2Love Your God With All Your Mind Christopher W. Ashcraft, M.S. by Chris AshcraftChristopher W. Ashcraft, M.S.
3The 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 1:3By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.Psalm 33:6God 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.
4Created 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 PlanetBookDVD
8Plankton Image source: http://creationwiki.org/Plankton 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.
20800X SEMSpecial: 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
2565,000XScientists 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)MicrotubuleImage source:
26The Creation DeclaresFor 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
27The Creation DeclaresThe heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.Psalm 19:1
29When 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
30U.S. Christian HeritageTwenty 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.
31March 31, 2007March 31, 2007Story link -NewsweekMarch 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.
32Story link - http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17879317/site/newsweek/
38Discrimination of Creationists Roger DeHart1997, 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 EvolutionFeatured in video:Icons of Evolution
39Discrimination of Creationists Nancy Bryson2003, 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 noticePicture and information source:
40Discrimination of Creationists Guillermo Gonzalez2005, 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%.
41Discrimination 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.
42Discrimination of Creationists Raymond DamadianOverlooked 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. 2003Picture and information source:Prize Fight Smithsonian Magazine. December By Rick Weiss
43War of Worldviews Atheism vs. Theism Naturalism vs. Supernaturalism Evolution vs. CreationImage Source: CreationWiki (public domain)War of the Worldviews
44Beliefs of Scientists1916James 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).
45Beliefs of Scientists1934Leuba 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.
46Beliefs of Scientists1996Edward 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
47Scientists Are Still Keeping the Faith Larson, E. J. & Witham, L. Scientists Are Still Keeping the Faith. Nature 386, 435–436 (1997).
48Beliefs of ScientistsOverall 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
49Beliefs of Scientists1998Larson 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% inimmortality). 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).
50National 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.
51National Academy of Sciences Teaching about Evolution and the Nature of Science. National Academy Press, 1998.Online BookBook cover
52Creationist ResponseFacts 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: ConclusionA Response to the NAS’ bookTeaching About Evolutionand the Nature of Scienceby Jonathan Sarfati
53Perhaps 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), ppEvangelists for Science. Review by Edward J. Larson. Isis, Vol. 90, No. 3. (Sep., 1999), pp
54Supernatural History God created trees mature with fruit God created mature animalsGod created Adam matureInstant learning of language (Tower of Babel)Jesus fed the 5,000Jesus turned water into wineJesus withered the fig tree (Matt 21:18-19)Instant healing of soldier’s ear (Luke 22:51)
55National Academy of Sciences Science and Creationism: A View from the National Academy of SciencesPublisher DescriptionWhile 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.
56First 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
57U.S. Secularization Church / Christians are uninvolved in: Politics Education501c3 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
58Christian 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."
59Table 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 2003–04Private elementary and secondary school enrollment and as a percentage of total enrollment in public and private schools. (U.S. Department of Education)
60No high school diploma - 65% No high school diploma - 23% Beliefs of StudentsGod 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 figuresGallup Poll results 1991
61Beliefs 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 SurveyCollege Senior Survey
62Beliefs 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 SurveyCollege Senior Survey
64Education The purpose of education: Godly purpose Worldly purpose The value of education:BenefitCostUnfortunately, 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.
65Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. Matthew 22:37
66Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.1 Peter 3:15What 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.
67Worldviews Biblical Secular God created the universe God created life – human beingsUniverse is youngSecularBig Bang origin of the universeLife formed via natural processesUniverse 12 – 15 billion years oldWhat 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.
68Creation Apologetics Creation Science: Creation Biology Creation Astronomy / CosmologyCreation GeologyBiblical ArchaeologyCreation biology, creation geology, creation astronomy, and Biblical apologetics are the 4 main creation apologetics disciplines. Are you prepared to give an answer?
69Creationist Organizations Creation Research Society creationresearch.orgInstitute for Creation Research icr.orgAnswers in Genesis answersingenesis.orgCreation Ministries International creationontheweb.comNorthwest Creation Network nwcreation.netDiscovery Institute discovery.orgImage Source: (Groups)
73Parable of the TalentsMatthew 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.
74Parable of the TalentsThe 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!'
75Parable 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.'