January, 2010 – Dr. Per Houmann
At the January meeting, Bob Scovner introduced Dr. Per Houmann, and gave a brief review of intelligent design. He said ID is seen in all aspects of life from cells to organ systems. The common sense explanation is an intelligent designer. He claimed the fossil record lacks incipient forms. Evolutionists claim ID, although rational, is a delusion, and the wonders of life are "due to the miracle of evolution" *
Dr. Houmann, an area dentist and former
dental missionary in
At our last creation society meeting, Dr. Houmann gave a presentation on the human mouth with all of its intricacies of form and function and how these are orchestrated in one simple act of chewing food. Some of the anatomical features, which were highlighted, included muscles, tongue (multiple muscles), taste buds, bones, salivary glands, nerves, thalamus, medulla oblongata, epithelium and teeth. Functional features included, taste (gustation), chewing (mastication), muscle contraction, salivation, nerve impulse transmission, swallowing (deglutition). Another dimension of the mouth presented was its natural flora, which includes bacteria (>700 types) and fungus (yeast), and how these are balanced and beneficial under ideal circumstances. Adequate nutrition is essential to species survival and chewing is an integral part of the human digestive process. The orchestration of all the features necessary for this function is intricate and wonderful. A loving Creator put the finishing touch to the beauty of this process by adding pleasure to the senses. Without the enjoyment of taste, texture and temperature, eating would exist only for survival.
February, 2010 – Canceled due to snow
March, 2010 – Mr. Jon Saboe
The creation society met
Jon has an
He presented evidence, mainly from architecture, astronomy and semantics, showing abilities of our early ancestors that were more advanced than those of modern man. Ancient ruins, including pyramids of various continents, reveal knowledge and technical skills which in many instances are beyond those of today. Huge stones were moved and precisely fitted together by ways as yet unknown to modern man.
In astronomy, Sumerians, who had the earliest civilization discovered, accurately knew the motions of celestial bodies, and that the sun is a sphere with planets revolving around it. They discerned planets beyond those visible to the unaided eye, ie Neptune and Uranus, and built mechanical devices which precisely predicted eclipses and positions of heavenly bodies.
It is proposed by main line linguists that languages increased in complexity over the ages of mankind. But, generally the earliest known languages are more complex than those today. Mr. Saboe detailed the intricacies of ancient languages including more tenses, genders, moods and other aspects. In light of this, it is difficult, at best, to believe man has arisen from a primitive state over millennia. On a related topic, it is significant that Plato and historians Eusebius and Josephus quote ancient records about an event when mankind was dispersed and languages were confused.
Mr. Saboe postulates that knowledge and great ability were introduced directly into man at creation and after, and this was passed to the generations that followed the destruction of pre-flood civilizations. He presented much more information supporting his views on ancient man.
The setting of his
novel, The Days of Peleg, is about
a century after Noah's Flood. It has much data ,
some of which he presented in his talk. Reference books on
this and other subjects can be found in Mr,
Saboe's web site, (see above.)
His book will be available for review at
April, 2010 –
We showed a
Michael Riddle is a former marine, Decathlon Champion and director of training for Microsoft . He now is a full time lecturer on creation. Mr. Riddle stated the Bible has answers to origins. It tells, 1) who created, 2)what he created, 3) how, 4)when 5)how long it took. That is: 1)God created, 2)all things, 3)by speaking them into existence, 4) in the beginning over a period 5)of six days.
He then presented four subjects.
The Origin of the Universe, Almost all evolutionists think an extremely small point of energy "exploded," continues to expand for billions of years and out of this everything that exists was formed. The question to ask is: Where did this original substance came from? There are only three conceivable answers: The universe created itself; it has always existed or it was created. But observation and reason show that nothing comes from nothing, and a thing cannot created itself.
The universe could not have existed forever since, according to the second law of thermodynamics, the amount of usable energy in the universe would decrease and over vast amounts of time, there would be not heat or motion. The Bible has a reasonable answer: The universe was created by an all powerful God.
The Origin of Life. The question is: How did life originate? Most experts on origins essentially state they do not know. Many quotes were presented showing this. Supporting this are: In all life forms, amino acids are exclusively left handed, but in all other natural situations, they are equally right and left. Living beings consist of only 23 types of amino acids, but there are about 2,000 types of amino acids. Probabilities show that the chance formation of a single functioning protein is then 10 to the 191 power which means it is impossible. The chance origin of a living cell is vastly worse, 10 to the 40,000th.power. The Bible answer is that life came from a great living creator.
