Archive for October, 2008

Catholic Priest is What? A Pharisee?—’Jesus was not God’: Priest sparks Catholic controversy

Church of Darwin, Religious, s8int.com, Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Oct 30 2008


Here at s8int.com, we are neither Catholic nor Protestant, but Christians only. As Catholic priests go, this guy is obviously a nut of some kind. However, even when condemning him, the Catholic church takes the position that the divinity of Christ was settled at a council in 325 A.D.!

Sorry, that matter was settled long before that by the Lord Himself when among other things He said;
“I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins.” John 8:24

Jesus Christ was not God, and Mary was not a virgin, according to a controversial new book written by an Australian Catholic priest.

In the booklet, ‘God is Big. Real Big’, which has gone on sale for $20 in several churches, Bathurst priest Peter Dresser argues Jesus could not have been God.

“This whole matter regarding Jesus being God … not only does violence to my own intelligence, but must be a sticking point,” he says.

“For millions of people trying to make some kind of sense of the Christian religion … No human being can ever be God, and Jesus was a human being. It is as simple as that.”

Father Dresser claims Joseph was Jesus’s father, Mary was not a virgin – and actually had six children – and that the story of the resurrection should not be taken literally.

The booklet has angered conservative Catholics, such as Sydney priest Anthony Robbie.

“What a breathtaking know-all, to claim he knows the mind of Christ contrary to scripture and tradition. His words rob Christianity entirely of its meaning and purpose,” Father Robbie told News Ltd.

“The Council of Nicaea settled the question that Christ was God in 325, so he is 1700 years out of date.

“The rest is a regurgitation of every discredited 19th-century liberal Protestant German cliche in the book.”

Less Ice in the Arctic Ocean 6000-7000 Years Ago

Science, The Flood of Noah, Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Oct 28 2008

Photo: Astrid Lyså, NGU

(Astigan.com) — Recent mapping of a number of raised beach ridges on the north coast of Greenland suggests that the ice cover in the Arctic Ocean was greatly reduced some 6000-7000 years ago. The Arctic Ocean may have been periodically ice free.

”The climate in the northern regions has never been milder since the last Ice Age than it was about 6000-7000 years ago. We still don’t know whether the Arctic Ocean was completely ice free, but there was more open water in the area north of Greenland than there is today,” says Astrid Lyså, a geologist and researcher at the Geological Survey of Norway (NGU).

Shore features

Together with her NGU colleague, Eiliv Larsen, she has worked on the north coast of Greenland with a group of scientists from the University of Copenhagen, mapping sea-level changes and studying a number of shore features. She has also collected samples of driftwood that originated from Siberia or Alaska and had these dated, and has collected shells and microfossils from shore sediments.

”The architecture of a sandy shore depends partly on whether wave activity or pack ice has influenced its formation. Beach ridges, which are generally distinct, very long, broad features running parallel to the shoreline, form when there is wave activity and occasional storms. This requires periodically open water,” Astrid Lyså tells me.

Pack-ice ridges which form when drift ice is pressed onto the seashore piling up shore sediments that lie in its path, have a completely different character. They are generally shorter, narrower and more irregular in shape.

Open sea

”The beach ridges which we have had dated to about 6000-7000 years ago were shaped by wave activity,” says Astrid Lyså. They are located at the mouth of Independence Fjord in North Greenland, on an open, flat plain facing directly onto the Arctic Ocean. Today, drift ice forms a continuous cover from the land here. Astrid Lyså says that such old beach formations require that the sea all the way to the North Pole was periodically ice free for a long time.

”This stands in sharp contrast to the present-day situation where only ridges piled up by pack ice are being formed,” she says.

However, the scientists are very careful about drawing parallels with the present-day trend in the Arctic Ocean where the cover of sea ice seems to be decreasing.

“Changes that took place 6000-7000 years ago were controlled by other climatic forces than those which seem to dominate today,” Astrid Lyså believes.

Inuit immigration

The mapping at 82 degrees North took place in summer 2007 as part of the LongTerm project, a sub-project of the major International Polar Year project, SciencePub. The scientists also studied ruined settlements dating from the first Inuit immigration to these desolate coasts.

The first people from Alaska and Canada, called the Independence I Culture, travelled north-east as far as they could go on land as long ago as 4000-4500 years ago. The scientists have found out that drift ice had formed on the sea again in this period, which was essential for the Inuit in connection with their hunting. No beach ridges have been formed since then.

