Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Creation Conference June 30-July 2, 2014

This looks very worthwhile for those who wish to understand Scripture both scientifically and for its spiritual significance. 

"The Origin of Life:
The Improbability of Chance, Mutation, and Natural Selection" (2014)
            The next creation conference take place on June 30 to July 2, 2014, Monday to Wednesday. Concordia University Wisconsin will once again host us in a larger meeting area in order to accommodate the larger crowd that is expected. We will start at 1:00 p.m. on June 30 and end at noon on July 2. As plans continue to develop, we will post and update information about the next conference. That conference will focus on the origin of life, and secondarily the amazing complexity of DNA and the individual cell.
            Please check this website from time to time for more information. Much of the same information, which appears below, will apply to this next conference, such as housing, registration procedures, contacts with conference organizers, etc. Please use the registration form that appears below in pdf format. We plan to offer meals as part of the conference, adding the cost of each meal you sign up for (and including one noon meal in the registration fee). One of our keynote speakers will be Jay Seegert, who comes to us from the Creation Education Center, Waukesha, Wisconsin. He has spoken widely on issues related to creation, speaking more than 1,300 times in 26 states and three foreign countries. Dr. Kevin Anderson, from the Creation Research Society, is our other plenary speaker. Both Dr. Gary Locklair and Dr. Joel Heck will also be presenting, as indicated below. We will also offer a selection of workshops, or concurrent sessions.
Our Keynote Speakers:
Dr. Kevin Anderson is an author, speaker, and editor-in-chief of the Creation Research Society Quarterly. He holds the Ph.D. in microbiology from Kansas State University. He has been a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois, professor of microbiology at Mississippi State University, and research microbiologist for the United States Department of Agriculture.
Jay Seegert is an author and international speaker and is the Co-Founder of the Creation Education Center. He has degrees both Physics and Engineering and has been lecturing on the authority of Scripture for over 28 years.  In addition, Jay serves on the Board of Directors for Logos Research Associates and is a Representative Speaker for Ratio Christi.  He is also a former adjunct speaker for Creation Ministries International and the former President of the Creation Science Society of Milwaukee.
Abstracts of Plenary Addresses:
Kevin Anderson
"Evolution's Flawed Principles"
Evolutionary transformations are claimed to result from natural selection acting upon mutational change. However, this view reveals an incomplete understanding of natural selection and an inaccurate understanding of mutations. 
 "The Human Genome: An Icon for Creation Science"
Since the publication of the human genome sequence, our understanding of the function and structure of chromosomes has increased dramatically. In light of these new discoveries, evolutionists' arguments, such as Junk DNA, evolutionary lineages, and Human/Chimpanzee genetic similarity, are now being discarded as erroneous.  The genome exhibits a clear evidence of design, possessing an intricate organization of overlapping genes, dual coding systems, and 4-dimensional informational activity - fully consistent with a recent creation model.

Jay Seegert
“Evolution: Probable or Problematic?”
Even though certain aspects of evolution occasionally seem fairly plausible, when you "peek under the hood" to see what actually has to go on inside (in the DNA) we see a very different picture.  Presenting some cutting-edge information about DNA, this presentation clearly demonstrates that molecules-to-man evolution is virtually impossible. “I ‘Hear’ that Evolution is Impossible” Using the human ear as the main example, this topic briefly addresses the origin of "information" and the origin of species, showing that mutations and natural selection are completely incapable of producing molecules-to-man evolution. Gary Locklair "Positive Creation Evidences"God created life as matter with teleonomy (information content). All life on planet earth was originally fashioned by God. Since this is true, there should be a number of scientific evidences that can be used as support. What are these evidences and what is an effective way to present and discuss the evidence? From the Law of Biogenesis to probability; from complexity to information theory, there are many evidences to support the origin of life by God's creative activity. Any evidence can be expressed either as a negative argument against evolution or as a positive argument in favor of creation. This presentation will focus on defining and presenting positive arguments in favor of the creation of life.
 Joel Heck
"The Grand Canyon and the Flood of Noah"
The Grand Canyon is often presented as evidence for uniformitarianism and an old earth, but in reality it speaks of a cataclysmic worldwide deluge in the recent past. Belief in a worldwide flood in Noah's day, based on Genesis 6-9, usually goes hand in hand with a high view of Scripture and a natural reading of the creation account in Genesis 1. Drawing on a week-long trip in the Grand Canyon with one of the world's foremost Grand Canyon geologists, this topic will present evidence for the flood of Noah as seen in the fossils and sedimentary rock layers of the Grand Canyon with photos and videos taken on site. He who created all life also at one point destroyed most of that life, except for the family of Noah.