The Fossil Record The question is where are the supposed transitional fossils? The fossil record shows only a few, even alleged links. Mr. Riddle said the most clear observation is the absence of transitions from the one celled organisms in the pre-cambrian layer to the many phylum of creatures in the Cambrian layers. There should be millions of transitional forms if evolution is true. The Bible states that all life on earth was made by God in four days.
Dinosaurs: The question is: where did they come from? Ancestors of the large varieties of dinosaurs are not found. The Bible account leads to the answer that they originated on the 6 th day of creation.
Mr. Riddel gave the wonderful story of how he became a Christian at age 37. Almost immediately he had a great desire to read the book of Genesis which he had never done before. He has since studied and taught origns for many years.
He said, after the above questions, he would tell an evolutionist: You do no have evidence for your view. It is taken on faith. You have your faith and I have mine. Tell be what your faith has done for you, and I will tell you what my faith has done for me.
May, 2010 – Mr. Steve Shrader
At the May creation society meeting, Steve Schrader, lecturer on apologetics, gave a very informative talk on "The Bible: History, or Just Stories." Following is some of the interesting information he presented.
The Old Testament cannon was established B.C. The earliest found Old Testament manuscripts, which means hand written, had been from about 900 A.D. until the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947. These manuscripts are from 100 B.C. or earlier, and into the first century A.D. Except for the book of Esther, these scrolls contain at least parts of all the O.T. books, including the entire book of Isaiah. The writing in our present O.T. is essentially the same as in these ancient scrolls.
There are thousands of manuscripts of the New Testament, and the earliest copies of entire N.T. books are dated about 200 A.D. A fragment of the Gospel of John dates from 117 A.D., which might be only 25 years after he wrote his account. In a few cases, such as Homer, (500 copies, the earliest being 500 years after first written), manuscripts of almost all ancient documents are rare, and the earliest copies post date the originals by 1000 up to 1400 years. The smaller the interval between originals and their copies, the more they are considered accurate.
Numerous quotes from the New Testament are found in documents written by early church leaders, many of which are no later than 107 A.D. These include all but 11 verses of the N.T., so that almost the entire content of the N.T. can be found in these documents. Ancient historians confirm the early date of the founding of Christianity, and mention Biblical events.
It is fairly certain that almost all of the New Testament was written before 70 A.D. as seen from various factors, especially that N.T. books do not mention the destruction of the Jewish Temple in 70 A.D., one of the most significant events in Jewish history. It seems clear that by literary and historical standards, the Bible accounts are reliable.
Steve elaborated on many areas besides the above, which can be found, along with a wealth of other evidence supporting the truth of the Bible in the book, I don't have enough faith to be an Atheist. This can be obtained thru the creation society or a bookstore.
June, 2010 – Dr. Lester Harris
Noted field naturalist
and educator Dr. Lester Harris spoke to us on: "Does
Intelligent Design Prove the Existence of God?" He previously spoke
at the creation meeting in September 2006, which is reported on our web
Dr. Harris had recently turned 88 years old, and he talked humorously about his physical restrictions. He showed a 1/3 model of a Tyrannosaurus Rex skull that gave evidence this huge dinosaur chewed like a cow and, contrary to earlier belief, likely was mainly vegetarian. Even bears and cats are not purely meat eaters. Dr. Harris had taken part in studies that rebutted the view that T. Rex had gizzard stones.
In addition to other subjects, we were shown pictures of a full scale statue of a Triceratops, which is in the order of dinosaurs whose members have a bird like pelvis. It is interesting that evolutionists believe birds did not arise from that order, but from the order of dinosaurs that have a lizard type pelvis.
Dr. Harris gave wonderful examples of intelligent design, and not, as is often done, by describing organs and cells, but as seen in the behaviors of animals and plants. The first concerns a plant whose leaves are the only place a particular butterfly species lays its eggs. The plant makes a scent that attracts this butterfly. The scent is not strong enough until the leaves are large, since an immature small plant likely would be destroyed by butterfly larvae. The leaves develop sharp protrusions which kill larvae that crawl over them. The plant also protects itself by producing structures on its leaves that look very much like the butterfly's eggs. When the butterfly see these false eggs it goes elsewhere, since the leaf might not support another brood. By these complex means the plants and butterflies perpetuate their kinds.
The angler fish has a long rod on its head with what appears to be a worm at the end which it wiggles to attract other fish to eat. The much larger female lays eggs which are then fertilized by the male. Males bite into and become attached to a female. Their tissues grow together, and they stay joined for life. Subsequently, after the female lays eggs, it turns about and they are fertilized by the protruding male.
