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2 Love Your God With All Your Mind Christopher W. Ashcraft, M.S.
by Chris Ashcraft Christopher W. Ashcraft, M.S.

3 The Creation And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.
God spoke the cosmos into existence. And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. Genesis 1:3 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. Psalm 33:6 God spoke the cosmos into existence. God’s word became manifest in the creation. The word of God actually exists in 3 forms. The written word, which is the Bible, the Living word – His son, and the spoken word, which is the creation. We can therefore learn about God by studying His creation. It is for this reason that most people have a natural interest in science or the study of nature. God created a word that is marvelous and testifies continuously of His glory.

4 Created To Be Studied The Earth is the perfect distance from the sun
Our moon is just the right size and distance from Earth. Our moon’s gravity stabilizes the Earth’s rotation. Our position in our galaxy is just so. Our sun is its precise mass and composition. Our atmosphere is clear allowing investigation of the cosmos. All of these factors (and many more), are not only necessary for Earth’s habitability; they also have been surprisingly crucial for scientists to measure and make discoveries about the universe. The intelligent design community has asserted that God created the cosmos specifically so that we could investigate it. They point to examples such as the fact that our atmosphere is transparent allowing us to peer out at the stars. It would also seem that God created our world in such a way that we would never be able to finish exploring it - no matter how much we develop our telescopic or microscopic technologies. We will always find more out there than we new existed before. Microscopes, such as the electron microscopes, have enabled us to now see organisms and details never before imagined, and allow us to further marvel at God’s handiwork. The Privileged Planet Book DVD

5 Electron Microscope Images from:

6 The Rust mite (Aceria anthocoptes), a potential biological control agent of the weed, Canada Thistle. Magnified 1,400X. Image Source:

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8 Plankton Image source:
Landsat photo - Emiliania huxleyi can form massive blooms which can be detected by satellite remote sensing. What looks like white clouds in the water, is in fact the reflected light from billions of coccoliths floating in the water-column.

9 Plankton

10 Diatom E. radiatus 20µm Images from:

11 Diatom Diploneis sp 20µm Images from:

12 Diatom M. varians 20µm Images from:

13 Coccolith E. huxleyi Images from:

14 Pollen Images from:

15 Morning glory I. purpurea
Images from: 20µm

16 Hollyhock S. malviflora 20µm Images from:

17 Lily L. auratum Images from: 20µm

18 Arctic Krill Image source: Wikimedia Commons
Blue whales eat 4 tons of krill per day (2000 lbs (pounds) per ton) = 8000 lbs.

19 Image source: Wikimedia Commons

20 800X SEM Special: one of the most remarkable filters ever built on this planet to hunt for even the tinyest particles and plankton-organisms (mesh-openings down to 2 micron) - in the winter this structure is capable of harvesting ice algae from under the icebergs with rake-like structures (at the very tip of the filtering-legs) Image source: Wikimedia Commons

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23 Cilia 5µm Lung Cilia Image source:

24 25 nm Lung Cilia Image source:
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25 65,000X Scientists know well that these things exist, but you don’t have to be a scientist to see that our world was designed. Romans 1:20 says – (next slide) Microtubule Image source:

