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Creation Research Society

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The Creation Research Society is, as per its website, "a professional organization of trained scientists and interested laypersons who are firmly committed to scientific special creation." The "Society" acknowledges that its responsibilities are to provide speakers for talks, issue research grants and facilities, and conduct research. To this end they maintain the Van Andel Creation Research Center in Arizona, where they claim to "develop and test a creation model." The CRS also publishes a journal, the Creation Research Society Quarterly, which it claims is peer reviewed.

History[edit]

The Creation Research Society was formed in 1963 when members of the American Scientific Affiliation departed due to differing points of view regarding theistic evolution. Founding members were Walter Lammerts, William Tinkle, Henry M. Morris, John W. Klotz, Frank Lewis Marsh, Edwin Y. Monsma, Duane Gish, Wilbert H. Rusch, John J. Grebe, and R. Laird Harris. Joining shortly thereafter were Karl W. Linsenmann, David A. Warriner, John N. Moore, Harold S. Slusher, Thomas G. Barnes, Willis L. Webb, Clifford L. Burdlick, Paul A. Zimmerman. Some members were removed early on over philosophical differences.

Several early members of the CRS hold questionable degrees, including Clifford Burdick, John Grebe [1], and Harold Slusher [2]

In 1970 the CRS produced Biology: A Search For Order in Complexity as a response to evolutionist textbooks.

CRS currently has about 1700 members/subscribers, most in the United States.

Worldview[edit]

The organization explains, "The CRS advocates the concept of special creation (as opposed to evolution), both of the universe and of the earth with its complexity of living forms."[3] and also,"All members must subscribe to the [CRS's] statement of belief" This creed affirms belief in biblical inerrancy, the literalness of Genesis, the historicity of the Flood and the special creation and fall into sin of Adam and Eve, that biological change has occurred only within "original created kinds", and that salvation is only possible through Jesus.

Statement of Belief[4][5][edit]

CRS's Statement of BeliefAnalysis
All members must subscribe to the following statement of belief:The very existence of such a statement indicates that the activity done by CRS is not science because the conclusion is drawn before experiments are devised.

1. The Bible is the written Word of God, and because it is inspired throughout, all its assertions are historically and scientifically true in the original autographs. To the student of nature this means that the account of origins in Genesis is a factual presentation of simple historical truths.Alternatively phrased as "Let's narrow it down to the Christian version, such that Jews and Muslims can't join"

2. All basic types of living things, including man, were made by direct creative acts of God during the Creation Week described in Genesis. Whatever biological changes have occurred since Creation Week have accomplished only changes within the original created kinds.See special pleading, macroevolution and microevolution

3. The great flood described in Genesis, commonly referred to as the Noachian Flood, was an historic event worldwide in its extent and effect.See Global Flood

4. We are an organization of Christian men and women of science who accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. The account of the special creation of Adam and Eve as one man and one woman and their subsequent fall into sin is the basis for our belief in the necessity of a Savior for all mankind. Therefore, salvation can come only through accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior.Alternatively phrased as "In case it is not clear enough, non-christians can't join!"

Speakers[edit]

The CRS will furnish "qualified scientists" to speak on a variety of topics. These include the following.

Michael Oard, who holds an M.S. degree in atmospheric science, has a prepared talk titled "Is Evolution a Fact?" arguing that "macroevolution is not observed and is not a fact. The debate is not science versus religion, but is rather the secular worldview versus the Christian worldview." In "Did the Big Bang Really Happen?" he "[s]hows the many problems and ad hoc modifications of the Big Bang Theory, and why it should not be believed by Christians." He "[p]rovides evidence that the dinosaurs (except those on the ark) died in the Flood" in "Whatever Happened to the Dinosaurs?" "The Ice Age - Only the Bible Can Explain It!" demonstrates that the Noachian flood can explain this event even though the "uniformitarians" cannot.

David Kaufmann, PH. D., human anatomy, argues in "Is Evolution a Theory, a Fact, a Law, or None of the Above?" that "evolution and creation are both models of origins and are unprovable." Similarly in "Can a Real Scientist Believe in Evolution?" he argues that evolution is unscientific because it has not been observed.