Another amazing example of design is Lampsillis,
a mussel (clam like mollusc) which produces on its
top shell an incredible fish replica with eyes and fins, which entices a
particular fish. As the fish goes to eat it the decoy, the mussel squirts
eggs into its open mouth, which stick to the gills where the eggs develop
into small fish. This can be seen in a
The last creature described is a species of frogs which
lives near the mouth of the
Dr. Harris said he could not come up with an explanation
for the origin of these wonders other than the mighty creator
God. He then answered
many questions. It was an enjoyable evening, and we were blessed to
have this great scientist and teacher with us.
Following is a history of Dr. Harris.
Dr. Lester E. Harris, Jr., one of the last of the old-time
naturalists who knows nature and what's in it. Today he's called a
"field biologist." He has taught biology at all academic levels
for 50 years. He majored in biology and minored in chemistry in
undergraduate school. and majored in herpetology
and minored in botany at the
He taught at
He was a member of both the
Dr. Harris has written a number of
general reading books on natural history and published about 1,000 popular
natural history articles, many in the old Nature and Natural History magazines,
as well as a number of peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals. He
has completed a significant book on the natural history of the
An ardent Bible student and creationist, he, for many years, taught a course in comparative creation/evolution on both the undergraduate and graduate levels He also wrote a book which by its title introduces a new, hopefully, non-oxymoronic term, "Theistic Natural History." The book is strictly based on the Bible. Scientific evidence is used to back up God's Word. Above all, this book is intended to be a non-polemic book about Creation and the Flood. It is hoped, with all sincerity, that wrong understandings are explained correctly and that any persons involved will at least consider a different viewpoint.
July, 2010 – Mr. Lou Reinagle
At the creation meeting in July, 2010, Lou Reinagle showed and led a discussion about a new DVD, "Evolution, The Grand Experiment:, The Quest for an Answer, (Part 1.)" Lou was a high school and college science teacher, and has given outstanding presentations at our meetings. After having lived part time in Frederick County for several years, he expects to move to Florida.
The DVD and book with the same title discuss many areas of biological evolution. It was produced by Dr. Carl Werner over twelve years in many countries, and has excellent photography. One of its main aspects are interviews with noteworthy evolutionists relating their doubts about major proclaimed evidences for evolution. Along with many other cases are: Kidwell's moths, the Coelacanth fish, a famous dinosaur-bird fossil from China, Darwin's finches and artificial creation of precursors of life.
Some of these are known frauds, and others are misleading at best. Claims about the moths are deceptive, and are not evidence for evolution. The predominant numbers of moth varieties in industrial areas of England changed from white to black as industrial air pollution increased, but then quickly changed back to mostly white moths after air quality improved.
Fossils of coelacanth, supposedly from 100 million years ago, have not been found in purported younger strata since then. Surprisingly, for about 70 years these fish have been found living in various oceans. They are hardly changed from the fossils, and studies reveal they are not transitional forms from fish to land animals as had been thought.
Galapagos Island finches have been claimed to be important proofs of Darwinian evolution, since their beak sizes vary among different islands. But, it is now known that beak size changes back and forth in a few generation when local climates and food sources change.
The Chinese bird-dinosaur fossil, Archaeoraptor, after its initial acceptance, was seen to be a deliberate hoax by its alleged discoverer.
Origin of life experiments produced amino acids and other organic molecules. It is claimed this backs up the idea that precursors of life could arise by comparable means on earth. But, the artificial conditions in which these were made were quite different then what is generally believed to have been earth's early atmosphere, and the amino acids are not those of which proteins consist in our biosphere.
This DVD gives an extensive and well done review of much of the scientific evidence involved in studying origins.
August, 2010 – Mr. Jay Auxt
On August 10, Jay Auxt gave a presentation entitled, “Diamonds Are Forever, But Also Very Young.” This presentation included a “virtual tour” of two exhibits in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum; the Hope Diamond and the Geologic Column/ Tower in the dinosaur hall.
The presentation began with a brief discussion and review of the history of the Hope Diamond and some of the placards at that exhibit. The exhibit information was all interesting and informative – that is – until one placard took a typical evolutionary “jab” at Biblical creation by referring to “millions and billions of years ago.” The reference to millions and billions of years was completely irrelevant to the balance of the exhibit and was clearly inserted merely for indoctrination purposes.
Jay then took us to the geologic tower in the dinosaur hall because this exhibit actually portrays how these ages are determined. The irony is – you have to have the patience to walk in a complete circle around the tower and read all the placards. The tower has four sides:
1) The first placard is entitled “Time and Fossils.” Once again, it mentions the millions and billions of years and indicates that there are two ways to determine age. One is “relative time,” and the other is “absolute time.”
