"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.

Registration Form

Please download and use the form below to send in your registration with appropriate fees. One meal is automatically included in the registration, and you have the opportunity to include other meals, plus housing, in your registration. Our registrar, Ken Frizane, is located in Mount Prospect, Illinois.

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Publicity Tools for Church and School

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“The Heavens Declare” (2013)

             On July 8-10, 2013, Concordia University Wisconsin hosted a creation conference with the theme, “The Heavens Declare: What Astronomy Can Tell us about Biblical Creation.” The conference began on Monday, July 8, at 1:00 p.m. and ended at noon on Wednesday, July 10. Keynote speakers were Dr. Danny Faulkner and Dr. Don DeYoung, both members of the Creation Research Society (CRS). DeYoung spoke on “Our Nearest Neighbor, the Moon” and “The Discovery of Design.” Faulkner, now on staff with Answers in Genesis, spoke on “Biblical Astronomy” and “Astronomy’s Young Age Indicators.” The full conference schedule appears below.

Audio of the conference is now available on the Free Downloads page

             The conference was convened and cosponsored with Concordia University Wisconsin by the co-founders of the Society of Creation, a 54-member creation organization within the Concordia University System, which is a system of ten universities operated by The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. While the Concordia University System is a Lutheran system of institutions, the conference is open to members of all denominations. Both co-founders, Dr. Gary Locklair, computer science faculty at Concordia University Wisconsin, and Dr. Joel Heck, theology faculty at Concordia University Texas, are also members of CRS.

             Registration was $40.00 per person for the conference ($30.00 for all subsequent persons if multiple people register from the same family, same church, or same church staff; one-day rates were also available at $10 for Monday or Wednesday and $20 for Tuesday). For more information about future conferences, contact Dr. Heck via email at HeckYes@aol.com or Dr. Locklair at locklair@cuw.edu. After June 24, the daily rate increased by $5.00 per day and the entire conference rate by $10.00 to $50.00. Meals and housing were not included in the registration fee. Housing was available on the campus of Concordia University Wisconsin and in area hotels and motels. The price for on-campus lodging at Concordia University Wisconsin, in their Coburg residential hall, is $35/person/night, plus $1.50/person daily campus usage fee. Those desiring on-campus lodging called (262-243-4372) or sent email to Nicole Muth (nicole.muth@cuw.edu) or wrote to her at the following address. Concordia University Wisconsin is located at 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive, Mequon, Wisconsin 53097, just a few miles north of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. Visit their website at www.cuw.edu for more information about the university.

Concordia University Wisconsin Pharmacy building, where the conference took place. 

Some of the 159 people in attendance, July 8-10, 2013.
The four plenary speakers (from left to right): Dr. Heck, Dr. Faulkner, Dr. DeYoung, and Dr. Locklair.

Our Keynote Speakers: 

Danny R. Faulkner holds the Ph.D. in astronomy from Indiana University. Since January 1, 2013, Professor Faulkner has been the full-time astronomer at Answers in Genesis in northern Kentucky. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Creation Research Society. Dr. Faulkner is active in research of close binary stars, and he has published more than 100 articles. In addition to his speaking and writing on creation topics related to astronomy, he has published the book, Universe by Design.

Don DeYoung chairs the Science and Mathematics Department, Grace College, Winona Lake, Indiana. He is a graduate of Michigan Tech University, Iowa State University (Ph.D., Physics), and Grace Theological Seminary. He has written many articles and books on Bible-science topics. Dr. DeYoung is currently president of the Creation Research Society with 1700 members worldwide. Don speaks on a broad range of creation topics and believes that the details of nature are a powerful testimony to the Creator’s care for mankind.

Abstracts of Plenary Addresses:

Danny Faulkner

"Biblical Astronomy"

The Bible mentions many topics dealing with astronomy. This talk will survey what the Bible says about the heavens, the sun, moon, and stars, as well as other things dealing with astronomy. This will allow us to put in context a biblical approach to astronomy.

"Astronomy's Young Age Indicators"

The creation model is that God made everything in six normal days just a few thousand years ago. While secular scientists have interpreted much of the world in terms of billions of years, we might expect that there is evidence from astronomy that the creation is much younger than that. This presentation will cover some of this evidence.

Don DeYoung

"Our Nearest Neighbor, the Moon"
The moon's origin, age, and design are considered. Natural origin theories for the moon continue to rise and fall. None are convincing and supernatural creation remains a credible alternative. Age indicators which challenge evolutionary deep time include crater formation and lunar recession. Multiple purposes for the moon's creation are suggested, each showing intelligent design.
 
"The Discovery of Design"
Biomimicry is a popular topic in current science and technology. Inventors and researchers look to nature for ideas on new products and solutions to technical problems. Instead of indicating the result of evolutionary fine-tuning, these ideas show intelligent planning for our benefit. Several design examples which benefit space technology will be given.
 
Gary Locklair

"Teaching Origins"

We are all interested in our origins and most people want to learn more. What are some effective techniques to teach and learn about origins? Prof. Locklair has taught a popular and successful course on the science of origins, Cosmogony, at Concordia University for a number of years. Cosmogony attempts to answer a grand question: how did the universe originate? He will share insights into “teaching the controversy” and discuss a number of scientific evidences from the realm of astronomy. The role of logic and the proper use of evidence and its interpretation in origins will be investigated.

 
Joel Heck
"The New Testament on Creation"
Since all of Scripture comes from the same God, we should expect a consistent picture of creation from both the Old Testament and the New Testament. This talk explores the dozens of New Testament references to creation in four broad categories: (1) Echoes or allusions, (2) References to the beginning of time, (3) References to events during the creation week, and (4) Significant events during creation that are dated in a general way. In conclusion, the speaker draws some conclusions about the perspective provided by the various New Testament writers and characters, including Jesus.

Registration:

The registration deadline was Monday, June 24. After June 24, the daily rate increased by $5.00 per day and the entire conference rate by $10.00 to $50.00.

To register, send your check, made out to CUW, to

Concordia University Wisconsin

Attn: Dr. Gary Locklair

12800 N. Lake Shore Drive

Mequon, Wisconsin 53097

Conference Schedule and Resources:

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Housing:

 Housing is available on the campus of Concordia University Wisconsin and in area hotels and motels. Use Google to locate area hotels and motels. The price for on-campus lodging at Concordia University Wisconsin in their Coburg residential hall is $35/person/night, plus $1.50/person daily campus usage fee. For on-campus lodging call (262-243-4372) or email Nicole Muth (nicole.muth@cuw.edu) or write to her at the following address: Concordia University Wisconsin, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive, Mequon, Wisconsin 53097.

Publicity Tools for Church and School 

Download, print, cut and paste, or otherwise use the following bulletin announcements in your church publications.

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This poster about the conference (first, in the form of a pdf file) can be printed and posted on bulletin boards or wherever you choose. Below the pdf file I have also posted a copy of the poster in its Microsoft Publisher format.

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