are to issue children with plastic ID bands in a bid to prevent the repeat of the chaos on Rossnowlagh beach last year.A child went missing on the famous strand amid fears he was in the water during last July’s heat wave.Thousands of people in their cars caused gridlock on the beach when they all tried to leave at the same time as the tide came in. The Sligo 118 rescue helicopter and lifeboat crews were forced to scramble to the beach in an attempt to find the child who later turned up safe and well.“With the beach weather hopefully sticking around for a while Irish Coast Guard units around the country have started distributing wristbands for children under the “Give us a hand” campaign,” said Dara O’Malley-Daly from Malin Head Coast Guard station.“The wristbands which are disposable allow parents/ guardians to write their phone number on it and place on a child’s hand.“If the child gets lost the phone number can be contacted and everyone reunited quickly, minimising the need for a large scale search and undue concern for parents. The wristbands are free and made of Tyvek material which is durable and waterproof. “Coast Guard units around the country are distributing the wristbands at coastal/ inland waterway locations. They are also making them available for collection at lifeguard stations and public buildings like libraries.” CHILDREN TO BE ISSUED WITH ID BANDS TO PREVENT REPEAT OF ROSSNOWLAGH SEARCH was last modified: June 17th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:childrendonegalID bandsIrish Coast GuardRossnowlaghlast_img read more

Bush on fundraising trip without help of Arnold

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES (AP) – President Bush flew cross-country to help dedicate a new Air Force One exhibit at the Ronald Reagan presidential library, but his appearance at a GOP fundraiser while he was here irked top California Republicans. They said Bush’s appearance Thursday night at a $1 million Republican National Committee fundraiser was poorly timed because of the upcoming Nov. 8 special gubernatorial election. “Unless President Bush is coming to California to hand over a check from the federal government to help us with the financial challenges we face, the visit seems ill-timed,” said Karen Hanretty, a spokeswoman for the state Republican Party. Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is trying to court independents and Democrats – two voter blocs that typically haven’t supported Bush. The governor’s campaign expressed disappointment that Bush would travel to the state to raise money just two and a half weeks before the special election. During a campaign stop Wednesday in Anaheim, Schwarzenegger addressed why he was passing on the opportunity to sit with Bush. “We’re in high gear right now for our campaign,” he said. “So of course, right now, it’s all about paying attention to that. So this is why I couldn’t really accept the invitation to be part of the ceremony at the Reagan Library out there.” But he also said he was not happy that the president was coming to California so close to the November election to raise money for the Republican National Committee. To date, Schwarzenegger has yet to reach his $50 million fundraising goal to promote his ballot initiatives. “I’ve met with the president several times in the past. We’ve worked together, and we have a good working relationship,” Schwarzenegger said, adding, “… We would have appreciated it if he had done his fundraising after Nov. 8.” Leading California Democrats on Thursday asked Schwarzenegger to break from his special election campaign long enough to meet with Bush. Democrats criticized the governor’s decision, saying Schwarzenegger is putting politics ahead of the needs of the state. “This governor promised to be the ‘Collectinator’ – but California sends more money to the federal government than any other state in the union,” said Assemblyman Dario Frommer, D-Los Angeles. “Apparently, the only thing that the governor is collecting is special interest money.” The opening of the Air Force One Pavilion is the realization of Reagan’s plan that everyday Americans should be able to share Air Force One. Once the exhibit opens to the public Monday, visitors will be able to walk through the aircraft that Reagan used. Bush and first lady Laura Bush will pay their respects to Reagan, who died last year, by placing a wreath at his memorial. They also plan to tour the library and eat lunch there before flying back east for a weekend at Camp David. Associated Press Writers Tom Chorneau in Sacramento and Michael R. Blood in Los Angeles contributed to this report.last_img read more

Creationism’s Debt to Phillip Johnson

first_imgPhillip E. Johnson (1940-2019) was a unifying figure, but not a compromiser. A unique and wise influencer, his strategy will continue.Op-ed by David CoppedgeWhen I heard yesterday that Dr Phillip Johnson had passed away November 2, I was saddened, but I was comforted to reflect that his influence is alive and well. As “godfather” of the intelligent design movement (not “father” since design arguments go back to antiquity, and the phrase “intelligent design” predates him1), Johnson’s influence was indubitably profound for ID. But how about for creationism? There have been a few creationists who have been critical of his approach, thinking he did not go far enough to support the Bible or to identify the nebulous “Designer” as God. Most creation leaders I know, however, are highly indebted to him, as shown by their frequent use of design arguments. Was