2) As you walk around the tower and continue to read the placards, the next one is entitled “Relative Time.” This placard merely states that fossils are always found in sedimentary rocks and that the deeper the fossil is found, the older it must be.
3) As you continue on around the tower, the next placard is entitled “Atomic Time.” Here is where this exhibit gets interesting. This placard is loaded with technical data about radiometric dating and determining “absolute time.” It then (appropriately) indicates that radiometric dating cannot be used in sedimentary rock where fossils are found.
4) By this time, most people would give up, skip the placards, and go look at the dinosaurs. However, Jay presented the fourth placard. It is entitled “Marking Time with Fossils.” It then proceeds to explain that “age” can be determined by the fossils in the rock.
We determine the age of a fossil by the fossils found in the rock?!?!? Isn’t that circular logic?? The irony of the display is that you would have to walk the complete circle to recognize the circular logic.
Jay then briefly discussed how radiometric dating works and how recent studies directed by the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) but performed by nationally recognized laboratories have indicated that the longer the “half-life” used to date a rock, the older the rock appears to be. This phenomenon suggests that the “time constants” of nuclear decay have not always been “constant” and have changed at various times in the past. Science has only been able to measure these time constants for 60 years, so to assume that these “constants” have remained constant for billions of years is unfounded and actually farfetched. (Jay indicated that if he attempted to “extrapolate” data in his engineering practice to this extent – he would be considered a nut and lose his license!) Nevertheless, the decay constants of radioisotopes are still considered “sacred” to many physicists. Thus, ICR directed other studies using different dating methods to confirm (or not confirm) this “change” in constants. The data from these tests, also performed by nationally recognized laboratories, confirmed a) not only that these constants “have” changed, but b) in some cases, actually determined approximately “when” some changes occurred, and c) that zircons formed at the creation of the earth are only 6000 years old! (Reference Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth Vol II, 2005, edited by Vardiman, Snelling, and Chaffin.)
Jay then took us back to the Hope Diamond exhibit. Fortunately we did not have to climb up and down so many stairs. We were able to visit both exhibits in the comfort of our chairs. Diamonds are made from practically pure carbon. They also include trace amounts of nitrogen. IF it is assumed that all the nitrogen came from the decay of Carbon-14, (this would yield the oldest possible age), then the diamond can only possibly be thousands of years old; not millions, billions, or gazillions of years old! Since diamonds are practically pure carbon and the carbon bonds make them practically impossible to “contaminate,” this “young age” of diamonds has been a major undisputable thorn in the “presumptions” of old age and deep time required by evolutionists.
Footnote: The age of diamonds, as determined by carbon-14 dating methods, has been a very serious thorn in evolutionist’s flesh. Thus – to combat this embarrassing situation, they have attempted to date diamonds by using carbon-13 isotopes. Carbon-13 has an extremely long half-life, and thus, yields billions and gazillions of year ages for diamonds. Based on the ICR studies mentioned above, these old ages should not be unexpected and actually serve to confirm the ICR conclusions; the longer the half-life of the isotope used in the study, the older the specimen “appears” to be. But, the longer the decay rate, the more it has changed in the past.
Thus, “Diamonds Are Forever, But Also Very Young.”
September, 2010 – Bob Davis
On September 14 we had a very interesting presentation by astronomer Bob Davis, on "How can two different astronomers see the same object and come to two completely different conclusions about its origin." He is working on a master’s degree in astrophysics. .
He spoke about weaknesses of the big bang theory such as: using the best telescopes, the furthest reaches of our present ability to see, is supposedly of the universe as it appeared early in its history, but there, we observe mature galaxies which contradicts big bang theory. Andromeda, a spinning spiral nebula, should have wound itself up long ago if the universe is as old as commonly believed. Vast ladders of galaxies also seem to oppose big bang speculation on the formation of the universe.
The nebular hypothesis of our solar system's origin has major flaws including the fact that some planets rotate one direction on their axis and other planets in the opposite direction. In our solar system, the planets closest to the sun are small and terrestrial, and more distant planets are large gas bodies. The opposite order of planets has been detected in other solar systems. According to the commonly accepted age of our solar system and the measured net rate of heat loss from Jupiter, it should have become cold long ago, but still gives off huge amounts of heat.
October, 2010 – Dr. Charles Jackson
In October 2010, Dr Charles Jackson spoke at the Frederick Creation Society meeting on 'Why do evolutionists fear and censor open debate?" with eleven main points. Dr. Jackson has spoken to us yearly since 2006. See his past talks at www.FrederickCreationSociety.org.
