Current Events Articles: December 2010

Archaeologist Vendyl Jones Passes Away posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

Diagnosed with cancer of the throat seven months ago, in pain and unable to swallow, Jones was tended by his wife Anita during this period. Money for medical bills was scarce, as most of the money he made during his career went towards furthering his archaeological and religious pursuits in Israel. Dr. Jones was often said to be the inspiration behind the "Indiana Jones" films starring Harrison Ford, though he himself has denied it, as have the film-makers.

Darwinian Dogmatism on Display in Kentucky posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

Martin Gaskell quickly rose to the top of a list of applicants being considered by the university's search committee. One member said he was "breathtakingly above the other applicants." Others openly worried his Christian faith could conflict with his duties as a scientist, calling him "something close to a creationist" and "potentially evangelical."

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NASA's Latest ET Hype posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

The obviously intended effect occurred pretty much immediately: the media and internet were set buzzing with widespread speculation as to what exactly this could mean, ranging from the prosaic to the preposterous.

It turns out it was much more prosaic than even many more circumspect commentators had speculated: they discovered evidence that a bacterial strain found on Earth was capable of metabolizing arsenic (As) and incorporating it into structural molecules of the cell...

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Life Sized Noah's Ark to be Built by AIG in Kentucky posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

The Ark Encounter will include a full-scale Ark, built according to the biblical dimensions and constructed with materials and methods as close as possible to those of Noah’s time.

More than just the Ark, the project will include a large complex of associated attractions, theaters, amenities, event venues, and ample parking to properly accommodate the expected crowds.

The nine main areas of the Ark Encounter are:

  • The Walled City: Along with plenty of shopping and food, guests experience Bible events through various themed venues situated on 40 acres.
  • The Ark: A full-size wooden Ark.
  • Noah’s Animals: Live shows with animals from around the world, and a large petting zoo.
  • Children’s Play Area: A highly themed, interactive environment where kids can explore and play.
  • The Tower of Babel: A 100-foot-tall themed building with exhibits and a 500-seat 5-D special effects theater.
  • Journey Through History: This themed attraction takes visitors on a trip through events of the Bible, experiencing spectacular special effects.
  • The First-Century Village: This attractive area presents a town as it might have appeared in the Middle East.
  • Aviary: three bird sanctuaries presented in a natural setting, plus a nearby butterfly exhibit.
  • Special Events Area: A venue for large gatherings; this area will also showcase some of the Leader in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building techniques used to build the Ark complex.

See more at: Ark Encounter

A Brief Report from the 2010 NEAS Conference posted by Reagan Barnett

Several ABR Staff and Associates were in attendance, including Dr. Bryant Wood, Dr. David Graves, Dr. Adeeb Mickahail, Gary Byers, Suzanne Lattimer, Donald McNeeley, and Reagan Barnett. Dr. Bryant Wood presented a presentation on the Khirbet el-Maqatir excavation and gave reasons for his claim that it is the true location of the Biblical city of Ai. Dr. Adeeb Mickahail and Donald McNeeley also gave presentations. It was a successful event centered on the study of God’s Word and we felt blessed to be a part of it and share the historical inerrancy of the Bible with those present.


Cambria Camillo and Reagan Barnett representing ABR and NEAS.

Don McNeeley and Reagan Barnett manning the booth at the conference. Photo taken by Dr. Edwin Yamauchi.

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