26 The Creation Declares For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. Romans 1:20

27 The Creation Declares The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Psalm 19:1

28 Science Creationist Heritage
Louis Agassiz ( ) Glaciology Charles Babbage ( ) Francis Bacon ( ) Scientific Method Edward Blyth ( ) Robert Boyle ( ) Chemistry Tycho Brahe ( ) David Brewster ( ) George Washington Carver ( ) William Conybeare ( ) Nicolas Copernicus ( ) Astronomy Georges Curvier ( ) Humphry Davy ( ) Henri Fabre ( ) Entomology Michael Faraday ( ) Electro-magnetism John Ambrose Fleming ( ) Galileo Galilei ( ) Joseph Henry ( ) William Herschel ( ) James Joule ( ) Joules Law Lord Kelvin Calvin Thompson ( ) Johannes Kepler ( ) Laws of planetary motion Carolus Linnaeus ( ) Taxonomy Joseph Lister ( ) Matthew Maury ( ) James Clerk Maxwell ( ) Gregor Mendel ( ) Genetics Robert Millikan ( ) Nobel Prize Samuel Morse ( ) Isaac Newton ( ) Laws of Motion Blaise Pascal ( ) Louis Pasteur ( ) Microbiology John Ray ( ) Lord Rayleigh ( ) Nobel Prize William Ramsay ( ) Francesco Redi ( ) Bernhard Riemann ( ) Adam Sedgwick (1785–1873) Geology Benjamin Silliman ( ) James Simpson ( ) Lazzaro Spallanzani ( ) Nicolaus Steno ( ) Stratigraphy William Whewell (1794–1866) John Woodward ( ) Rudolph Virchow ( )

29 When I look at the solar system, I see the earth at the right distance from the sun to receive the proper amounts of heat and light. This did not happen by chance. This most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent Being. The majority of the founding fathers of our science disciplines believed in God, and were educated by the Church. One such famous scientists of old said this… Any guesses who this was? Image Source: NASA (public domain) Genesis 1:14 And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, Who said this? Sir Isaac Newton

30 U.S. Christian Heritage Twenty seven of the 56 founding fathers of the U.S. had Christian seminary degrees. 106 of the first 108 schools in America were founded by Christians. Many of the founding fathers of our country also believed in God. Historically it was the Church who provided education, and that was also the case during the early years of our country, but today we are not allowed to teach about God and His creation in our schools. This is especially puzzling when you consider recent polls which show that the majority of the people in our society believe in God.

31 March 31, 2007 March 31, 2007 Story link - Newsweek March 30, A belief in God and an identification with an organized religion are widespread throughout the country, according to the latest NEWSWEEK poll. Nine in 10 (91 percent) of American adults say they believe in God and almost as many (87 percent) say they identify with a specific religion. Christians far outnumber members of any other faith in the country, with 82 percent of the poll’s respondents identifying themselves as such. Another 5 percent say they follow a non-Christian faith, such as Judaism or Islam. Nearly half (48 percent) of the public rejects the scientific theory of evolution; one-third (34 percent) of college graduates say they accept the Biblical account of creation as fact. Seventy-three percent of Evangelical Protestants say they believe that God created humans in their present form within the last 10,000 years; 39 percent of non-Evangelical Protestants and 41 percent of Catholics agree with that view.

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33 Newsweek March 2007

34 USA TODAY - Gallup Poll results June 2007
USA TODAY - Gallup Poll results June 2007

35 Dec 18, 1995

36 Anticreation in popular culture

37 Image Source: Answers in Genesis

38 Discrimination of Creationists
Roger DeHart 1997, the American Civil Liberties Union threatened to sue the Burlington-Edison School District because Dehart was introducing evidence of intelligent design in his biology class. In response to the threats of impending lawsuit, the district took away the biology classes from his teaching load, and he was reassigned to earth sciences. Picture and information source: Icons of Evolution Featured in video: Icons of Evolution

39 Discrimination of Creationists
Nancy Bryson 2003, Division Head of the Dept of Science and Mathematics at Mississippi University for Women was asked to resign the morning following a seminar to an Honors Forum titled “Critical Thinking on Evolution”. When she refused, she was presented with a non-renewal notice Picture and information source:

40 Discrimination of Creationists
Guillermo Gonzalez 2005, faculty at Iowa State campaigned against Gonzales following the publication of The Privileged Planet. 2007, because of his views on intelligent design he was denied tenure, although he exceeds the qualifications for tenure by 350%. Picture and information source: According to ISU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, "[f]or promotion to associate professor, excellence sufficient to lead to a national or international reputation is required and would ordinarily be shown by the publication of approximately fifteen papers of good quality in refereed journals". To date, Gonzalez has 68 refereed scientific papers, which exceeds his ISU’s standard for “excellence” in research by more than 350%.

