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AnswersMagazine.com 2.0, search engine mayhem, and more!
One of the most useful sites in the Answers in Genesis family of websites is, without a doubt, AnswersMagazine.com, online home to Answers magazine. Not only are all back issues available for free viewing on the site; the site also hosts a variety of online content that supplements the magazine itself.
Since the launch of the magazine in 2006, the design of the website has been largely unchanged. But this month, we’re pleased to announce the upcoming launch of AnswersMagazine.com 2.0!
Although the content will stay the same, the redesigned look will offer an easier-to-navigate layout with more “eye candy” and a modern look.
We’re almost finished with our month-by-month look through the education section of our site. The next-to-last feature? Our perhaps obscure, but useful, help with writing projects page, targeted at students and adults alike.
First, let’s say you’re either a student or a parent of a student. A school assignment comes along that allows you or your student to write about the creation/evolution controversy. “Great,” you think, “I’ll visit the Answers in Genesis website to find some arguments to use.”
Beginning with the page Doing a report on Creation vs. Evolution, you’ll find great starting points, helpful pointers, links to useful articles, and even warnings that will guide you along the way as you put your report together.
Another common writing project for Answers in Genesis supporters is writing letters to newspapers and other publications that print (often) biased accounts of the creation/evolution controversy or whether one can be a Christian and an evolutionist. If you would like to write such a letter (and we encourage you to do so!), we have a page set up just for you. It’s our Don’t be “resistant” (about writing your own letter to the editor) page, which explains how to put together a letter to the editor that will accurately communicate what creationists believe. We also have several sample letters linked from the Help with writing projects page.
Everyone remembers major tragic events such as the Oklahoma City bombing, the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the Columbine school shootings, and natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina. However, there is still a tendency in our society to feel that such incidents “cannot happen here,” and we forget less sensational incidents that commonly occur, especially in faith-based organizations. These include church shootings in Ft. Worth, Texas, in 1999 (seven killed), Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 2006 (five killed) and Brookfield, Wisconsin, in 2005 (seven killed), as well as the 2007 shootings in a Colorado ministry and church that claimed five lives.
Millions of people go to places of worship every week and leaders of these places are faced with the possibility of violence, medical emergency, or sudden severe weather, and the responsibility and liability that comes with all this.
Faith-based organizations are generally “behind the curve” compared to the secular business world in the area of security and emergency planning. That’s why AiG security chief Jeff Hawkins has written An Introduction to Security & Emergency Planning for Faith-Based Organizations to provide a starting point. It was developed to act as a catalyst to ensure that proper plans are developed and put into place—no matter what the scope of the emergency and no matter what the size of the organization—before an incident occurs.
This month we decided to pull two great questions out of the basket to answer. First, reader J.T. from West Virginia writes:
I’m a retired United Methodist pastor. I would be interested in carrying the Answers In Genesis message to local churches. Do you have a volunteer program that uses such services? I couldn’t locate a specific answer to this question on your website.
We sure do have such a program! Visit the Video Conference Coordinator page under the Events tab of our site. The multi-step process will guide you through the information and steps to get you started as an official AiG Video Conference Coordinator.
Second, M.E. from Tennessee tells us:
It would be great if your site had a section giving examples of the various dating errors. It would help greatly in my understanding of the issues. Something along the lines of “Fred died eight years ago but his skeleton was carbon dated at 100,000 years old”, etc.
We have two answers for you, M.E. The first is easy and straightforward: we do have a section of our site just for that. It’s in our Get Answers section and is called “Young” age of the Earth & Universe. Browsing through that list, you’ll see links to articles on every facet of old-earth doctrine—from astronomy to oceanography. There’s also our specific Get Answers page on radiometric dating.
Secondly, if you’re looking for a more concise listing of dating errors (rather than reading through article after article), you may benefit from Dr. Russell Humphreys’ brief overview “Evidence for a Young World,” which runs through 14 dynamite arguments for a young earth.
Stay tuned for next month’s question, or ask one of your own!
It’s always interesting to discover how visitors arrive at the Answers in Genesis website. It’s no surprise that, besides people directly navigating to our site, the number one source of our web traffic is from various search engines.
But what search terms are they using? What are people looking for that links them to AnswersInGenesis.org? Tossing out obvious searches for our site—like “answers in genesis” and “ken ham” (and plenty of misspelled variants of those!), here’s the current “top ten” search terms that get people to our site (we’ve linked them to the AiG pages Google links to):
Other interesting searches in the top 100 of those leading to our site include “yoga” and “cartoons”—among more expected searches like “noah’s ark,” “genesis,” “mars water,” and “christian apologetics.”
It’s exciting to think that, through Internet search engines, someone may be led to the Answers in Genesis website without even intending to learn about biblical authority.