Main Concern: Human Genetic Degeneration
Secondary Concern: Problems with Evolutionary Theory
- A Lecture by Dr. John C. Sanford to the
National Institutes of Health
We watched a YouTube video recording of a guest lecture given November 18, 2018, at the National Institutes of Health by Geneticist, Dr. John Sanford.
About our Speaker: As a Cornell University professor, John has conducted genetic research for over 40 years. This research has resulted in more than 100 scientific publications and several dozen patents. In addition to producing numerous new crop varieties, John's research resulted in new genetic engineering technologies. A large fraction of the transgenic crops grown in the world today involved use of the biolistic “gene gun” process, of which John was the primary inventor. (Dr. Sanford's Biolostic Particle Gun, Prototype III is on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.)
John feels his most significant contributions to science have been: 1) the Biolistic Process; 2) the book Genetic Entropy and the Mystery of the Genome; 3) Development of Mendel's Accountant (the most advanced and biologically realistic numerical simulation of the mutation/selection process); and (4) the Cornell symposium and subsequently published proceedings entitled Biological Information--New Perspectives. This milestone book is John's most significant contribution to science and is available at BINP.org. A free synopsis/commentary of this publication can be downloaded using the same link. Most recently, John has also co-authored the book, "Contested Bones," a piercing critique of fossils championed as evidence for human evolution.
Kyle Justice spoke about his creation science film -making ministry, using the title,
"TAKING BACK SCIENCE MEDIA FOR THE KINGDOM."
About our speaker: Kyle Justice is the Emmy nominated producer of many creation science DVDs and programs. He is the father of eight children, the oldest being Noah Justice. Kyle has been married for over twenty-five years to Dawn Justice. Kyle and Dawn homeschool, incorporating most of the kids into the travel, shooting, and marketing of their DVD titles. As they travel in their 27’ motorhome, the kids learn about production, photography, science, geography, public speaking, and public relations. Their brand of creation videos is under the label of Awesome Science Media. Many of their video titles are used for science education in the church, Christian schools, and home school programs.
As a teenager, Kyle Justice began producing television projects in the mid 1980s. He and his twin brother were inspired by their father’s hobby of filmmaking. During his high school years, Kyle heard a presentation on evidence for Creation and the Bible from Dr. Donald Chittick and dreamed one day of producing documentaries on the same subject. Through the 1990s Kyle worked for Moody Bible Institute, The Family Channel, and Regent University.
In 1997, together with the newly formed Answers in Genesis ministry, Kyle produced his first creation science DVD project, The X-Nilo Show. In 1999 Kyle became an independent television producer, creating content for major networks such as ESPN, National Geographic, the Outdoor Channel, Fox Sports, and Comcast SportsNet. Kyle continued producing creation science programming by developing “The Creation Network,” a weekly program airing nationally on Sky Angel during 2000–2001.
In 2010 the Justice family took a 25-day road trip across the western United States, visiting several national parks. Kyle took his production gear and shot footage of the parks, as well as Noah in front of the camera talking about various geologic formations from a Biblical worldview. After coming back, they developed the first four episodes of Awesome Science and obtained Master Books as a distributor. During this time Kyle also began working with Dr. Steve Austin and Michael Oard to produce a series of DVDs on Flood geology, including the topics of Mount St. Helens, the Ice Age, and the Missoula Flood. Based on the success of these DVDs, the family began producing additional episodes of Awesome Science, The Heavens Declare series, the Creeping Things series, and the Debunking Evolution DVD. They have many more titles in development and post-production including topics on animals, dinosaurs, and applied science. Some of these projects may include Noah’s other siblings as hosts.
The Justice family is adventurous and dedicated to serving God in the area of media ministry, with a focus on science and the Bible. Their programs are now available around the world on DVD, broadcast networks, and the Internet. They currently live in the Pacific Northwest, but look forward to more adventures of how God will use them around the world.
We watched two movies, Episode 1 of The Heavens Declare series, "THE ORIGIN OF THE UNIVERSE," by Awesome Science Media, . . .
and the Moody Institute of Science Classic, "RED RIVER OF LIFE."