Mark Armitage, M.S., biology, presents "Helium Retention in Deep Core Zircons," a review of radiohalos in granite that CRS claims contains "startling evidence."

Gary Locklair, Ph. D. computer science, offers "God's Creative Activity" wherein he presents the assertion that "[h]uman beings are wonderfully creative as we were made in God's Image. People follow a three-part creative process (idea, implementation, interaction) because we were created by a Triune God. The creation model can provide evidence and reasons for human creativity based upon a careful understanding of the work of each person in the Trinity. Directly related to God's creative activity is the concept of information theory - a powerful, positive evidence for the creation model of origins."

Jean Lightner, M.S., veterinary preventive medicine, brings us "Creation Biology: Understanding Life from a Biblical Perspective" in which she "[s]hows how a biblically based view of biology is consistent with the world we see around us. Includes a discussion of kinds and explores amazing design found in animals and humans" (emphasis added). "The Age of the Earth and the Gospel" explores "problems with radiometric dating." Finally in "Biblical Thinking 101: How to Discern the Truth from a Lie" Lightner "[d]iscusses the uniqueness of the Bible compared to other religious beliefs (including evolutionism) and several biblical methods by which truth claims can be evaluated." [6]

Employees/Board of Directors[edit]

  • Robert Carter Ph.D in Marine Biology from the University of Miami.Senior "Scientist" at Creation Ministries International. He would be qualified to speak on the evolution and anatomy of aquatic organisms
  • Kevin L. Anderson Ph.D in Microbiology from Kansas State University. Director of CRS Van Andel Creation Research Center. He would be able to speak on microbial evolution and the Biochemical processes in Microorganisms.
  • Jerry Bergman Ph.D in Research and Evaluation from Wayne State University and a "Ph.D" from the Diploma Mill Columbia Pacific University in Human Biology. He would not be qualified to speak on Human Evolution as his Human Biology "Ph.D" lacked any research because of the poor quality of the university.
  • Eugene F. Chaffin Ph.D in Physics from Oklahoma State University and a Professor of Physics at North Greenville University; he is not qualified to speak on evolution or the origin of the universe.
  • Danny R. Faulkner Ph.D in Astronomy from Indiana University (He earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Bob Jones University). Danny is an astronomer for Answers In Genesis and treasurer for the CRS.
  • Donald B. DeYoung Ph.D in Physics from Iowa State University and Professor of Physics at Grace College. He is not qualified to speak on evolution or the origin of the universe.
  • Robert L. Hill Ed.D in Physics Education from Ball State University and Professor of Physics at Bob Jones University. He is not qualified because his doctoral degree is in physics and it is an education doctorate.
  • D. Russell Humphreys Ph.D in Physics from Louisiana State University and is a former researcher at Sandia National Laboratories. Not qualified to speak on evolution or the origion of the universe.
  • Jean K. Lightner D.V.M and M.Sc in Preventive Veterinary Medicine from Ohio State University and is an Adjuct Professor at Liberty University online. Is not qualified to speak on evolution as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree is a professional degree and not a research degree.
  • Gary H. Locklair Ph.D in Computer Science from Nova Southeastern University and is a Professor of Computer Science at Concordia University. Not qualified to speak on evolution as his Ph.D is in Computer Science (A mathematics related subject) and is in no way related to biology.
  • Michael Oard M.Sc in Atmospheric Science from University of Washington. Former forecaster at the National Weather Service. Not qualified to speak on evolution because Atmospheric Science is not related to evolution or General Biology.
  • John K. Reed Ph.D in Geology from University of South Carolina. He is qualified to speak on the origin of the Earth
  • Ronald G. Samec Ph.D in Physics from Clemson University and is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Emmanuel College. Unqualified to speak on evolution as his Ph.D is in Physics and not related to evolution or the origin of the universe.
  • Glen W. Wolfrom Ph.D in Animal Science from the University of Montana and a former researcher at Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica. He would be qualified to speak on evolution as Animal Science is another term for Zoology.

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