Ques­tion­ing evo­lu­tion

Speaker gives talk on cre­ation­ism in Car­bon­ear

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH - BYANDREWROBINSON

In the world of academia, evo­lu­tion­ary bi­ol­ogy is ac­cepted as an im­por­tant sci­en­tific field. From grade school in pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions to grad­u­ate stud­ies at the most pres­ti­gious uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges in the world, the sub­ject, which fo­cuses on changes in in­her­ited traits through dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions of species over time, is a widely stud­ied topic.

Within pock­ets of the evan­gel­i­cal Chris­tian com­mu­nity, how­ever, there are con­cerns about evo­lu­tion sup­port­ing the ex­is­tence of Earth for mil­lions and mil­lions of years. At the Cal­vary Pen­te­costal Church in Car­bon­ear on Tues­day, Oct. 26, one of those doubters was on hand to present an al­ter­na­tive view of the world’s past.

Ian Juby calls him­self a cre­ation sci­ence speaker who has been con­duct­ing re­search to sup­port cre­ation­ism for over 15 years. Cre­ation­ism is the be­lief Earth and all that in­hab­its it is the cre­ation of a su­per­nat­u­ral be­ing. Cre­ation sci­ence aims to col­lect ev­i­dence sup­port­ing the Ge­n­e­sis nar­ra­tive, which says the Earth was cre­ated in seven days.

Juby is based out of Chalk River, Ont., and trav­els across the coun­try with his Cre­ation Mu­seum of Canada to give lec­tures to mostly church or­ga­ni­za­tions and pri­vate schools. His in­ter­est in cre­ation sci­ence was spurred by hear­ing a lec­ture given in Texas by Carl Baugh, who claims to have found hu­man foot­prints among those of Di­nosaurs within the state.

“It was just riv­et­ing stuff, and I was just in­stantly ad­dicted,” said Juby, a for­mer high school technology teacher who also spent 21 years teach­ing at a sci­ence sum­mer camp from the age of 16.

He even­tu­ally be­gan giv­ing pre­sen­ta­tions him­self, but it wasn’t un­til 1997 he started his trav­el­ling mu­seum, which turned into a full-time gig five years ago.

Juby said cre­ation­ism and evo­lu­tion are in­com­pat­i­ble.

“ In fact, evo­lu­tion and the Bi­ble would be in­com­pat­i­ble,” said Juby, who be­lieves the Bi­ble’s time­line means the Earth is only 6,000 years old, not mil­lions.

“ You have ge­nealo­gies in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. You have ge­nealo­gies from Je­sus Christ right back to Adam and Eve, who were cre­ated on Day 6. You can go through that ge­neal­ogy and see who was born to who when, and you can ac­tu­ally build up a time­line.”

Such in­ter­pre­ta­tions of the Bi­ble con­trast sharply the find­ings of sci­en­tists through­out the world who prac­tice pa­le­on­tol­ogy and ge­ol­ogy. Old bones His mu­seum in­cludes di­nosaur bones, dis­plays, and what he said is a piece of lime­stone con­tain­ing a di­nosaur foot­print on top of a hu­man one.

“Lime­stone turns to rock in hours, so do the math,” said Juby, ref­er­enc­ing the tracks, which he says were found in Glen Rose, Texas. “ The tracks had to be made within min­utes of each other.”

Glen Rose is also the site of the Cre­ation Ev­i­dence Mu­seum, which was started by Baugh in 1984. Ques­tions have since arisen about the au­then­tic­ity of Baugh’s claims to have found “mantracks.” An ar­ti­cle on the web­site for the Chris­tian sci­ence group Amer­i­can Sci­en­tific Af­fil­i­a­tion writ­ten by Dr. Ron­nie Hast­ings claims one of his most hu­man­like prints was in fact a carv­ing.

Juby’s main ob­jec­tions to evo­lu­tion are of a moral and philo­soph­i­cal na­ture, he said.

“ The con­nec­tion be­tween evo­lu­tion­ary the­ory and things like Nazism, eu­gen­ics, and all this stuff is very sim­ple to make,” said Juby. “ When you be­lieve we’re just a bunch of pond-scum, well first-of-all, there’s no right and wrong any­more, be­cause the only rea­son we have any im­pli­ca­tions of right and wrong is be­cause of things like the 10 com­mand­ments.

“If we have no cre­ator, there is no law, and there is no right and wrong. That’s a huge ram­i­fi­ca­tion right there, be­cause if evo­lu­tion is true, then it’s sur­vival of the fittest. If I want to run around killing peo­ple, well, that’s my busi­ness. I can do what­ever I want. The im­pli­ca­tions are huge there, and I think that’s one of the rea­sons why we see an es­ca­la­tion of vi­o­lence in the schools since the in­cor­po­ra­tion of evo­lu­tion­ary teach­ing in the school sys­tems.”

Pas­tor Deano Young from the Cal­vary Pen­te­costal Church says it was nec­es­sary to bring Juby out to ed­u­cate his parish­ioners on the re­al­i­ties of evo­lu­tion.

“(Evo­lu­tion) has a valu­able point. You can’t deny that. But in say­ing that, we can’t sup­port it ei­ther, be­cause it is against the word of God, and the word of God is our fi­nal author­ity.”

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