Who was Charles Darwin and what was he trying to prove? For more than a century now, his theory of evolution has dominated the world of science and impacted every sector of modern society. From elementary school through graduate school, in our most esteemed colleges and universities, there is only one acceptable theory of human origins — the exalted and inviolate theory of Charles Darwin.
But what is the theory really? Why is it given such deference, to the point that no other theories may be presented in our schools? Was Darwin really the greatest scientist who ever lived? Did his single under-graduate degree in theology prepare him for such a role? At the formidable age of 150 years, his theory is showing signs of wear, and many distinguished scientists are beginning to change their minds.
There is no evidence in the fossil record of the kinds of transformation Darwin describes. And the claim that there is some monolithic uniformity of belief within the scientific community concerning Darwin’s theory is untrue. Hundreds of scientists have begun speaking out about the problems with the theory, while researchers in the field of Intelligent Design are producing breathtaking new discoveries at the frontiers of modern science, stripping away evolution’s false front.
Over the past 150 years, millions have been snared by Darwin’s claims, and millions more have lost not only their faith in God but their hope of a life worth living. But as we enter the second decade of this new century, everything is changing.
As Jim Nelson Black points out in these pages the dictatorship of Darwinism is about to run its course. This important book will give you a new appreciation for the marvels of a world that cannot be contained in the naturalistic and self-serving formulas of secular humanism, along with a compelling reaffirmation of the awe and grandeur of God’s magnificent creation.
“As a scientist you grow to assume that science will answer everything and that religion is fictional. There are mysteries that science cannot explain ... and divine inspiration may be a rational explanation.” — Dr. Andrew Parker, Biologist, Oxford University
“The spiritual worldview provides another way of finding truth. Scientists who deny this would be well advised to consider the limits of their tools.” — Dr. Francis S. Collins, Geneticist and Director, National Institutes of Health
"Jim Nelson Black reveals Darwinism as it really is, a speculative worldview founded on pseudoscience with terrible consequences... Ultimately, true science and true religion have the same Author." — Dr. J. Grady Crosland, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
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Is America a Nation on the Brink?
It’s no secret that America is facing serious challenges today, including the ongoing collapse of public and higher education, rising crime rates, and an economy in full crisis mode, to name just a few. But could such conditions be fatal? Could they be indicators that the United States may be in decline, or that we may be headed for some sort of calamity in the years just ahead?
History is littered with the remains of ancient empires. Prowling among the ruins has provided employment for legions of scientists, archaeologists, and tour guides — and even makes for some rousing Hollywood scripts, as the Indiana Jones films attest. But when we’re confronted by signs of decay within our own culture, and when so many resonant parallels with great empires of the past ring out from the pages of history, we have to wonder: Why do great nations die? How can such vast wealth simply disappear? And what does all this say about the chances for our own civilization?
In an important study of decadence in modern society, British scholar C. E. M. Joad said that luxury, skepticism, weariness, superstition, and preoccupation with self are unmistakable signs of decline.
In a similar study, C. Northcote Parkinson offered six symptoms of decline: they included over-centralized government, inordinate growth in taxation, a top-heavy system of administration, promotion of the wrong people, the urge to overspend, and a rise of “liberal opinion” — by which he meant the popularization of policies determined by sentiment rather than sound moral judgment.
Do these symptoms sound familiar? Could our own culture already be in the latter stages of decline? Is it possible that this nation, once regarded as the foremost economic and military power in the world, could go the way of Greece and Rome?
Every great society arises from a unique set of customs, behaviors, and belief, and the most enduring have been those that understood the need to preserve their great traditions. They saw this as their raison d’être.But history also reveals that societies that lose sight of their “reason for existence” degenerate into chaos and anarchy. Accordingly, losing our high view of the heritage passed down to us by the American founders is to place everything we treasure at risk.