”Seals and driftwood were absolutely vital if they were to survive. They needed seals for food and clothing, and driftwood for fuel when the temperature crept towards minus 50 degrees. For us, it is inconceivable and extremely impressive,” says Eiliv Larsen, the NGU scientist and geologist.

Written by Gudmund Løvø, NGU

Materialists: How Do We Explain Away Mounting Evidence of a “Just So” Universe?

Science, Uncategorized, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Oct 28 2008

Why Life on Earth Coincides with a Vital Shift in the Makeup of the Universe
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Sunday 26th October, 2008
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Canberra, Oct 26 : Scientists have come up with an answer to the puzzling question of why life on Earth coincides with a momentous shift in the makeup of the universe.

According to a report by ABC News, research into finding an answer to this mystery was done by Ph.D. student Chas Egan and Charley Lineweaver from Australian National University.

The conundrum has its roots in the way the universe changes as it expands, explained Egan.

Soon after the Big Bang, some 14 billion years ago, most of the energy in the universe was in the form of heat. Later, as the universe cooled and expanded, matter, such as stars and planets, became dominant.

As the expansion continues, it is expected that “dark energy” – a mysterious force that causes the expansion of the universe to accelerate – will become most important.

Over the past 10 years, observations of the universe have shown that the expansion is accelerating, suggesting that the gradual transition from the current matter-dominated phase to the dark-energy era is underway.

“We’re right on the cusp between the matter-dominated and dark energy-dominated epochs,” said Egan.

Astronomers have been puzzled why this shift is happening right now, just when humans are here to observe it.

“When theorists see something like that, that indicates something suspicious. It looks like a coincidence,” said Egan.

Various efforts have been made to explain this coincidence problem over the years, but none of the ideas raised have gained widespread acceptance.

Now, Egan and Lineweaver have taken a pragmatic approach, reasoning that the only time in the history of the universe that it would be possible for us to exist is around now – when stars have been formed, galaxies coalesced and planets have evolved for us to live on.

“It struck us that it’s kind of silly to think that observers could have occurred anywhere during the whole history of the universe,” said Egan.

“If we are tied to terrestrial planets, then we could not possibly have observed the radiation era, and when the universe gets large and diffuse and so on then we could not possible observe that late future either,” he added.

“The results are important for the direction of dark energy research,” Egan said.

“It means we can focus on other problematic aspects of dark energy with some confidence that there is a reasonable explanation for the coincidence problem, regardless of what dark energy turns out to be,” he added.

Edom, King Solomon’s Mines and the Historicity of the Bible

Church of Darwin, Religious, Science, Sophistication of Ancestors, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Oct 28 2008

Back in January of 2005, we printed several articles on Thomas Levy’s research in Edom and his finding which suggested that the history presented in the Bible re: David, King Solomon and Edom was correct. Biblical naysayers had been claiming at least from the 1980′s that Biblical chronologies were flawed, made up and/or inaccurate. This article further advances the ball…s8int.com

ScienceDaily (Oct. 28, 2008) — Did the Bible’s King David and his son Solomon control the copper industry in present-day southern Jordan? Though that remains an open question, the possibility is raised once again by research reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Led by Thomas Levy of UC San Diego and Mohammad Najjar of Jordan’s Friends of Archaeology, an international team of archaeologists has excavated an ancient copper-production center at Khirbat en-Nahas down to virgin soil, through more than 20 feet of industrial smelting debris, or slag.

The 2006 dig has brought up new artifacts and with them a new suite of radiocarbon dates placing the bulk of industrial-scale production at Khirbat en-Nahas in the 10th century BCE – in line with biblical narrative on the legendary rule of David and Solomon.

The new data pushes back the archaeological chronology some three centuries earlier than the current scholarly consensus.

The research also documents a spike in metallurgic activity at the site during the 9th century BCE, which may also support the history of the Edomites as related by the Bible.

Khirbat en-Nahas, which means “ruins of copper” in Arabic, is in the lowlands of a desolate, arid region south of the Dead Sea in what was once Edom and is today Jordan’s Faynan district. The Hebrew Bible (or Old Testament) identifies the area with the Kingdom of Edom, foe of ancient Israel.

For years, scholars have argued whether the Edomites were sufficiently organized by the 10th to 9th centuries BCE to seriously threaten the neighboring Israelites as a true “kingdom.” Between the World Wars, during the “Golden Age” of biblical archaeology, scholars explored, as Levy describes it, with a trowel in one hand and Bible in the other, seeking to fit their Holy Land findings into the sacred story.

