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Emil Silvestru

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Emil Silvestru is a Young earth creationist geologist (with an actual PhD from ‘Babeş-Bolyai’ University[1]) and karstologistWikipedia. He appears to be creationism's only karstologist, in fact.[2]

Creationism[edit]

Silvestru was employed by Answers in Genesis,[3][4] and stayed on the Creation Ministries International side during the split. Silvestru is a signatory of Creation Ministries International's list of scientists alive today who accept the biblical account of creation and participated in their movie The Voyage that Shook the World.[5] Silvestru is a "Seminar Lecturer" at CMI Canada, writes for the Journal of Creation and Creation Magazine, and has produced several DVDs.[1]

Arguments[edit]

Silvestru has written for the existence of the Roraima pollen paradox, which supposedly proves the existence of a young Earth, and against the validity of radiometric dating, which actually proves the existence of an old Earth.

Conversion[edit]

Creation Ministries International writes of Silvestru's transition to creationism:

‘Once I became a Christian,’ Emil says, ‘I knew I had to "tune up" my scientific knowledge with the Scriptures.’ [....] Although philosophically and ethically I accepted a literal Genesis from my conversion, at first I was unable to match it with my “technical” side.

E-mail discussions with qualified creationist geologists, creationist books, Creation magazine and especially the TJ helped him realise what he calls two ‘essential things’:

1: Given exceptional conditions (e.g. the Genesis Flood) geological processes that take an extremely long time today can be unimaginably accelerated.

2: The Genesis Flood was global, not regional.

‘These factors were immensely important in my conversion and my Christian life. I am now convinced of six-day, literal, recent, Genesis creation. That doesn't mean that there are not still some unanswered problems, but researching such issues is what being a scientist is all about.’"[6]

It's interesting how someone can "ethically" accept a literal Genesis and then become convinced of its scientific truth.

In Carl Wieland's interview of Silvestru, Silvestru wrote:

It was through my scientific work that I came to realize that the order, beauty, and sense of fine humor with which the world is built cannot possibly come from chaos and randomness—I was sure there was a Designer.[7]

Silvestru writes of a time when he "was wading through a narrow gorge" and "massive boulders began falling":

PWith the walls less than 4 m [13 feet] apart, and me waist deep in water, there was very little chance I would survive. Yet, it happened. All this made me understand that it was unfair to attribute my survival to my good reflexes … as a scientist I had to accept that “somebody upstairs” loved me. I started attending my wife’s church regularly, and on one apparently ordinary evening in church, I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior.[7]

Indeed, scientists routinely accept supernatural guidance for their successes.

Blogbabble[edit]

Silvestru likes to prattle on about various topics on a blog bearing his name. The blog is full of incoherent rantings, pseudoscience, and pseudo-academic screeds full of typographical errors and grammar crimes. A particularly hilarious example is found in the article "What is science and what is not 'science'?" containing wonderfully hilarious rantings such as:

Let’s see now if the fossils that shouldn’t exist at all are yet still mentioned and the researchers are completely perplexed? No, after 1950s on, the much simpler solution: there are no evolved fossils in the old layers like the Precambrian! Moreover, if somehow the “scientific police” admit that there are fossils where they should not be, they will say that in the future, people discovered the “time machine” and somehow those fossils “accidentally” reached the too-distant past where there is no fossils! Dogmatic evolution forbid that Precambrian can have evolved fossils – such as insects – because then all macroevolution is threatened! Now, did you see some “accidentally” too-old fossils at TV or program like Netflix, History, Nova etc.? I doubt any! You can see (DVD & Blu-Ray): “The Voyage that Shook the World” (Amazon or creation.com) but you cannot see at CBC, ABC, CNN, NBC, Nova etc. Why?[8]

Other views[edit]

Silvestru is also a global warming denier.[9]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

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