The Facts or Fiction Conference was held at the Zeeland East High School in Zeeland, Michigan on September 25, 2010. Four speakers gave fast-paced PowerPoint presentations on different topics. The second presentation in the series was given by Russ Miller of Creation, Evolution, and Science Ministries in Arizona. He spoke on the subject of Evolution vs Creationism, often making his points with humor. Russ was formerly a theistic evolutionist.
As I related in my earlier discussion of Chris Danielson’s presentation on the facts regarding U.S. history, the Biblical worldview holds that God created the world as a perfect place; however, man’s choice to disobey Him brought sin, death, and decay into the picture, and also a separation from God. Because of this separation, there was a need for creation to be redeemed by a savior. Genesis 1-3 lay the foundation for the Gospel of Christ; Genesis 3:15 reveals the promise of a savior to redeem the world and restore all of creation as God meant it to be in the beginning.
Evolution, however, is unequivocally opposed to the Biblical worldview. Russ Miller stated that evolution is not, in fact, science; it is a religious belief based in secular humanism. The study of origins has never been about evidence; it is about the philosophical framework through which the evidence is viewed. He stated that the evolutionists have the same evidence as those who embrace creationism; the evolutionists just don’t want to believe Biblical teaching. Evolutionists seek to destroy the pillars of Christianity by discounting the creation story as recorded in the book of Genesis; discount the book of Genesis, and the Gospel of Christ is also discounted.
He brought up the worldwide flood that Genesis records, and the fact that the earth’s crust is made up of many layers of fossil-filled sediment. It is not a problem to believe that those layers of sediment were created in a short span of time by a vast flood. There is no scientific evidence that those sedimentary layers formed over millions of years of time.
The scientific law of biogenesis says that life comes from life. Scientists have tried, but have never been able to create life from nonliving matter. Evolution claims that a single-celled organism spontaneously generated, and all life forms evolved from that organism….there is no evidence to show this. There is no evidence that life started on its own.
Russ also discussed the difference between micro-evolution and macro-evolution. Micro-evolution, which he said would be more accurately described as micro-adaptation, means adaptations of traits within the same species (kind). Macro-evolution, however, is one species (kind) changing over time into another species (kind). There is no evidence whatsoever of macro-evolution; the fossil record does not have any evidence of transitional life forms. It is, in fact, impossible due to the DNA code barrier; a cat cannot reproduce a bird, for example, nor can a cow reproduce a whale. Humans only reproduce humans, and fish only reproduce fish. The Bible states in Genesis 1:21 that each species was created to bring forth its own kind.
Micro-adaptations result from sorting or loss of genetic information. Neo-Darwinism says that mutations create new and beneficial genetic data, and that natural selection lets mutants take over the population over millions of years. However, Russ Miller pointed out that mutations are caused by sorting or loss of pre-existing genetic data—in other words, depletion of the gene pool, not an improvement in the gene pool. He also stated that natural selection cannot add new genetic data or cause macro-evolution.
In short, he said that three things debunk evolution right off the bat: the DNA code barrier, gene depletion, and natural selection.
Some hoaxes used to advance evolution that Russ pointed out were Piltdown Man (used the skull of a human and the jaw of an orangutan); Nebraska Man (built from the tooth of an extinct pig) and Flatface Man (fifty fragments of a small skull, a face slightly flatter than a normal ape’s face; would have stood 2 feet tall).
In closing, Russ Miller made the following points, among others:
There is no fossil record to prove macro-evolution.
No one has ever seen anything evolve: true science is derived from the study of observable evidence.
Evolution is a mathematical improbability.
Evolution undermines scientific research and education.
The DNA barrier, gene depletion, and natural selection do not support evolution.
Russ also quoted the following Bible verse, from Romans 1: 22, 23: “Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal men and birds and animals and reptiles.” I would also add verse 25: “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator, Who is forever praised. Amen.”
Resources: First-hand account of the Facts or Fiction Conference, Zeeland East High School, Zeeland, Michigan.
Bible quotes from the New International Version of the Holy Bible.