Literally five years and a day after presenting an earlier version, David Dana-Bashan returned to the Creation Science Fellowship of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa to deliver an improved and updated, "16 Nearly Impossible Issues for Evolutionists to Answer." David argues, ". . . Any solutions that evolutionists propose to such issues, inevitably and invariably violate basic, well-known laws of mathematics, physics, and chemistry."
About our speaker: Mr. Dana-Bashian has a B.S. in Mathematics, an M.S. in Mathematics, and a B.S. in Chemistry (A.C.S. Certified), all from Purdue University. He is a member of the honorary chemistry fraternity Phi Lambda Upsilon, and has a lifetime of experience in the hard sciences. David is also one of the five dozen persons in the world who have been identified as possessing Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory. Give him the date of any day in history, and he can tell you on what day of the week it occurred and relate that day to events of the time. For dates in his own life time, he can tell you headline news items of that day, week, and month, and what songs were popular on the radio.
We watched Lessons 3 & 4 of Bruce Malone's "THE ROCKS CRY OUT"
Lesson 3: Science Testifies to Creation
Lesson 4: Dragons and Dinosaurs
Veterinarian Dr. Gay Zambrano and husband, Dan Zambrano gave a presentation titled, "BIRDS FROM REPTILES...REALLY? - A VETERINARY MEDICAL PERSPECTIVE ON CREATED 'KINDS' VS EVOLUTION OF SPECIES."
About our speakers: Dr. Gay Zambrona is a 1991 graduate of the Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine. She fulfilled an externship at the London Zoo. Practicing full-time small animal and exotics medicine in the Long Beach/West Orange County area since 1991. Part-time clinical and consulting positions in laboratory animal medicine for 15 years. Husband Dan Zambrano has a B.S. in Marine Biology from Cal State Long Beach. He is a Licensed Registered Veterinary Technician. He has worked at Cabrillo Aquarium, the Los Angeles Harbor Dept., California State Fish & Game Dept., and the L.A. Zoo before partnering in the mobile veterinary practice with his wife.
Both Dan and Gay are Ordained Pastors in the Free Methodist Church. They love teaching and preaching the Word of God to people of ALL AGES. They have worked with students from 4th & 5 th graders, through High School, College, and beyond!
THE BATTLEFIELD HAS CHANGED:
Dan Biddle, Ph.D. (Industrial Organizational Psychology), will share the results of a survey he conducted, asking hundreds of people between the ages of 14 and 24, what claims they find most convincing that evolution must be true. Then, he will share his new Genesis Apologetics App, available for FREE download. The app addresses evolutionary claims with hard-hitting, winsome videos that dismantle Evolution's most convincing arguments!
About our speaker:
Daniel A. Biddle, Ph.D. is President of Genesis Apologetics, Inc. a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to equipping youth pastors, parents, and students with Biblical answers for evolutionary teaching in public schools. Daniel has trained thousands of students in Biblical creation and evolution and is the author of several Creation-related publications. Daniel also serves as the Vice-Chair of the International Association for Creation (IAC). Daniel’s professional background includes training as a behavioral scientist (Ph.D. Industrial-Organizational Psychology) and 20 years’ experience in expert witness consulting/testimony in state/federal cases involving statistical research methods and psychometrics. Daniel maintains an executive role in two HR consulting and test development firms.
While Daniel has been a Christian since age 11, his position on the specific chronology of Genesis remained “undeclared” until 2011 when the evidence surrounding the fossil record (dinosaurs in particular), flood geology, and biblical exegesis led him to the historical position on the Genesis account.
Select Papers and Books:
Biddle, D. & Bergman, J. (2017). Strategically dismantling the evolutionary idea strongholds. Journal of Creation, 31 (1).
Biddle, D. (2017). Targeted apologetics. Answers Magazine (January 1, 2017).
Biddle, D. (2017). How do Dinosaurs fit into the Bible? Scientific evidence that dinosaurs lived recently. Genesis Apologetics (Folsom, CA).
