Where is the Temple gate “Beautiful”?

There has been some debate over the location of the temple gate called “Beautiful.” (Acts 3.2,10).

Originally thought to be in location 2 below, Leen Ritmeyer makes a convincing argument for it being in location 18 in the second photo:

According to Mishnah Kelim 1.8, nobody with an issue of any kind was allowed into the Temple Mount. Although the lame man need not have had an issue, his infirmity may have put him in the same category. Another point to consider is the fact that he was begging. To get the best results, one would want to be where the traffic was greatest, which is another argument which would rule out the Nicanor Gate, [at location 5 below, between the courts of the women and the men] as not many people were allowed to go through this gate. It would also rule out the Shushan Gate, which was mainly used for ceremonial purposes.”

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Evolution – Defined by pre-eminent evolutionist Ernst Mayr

Darwin’s Five Major Theories of Evolution

Mayr recognized that Darwin’s theory really consisted of five components. Summarized from his book “What Evolution Is” (2001), they are as follows:

1. The non-constancy of species (The basic theory of evolution)

Today this is commonly referred to as change over time.

2. The descent of all organisms from common ancestors (branching evolution)

Also known as “common descent”. It refers to the fact that evolutionist believe that all living things, from fish to fungi, to fruit, to bacteria, to birds, to humans, to trees and any other thing you can think of regardless how different – all of them arose from a single ancestor. Put another way, evolutionists truly believe we are all distant cousins to worms, roaches and snakes. Read More

Lucy – upright hominid or ape?

Lucy – Australopithecus Afarensis¬† (southern ape from the Afar region) – is billed in science books and museums as in this display in Chicago’s Field Museum – as an upright, walking hominid. Secularists claim Lucy is an early departure from apes and has started down the path toward becoming human. As such, she is often depicted with human features: Eye whites (apes have brown eyes), human facial expressions (apes are incapable of such expressions), sometimes with very little hair, but always walking upright as in the sample from the Field Museum below.

Lucy - Field Museum specimen
Lucy – walking upright as typically depicted, here from the Chicago Field Museum exhibit.

But did Lucy actually walk upright? There is much evidence to suggest she didn’t. From the angle her neck entered her skull, to locking joints on her hands to allow knuckle walking (locks humans don’t have), a more accurate depiction of the way Lucy walked is found in the Answers in Genesis depiction at their Creation Museum: Read More