AiG–USA to launch new magazine!
February 16, 2006
For many years, AiG–USA (exclusive distributor of Creation magazine in the United States since the mid-1990s) has felt the increasing need to publish a magazine which is more applicable to its USA subscriber base, flexible enough to include continent-specific content and that would have a stronger biblical worldview emphasis. A demand for such a magazine has been communicated to our various speakers and other staff members time and time again by Creation subscribers.
The desire for a publication that more directly meets the needs of readers in America is underscored by the fact that over 50% of first-year American subscribers to the Creation magazine (published in Australia) do not renew, even after repeated attempts to get subscribers to do so.
Recently, a detailed, web-based survey of hundreds of randomly selected USA subscribers was conducted. The results bore evidence of some trends that were already obvious to us, as well as surprising data … plus specific comments and concerns. We appreciated the candid feedback.
Among the strongest and most frequent opinions made by subscribers dealt with a desire for a publication that would have more of a worldview emphasis (while retaining the important creation/evolution issue).
Because the AiG–USA staff learned so much from its subscribers through this survey, AiG’s writers, editors and designers are now prepared to address the needs and concerns of its subscribers.
Upon compilation of the data from this survey, AiG–USA began the mammoth task of creating a new magazine—tentatively entitled Creation ANSWERS—which was to have been distributed in addition to Creation (to which our speakers have contributed articles and editorial input as they have helped grow the worldwide subscription base for many years). See the image at the right for a sample of what the new publication will look like.
We trust that the launch of this new magazine (details of the magazine will be provided to USA subscribers with the March issue of our monthly newsletter, Answers Update) will be warmly received by current Creation readers. Back issues of Creation will continue to be available from AnswersBookstore.com until sold out. (For a full listing of magazine back issues, go to www.AnswersBookstore.com and search on the term “back issue.”)
We are very pleased to announce that all current AiG–USA subscribers who have been receiving Creation magazine will be automatically upgraded to the new Creation ANSWERS magazine.
Creation ANSWERS will be the new flagship creation/worldview publication of Answers in Genesis–USA, and will include many of the most-requested authors and elements of Creation, while adding new expert authors from around the globe. Also, it will feature special sections and topics, and the kind of worldview integration that survey respondents clearly indicated they strongly desire.
Creation ANSWERS will include several exciting features that we’re going to keep “secret” for the time being. But get ready for a beautiful, colorful, thorough, accurate and inspiring publication that will appeal to both men and women, young and “not so young.” The new magazine will even include elements that are sure to captivate children and youth. We’re sure you’ll love it!
Please know that articles for Creation ANSWERS will be reviewed by experts in their fields to ensure we maintain the highest of accuracy and integrity. Not only do we have a number of full-time staff with scientific and theological expertise (e.g., PhDs like Dr. Terry Mortenson, Dr. Jason Lisle, Dr. Georgia Purdom [soon to join the team], Dr. David Menton, Dr. David Crandall, and others), but we have a long list of adjunct scientists/theologians who will help with the editorial assistance needed to ensure biblical and scientific accuracy.
Please pray for the AiG–USA team of staff authors, associate authors, designers, editors, marketing staff and circulation specialists, etc. And check back soon for full subscription information at www.AnswersBookstore.com.
Feedback for the week of February 13, 2006
Stay out of Africa!
Please keep your ministry out of Africa. This land needs scientist not racist teachings. Evolution will help solve AIDS, FAMINE and other illnesses. Religion helps stop men from becoming murders and does not create scientist. The bible is for your soul not your science.
Please keep your ministry out of Africa.
Jesus commanded in the Bible:
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18–20)
As Christians, we are bound by Christ, our Lord, and He commanded that we go to every nation. Who are we to say that Jesus, who is God, is wrong and that we shouldn’t minister in Africa?
You may believe that those living in Africa don’t need Jesus Christ and His salvation from eternal damnation, but they do need Him, as does all of mankind! We are not “stingy” in trying to keep salvation, which has been made known, to ourselves but want to share this good news of how to be saved.
Our ministry teaches people the bad news in Genesis so they will better understand the good news of Jesus Christ.
This land needs scientist not racist teachings.
We are opposed to racism and racist teachings. This should be apparent from our articles that we are all one biological race—descendants of Adam and Eve. However, evolutionary teachings imply that there are several races, some inferior to others. Even Darwin discussed the elimination of what he called “savage races”:
At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace the savage races throughout the world. At the same time the anthropomorphous apes … will no doubt be exterminated. The break between man and his nearest allies will then be wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilized state, as we may hope, even than the Caucasian, and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as now between the negro or Australian [aborigine] and the gorilla.
– Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man, 2nd ed., New York, A.L. Burt, p. 178, 1874.
Evolution will help solve AIDS, FAMINE and other illnesses.
How? Evolution teaches that random chance without intelligence will eliminate the weak and the rest will build up new information to solve these types of problems. In other words, an evolutionist can, by their own philosophy, say “who cares about those in Africa?” because they want people with problems to die off.
As Christians, we have a basis for caring in the Bible. We want to see people saved and we want to see problems solved, whether providing food, as some Christian ministries do in Africa, such as Manna Worldwide, or helping with the AIDS problem, such as Botswana Christian AIDS Intervention Programme, etc.
Our ministry is a complement to many of these other ministries. We teach people why there are things like death, suffering, AIDS and famine in the land. It is because of sin back in Genesis 3. Please see: Why is there death and suffering?
We also want to teach them that Jesus Christ can save them from the second death, and that they can live eternally in a perfect world again—without death and suffering. If one truly cared for the people of Africa, they would want them to have eternal life. Why would someone want people to live happily in this imperfect world and yet forfeit their own soul for eternity? It doesn’t make sense. Jesus said:
What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? (Mark 8:36)
Religion helps stop men from becoming murders
Some religions do, not all of them. The Bible makes it clear that it is sinful to murder.
and does not create scientist.
Strange that you would say this since most fields of science were developed by Bible-believing Christians. Please see Which scientists of the past believed in a Creator?
The bible is for your soul not your science.
By stating this, you are making the assumption that an all-knowing God doesn’t know about the laws of science that He created. That is illogical. God cannot be wrong when He speaks on science.
This is not to say that the Bible is a science textbook. I’m glad it isn’t, because science textbooks change every year. Yet it gives us a framework from which to develop and use science.
As Christians, we want to use science to help people, like our friend Dr. Damadian who invented the MRI. And we can use science to confirm that God’s Word is indeed accurate when it speaks about the world. And since it is accurate when it speaks about science, then it is accurate when it speaks about Christ and salvation. It would be selfish to keep this message of salvation from those who are suffering in Africa.
Kind regards in Christ,
Bodie Hodge, AiG–USA