41 Discrimination of Creationists
The Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board administers the state's student financial aid programs and provides strategic planning, coordination, monitoring, and policy analysis for higher education in Washington. The Future Teachers Conditional Scholarship and Loan Repayment program is designed to encourage outstanding students and paraprofessionals to become teachers, and to encourage current teachers to obtain additional endorsements in teacher shortage subjects. To be eligible for this program, you must meet the following criteria: Be a resident student of Washington state; Plan to complete an approved program leading to a residency teacher certificate or an additional shortage subject endorsement; Plan to be employed as a certificated classroom teacher in Washington K-12 public schools; Plan to attend an eligible college at least half-time; You must not be pursuing or planning to pursue a degree in theology; Submit a complete application to us by the October 12, 2007 deadline.

42 Discrimination of Creationists
Raymond Damadian Overlooked for a Nobel Prize for his invention of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance device (NMR). Smithsonian Magazine: “But it is difficult not to at least consider another explanation: that scientists on the assembly or in other positions of influence could not abide Damadian’s staunch support for "creationist science.“” Prize Fight. 2003 Picture and information source: Prize Fight Smithsonian Magazine. December By Rick Weiss

43 War of Worldviews Atheism vs. Theism Naturalism vs. Supernaturalism
Evolution vs. Creation Image Source: CreationWiki (public domain) War of the Worldviews

44 Beliefs of Scientists 1916 James H. Leuba performed a landmark survey in which he found that 58% of 1,000 randomly selected US scientists expressed disbelief or doubt in the existence of God, and near 70% among “greater” scientists. Leuba, J. H. The Belief in God and Immortality: A Psychological, Anthropological and Statistical Study (Sherman, French & Co., Boston, 1916). Leuba randomly polled scientists listed in the standard reference work, American Men of Science (AMS).

45 Beliefs of Scientists 1934 Leuba repeated his survey in somewhat different form, and found that these percentages had increased to 67 and 85, respectively. Leuba, J. H. Harper’s Magazine 169, 291–300 (1934). Leuba predicted that the numbers would continue to increase as education spread.

46 Beliefs of Scientists 1996 Edward J. Larson reproduced Leuba’s survey as exactly as possible, and found that the beliefs of scientists remained unchanged. Edward Larson is a Professor of Law at Pepperdine University. He received the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in History for his work, Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion. Edward Larson. Professor of Law at Pepperdine University

47 Scientists Are Still Keeping the Faith
Larson, E. J. & Witham, L. Scientists Are Still Keeping the Faith. Nature 386, 435–436 (1997).

48 Beliefs of Scientists Overall comparison of “greater” scientists from the 1914, 1933 and 1998 surveys. Repeating Leuba’s methods presented challenges. For his general surveys, he randomly polled scientists listed in the standard reference work, American Men of Science (AMS). We used the current edition. In Leuba’s day, AMS editors designated the “great scientists” among their entries, and Leuba used these to identify his “greater” scientists. The AMS no longer makes these designations, so we chose as our “greater” scientists members of the NAS, a status that once assured designation as “great scientists” in the early AMS. From: Leading Scientists Still Reject God

49 Beliefs of Scientists 1998 Larson found that: "among the top natural scientists, disbelief is greater than ever; almost total". Mathematicians had the highest rate of belief % Biologists had the lowest rate of belief - 5.5% Larson, E. J. & Witham, L. Leading Scientists Still Reject God. Nature Vol. 394:6691 (1998) Our survey found near universal rejection of the transcendent by NAS natural scientists. Disbelief in God and immortality among NAS biological scientists was 65.2% and 69.0%, respectively, and among NAS physical scientists it was 79.0% and 76.3%. Most of the rest were agnostics on both issues, with few believers. We found the highest percentage of belief among NAS mathematicians (14.3% in God, 15.0% in immortality). Biological scientists had the lowest rate of belief (5.5% in God, 7.1% in immortality), with physicists and astronomers slightly higher (7.5% in God, 7.5% in immortality).

