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Creation 29(2):6, March 2007

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Complaint or compliment?



After I finished my presentation at the public meeting, a man approached me and said ‘I’ve got a complaint about Creation magazine.’

‘Really, what’s that?’

‘When it arrives at our home I don’t see it,’ he grinned.  ‘The kids commandeer it, and only after a couple of weeks, when they’ve finished, do I find it—battered and worn.’

I took it as a compliment, that he was thrilled that Creation magazine is devoured by his family and is building a strong Christian worldview in his children.

Man and girl reading Creation magazine

Of all the creationist publications I know, I always recommend Creation magazine when someone asks what to give an atheist friend, a geologist, a biologist, a teenager or grandma.

The colourful images catch the eye, and articles are generally short, which means people are likely to read them, even in their busy schedule.  And each issue covers a range of topics, so something is bound to interest everyone who flicks through it.

Long before I started working with CMI, I was a habitual giver of Creation gift subscriptions.  I gave them to family, neighbours, friends from work, friends from church, people I met on holidays, guides at tourist exhibits, etc.  I would make the subscription for a year, and arrange for the renewal notice to be sent to the person concerned.  I figured that after a year they would know whether they wanted to keep receiving it.  Most did.

People have always thanked me for the gesture—well almost always.  I remember one friend who said he did not appreciate it.  He asked me to stop it coming because he would just throw it in the rubbish bin.  Well, that was his problem; everyone else seemed genuinely appreciative.

the regular arrival of the magazine in the mail is an ongoing educational experience.

Creation magazine is what I call creation by the ‘drip-feed’ method.  It takes time for us to come to grips with the important life issues of creation and evolution, especially as we are bombarded with so much mis-information.  So the regular arrival of the magazine in the mail is an ongoing educational experience.  Even if only a few articles in each issue are read, it still has a good impact.

Unlike the daily newspaper, Creation magazine stays relevant for years.  When you have finished with an issue, you can pass it on to your friends.

A few years ago I heard of one person who bought some old magazines from a car-boot sale, including a few copies of Creation magazine.  They were so impressed by the articles, one of which helped their son with a school assignment, that they contacted the national office and arranged for their own subscription.

Another time, a lady was given some old magazines by a friend.  She sent them to her brother because he was interested in science, and creation was not a problem for her.  To her surprise and delight, her brother rang and talked for over an hour about creation, evolution, the Bible and life, something she had not been able to discuss with him for over 40 years.  And the talks are still ongoing.

In this issue there is a lot to catch your attention, including a tragic drama that turned a dream home on the English coast into a nightmare (pp. 19–21).  This has lessons about the age of things, as does the report on a curious ‘resurrected’ rodent discovered in an Asian food market (pp. 52–55).

On the micro scale, the DNA molecule is famous for information storage, but it also has amazing properties that help it maintain its integrity (pp. 40–41).  Astronomically, new observations of heavenly bodies reveal conflicts that threaten the big bang (pp. 24–27).

There is something for everyone: tadpoles, dinosaurs, feathers and twins.  You’ll find it fascinating and mind boggling, allowing you to see your world differently.

Enjoy your Creation magazine.

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Posted on homepage: 17 January 2007