Cultures and governments change over time, but human nature has changed hardly at all from what it was 6,000 years ago in the flowering of ancient Egypt, or 2,500 years ago in the Golden Age of Carthage, or Greece, or Rome. And what we can learn from those fallen empires should be instructive, if we’re willing to listen. Fifty years ago, Arnold Toynbee examined the record of twenty-one great fallen societies and found that the patterns of decline were consistent in each of them.
In his most famous work, A Study of History, he warned that modern society is on a collision course with destiny, and only a profound intellectual and moral renewal can save us from a tragic collapse. The challenges ahead may be dangerous and demanding, but the message of this book [as originally published in 1994] is that there is still hope if we will heed the lessons of history and react in time. When Nations Die offers ten "warnings signs" of impending crisis along with a number of salutary responses and remedies.
Jim Nelson Black, When Nations Die: Ten Warning Signs of a Culture in Crisis. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale, 1994.
•A new and updated edition of this 1994 classic is forthcoming.
FROM POWER TO PURPOSE
By Senator Sam Brownback
Senator Sam Brownback grew up in the heart of America’s heartland. Raised on a family farm in southeastern Kansas, he became president of Future Farmers of America in that state, student body president at Kansas State University, and a young lawyer specializing in agricultural law. He then served as Secretary of Agriculture in Kansas and a White House Fellow, until a remarkable series of events propelled him into the United States Congress where he has made a name for himself as a "compassionate conservative."
Today, in his second full term in the Senate, Sam Brownback is a vocal supporter of the conservative principles and the fiscal and social policies that made the Reagan years seem like “Morning in America.” Inspired by the examples of reformers such as William Wilberforce, who helped end the slave trade, and Mother Teresa of Calcutta, he has taken on the challenge of finding practical and responsible solutions to some of our most intractable problems.
In this fascinating narrative, the author shows us not only why he is a beneficiary of the Reagan legacy, but why he may now be its most capable and most inspiring spokesman. is the heart-felt narrative of a man with a deep sense of mission and a passion to serve. It is also the story of a spiritual and emotional awakening, born out of adversity, that has grown into a vision shared by millions all across America to restore the faded glory and goodness of this great nation.
By Iraqi General Georges Sada
Gen. Georges Sada was one of Saddam Hussein’s top military advisors, an acclaimed fighter pilot, and a truth-teller in a regime where truth was relative. Born and raised in the Assyrian provinces of northern Iraq, Georges was also a Christian in a predominantly Muslim country and never joined the ruling Baath Party.
Now, for the first time in this new book, General Georges Sada is breaking silence to tell the story of his amazing journey, speaking openly about military secrets known only to those closest to Saddam, including how Saddam's WMDs were hidden and where they are today.
From his years of wartime military service, to his dramatic encounters with Saddam and military and political leaders, Sada was able to play a dramatic role in the War on Terror, and he was the man who saved the lives of the forty coalition pilots shot down over Iraq during the first Gulf War.
MOMENT OF TRUTH
By Marc Nuttle
The decisions that America's voters made in the 2008 elections will bring change to the nation, but will it be the sort of change we want, or will it ultimately transform the nation into something we are not — or something we may soon regret?
In his hard-hitting book, Moment of Truth, Marc Nuttle exposes the escalating trends in our government toward regulation, overspending, and control. With clear illustrations and powerful first-person stories from his adventures in Eastern Europe, Sudan, China, and the contentious political boiler rooms of America's capital, he clarifies the key issues currently facing every American and gives us a template for making good decisions when electing our leaders for the future.
Marc Nuttle is a Washington attorney and an international political and diplomatic consultant who has spent more than thirty years in the public-policy arena. He has worked in the historic campaign of leaders as diverse as Ronald Reagan and Boris Yeltsin, and political candidates such as Pat Robertson and Steve Forbes. He has represented multi-national corporations and has worked with the governments of the United States, Russian, China, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Sudan, Jordan, and others. He is a frequent guest on national radio and television interviews, and has published articles in The Wall Street Journal, Campaign & Elections Magazine, and INC Magazine, and been written about in TIME, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and many others national and regional publications.
Moment of Truth is available now in bookstores everywhere and online from Amazon.com.