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Buddy Davis (1949–) is an American musician, Christian fundamentalist, young Earth creationist, and one of Ken Ham's top goons. He is employed for Answers in Genesis (AiG), a Creationist apologetics organization run by Ken Ham that operates the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter. He leads the “Creation Adventure” children’s workshop at AiG conferences and at the Creation Museum. He is also a folk musician who incorporates his beliefs into the music he writes with songs such as "I Don't Believe in Evolution" and "It's Designed To Do".
Prior to his involvement with Answers in Genesis, Buddy Davis believed in theistic evolution and owned a sculpturing studio in his hometown of Mount Vernon, Ohio. One day an insurance agent stopped by his studio and asked if he could give him some literature on creation from the Institute for Creation Research. Davis agreed and when he read the material, it convinced him to believe in young Earth creationism.
Davis' dinosaur models drew youth groups from churches in his area and when the pastors realized his knowledge on dinosaurs, they invited him to come speak to their congregations, which started his journey into the Creation ministry. In 1994 he met Ken Ham, who had just started Answers in Genesis ministries in Kentucky, at a conference in Davis's hometown. After the conference, he showed him his dinosaur models and played him a song that he had written called, “He Makes Dreams Out of Nothing”. That evening opened up his music ministry as well as getting an opportunity to work for Ham's ministries.
As a speaker for AiG, Davis's talks cover a wide range of topics. Whether geared for adults, children, or whole families, his "easy-to-understand" style makes him popular at AiG with listeners of all ages.
Davis is also an author and illustrator of children’s and family books, both fiction and non-fiction.
As a songwriter, the sole purpose of Davis's music is to "uphold the authority of God's word and draw people to a closer walk with Jesus Christ, our Creator and Savior". His songs such as “Godly Men” and “I Believe” have been ministered worldwide. He plays a variety of folk-style instruments (e.g., guitar, mandolin, and harmonica). He has recorded 12 CDs, and whenever he is at the Creation Museum, he does a concert.
Davis is an avid adventurer. He has traveled north of the Alaskan tundra (within the Arctic Circle) searching for dinosaur bones. He also traveled to Mount Ararat in Turkey searching for Noah's Ark. He is well recognized in certain circles for his explorer clothes and trademark hat, allowing children to recognize him as the star of the "Creation Adventure Team".
As a "paleo-artist", Davis specializes in building life-size dinosaur sculptures. He has sculpted more than 60 dinosaur models, many of them on display in the Creation Museum.
He also hosts "Wild Game Dinners" as an evangelistic opportunity to reach out to outdoorsmen. The events usually involve a meal of wild game prepared by local outdoorsmen and a time of folk and Appalachian-style music presented by Davis. The events concludes with Davis sharing hunting stories and a Gospel message.
As a Young Earth creationist, Davis believes that the Book of Genesis is historical fact. Despite scientific evidence and consensus that the Earth is about 4.5 billion years old and the Universe about 13.8 billion years old, Davis believes the age of the Universe to be about 6,000 years.
- Buddy Davis' bio on AiG
- Buddy Davis' "Creation Adventure Team: Jurassic Ark Mystery" Review and part 2 by The Bible Reloaded on YouTube
- "Interview with Buddy Davis of Answers in Genesis - Christian Worldview | Christian Worldview" (in en-US).
- A New Buddy Davis DVD in the Making. creationmuseum.org, 28 October 2008.
- Buddy Davis' sculptures ready for Creation Museum. answersingenesis.org, 13 January 2007.
- Buddy Davis. Answers In Genesis.
- "Age of the Earth". U.S. Geological Survey. 1997. Archived from the original on 23 December 2005. Retrieved 2006-01-10.