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Friday, April 27, 2007

And on the 28th Day ...

Rocky Mountain Calvary will host a "Back to Genesis Conference" this Saturday, but all you Phil Collins fans can just stay home. This event has nothing to do with a reunion of the British pop band and everything to do with slamming evolution.

"Back to Genesis" is a regional conference produced by the Institute for Creation Research, a California-based think-tank and museum. It's got some players in Colorado Springs, too, and David Noebel of Manitou Springs' Summit Ministries will serve as something of a conference emcee. No land of confusion here.

Conference officials aim to prove that creationist theory is science, darnit, and that the earth was the recipient of a divine invisible touch. Most of the speakers sport Ph.D's, and the roster includes a genetic scientist and a
NASA astronaut.

"Do you believe that the book of Genesis is literal true history or not?" asks David Wismer, one of the conference's organizers. "Our position is that it is history, and the conference is all about showing what the evidence is for that."

According to Wismer, the conference aims to give pastors and creationists ammunition to refute claims made by those who believe in evolution. It's also meant to be a primer for those who are curious about creationism, or even outright skeptical.

Wismer claims that evolutionary theory is as much a faith as fundamental Christianity is.

"We both have the same evidence," he said. "One puts that evidence through the filter of the Bible, the other through the filter of evolutionary thinking."

The all-day conference begins at 8 a.m. and costs $20 including lunch. You can register and pay at the door.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Fr. Greg said...

It is unfortunate that these folks apparently have yet to discover the thought of Orthodox Jewish theologian/scientist Gerald Schroeder.

http://www.geraldschroeder.com

9:50 AM  
Blogger Dean said...

"Do you believe that the book of Genesis is literal true history or not?" asks David Wismer, one of the conference's organizers. "Our position is that it is history, and the conference is all about showing what the evidence is for that."

That should take them up to mid-morning break. What will they talk about the rest of the day?

10:01 AM  
Anonymous zen said...

As long as they understand its just a "position".

10:19 PM  

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