Based on his 1930s surveys, American archaeologist Nelson Glueck even asserted that he had found King Solomon’s mines in Faynan/Edom. By the 1980s, however, Glueck’s claim had been largely dismissed.

A consensus had emerged that the Bible was heavily edited in the 5th century BCE, long after the supposed events, while British excavations of the Edomite highlands in the 1970s-80s suggested the Iron Age had not even come to Edom until the 7th century BCE.

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Dead Pterosaur Photo Compared to Rhamphorhynchoidea

Crypto, Dinosaurs in Literature, s8int.com, Science, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Oct 26 2008

This photo has been on the site for some time but we hadn’t posted our comparison with one of the long tailed Rhamphorhynchoidea pterosaurs similar to Rhamphorhynchus.

This photo is allegedly from the 1950′s and was printed in Ripley’s Believe it Or not or similar magazine and shows a ranch hand holding up a long tailed creature that science says should have been extinct-for many millions of years.

Photo 2 shows the alleged pterosaur compared with two versions of Rhamphorhynchus. Text is provided primarily so that we could have something to wrap around the photos….s8int.com

RHAMPHORHYNCHUS
Rhamphorhynchus was an early pterosaur. It belonged to a group called the rhamphorhynchoids. They were small in size and had long narrow wings made from skin stretched over a long fourth finger of the hand. These animals also could have had a throat pouch for storage.

Rhamphorhynchus (which means “beak snout”) was an early pterosaur, an extinct flying reptile closely related to dinosaurs. It belonged to a group called the rhamphorhynchoids. Rhamphorhynchus, a primitive type of flying reptile, was less specialized than the later pterodactyls. This primitive pterosaurus was a carnivore, that probably ate fish and insects.

It may have hunted by draping its beak in the water. It would snap its sharp teeth shut and toss the food into its throat pouch. This throat pouch, a structure, that has been preserved in some fossils, could have been used for storage. Click Here for Larger Comparison Photo with Rhamphorhynchoidea pterosaurs

Rhamphorhynchus was small in size and had long, narrow wings made from skin stretched over a long, fourth finger of the hand. It had long, thin pointed tail (4 inch/20 cm), which ended in a diamond-shaped flap of skin. It may have been used as a rudder to direct himself when flying.

Rhamphorhynchus had long, narrow jaws with large spiked teeth that pointed outwards. Its small body with a long neck and tiny legs was supported by a relatively large head. ……Wikipedia

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Ancient Civilizations in Brittany, France Interacted with “Dinosaurs” and Left the Monuments to Prove It

Crypto, Dinosaurs in Literature, s8int.com, Science, Sophistication of Ancestors, The Flood of Noah, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Oct 23 2008

by Anthony James
Copyright s8int.com 2008

Here at s8int.com, we’re always curious to see which stories garner the most interest. Often times, the stories we think are going to shock the world, do not and others which we think might be of limited interest are the ones that literally thousands of people read. Above Photo: Lesneven; The Coast of Legends.

Here’s another one that we think is going to “shock the world”, so let’s see if anyone else agrees. How will monuments like “The Monster”, “The Camel” or the Arc de Triomphe effect the dinosaur and human interaction argument?

There’s a certain area in France where apparently a whole lot was going on in the distant past with respect to ancient, unknown civilizations, all under the nose of and virtually invisible to conventional archaeology.

At Fontainebleau, France, an ancient unknown civilization left unmistakable traces of its existence in the form of monuments; twisted and surreal megalithic sculptures and stone heads similar in size to those of the Olmecs. Controversially, they also left samples of an unknown writing system.

Approximately 4 hours away by automobile is Lussac-les-Châteaux, where in 1937, Leon Pericard and Stephane Lewoff uncovered a number of engraved stones dating from the Magdalenian period (it is believed) which drastically altered the accepted picture of how “cave men” or primitive peoples looked and dressed. The flat stones held portraits that showed men and women in casual poses, wearing robes, boots, belts, coats and hats. Clearly this find is still controversial.

Equidistant from Fontainebleau and from Lussac-les-Châteaux, approximately 3 ½ hours by car is Glozel, France, where in 1921 a great number of stone tablets were found in a cave engraved with writing, some of it apparently Phoenician, along with pictures of “extinct animals”. The problem was, the writing on the tablets was much too early for the paradigm to accept. Recent scientific tests have borne out their age.

Roughly equidistant from Glozel and Fontainebleau, about 6 hours away is Locmariaquer, France, the location of some of the largest menhirs and dolmens in the world.

