Top five questions posed by evolutionists answered!
There is hope for students at college
Researching creation after secular academia
I have worked at three positions in secular academia. At all three of my jobs, evolution was the absolute, over-arching paradigm. There was absolutely no avenue for bringing up creationist ideas. Let me illustrate the degree of hostility towards creationists in today’s secular academia. At my first position I had an atheist boss, who described himself as a proud evolutionist. During my tenure at this university, I gave a creation presentation (therefore against evolution) at a church in town. A few days later my boss walked into my office, obviously very angry. He had found out about my creation presentation, and then pressured me very heavily to resign.
Switching to the creation ministry
Working at secular institutions was stifling, because pursuing research outside of the evolutionary worldview was not allowed. Having only one allowable theory about origins discourages critical thinking. In secular academia, I saw a lot of evidence for creation and against evolution in what I was actually researching. I sometimes asked my evolutionist colleagues about these evidences in a careful way, and they were sometimes surprised at the conclusions they would have to make. I have read hundreds of scientific papers written by evolutionists in dozens of science journals. I found that even though these papers are always given an evolutionary slant, the data can often be re-interpreted to support biblical creation.
People may think that leaving a university position to work in creation ministry is academic suicide for a scientist, but I think otherwise. As a scientist, it is my opinion that what we see in nature better supports biblical creation as opposed to evolutionary theory. It is encouraging to know that as a Christian, I don’t have to separate what I see in nature from what we read in the Bible. Working for Creation Ministries International is a blessing for me, because I can explore evidence for biblical creation full-time and hopefully advance creation research.
What about our college students?
Even though our children may attend a church and even a Christian school, afterwards they may often attend a secular university, which are hotbeds of unbelief. Militant atheist professors don’t even try to hide the fact that they try to indoctrinate their students into atheism and liberalism. My atheist boss at my first job repeatedly tried to convince me that Christianity was wrong and to also accept evolutionary theory.
According to our ministry’s research, it makes a huge difference whether students attending church have been shown evidence for creation before they attend college. A couple of years ago, our ministry conducted an interview of college students who had attended church before college. We asked those students who now believe in evolution what their best evidence was for evolutionary theory. The top five “poster-child” arguments for evolution also just so happen to be the top five arguments that our speakers get when they minister in churches. Let us examine these arguments and decide whose side science really is on.
The fossil record
Evolutionary theory states that the fossil record represents the transformation of animals from simpler lifeforms to more complex ones over millions of years. The belief is that the rock layers (geology) represent eons of time and that the organisms which have been fossilized in these rocks show their evolutionary development. Simpler lifeforms should be found in layers below more complex ones. Charles Darwin also stated that with time, missing links between groups will be found.
Animal remains are preserved as fossils only very rarely under special physical and chemical circumstances. Until today instead of finding millions of missing links, we find that they are still missing. Time and time again we find the most ancient representatives of different animal groups to be just as complex as their modern variants, without any evolution between them. There are literally over a thousand of such so-called “living fossils”. Huge fossil beds, and the remains of animals showing rapid burial all point to the Genesis Flood. As Christians the fossil record—the alleged strongest evidence for evolution—is actually one of the easiest things for us to answer.
Dinosaurs are the real poster-children of millions of years and evolutionary theory. People have it firmly fixed in their minds that dinosaurs lived 250–65 million years ago. But one of the best kept secrets of paleontology is the presence of soft tissues in dinosaur bones, now found all over the world, described in some 50 secular publications. And in recent years there is conclusive evidence of carbon-14 in dinosaur fossils which refutes the millions of years dates assigned to these incredible beasts. I was never taught any of this when I studied biology at college.
Hundreds of dinosaur carvings and paintings have also been found in countries all over the world. This shows that humans were eyewitnesses to living dinosaurs. Such carvings were found in places where fossils of the specific dinosaur species were not present, indicating that the human artists were not putting flesh on dinosaur fossils that they had seen. Furthermore, large dinosaur graveyards have been found in different parts of the world. Researchers have greatly overestimated the number of dinosaur species, which means that dinosaurs could have fit on Noah’s Ark during the Flood (for example in juvenile form).
Natural selection is promoted as the engine of evolution. According to evolutionary theory, mutations arise in organisms, causing different variations to form. The fittest forms are selected to carry on their genes. But natural selection only explains the survival of the fittest, not the arrival of the fittest. In other words, natural selection is merely a selective force, which culls out individuals with weaker genes.
Far from being an argument against creation, natural selection was a term which was actually invented by a creationist, Edward Blyth (1810—1873). Creationists acknowledge that new species (not a biblical term by the way) arise by natural selection, but they also vary within bounds, according to their kinds (the correct biblical term).
Evolutionists like to point out how some mutations lead to new species. The problem occurs when they carry this single step all the way back to the beginning of life. But the nature of mutations in the genetic material doesn’t bear this out.
Evolution needs to incorporate massive amounts of new genetic information for organisms to evolve from simple cells to complex living organisms over millions of years. However, what the evidence shows is that mutations are neutral at best. Sometimes mutations only transfer genetic information between two positions in the genome. At worst mutations destroy information. According to simulations, mutations cannot build up even small amounts of the genetic information required for macroevolution. Ultimately, mutations are copying mistakes in the instructions for making complex organisms. It is rare that a complexity is improved by breaking the instructions for making the machine.
Many people think that radiocarbon dating proves millions of years. The truth is exactly the opposite—if radioactive carbon is discovered in a sample, we know that material cannot be millions of years old. Not too many people, including physics students at the university where I studied, knew how radiocarbon dating works. The so-called half-life of radiocarbon is very short: after only 5,730 years any source of radiocarbon in living things will decay to half of its starting amount. Theoretically, no detectable radiocarbon should be found after only 200,000+ years. Creation researchers have tested diamond samples for traces of radiocarbon. While evolutionists think that diamonds are even billions of years old, the creationist researchers found measurable amounts of radiocarbon in all their samples. This is again a direct scientific refutation of the millions and even billions of years assigned to such things.
As you can see, at Creation Ministries International we have amassed 40+ years’ worth of creation science material to demonstrate that there is a lot of evidence which supports biblical creation as opposed to evolution and millions of years. For example, one of our newest and highly effective resources, Evolution’s Achilles Heels shows how evolutionary theory can be refuted by real science, presented by real scientists who believe biblical creation. The evidence is on our side and as Christians we must “know our enemy”, because we must understand what we want to refute. We must be prepared to be able to answer evolutionary arguments, especially in a secular academic environment because these are the stereotypical arguments that are used to indoctrinate people (particularly unwitting college students) into a belief that science (they mean ‘evolution’) somehow disproves the Bible. As you can see, it is also very easy to refute these top five arguments for evolution. By dealing with this ‘top five’ we can help fellow Christians, and particularly our children, understand that they can trust our Bible. Dealing with evolutionary arguments is actually a way we can help our families’ faith and be more effective in our witness with confidence.