Speaker gives talk on creationism in Carbonear
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.”