Johnson’s influence good for Biblical creationism? I argue that it was—profoundly so.Johnson had been working behind the scenes for years since his strokes limited his physical capacity, yet his mind remained sharp. He made a brief appearance four years ago to eulogize his atheist opponent William Provine of Cornell (Evolution News), illustrating his gentlemanly manner with opponents. Most of his recent influence has been to personally encourage other leaders of the intelligent design movement (IDM). Johnson’s public influence began in 1991 with publication of his book Darwin on Trial, which caught the notice of secular scholars and theists that a new sheriff was in town: a clear-thinking legal scholar able to cut through the fog and make the main thing the main thing. Casey Luskin explained that main thing in a post on Evolution News today, “Remembering Phillip E. Johnson (1940-2019): The Man Who Lit the Match” —With the mind of a law professor, Johnson was a master at spotting issues. And the key issue he saw in the origins debate was not the age of the earth or the differing interpretations of Genesis by Christians. It was a more fundamental question of interest to theists and non-theists alike: Is life the result of blind, undirected natural causes, or is it the result of purposeful design? By focusing on this question, Johnson transformed the entire origins debate.Did Johnson Go Far Enough?Biblical creationists, understandably, are impatient to get to the gospel. To them (myself included), they want for people to get saved. Additionally, they have been burned by Christian groups that deny the Bible’s teaching on the age of the earth, or engage in compromising interpretations of Scripture (the day-age theory, progressive creation, or even theistic evolution). They feel that such wishy-washy presentations actually do more harm than good. It makes perfect sense: if one doubts the plain teaching of Genesis, how can the person trust the New Testament when it presents Christ as the Savior of the world?To make matters worse, Biblical creationists have suffered vitriolic opposition by some of the proponents of compromise positions – sometimes more than from atheists! In response to the growing IDM in the 1990s and early 2000’s, several prominent creation leaders (and here I will not name names, which would be a distraction from my point), have written critical articles about intelligent design. It’s understandable that they would be suspicious of any new idea coming around that, while skeptical of Darwinism, omits any reference to God, Genesis or the Bible at all.I’d like to argue that ID is different. Johnson’s approach was not confrontational to Biblical creationists, but rather supportive. This is indicated by the ironic fact that you can watch some of the same creationists who criticize ID using ID arguments in their own presentations of creation. They freely borrow terms like irreducible complexity, undirected natural causes, and intelligent design.My ExperienceIn his heyday, Phillip Johnson was a popular speaker in churches and Christian meetings, as well as at secular events. I am glad I got to hear him speak live on two occasions. After the first occasion, I asked him a question at the book table where he was signing books and talking to folks. I don’t recall my words, but it concerned whether we need to get people back to the Bible, and I think I came across a little arrogant. Rather curtly, without looking at me, he responded, “We must fight one battle at a time.” His point struck me, and left me speechless. The second occasion, on a more friendly note, I told him about CEH and how I was reporting on ID and creation. More cheerfully (and this was after his first stroke), he was glad to hear about it and was encouraged that many were doing their part. I think he felt that it’s going to take a lot of individuals to defeat Darwinism.I have read each of Johnson’s books as they came out. I never found him demeaning Biblical creation, or ridiculing those who teach a young earth. It was clear to me, also, that Phillip Johnson’s Biblical faith was genuine, and was not opposed to questioning the consensus age of the earth. This became most clear in his last book, The Right Questions. Johnson did a favor to the cause of creation by sticking to one fundamental question: Design, or not design? He opened up the discussion where it was having a hard time gaining traction.2With his astute legal mind, Johnson knew that unless we settle that question, creationists and evolutionists will talk past one another in a perennial standoff. Dr Johnson found the creationism of the late 1980s so focused on the age of the earth and the interpretation of Genesis, groups were fighting each other rather than affecting the culture. Screwtape would have loved it. Secularists could just laugh at the internecine battles and carry on, propagandizing students and everyone else in the courts, textbooks and science classrooms. Johnson’s question promised a better strategy to make the creation movement more effective: Unite the divided, and divide the united. Creationists needed an issue they could unite on, one that would act as a “wedge of truth” to divide the tough log of Darwinism, and to release the Darwinians’ stranglehold on education and the law.Johnson basically told creationists to back up a step. He did not say that the age of the earth is an unimportant question, or that the identity of the “designer” doesn’t matter. He just advised, like he told me, “We must fight one battle at a