How Are We Meant to Understand Genesis?
AiG would have us believe that there are a lot of Creation Scientists who are qualified scientists. OK, then, what has Creation Science itself contributed to the world’s scientific knowledge?
Ken Smith wrote (on May 9 8:56 am, but seems to have since deleted it): Herein is the crunch! Nothing of major importance!
Again, Ken if you knew as much as you claim about us, you would not leave yourself so vulnerable to refutation (maybe that’s why I can’t find it on the forum any more; but then it might be just that I can’t find it).
Firstly, as I have pointed out before, most of the founders of modern science were Christian creationists (Newton was much closer to our view than yours, Ken, and others were even more in concert), so in fact modern science came from those who accepted the history of Genesis and the rest of the Bible. Newton himself spent considerable effort in chronology, devising a history of mankind from the beginning-a history that Ken would not agree with, since he dogmatically accepts the current goo-to-you evolutionary view of history as the way it was (or at least I am assuming that he does; Ken seems to be rather coy about clearly stating just what he believes).
But there are plenty of modern scientists who are creationists who have contributed significantly to the scientific enterprise (here are some, from various disciplines):
Dr Raymond V. Damadian, M.D., Pioneer of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Damadian was passed over for a Nobel prize (2003) for the discovery and development of MRI. Even secularists have stated that Damadian should have been included. See the comments cited in ‘The not-so-Nobel decision’ http://www.answersingenesis.org/creation/v26/i4/nobel.asp and http://www.answersingenesis.org/creation/v16/i3/science.asp When you have an MRI scan done, all you evolutionists can thank creationist Damadian for his pioneering research. 🙂
Dr John Baumgardner, Electrical Engineering, astrophysics, geophysics. An expert in supercomputer modelling of plate tectonics. His model is used by others in the field. Dr Baumgardner was motivated by his belief in the biblical account of creation and the flood to study geophysics, especially plate tectonics. His catastrophic plate tectonics model suggests how the global flood of Noah could have happened. It is difficult to get plate tectonics models to work with uniformitarian time-scales. See: http://www.answersingenesis.org/home/area/bios/j_baumgardner.asp
Dr Russell Humphreys, Physicist. Aside from Dr Humphreys’ achievements in secular research, he has also used Biblical presuppositions to accurately predict the strengths of magnetic fields on Uranus and Neptune (predictions made on the basis of evolutionary presuppositions were way off the mark). See ‘Beyond Neptune: Voyager II supports creation’, http://www.icr.org/pubs/imp/imp-203.htm; and ‘The Creation of Planetary Magnetic Fields’, Creation Research Society Quarterly 21(3):140-149, 1984, http://www.creationresearch.org/crsq/articles/21/21_3/21_3.html
Dr Raymond Jones, Agricultural Scientist. Jones was responsible for finding out why cattle in Australia could not digest Leucaena, a legume valuable as an animal food in tropical countries, but found to be useless in Australia. Jones solved the problem, something that has already been worth hundreds of millions of dollars to Australia. http://www.answersingenesis.org/creation/v21/i1/firm.asp
John Mann, M.B.E. John Mann had no academic qualifications, but was elected a Fellow of the Royal Zoological Society and awarded an MBE for his research into the prickly pear (weed) problem that had rendered useless huge tracts of agricultural land in Queensland and NSW. It was one of the first and probably the most spectacularly successful ever examples of biological control. http://www.answersingenesis.org/creation/v5/i2/scientists.asp
Dr John K.G. Kramer, Biochemistry. Dr. Kramer is a research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. He holds a B.S. (Hons) from the University of Manitoba, an M.S. in biochemistry from the University of Manitoba, a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Minnesota and completed three years of post-doctoral studies as a Hormel fellow at the Hormel Institute and as an NRC fellow at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Kramer has identified, characterized and synthesized the structure of numerous food, bacterial, and biological components and has published 128 refereed papers and numerous abstracts and book chapters. He was one of the core scientists who evaluated the toxicological, nutritional and biochemical properties of canola oil and demonstrated its safety. He presently serves as associate editor of the scientific journal LIPIDS. Dr Kramer is another scientist whose creationist presuppositions contributed to good science outcomes. See http://www.answersingenesis.org/home/Area/isd/kramer.asp
Dr Ian Macreadie, molecular biologist and microbiologist; top AIDS researcher. Author of more than 60 research papers, he is a Principal Research Scientist at the Biomolecular Research Institute of Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). In 1997 he was part of a team which won the CSIRO’s top prize, the Chairman’s Medal. In 1995 he won the Australian Society for Microbiology’s top award, for outstanding contributions to research. http://www.answersingenesis.org/home/area/bios/i_macreadie.asp
Dr George Marshall, ophthalmology. http://www.answersingenesis.org/creation/v18/i4/eye.asp In this article, Dr Marshall explains how the human eye is not ‘wired back-to-front’ and how hopelessly na