Brittany, is an area six hours from Fontainebleau along the Rue de Cote des Legendes is an area known for its ancient Celtic and Pagan worship and for dolmens, stones, standing stones, menhirs, megalithic constructions, strange granite rock formations in twisted forms made by nature and other recognizable forms carved by men.

It is here, among these ancient monuments that we find conclusive, spectacular evidence that either the ancient Pagans or an even earlier civilizations interacted with dinosaurs. This evidence is in the form of megalithic rocks weighing tens and hundreds of tons, perhaps thousands of years old.

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Mysterious Mountain Range “Shouldn’t be There”

s8int.com, Science, The Flood of Noah, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Oct 22 2008

The Gamburtsev mountains of the Antarctic rival the Alps in size but are covered by an up to two and one half mile ice sheet. Scientists believe that this ice formed over a period of 30 million years. Since most Christians reject that kind of age for the earth, this ice (so we must believe) had to be formed in another, more rapid manner. Is there some kind of catastrophic process described in the Bible that might suggest a way that this ice could have formed in a much shorter time? Have you read On Finding an Ice Age Book (Book of Job)?….s8int.com

Source: LiveScience
October, 21 2008

An Antarctic mountain range that rivals the Alps in elevation will be probed this month by an expedition of scientists using airborne radar and other Information Age tools to virtually “peel away” more than 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) of ice covering the peaks.

One of the mysteries of the mountain range is that current evidence suggests that it “shouldn’t be there” at all.

The researchers hope to find answers there to some basic questions about the nature of the southernmost continent, including the massive East Antarctic Ice Sheet. For instance, it is unclear how Antarctica came to be ice-covered in the first place and whether that process began millions of years ago in the enigmatic Gamburtsev Mountain range.

Working every day at extreme altitudes, in 24 hours of sunlight and at temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees Celsius, the researchers of the Antarctica’s Gamburtsev Province (AGAP) team hope to learn whether the Gamburtsevs were born of tectonic activity in Antarctica or date from a period millions of years ago, when Antarctica was the center of an enormous supercontinent located at far lower latitudes.

Robin Bell of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in New York, who shares the leadership of the U.S. science effort, said AGAP will help scientists understand one of Antarctica’s last major mysteries.

“Because the heart of East Antarctica is so difficult to get to, we know very little about it,” she said. “We think also that there’s a strong possibility that the mountains are the birthplace of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet.

Over 30 million years ago ice began to grow around the peaks, eventually burying the range and its surrounding lakes.

AGAP involves researchers and support personnel from Australia, China, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. It caps the global scientific deployment known as the International Polar Year (IPY), the largest coordinated international scientific effort in 50 years.

The Gamburtsevs were discovered by a Soviet traverse during the last IPY in 1957-58 that was known as the International Geophysical Year (IGY). Since then the region has been largely untouched.

Traveling deep into the Antarctic interior, more than 390 miles (630 kilometers) from the South Pole, the science teams will be based at a pair of remote field camps while they complete the first major geophysical survey to map the mysterious landscape.

The U.S. research teams, from Columbia, Pennsylvania State University, Washington University in St. Louis, the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets at the University of Kansas, the Incorporated Research Institutions in Seismology and the U.S. Geological Survey, are supported by the National Science Foundation, which manages all U.S. research on the southernmost continent through the U.S. Antarctic Program. NSF also is the lead U.S. agency for IPY.

Aircraft supported by the NSF and the British Antarctic Survey, which is leading the United Kingdom’s contribution to the AGAP effort, are specially equipped with ice-penetrating radar technology, gravimeter and magnetic field sensors and will fly survey lines over an area more than twice the size of California.

The scientists will eventually create a coordinated mosaic of images of the shallowest layers in the ice sheet to regions hundreds of kilometers beneath the hidden mountains, in effect creating a 3-D map of the vast and unexplored region, Bell said.

Researchers from Washington University and Penn State will contribute to the fieldwork by using seismic recordings of earthquakes to create images of the crust and mantle beneath the mountain range.

In addition to the scientists of the six participating nations, AGAP requires a total of nine aircraft, the establishment of two deep-field science camps, and support from the U.S. Amundsen-Scott South Pole and McMurdo research stations, as well as from the Australian Antarctic Davis Station and the British Antarctic Survey’s Rothera Research Station.