time.” Nobody could disagree that “Design or not design?” is the fundamental question, so let’s focus on that question, he advised.Effective StrategyBecause “Design or not design?” is a question that can be addressed through scientific arguments, this caught the secularists off guard. They were used to dismissing the YECs as ignoramuses and Bible thumpers. At school board meetings, evolutionists with their lackeys in the press could trot out the usual boilerplate about the religious right wanting to push the Bible in public schools, which (in their mistaken belief) violated the separation of church and state. Knocking over this strawman was one of their sports. They were completely unprepared when Johnson and ID scientists limited themselves to scientific evidences for undeniable instances of design in nature, while simultaneously undermining the materialist philosophy of evolutionists who relied on blind, unguided natural processes to account for them. If you can listen to one of Johnson’s debates with William Provine or with Eugenie Scott, you can sense the frustration they had with this new sheriff in town, who couldn’t be knocked off topic. He was dividing the united with the Wedge of Truth.Phillip Johnson also worked hard to unite the divided, and largely succeeded. He brought together scholars like Dembski, Behe, Nelson, and others who, while not prepared to argue the meaning of the Genesis days, saw the wisdom in the ID strategy. In my experience, it has been rare to see the most prominent ID leaders attack young-earth creationists, even if they think the earth is old. This is very different from the OECs and progressive creationists who often resorted to ridicule in their attacks. Johnson kept his followers focused on the main thing. I personally know many of them as friends, and can affirm that arguments about the age of the earth or the meaning of Genesis do not interfere in our friendship. We have very productive discussions about evidence for design. Some of them actually agree with Biblical creationism; it is just not the first item of business. “We must fight one battle at a time,” they would agree. Just as C.S. Lewis tried to get back to basics with Mere Christianity, IDM has tried to focus on Mere Creation: the argument for design.If you read our Site Map, you see an orderly presentation of the gospel as a series of trail junctions where one must decide which way to go. “Design or not design” is the deciding question at the peak that determines which side of the mountain you travel down. Not for a moment would I understate the importance of the follow-up questions. If anything, they become more important as you work down the decision tree. But if our listeners go down the wrong side of the mountain, they won’t be able to hear us.FootnotesIn fact, my father used the phrase “intelligent design” and equivalent phrases multiple times in his 1973 book, Evolution: Possible or Impossible? Though he unabashedly presented Biblical creation, the most influential and memorable parts of his book were the scientific arguments about proteins and DNA, and the mathematical probability calculations.In their famous debates against evolutionists in the 1970s and 1980s, ICR founders Henry Morris and Duane Gish stuck to scientific arguments: primarily, the fossil record and thermodynamics. Ironically, their opponents were the ones who brought up religious arguments! Nevertheless, their outspoken positions off the debate stage about the Bible, a young earth and a worldwide flood, while very effective for churches, appear to have had little influence in academia. ID scientists who do not make the age of the earth an issue appear to get more traction in academic circles. Some may disagree with this impression.Another point I like to make is that it takes a lot of different players with different roles to win a war. You need an army, a navy, and an air force. You need foot soldiers as well as office workers and suppliers. And, you need ambassadors: those who can go behind enemy lines and represent the policies of the administration. We should not demean those who don’t play the same roles we do. Even if ID doesn’t get people to pray the sinner’s prayer, it plays an important role; it gives people stepping stones over issues that otherwise would prevent them from even considering the truth. If your role is tactics, don’t demean the ones who deal in strategy. Some well-known Biblical creationists, in fact, stress the value of clearing the field before planting the seed.There are some listeners who will be ready to believe God with no design or scientific evidence at all; that’s great. There are some who have hangups with some creationist claims. Let them become convinced of design, and maybe their thinking will start to flow. Hardened atheists who attack us on Twitter often engage in the splattergun tactic, listing all their favorite attacks on the Bible in mocking tones. Better to take away their weapon than dodge bullets. That’s what ID can do: disarm the very premise of their unbelief.Those are some of my thoughts on the value of ID. I expect this op-ed could generate some discussion, so let us know how you feel. Better than reading about my feelings, read Johnson for yourself: buy his books or look for his speeches or debates online. Johnson appears briefly in Unlocking the Mystery of Life, a film by Illustra Media that remains one of the finest presentations of intelligent design ever made.(Visited 564 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享13last_img read more