1) Evolution is a theory that by its own
terms is dogmatic, absolutist and not subject to revision. These same claims were made
against creationism in the notable
2) Major theories are usually expressed simply such as Relativity Theory, E=MC squared. Evolution is becoming more complex, adds exceptions, and generally demonstrates weak evidence and poor reasoning. Vague terminology gives dogma the illusion of authentication. For example, the term evolution has a variety of meanings which, not unusually, are used as evasions such as, "change over time" or "variations," and may refer to micro or macro-evolution.
3) Experimentation cannot confirm evolution. Linus Pauling wrote "Science is the search for truth, the effort to understand the world," and Louis Pasteur said, "Do not put forward anything that you cannot prove by experimentation."
4) Evolutionists accept the idea of the spontaneous generation of life which contradicts a major biological observation that life comes only from life. Almost all origin of life scientists agree with Paul Davis who wrote, "No one knows how lifeless chemicals organized themselves into the first cell."
5) Evolutionary defense is usually rhetorical, as seen in the following. Richard Dawkins, famous evolutionist, said, "All biologists are evolutionary biologists" and "the why question is a silly question." There are at least hundreds of biologists that do not accept evolution theory.
6) Unique predictions of evolution are not verified, as shown for example in a quote by William Provine: "The big transformations are not there in the fossil record. It is difficult to explore a billion year old fossil record. Be patient!" But logically, if evolution if true, examples of transitional forms should dominate the record.
7) Evolutionists are instructed to not debate creationists, who they are told, are fast talkers and tricky. The Science Teacher, October 2000 claimed in an article, "Debating Creationists," "most scientists and science educators will probably lose the debate in the eyes of the public"
8) Logic trumps opinion when there is little scientific evidence. This to a large degree explains why 53% of Americans believe God created humans within the past 10,000 years.
10) Natural selection, the foundation of Darwinism, is easily shown to be neutral, in that it causes no new information. Hugo DeVries explained that natural selection causes the survival of the fittest, but not the arrival of the fittest. Mutations are errors and cannot produce new information.
11) Evolutionary concepts cannot endure self scrutiny by its adherents and inquiring students.
November, 2010 –
At the November 2010 meeting we saw some of the most powerful
evidence for creation in the outstanding
An example is the very complex and unique placenta which allows nutrition, oxygen and other vital substances to pass from the mother to the fetus, and waste products in the other direction. It also prevents the transfer of dangerous materials between them. At birth, as the placenta separates from the womb, the huge blood supply from the uterus is cut off by the rapid contraction of muscle rings around the arteries, which prevents what would otherwise be fatal blood loss. If any of the numerous functions in reproduction were absent, the first humans and other placental mammals would not have originated.
Dr. Menton has a Ph.D. in cell biology from
December, 2010 – Dr. Otto Berg and Mr. Jim Shipe
In December of 2010, the Frederick Creation Society was pleased to have two speakers, Dr. Otto Berg, and Mr. Jim Shipe; both long time members of the society.
Dr. Berg gave a presentation entitled “Relativistics.” For notes on this presentation, see the “Articles” section of this website.
Jim Shipe, gave a presentation entitled “Advancing Science.” A short synopsis, by Jim, is below:
Science comes from the Latin “scientia” meaning knowledge. I define “science” as the search for truth or knowledge of nature. In my talk titled “Advancing Science,” I showed how belief in the Bible as the reliable and authoritative Word of our Creator, leads to advances in science while other views retard science. This is because nature must always be examined through some philosophical lens. The question that we must answer is, does the lens that we have chosen give us a clear or distorted image of nature? Only a lens based on truth will give a clear image and allow science to advance.
The reformation was a revival in trust of the Bible as God’s truth revealed to man. Out of the Reformation came the men who laid the foundations of science that made possible our modern advances. Men such as Newton, Pasteur, Linnaeus, Faraday, Pascal, Kelvin, Maxwell, and Kepler founded modern science and were all strong believers in the Biblical record.
The evolutionary lens is not based on truth and, therefore, actually retards science. Evolutionists have redefined science as the effort to explain organization in nature without resorting to an Organizer. To them, science is no longer a search for truth but rather an effort to bolster atheistic philosophy. However, this search has been an abject failure and tremendous waste of resources.
The effort to apply evolution in other areas has also resulted in tremendous failure. Social philosophies based on evolution are socialism, communism, segregation, eugenics, and Nazism. At best these have resulted in economic devastation. At worst they have resulted in much suffering and death.
The modern creation movement, begun by Henry Morris and John Whitcomb, has resulted as men have returned to trusting in the Bible as truthful history. An organization at the forefront of the movement is the Institute for Creation Research. Spending a relatively small amount of research money, they have uncovered flaws in radiometric dating that prove that the earth is very young. This shows that the Biblical lens gives the only clear view of nature.