50 National Academy of Sciences
As mandated in its Act of Incorporation, the NAS has, since 1863, served to "investigate, examine, experiment, and report upon any subject of science or art" whenever called upon to do so by any department of the government. advice on the scientific and technological issues that frequently pervade policy decisions.

51 National Academy of Sciences
Teaching about Evolution and the Nature of Science. National Academy Press, 1998. Online Book Book cover

52 Creationist Response Facts do not speak for themselves, but must be interpreted according to a framework. The leading evolutionists are biased towards naturalism, to the extent that many are outspoken atheists. This is especially true of the National Academy of Science, the producers of Teaching about Evolution. Source: Refuting Evolution: Conclusion A Response to the NAS’ book Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science by Jonathan Sarfati

53 Perhaps an even more pervasive theme in this booklet is how the NAS sees the nature of doing science. "Science differs from religion because it is the nature of science to test and retest explanations against the natural world". Science relies solely on naturalistic explanations and thus excludes so-called creation science and intelligent-design concepts. Popperian falsification is affirmed as the norm for science and as satisfied for the theory of evolution. Indeed, the booklet stresses, scientists use the word "theory" so rigorously that when applied to the occurrence of evolution it means fact. Throughout this booklet, science is presented as a cumulative enterprise leading progressively to better understanding of nature and its uses-an enterprise that students can one day participate in if only their teachers show them the way. These teachers should be evangelists for science. This booklet offers encouragement and tools for that missionary activity. Evangelists for Science Review of NAS publication: Teaching about Evolution and the Nature of Science by Edward J. Larson. Isis, Vol. 90, No. 3. (Sep., 1999), pp Evangelists for Science. Review by Edward J. Larson. Isis, Vol. 90, No. 3. (Sep., 1999), pp

54 Supernatural History God created trees mature with fruit
God created mature animals God created Adam mature Instant learning of language (Tower of Babel) Jesus fed the 5,000 Jesus turned water into wine Jesus withered the fig tree (Matt 21:18-19) Instant healing of soldier’s ear (Luke 22:51)

55 National Academy of Sciences
Science and Creationism: A View from the National Academy of Sciences Publisher Description While the mechanisms of evolution are still under investigation, scientists universally accept that the cosmos, our planet, and life evolved and continue to evolve. Yet the teaching of evolution to schoolchildren is still contentious. In Science and Creationism, The National Academy of Sciences states unequivocally that creationism has no place in any science curriculum at any level. Briefly and clearly, this booklet explores the nature of science, reviews the evidence for the origin of the universe and earth, and explains the current scientific understanding of biological evolution. This edition includes new insights from astronomy and molecular biology. Attractive in presentation and authoritative in content, Science and Creationism will be useful to anyone concerned about America's scientific literacy: education policymakers, school boards and administrators, curriculum designers, librarians, teachers, parents, and students.

56 First of all you must understand this, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own passions and saying, "Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things have continued as they were from the beginning." They deliberately ignore this fact, that by the word of God heavens existed long ago, and an earth formed out of water and by means of water, through which the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. 2 Peter 3:3-6

57 U.S. Secularization Church / Christians are uninvolved in: Politics
Education 501c3 tax law provision: May have no substantial part in attempting to influence legislation. Banned from participating in any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office (1954) (or in opposition to ). 501c3

58 Christian Education Heritage
Harvard University - 10 of the first 12 presidents of Harvard were ministers, and over 50% of the 17th Century Harvard graduates became ministers. Princeton University - was founded by the Presbyterian Church. Until 1902, every president of Princeton was a minister. Yale University - was founded by 10 ministers. The primary goal was that: "Every student shall consider the main end of his study to wit to know God in Jesus Christ and answerable to lead a Godly, sober life."

