Professional, peer-reviewed papers about secular issues from a theological, philosophical, and scientific perspective.
Friedrich Engels Introduced Darwin to Karl Marx and Changed the World
Friedrich Engels was in some ways as important as Marx in helping to establish the revolution called Marxism (Communism) that has changed the world.
A Review of Hugh Ross’ Latest Book, Navigating Genesis
While many Christians support Ross’ broad conclusions, few would agree with the details of Dr. Ross’ argument.
Physical Difficulties with Hugh Ross’ Local Flood Model
There are at least three problems with Hugh Ross’ local flood model which render it physically impossible. This is in addition to numerous biblical issues.
Natural Selection: Assessing the Role It Plays in our World
Natural selection is controversial among many scientists, both in evolutionary and creationary circles.
Hume’s Guillotine and Evolutionary Ethics: Evaluating Attempts to Overcome the Naturalistic Fallacy
The problem of establishing an ontological basis for morality has troubled materialistic philosophers since Darwin.
The Dwarfs are for the Dwarfs: Stanley Fish, The Pragmatic Presuppositionalist
Literary theorist and prominent public intellectual Stanley Fish is a self-described “antifoundationalist”—someone who believes that truth is relative to one’s “interpretive community.”
Is There a Dominion Mandate? Discussion: In Defense of Human Dominion
Andrew S. Kulikovsky responds to Darek Isaacs’ paper, “Is There a Dominion Mandate?”
Is There a Dominion Mandate? Reply: A Response to Hennigan, Kulikovsky, and McDurmon
Darek Isaacs responds to the challenges to his paper, “Is There a Dominion Mandate?”
Is There a Dominion Mandate? Discussion: The Dominion Mandate: Yesterday, Today, and Forever
Joel McDurmon responds to Darek Isaacs’ paper, “Is There a Dominion Mandate?”
Is There a Dominion Mandate? Discussion: A Response to Darek Isaacs
Thomas D. Hennigan responds to Darek Isaacs’ paper, “Is There a Dominion Mandate?”
German and American Eugenics in the Pre-World War 1 Era
Before the traumatic devastation of the Nazi genocides, eugenics theory was widely accepted by both German and American scientists, especially in the pre-World War 1 era.
Is There a Dominion Mandate?
The dominion mandate is not named nor defined in Scripture, and so offering a deeper definition, which everyone can agree on, is not possible. However, it is possible to locate where the idea is found
The Unbeliever at War with God: Michael Ruse and the Creation-Evolution Controversy
The evidence to be considered will indicate that a fear of God and afterlife play a major role in the psychology of unbelief, and that points toward the realism of Scripture.
Review of John Lennox’s Book Seven Days That Divide the World: The Beginning According to Genesis and Science
Lennox reasons that the church has been wrong in the past over its interpretation of Scripture in light of scientific discovery, and that those holding to a young earth are wrong again.
Understanding the Nature of Scripture, of Jesus, and the “Dis-Ease” of Theistic Evolutionists (BioLogos)
The apologetic suggests that BioLogos should consider that the ultimate source of their “dis-ease” is the nature and character of the Creator.
Genome-Wide DNA Alignment Similarity (Identity) for 40,000 Chimpanzee DNA Sequences Queried against the Human Genome is 86–89%
To provide a global set of analyses, large-scale comparative DNA sequence alignments between the chimpanzee and human genomes were performed with the BLASTN algorithm.
Untangling Uniformitarianism, Level II: Actualism in Crisis
Although the term uniformitarianism was not introduced until 1832, the concepts that Lyell so cleverly fused together had already been operating in the nascent discipline of geology for some decades
Time to Abandon Postmodernism: Living a New Way
In Western civilization, the Mosaic generation and those that are younger are leaving religious institutions en masse while embracing spirituality nonetheless at unprecedented rates.
Why Orthodox Darwinism Demands Atheism
A conflict exists between modern neo-Darwinism and orthodox biblical Christianity.
Inherit the Wind
Although the play was widely believed to be an accurate synopsis of the historical trial, often called the Trial of the Century, it grossly distorted the actual events of history.
Of the nine terms associated with uniformitarianism, seven can be replaced or eliminated, which refutes the accusation that diluvialists do not understand uniformitarianism.
Fraud and Forgery in Paleoanthropology
A review of the history of paleoanthropology leads to the conclusion that the discipline is far less objective than that for physics, chemistry, or even biology.
Christian Theodicy in Light of Genesis and Modern Science
The problem of evil is always a challenge for the Christian witness. However, William Dembski’s “solution” proves logically and biblically unsound.
There Is No Darwin Conspiracy
Some contend that Charles Darwin plagiarized his theory of evolution. Whether you agree with the man or not, however, the evidence suggests the idea is his.
Toward a Practical Theology of Peer Review
The irony of the conflict over peer review is that peer review is poorly understood and criticized even in conventional journals.
Secularism in Answers Research Journal
The western world once based its policies, laws, ethics, and education upon the Christian worldview. Today, however, the Christian worldview has been largely removed from western society. This is because the western world today is overtly secular in its worldview. The word “secular” is related to the Latin word saeculum (“generation, age”). Therefore, secularism is essentially the belief that people can interpret life based on philosophies taken only from this world without any recourse to belief in God. The rise of secularism in public life is basically the promotion of a neutral and supposedly impartial worldview.
From a biblical point of view, there are numerous problems with a secular approach to reality. Whereas the idea of secularism purports man is neutral in his thinking, the Bible tells us that no one has a neutral worldview towards God (Romans 1:18–20; 8:7). Secularism presupposes that mankind is born with a “clean slate” (tabula rasa), but the Bible teaches that as descendants of Adam, man is born in sin (Psalm 51:5; 1 Corinthians 15:22). From a secular perspective, morality is situational and is decided by the general consensus of society, which leaves us with a nebulous system of right and wrong, good and evil. However, the Bible tells us that God’s moral law is universal and absolute (Romans 2:15; 3:19).
The aim of these research papers in Answers Research Journal (ARJ) is to evaluate the secular worldview in light of the biblical record. ARJ papers will engage and critique secular approaches to science, morality, philosophy, and cultural issues.