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Sixth European Creationist Congress

On Thursday, 17 August, your editor will have the honor to address the Sixth European Creationist Congress. The title of the paper is ”Massive Superstrings and the Firmament.” The Congress runs from 3:00 P.M., August 16 to 2:00 P.M., August 19. Those readers wishing to attend may register via the Evangelische Hogeshool, P.O. Box 957, 3800 AZ Amersfoort, The Netherlands (Phone: (+31) (0)33-621731). Other speakers include Philip Stott of South Africa who has contributed articles to the Biblical Astronomer in the past. Speakers herald from ten European countries, the U.S. and Russia. The theme is “For thou hast created all things” (Revelation 4:11). The purpose of the Congress is to present and to discuss the latest in creationist research. The placement of the Congress allows participation from the former East Block nations where there are active creationist groups, such as in Moscow.

About 18 papers of international significance are scheduled for presentation during the four days of the Congress. Topics include theology, astronomy, geology and other sciences. Of primary interest is the work of Frenchman Guy Berthault who has done extensive work on index fossils used for dating the geologic column. His results have undermined a key pillar of evolution.

About last issue's cover and an erratum

Dick Elmendorf spotted an error in the cover of the last issue. The landscape is moving in the wrong direction for being at the “north pole.” The “south pole” is correct. Jim Hanson, who drew the cover, wrote this about the illustration: “The cover of the last issue of the Biblical Astronomer was prepared for the benefit of the children's Sunday school of the Mantua Country Baptist Church of Mantua Township, Ohio. The children wished some first-hand experience of the evidence of geocentricity which they could present to their public school teachers.

“Just after this request a very rare annular eclipse of the sun occurred and the center of the eclipse happened to pass over Mantua Township. Hence I seized the opportunity to give a graphical first-hand demonstration of geocentricity. Specifically, the earth is not observed or felt to move, but everything else is, that is, the stars (if they could be seen during the day) would move at the diurnal rate of 15 degrees per day, and the sun and the moon would move at this rate plus their own additional orbital motions. The sun's additional motion is one degree per day, and the moon's is 13 degrees per day. I put the eclipse on the horizon (or [south] pole) so that these motions could be pictured against things fixed to the stationary earth. This eclipse was especially of interest since it was most annular and hence the motion of the entire moon could be seen against the sun's disk By 'most annular,' I mean that the moon was very near its apogee, that is, it was at its greatest distance from earth and hence exhibited the smallest disk size.”

FAX Availability

Several readers have asked whether or not the Association has a fax number. We do not have a separate fax number, but we do have a new computer system which can receive faxes. To accommodate those who would like to fax us, we will leave the computer on to receive faxes weekdays, from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Eastern Time, from September 1 through June 10. From June 11 through August 31 the office is closed and only the necessary correspondence and Biblical Astronomer work is done. The rest of that time is devoted mostly to research, lecturing, and, of course, vacation.

The computer is set to answer after the fourth ring. The number in the U.S. is (216) 351-6970. By the way, Daylight Savings time runs from the first Saturday in April through the last Saturday in October.

Translated from WS2000 on 4 September 2005 by ws2html.