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Are Creationists Biased?


BY JAKE HEBERT, PH.D. * | THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2019

Creation critics object that creation scientists are biased. Since we seek answers to skeptical objections to the biblical account of creation, this supposedly means our research results are automatically suspect. This argument might seem reasonable at first glance. After all, shouldn’t researchers be completely open-minded and approach their work without any preconceived ideas? Even some intelligent design proponents take pains to claim that unlike “religiously motivated” creationists, their research is purely objective and free of any prior commitments to a particular belief system.

We creationists freely admit that we are firmly convinced the Bible is the inerrant Word of God. And we affirm the book of Genesis provides a literal historical account of origins and Earth history. This conviction motivates the research we do. However, the automatic dismissal of creation research because of “bias” is both unfair and hypocritical.

Our bias is certainly not a license for or an indication of scientific dishonesty. In fact, we have an even stronger motivation for scientific integrity than do secular scientists. God will judge us if we exaggerate or distort the scientific evidence (Romans 14:12; 1 Corinthians 4:2-5).

The problem is not bias per se but unreasonable bias. Which is more reasonable, a pro-creation or a pro-evolution predisposition? Even evolutionists admit that living things look designed.1 Despite decades of intense research, they still have no clue how life began.2 Where is the fossil evidence for evolution? Even evolutionists don’t agree on the handful of supposed transitional forms usually trotted out as evidence for evolution.3 In fact, the very existence of those fossils in water-deposited rocks is exactly what one would expect from the Genesis Flood. So, is it creation researchers who are being unreasonable or is it evolutionists?

Furthermore, some bias is essential to science. Significant scientific results are almost never intuitively obvious. They require hard work and perseverance. And scientists will never bother to do that kind of hard work unless they already suspect that a particular line of research might be successful. But this suspicion of a potential discovery is itself a form of bias.

Creation scientists have already convincingly answered many of the toughest objections of biblical skeptics. For instance, creation researcher Dr. John Baumgardner has done world-class research in sophisticated computer modeling of the Genesis Flood.4 Obtaining those scientific answers required decades of hard work and study. The only people who would even attempt such intense research are scientists already biased in favor of biblical creation.

Hence, it is simply unfair to dismiss creation research based on an accusation of bias. This is part of the self-serving “heads I win, tails you lose” rules of engagement that secular scientists and other skeptics tend to impose on creation researchers. On the one hand, if we don’t yet have an answer to a skeptic’s particular objection, this is seen as evidence that the creation position can’t possibly be taken seriously. On the other hand, if we do find the answer to that question, the very fact that we searched for an answer is seen as evidence of a disqualifying bias.

The issue isn’t whether there’s bias but which bias works best at explaining the evidence. Tweet: The issue isn’t whether there’s bias but which bias works best at explaining the evidence.



Everyone has biases, including evolutionists. Rather than dismissing creationists’ research because of our admitted bias, secular scientists and biblical critics need to take a long hard look at their own biases. As creationists have long pointed out, the issue isn’t whether there’s bias but which bias works best at explaining the evidence.

References

Dawkins, R. 1986. The Blind Watchmaker. New York: W. W. Norton & