Readers Respond to Answers, October–December, 2015


Hidden Powers

I just read John UpChurch’s article on proprioception, etcetera. It was great. We dealt with all those perception systems last semester in Anatomy and Physiology 1, and they’re so interesting. But Answers presented them in a way that was approachable and fun—so glad to see the mag tackling even these more obscure topics.

Steve G., Hebron, Kentucky

Great Subscriber-Only Extras

I absolutely love Answers magazine! The content and bold stance on God’s Word are excellent!

I am a high school science teacher and I use the experiments offered in the magazine often. Please keep these coming. Also, the subscriber exclusive video for “Souped-Up Sniffers” was top notch.

Joel E., Wilwaukee, Wisconsin

Editor’s Note: Every issue of Answers includes an easy-to-do experiment and lots of subscriber-only content. Look for the Subscriber Exclusive note at the end of selected articles and use the code printed on page 6 to access audio and video downloads and other extras.

Sifting Through Layers of Meaning

I enjoyed Andrew Snelling’s article very much. In my creation presentations I promote the geologic column as a record of “extinction by habitat” during the Flood. I don’t think God gave us a record that would be confusing or illogical, but reasonable for the human mind to figure out.

Ronald N., St. Louis, Missouri

Young Pluto, Young Person

Thank you Answers, you have helped me answer my biblical questions. I am 14 years old. My favorite article in this issue is the “Perspective” about Pluto. It’s the small facts like this that help me defend the Bible.

Avery F., Berlin Center, Ohio

The Stones Cry Out

The vast similarities of sandstones on opposite sides of the world that match, as well as being laid directly upon eroded bedrock (“Sifting Through Layers of Meaning”), undeniably suggest that there was a single global Flood, since only a global flood could produce what the evidence shows. Stones, fossils, and even sandstones in the Grand Canyon, Wisconsin, Libya, and Israel testify to the truth that is the Word of God.

Robert F., Lakewood, Colorado


If the world is not overpopulated now, at what number of humans will it qualify for that description? Ten billion? Twenty billion?

Lou W., Tigard, Oregon

Author’s response: Scripture very much encourages us to be fruitful and multiply. We are representatives of God; He is in charge. These major, even tragic, issues always boil down to the sinful nature of mankind, misappropriation of funds because of selfishness and greed, and mismanagement of resources.

Should We Live Off the Land?

Should people be worried about the quality of food we eat, and maybe grow our own food? Jesus used many teachings from farming. Adam was a worker of the land. Are we missing the mark by not trying to live off the land more?

Jennifer R., Port Charlotte, Florida

Author’s response: We have to approach these issues carefully and wisely. There is a danger because we still don’t understand a lot of things about genetics. But I believe there’s a balance; if genetically modified drought-resistant wheat, for example, allows Third World countries to grow food where they couldn’t before, it’s good because it’s preventing starvation. But at the same time we’d better have done our research.

Citation Needed

You often attribute quotes to a person but do not cite the source. I’d prefer to know what the source for a quotation is.

Brian M., Lynnwood, Washington

Editor’s response: Complete references are in the online versions of Answers articles. Go to and use the subscriber code printed on page 6 of your issue to access online articles as well as other subscriber-only content.

By Grace Through Faith

Wow, your response to the faith or works email in the most recent “Readers Respond” question was so spot on I just had to email you. Awesome, clear, well-referenced response!

Jesse H., Portage, Michigan


Not only the heart but also other organs and muscle contraction are involved in heating blood (“Cold Feet,” October–December 2015). The system that reduces the intensity of loud sounds we hear does not protect the eardrum but the middle and inner ear, particularly the delicate bones of the middle ear (“Selective Hearing,” October–December 2015).

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