I attended the 2011 Seattle Creation Conference and made it out to tell the tale.
The slogan of the conference was, “Dedicated to glorifying God through the scientific study of His Creation and refuting the false claims of Evolutionism.” (Is it just me or does that last phrase betray a presupposition?) There were prayers galore, sometimes both opening and closing a single lecture.
If the speakers were confident that science will eventually support the biblical view, they could let the science speak for itself. They could show confidence that science will lead us to the biblical answer. The question, “If Science and Scripture diverged, which one would you follow?” came to mind, but the answer was obvious.
This was a young-earth Creationism conference. “Young earth” means: the earth is less than 10,000 years old. “Creationism” means: evolution is nonsense. There were probably some old-earthers there too, but I’m pretty sure that I was the only one stupid enough to accept the scientific consensus on evolution.
The remainder of this post is about lectures by Mike Oard from Creation Ministries International, who spoke for two hours on Noah’s flood. (Let me add that everyone was polite, including me, so I’m attacking the “science,” not the speakers.)
Oard began with a couple of Bible quotes to justify using reason. It’s odd to need such a justification in a conference “dedicated to … scientific study,” but OK. One quote was, “Examine carefully; hold fast to that which is good” (1 Thes. 5:21). I suspect that the last phrase was seen as license to pick and choose.
He stressed that, while some Christians imagine this to be a local flood, it was global. I enjoy seeing Creationists attack each other, but Continue reading