Science and support teams on a Chinese tractor train from a base called Zhongshan Station to Dome A (the highest ice feature in Antarctica) will sample ice cores. Field depot camps and three other logistics support stations will ensure that food, fuel, supplies and equipment and people are in the right place at the right time.

“This project is a major undertaking for IPY,” said Karl A. Erb, the director of the NSF’s Office of Polar Programs. “No one nation could do this alone. International collaboration for both the science and logistics elements is absolutely essential.”

Another Giant Human Footprint in Stone Found: How Old?

Giants in Those Days, Science, The Flood of Noah, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Oct 18 2008


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(9/5/08) – A retired Cookeville builder has discovered a mysterious set of footprints on his property.

“(My friend said) ‘That looks like a footprint.’ I had seen it before, but I didn’t think anything about it,” said Jackson.

“But then when my friend said that, I got to looking at it, and sure enough, (I thought), ‘It’s got to be a footprint.’”

Jackson pried the fossilized print up from the surrounding rock and brought it home.

As he rinsed off the mud, he was impressed at the detail in the impression. Not only was the outline of the foot clear, but also the impression of the toes, the heal and the ball of the foot. Looking at it from the side, he could see where the weight of the walker had pressed the now hardened mud tightly together directly under the print, whereas the fossilized mud down deeper was not as closely packed.

“This is 11 inches across and 15 inches (long). And my foot’s about four and a half by about 10,” he said.

One of his theories is that the print might have come from a Native American. In the area where he found the print, he has found many artifacts such as arrow heads, ancient tools and even cave paintings.

“But if this was an Indian, he was a very big Indian,” said Jackson.

Another theory is that it is from some kind of animal, though Jackson has no ideas as to what kind of animal it might be. The print itself appears human except for something that looks like a claw mark near the heal. Jackson suggests it might be something like a dewclaw, an undeveloped claw or digit commonly found on mammals such as dogs, cattle and deer.

However, the print is clearly not from any of these animals.

“This kind-of makes me believe in Bigfoot,” said Jackson.

Now that would be a “very big Indian” – the Museum of Hoaxes has taken an interest and calculated that he would have had to be about 8 foot 3 inches!!

He appears to have been lucky enough to find another: In a recent trip back to the site where the print came from, Jackson came across what he believes may be the print of the right foot. This one is fossilized in a much larger rock – one Jackson is unable to pull out. So for now it remains where he found it.

Jackson plans to keep the footprint that he was able to pull up, however he is willing to let scientists study it.

Story Originally Published by Herald Citizen

See Also: Evolution? The Stones Cry Out! Fossil Footprints in Rock Supposedly Millions of Years Old, Parts 1,2 & 3

Researcher (Woodcutter) Believes He’s Found Key that Unlocks Egypt’s Advanced Scientific Knowledge

Science, Sophistication of Ancestors, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Oct 15 2008

Source:Pocono Record

By HOWARD FRANK
Pocono Record Writer
September 28, 2008

A real secret message discovered by a local man among Egypt’s ancient ruins could be stranger than the fictional stories we love involving Indiana Jones or “The DaVinci Code.”
East Stroudsburg-born Edward Nightingale says he has unraveled the most famous of ancient Egyptian riddles.

And he believes his discovery has uncovered a collection of advanced mathematical principles that could change our understanding of matter and the universe.

But that’s not all.

Now, hold on to your seats. He also believes this information was intentionally embedded in the blueprint of the ancient ruins, for future generations to discover.

The Mystery

Nightingale, who lives in Upper Mount Bethel Township in Northampton County, has studied the Giza plateau in Egypt for almost 20 years. He even traveled there with famed Egyptologist John Anthony West to study the ruins.

The Giza plateau lies on the outskirts of Cairo and contains the Great Pyramid, the Great Sphinx and many other historically significant structures. A total of nine pyramids stand on the site.
The construction and layout of the complex, about one square mile in area, has been the subject of scholarly study and adventurer exploits — think Indiana Jones — for centuries.

The most well-known of the mysteries is how the actual structures were built. The pyramids include massive blocks of granite and stone, machined to amazing tolerances, and too heavy to move without modern equipment.

“There are 2.5 million blocks of stone in the Great Pyramid that cover 13 acres in the footprint and stands 480 feet tall, with blocks of granite in the interior that are up to 70 tons. They are machined to tolerances that you can’t slip a dollar bill into,” Nightingale said.

“That tells me they (the builders) knew something we don’t, because we sure can’t do it. As a craftsperson, I had to figure out how they did that.”