Biddle, D. (2017). Genesis as History: Biblical and scientific evidence that Genesis presents the truth about earth’s history. Genesis Apologetics (Folsom, CA).
Biddle, D. (2017). Lucy: The Australopithecus that fell out of the tree of human evolution. Genesis Apologetics (Folsom, CA).
Biddle, D. (2016). Debunking Evolution: What every student should know (Book, DVD, and Student Guide). Genesis Apologetics (Folsom, CA).
Biddle, D., Bergman, J., & Bisbee, D. (2016). Debunking Human Evolution taught in our public schools: A guidebook for Christian students, parents, and pastors. Bartlett Publishing.
Biddle, D. (ed). Creation v. Evolution – what they won’t tell you in biology class: what Christians should know about biblical creation. Genesis Apologetics (Folsom, CA).
AMBER AND HONEY
Dr. Joseph Kezele, M.D., gave a presentation titled, "AMBER AND HONEY".
About our speaker: Joseph Kezele studied the sciences and music at the University of Arizona, while earning his B.A. in Russian in 1971, and his M.D. in 1975. He then completed a Pediatric Residency and practiced Emergency Medicine for 25 years in the Phoenix area, and was a diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine and fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He is now retired from the practice of medicine, serves as President of the Arizona Origin Science Association, is Adjunct Professor at Arizona Christian University in Phoenix, teaching Human Genetics, Cell and Molecular Biology, Pathophysiology, Organic Chemistry and Creation Science Apologetics. Dr, Kezele has also been named a Logos Research Associate. He serves as Chairman of Deacons and teaches Creation Science Evangelism at Black Mountain Baptist Church in Cave Creek, Arizona. He has participated in over 20 foreign mission trips, teaching medicine, standard evangelism and creation science evangelism in India, Zambia, Mexico, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Ukraine, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Armenia. Dr. Kezele is one of the principle presenters in the Institute for Creation Research’s 4 DVD series Made in His Image. This past May, he returned to the Ukraine for three intense weeks of teaching Creation Science Apologetics and Evangelism as part of the activities prompted by the proclamation of the President of the Ukraine recognizing the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's sparking the Reformation in Germany.
The Human Genome: ENCODED by Design
Fazale "Fuz" Rana. Ph.D. (Chemistry) gave a presentation titled, "The Human Genome: ENCODED by Design."
Many people think that the most compelling evidence for human evolution is the shared junk DNA sequences found in corresponding regions of the genomes of humans and the Great Apes. Why would a Creator introduce identical nonfunctional DNA sequences in these genomes? On the other hand, if these genomes represent the outworking of an evolutionary history, then the shared features evince common descent. But what if these junk DNA sequences are actually functional? They could be understood as evidence for common design.
Remarkably over the course of the last decade, biologists have come to learn that virtually every class of junk DNA has function, culminating with the publication of the Phase 2 results of the ENCODE (Encyclopedia of DNA Elements) project in 2011. These results indicated that minimally 80 percent of the human genome consists of functional elements. Subsequent work indicates that this percentage will only increase. The ENCODE project has radically changed the way we view the human genome. Instead of representing a collage of evolutionary vestiges, it appears to be an elegantly designed system.
Attendees learned how ENCODE has turned one of the greatest challenges to the Christian faith into one of the most compelling reasons to believe.
About our speaker: Dr. Rana is vice president of research and apologetics at Reasons to Believe. Fuz
earned a BS in chemistry at West Virginia State University and a PhD in chemistry with an emphasis in biochemistry at Ohio University. He pursued postdoctoral studies in the biophysics of cell membranes at the Universities of Virginia and Georgia, has coauthored numerous papers for peer-reviewed journals, and holds two patents. Fuz converted to Christianity during graduate school. Though he initially embraced the evolutionary paradigm, Fuz eventually drew the conclusion that only a Creator’s
involvement could explain the elegance of biochemical systems. Today, Fuz writes and speaks extensively about evidence for creation emerging from biochemistry, genetics, human origins, and synthetic biology. He is the author of multiple books, including Dinosaur Blood and the Age of the Earth and The Cell’s Design.