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The Origin of Diverse Kinds of Life:


2015 CreationConference

Our third annual creation conference is scheduled for 6 - 8 July 2015 at the Ann Arbor, Michigan campus of Concordia University. The conference will take place in the Concordia gymnasium, and it will be simulcast back to the campus of Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, Wisconsin, where the first two conferences were held. Dr. Tom Saleska will handle local arrangements in Mequon.Our first keynote speaker for the conference is Dr. Kevin Anderson, who spoke at the 2014 conference. His bio appears below. In addition, Dr. Tim Clarey, from the Institute for Creation Research, will be our second keynote speaker. He holds a Ph.D. in Geology from Western Michigan University, has experience as an exploration geologist for Chevron USA, Inc., and is a contributor to Guide to Dinosaurs.
The conference schedule and cost will be similar to the 2014 schedule with plenary sessions and concurrent sessions (or workshops). Meals will be on your own, since there are numerous restaurants in the area. We will especially be hearing about dinosaur remains that have been discovered (especially soft tissue, i.e. collagen) and what such evidence indicates about the age of the Earth and the date when such dinosaurs died. Dr. Heck will present a plenary session that discusses the impact of Darwinism on our world today and even upon some people's understanding of Genesis 1. Dr. Locklair will talk about positive evidences for the creation of diverse forms of life.
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Abstracts of Plenary Addresses:

Tim Clarey

"Do Dinosaurs Support Evolution?"

This presentation examines four myths of dinosaurs that are commonly taught to the public. Fossils are often claimed to take millions of years to form under slow burial conditions. Geologic data suggest otherwise. Fossil preservation requires a rapid burial under catastrophic conditions. Dinosaurs also are claimed to have evolved from a common ancestor, yet no ancestors are found in the rock record for the different dinosaur groups. The relationship of dinosaurs and birds is also examined and refuted. A review of the recent soft tissue discoveries leads to the conclusion that dinosaurs were created just thousands of years ago. Dinosaurs were created, just like the Bible says for all animals, they were on the ark, and ultimately they went extinct post-Flood.

"Unlocking the Mysteries of the Genesis Flood"

This presentation reviews and updates rock and fossil evidence supporting a global Flood. It examines the fossil record of the dinosaurs within the context of the entire geologic column. It presents original research on the six megasequences deposited across North America and the world. Data for this research project was derived from more than 560 rock outcrops and oil well cores and logs across the continent.Scientific explanations, from a Biblical perspective, are given for the extensive sedimentary deposits and the fossil record. The presentation offers a data-driven model that explains the rapid burial of dinosaurs during the Flood, and provides implications for pre-Flood geography. It further presents a working model to explain dinosaur occurrence within the Mesozoic Erathem. All data support a global and recent Flood as described in Genesis.

Kevin Anderson

"Dead Bones - Not so Dead After-all"

Dinosaur fossils are often used as the ‘proof fossils’ of evolution.  According to standard geological dating, dinosaurs first appeared some 250 millions ago.  Members of this clade (Dinosauria) then supposedly evolved, spread, and diversified over the next 200 million years, before disappearing from the record about 65 million years ago.  Paleontologists generally interpret the dinosaur fossil record (appear, diversify, disappear) as a clear demonstration of neo-Darwinism.  However, the presence of pliable, soft-tissue within dinosaur fossils challenges this interpretation.  This tissue has been found in a variety of dinosaur specimens, including a Tyrannosaurus femur and a Triceratops horn.  Within this tissue is intact bone cells (e.g., osteocytes) and proteins (e.g., collagen and actin).  However, all known protein decay rates and tissue degradation patterns show these are fragile biological materials, which are readily degraded by numerous environmental conditions.   Evolutionists have proposed several explanations for the preservation of this biomaterial, but all lack adequate mechanisms to explain such prolonged and detailed preservation.  Rather, the soft-tissue data directly challenges the entire ‘millions of years’ paradigm, which is required for neo-Darwinism.  Thus, it also strongly challenges the paleontologist interpretation that the fossil record shows evolution.  However, the data is fully consistent with a young earth creation model.

"The True Origin of the Species"

While Darwin titled his book Origin of Species, he did not specifically address the origin of new species.  Instead, he described biodiversity and discussed a wide variety of adaptive changes and speculated on their significance.  In fact, secular scientists typical insist that evolution is just simply any biological change.  However, mere change fails to provide a mechanism for the universal common descent of all life (a standard prediction in neo-Darwinism).  It also does not explain the origin of different species, nor contradict predictions of a creation model.  In fact, a creation model does not predict ‘fixity of species,’ rather ‘fixity of created kinds.’  As a man-made classification scheme, species is often ill-defined and difficult to identify.  This imprecise classification has allowed evolutionists to assume any type of change could produce new species, which, in turn, supposedly provides the needed mechanism for “common descent” of all species.  There is still much that remains unknown about how a new species may arise, but current genetic data suggests that true speciation is frequently a degradative process – the opposite of evolutionary requirements, but easily understood within a creation model.

Concurrent Sessions
Kevin Anderson, "iDINO – What’s next?"
The second phase of the Creation Research Society’s research initiative (iDINO II) will look more extensively at the process of fossilization.  The first phase of the project added to the growing evidence demonstrating the preservation of pliable tissue, intact cells, and proteins within dinosaur fossils that are claimed to be over 65 million years of age.  In light of this data, evolutionists are seeking methods that could account for the preservation of this fragile biomaterial for millions of years.  iDINO II will investigate these preservation claims as well as seek a better understanding of the fossilization process; providing insight of which mechanisms of preservation are most plausible.  Microbial biofilm activity appears to be an integral component of fossilization, although the process is only partially understood.  In addition, creationists have suggested that fossilization can occur quickly under specific conditions; such as rapid burial and high pressure, which could have occurred during the Genesis Flood.  These results continue to challenge the standard assumptions used when dating the geological column.

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"The Origin of Life:
The Improbability of Chance, Mutation, and Natural Selection"
2014 Conference

            Our second creation conference took place June 30 to July 2, 2014 at the Mequon, WI campus of Concordia University. The conference focused on the origin of life, and secondarily the amazing complexity of DNA and the individual cell.

            Our keynote speakers were Jay Seegert, from the Creation Education Center, Waukesha, Wisconsin and Dr. Kevin Anderson, from the Creation Research Society in Arizona. Both Dr. Gary Locklair and Dr. Joel Heck also presented, as indicated below. We had a selection of workshops, or concurrent sessions, also.

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.

Conference Schedule  (updated)

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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. Please register for on-campus housing through Ken Frizane.

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"The Origin of the Universe:
The Heavens Declare"
2013 Conference

             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.

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.

Conference Schedule and Resources:

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Publicity Tools for Church and School 

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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