But the larger, greater mystery is why the pyramids and other structures are arranged the way they are. Is it haphazard? Surely not, since some of the elements, constructed in different dynasties, were in perfect alignment. There seems to have been some enduring plan.

Three pyramids dominate the Giza complex: the Great Pyramid, or Pyramid of Khufru, the Pyramid of Kahfre and the the Pyramid of Menkaure. The sides of all three pyramids are astronomically oriented to be north-south and east-west, within a small fraction of a degree. Quite a feat, considering the pyramids were built thousand of years ago.

Researchers have been looking into this for centuries. There have been many theories over the years, but none have explained how to take into account all the architectural aspects of the plateau.
“Everybody who was studying this was using the Fibernachi series, and they were coming up with little snippets of what was occurring. But I wanted to allow an open mind without putting myself in that box,” Nightingale said. (Fibernachi numbers are a series of figures built by adding the two prior numbers in the series, for example, 1,1,2,3,5,8.)

Other theories have been proposed. A fairly recent and now dominant one by researcher Robert Bauval suggested the arrangement of the three pyramids matched the Belt of Orion, three stars in the midsection of the Orion constellation. A shaft in one of the pyramids points to the spot in the sky Orion occupied thousands of years ago when the pyramid was built.

Enter Nightingale

Ed Nightingale was born at Pocono Hospital in East Stroudsburg but lived in Hope, N.J. “East Stroudsburg was our local hospital, the closest one to us,” he said.

A master wood-carver by trade, he creates architectural elements for high-end clientele. He’s worked with Dennis Collier on projects for the National Marine Museum in Washington, D.C., and Trinity Church in New York City. Nightingale also did a project for singer/actor David Bowie.

Nightingale approached the design of the Giza complex as an architect would, by creating a drawing. The complexity of the site was apparent. “They had to have a pretty good plan,” he said.
To begin his journey to understanding, Nightingale back-engineered the site.

“I examined it as an ‘as-built blueprint,’” he said. With laser-accurate surveys, he applied his drafting and design skills.

“As a craftsman, I’ve been a woodworker all my life, a fussy one at that. I had an interest that these things were placed here with an incredible accuracy that we can’t even accomplish,” he said.
Nightingale works with geometric shapes when he plans a sculpture, and so he began to see geometrical relationships between elements in the plateau.

The Giza Template

Armed with a compass, ruler and an aerial photograph of the Giza plateau, Nightingale began to create an overlay, or template, for the complex.

“As an artist, when I start a project I begin with three things. I establish a center line, a horizontal and a reference point,” he said. Nightingale located the center point by drawing a line off the western face of the Great Pyramid and a bisecting line through the Pyramid of Kahfre.

After locating a center point, he drew a series of related circles and subdivisions, based on the location of a causeway at the site. Based on the simple proportions of a circle, he drew four, dividing the diameter by one-quarter, one-third and one-half, then divided these diameters and radiuses by factors of nine. He then drew lines through intersecting points of the circles and significant elements of the plateau.

With four circles and seven lines, he was able to explain the position of all nine pyramids in the Giza plateau.

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Original Source: Pocono Record, Sept. 28, 2008

Creation Museum draws Big Crowds—Exhibit teaches life’s beginnings through literal interpretation of Bible

Church of Darwin, Dinosaurs in Literature, Religious, Science, The Flood of Noah | Posted by Chris Parker
Oct 13 2008

Source:MSNBC
By Dylan T. Lovan

Oct. 10, 2008

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The museum exhibits are taken from the Old Testament, but the special effects are pure Hollywood: a state-of-the-art planetarium, animatronics and a massive model of Noah’s Ark, all intended to explain the origins of the universe from a biblical viewpoint.

The Creation Museum, which teaches life’s beginnings through a literal interpretation of the Bible, is claiming attendance figures that would make it an unexpectedly strong draw less than a year and a half after it debuted. More than a half-million people have toured the Kentucky attraction since its May 2007 opening, museum officials said.

For creationists — Christians who believe the Bible’s first chapter of Genesis is the literal telling of the universe’s start — the museum is a godsend. Many have returned with family and friends, some from
faraway states arguing it’s one of the few with a Christian worldview.

Many scientists say they fear damaging effects on science education when young people tour the museum and fail to square its lessons with what they’re learning in school. One display shows humans coexisting with dinosaurs — despite the two species being separated by 65 million years in most science texts.

“We’re depressed, I think,” said Dan Phelps, head of the Kentucky Paleontology Society……

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