Creation Ministries International
Creation Ministries International (CMI), formerly known as Answers in Genesis - Australia and Creation Science Foundation, is the estranged, but equally scientifically fraudulent cousin of Ken Ham's infamous Answers in Genesis.
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Creation Ministries International began life as the Creation Science Foundation (CSF) in 1979, when Ham quit his job as a public-school science teacher to begin speaking on creationism. In 1986 Ham left Australia to teach at the Institute for Creation Research; by 1987 his absence was causing leadership problems, and in February he handed control over to Andrew Snelling. In 1993, after seven years in the US, Ham decided to start, with the assistance of CSF, the Creation Science Ministry, which later became AiG-US. By 1995 the CSF had become the Australian arm of AiG. They initially shared board members, but AiG-Australia suffered a hilariously acrimonious schism from its now much larger partner in 2005, culminating in accusations of witchcraft and hurt feelings all round. The Australian organization changed its name to Creation Ministries International as a result.
Much like AiG, CMI ardently promotes young Earth creationist claptrap. However, CMI attempts to take a rather more "scholarly" tone than does AiG, if that term can possibly be applied to any creationist organization; it uses the presuppositionalist style of argument, which along with the scholarly veneer may help to explain why CMI doesn't have its own ignorance museum, complete with saddled triceratops.
On the other hand, CMI publishes Alien Intrusion, UFOs and the Evolution Connection, the author of which featured on Coast to Coast AM. The description of the interviews says that "aliens are actually fallen angels who are not extraterrestrial in nature, but rather interdimensional. ... He noted that some people had been able to stop alien abductions from taking place ... by invoking the name of Christ. He suggested that this lends credence to the idea that the aliens are demonic in nature, and thus susceptible to invocations that run counter to them."
CMI puts out two major publications, the Creation Magazine and the Journal of Creation. Promotional materials for the magazine claim that it is "accurate and current", and that it is an "evangelistic tool". While it is most definitely the latter, one wonders how it could support Biblical Creationism and the literal interpretation of the Bible that comes with it, and still manage to have "accurate and current" scientific information.
The Journal of Creation, on the other hand, claims to be a peer-reviewed journal covering "the latest research findings that relate to origins and the biblical account of Creation, the Flood and the Fall". - i.e. Genesis. The journal is not just (or at all) scientific in nature, but also treads into any discipline with biblical implications, including philosophy, history, and theology. First
createdpublished in 2008, the journal received immediate criticism as unscientific, and as having little more than "God did it" as its findings. Perhaps more insidiously though, one of their earliest articles was revealed to have been plagiarized from several articles,
including a legitimate peer-review journal which had failed to pick up on the creationist undertones of one of their articles.
- CMI's list of scientists alive today who accept the biblical account of creation (some of whom are scientists)
- CMI's "Statement of Faith"
- Ken Ham
- Carl Wieland
- Andrew A. Snelling
- Jonathan Sarfati
- Philip J. Rayment
- The Voyage that Shook the World
- Unidentified flying object
- Snake Carnivory Origin
- What All Atheists Have to Believe
- Is the Bible an Immoral Book?
- Whatever. See "Our Logo"
- The same year as Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District.
- Lord of the ring - The Australian, June 05, 2007
- http://creation.com/creation-magazine - "Accurate and Current [...] Although written for laypeople, every effort is made to make sure the content is technically accurate so that even experts can rarely fault it."
- http://creation.com/creation-magazine - "Evangelistic Tool [...] The exciting articles provide great witnessing material that you won't find anywhere else! Many have come to faith in Christ through subscribers sharing this magazine with them—it's a super-simple conversation starter, people just can't resist picking up its high-impact pages. So subscribing not only boosts your faith, it lets us use you as a channel to get biblical truth into the community in a special way. [...] Essential for homeschoolers and anyone wanting to 'immunize" their family against the anti-biblical worldviews bombarding us from all sides."