59 Table 4-2.  Private elementary and secondary school enrollment and as a percentage of total enrollment in public and private schools, by region and grade level: Various school years, 1989–90 through 2003–04 Private elementary and secondary school enrollment and as a percentage of total enrollment in public and private schools. (U.S. Department of Education)

60 No high school diploma - 65% No high school diploma - 23%
Beliefs of Students God created man pretty much in his present form at one time within the last 10,000 years. College graduates - 25% No high school diploma - 65% Man has developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God guided this process, including man's creation. College graduates - 54% No high school diploma - 23% Gallup Poll figures Gallup Poll results 1991

61 Beliefs of Students Higher Education Research Institute
After three years in college, the number of students who frequently attend religious services drops by 23 percent. 36 percent rate their spirituality lower after three years in college. Comparing the responses of freshmen who checked the "born again" category with the answers they gave four years later, 59 percent no longer describe themselves as "born again.“ Why Students Walk Away from Christ and What Can be Done about It! Freshmen Survey College Senior Survey

62 Beliefs of Students Christian young people:
have few Christian scholars in their lives. are not properly equipped with sound education in apologetics and worldviews. are not prepared to receive an education from university scholars that hold to a secular worldview. Why Students Walk Away from Christ and What Can be Done about It! Freshmen Survey College Senior Survey


64 Education The purpose of education: Godly purpose Worldly purpose
The value of education: Benefit Cost Unfortunately, as Christians we too quickly become of the world and start doing things the way of the secular culture. And that is also the case with education. We have adopted the purpose of education as defined by our society. What is the purpose of education according to our society. Why do we go to school? – To get a job. To make lots of money. To be a productive member of society or for the good of the nation, rather than for the good of the kingdom of heaven.

65 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
Matthew 22:37

66 Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. 1 Peter 3:15 What do we need to do – to be prepared? Study…. Do we as adults need to go back to school – No. The most important thing we learn in school is how to learn. Most of our education takes place at home – when we are reading, studying materials, or doing research. We all know how to learn. And there is a tremendous community of scientists who believe the Bible and offer education materials in Worldviews and Creation Apologetics.

67 Worldviews Biblical Secular God created the universe
God created life – human beings Universe is young Secular Big Bang origin of the universe Life formed via natural processes Universe 12 – 15 billion years old What do you need to do to be prepared? – you must study – and educate yourself. God needs us to be scholars, and in particular to understand the two worldviews that permeate our society.

68 Creation Apologetics Creation Science: Creation Biology
Creation Astronomy / Cosmology Creation Geology Biblical Archaeology Creation biology, creation geology, creation astronomy, and Biblical apologetics are the 4 main creation apologetics disciplines. Are you prepared to give an answer?

69 Creationist Organizations
Creation Research Society Institute for Creation Research Answers in Genesis Creation Ministries International Northwest Creation Network Discovery Institute Image Source: (Groups)

70 Creation Scientists Danny Faulkner Ph.D. Astronomy
John Byl Ph.D. Astronomy Tom Greene Ph.D. Astronomy Dave Harrison Ph.D. Astrophysics James Dire Ph.D. Astrophysics Jason Lisle Ph.D. Astrophysics John Rankin Ph.D. Mathematical Physics Keith Wanser Ph.D. Condensed Matter Physics Russell Humphreys Ph.D. Physics Barbara Helmkamp Ph.D. Physics Don DeYoung Ph.D. Physics Robert Gentry Ph.D. Physics Eugene Chaffin Ph.D. Nuclear Physics Ron Samec Ph.D. Physics John Cimbala Ph.D. Aeronautics Andrew McIntosh Ph.D. Combustion Theory Hee-Choon No Ph.D. Nuclear Engineering Jay Wile Ph.D. Nuclear Chemistry

71 Creation Research The RATE Group – exploring radioisotope dating


73 Parable of the Talents Matthew 25:14-30 "Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more. So also, the one with the two talents gained two more. But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money.  "After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.

74 Parable of the Talents The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. 'Master,' he said, 'you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.' "His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!‘ "The man with the two talents also came. 'Master,' he said, 'you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more.' "His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'

75 Parable of the Talents "Then the man who had received the one talent came. 'Master,' he said, 'I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.' "His master replied, 'You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. " 'Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'


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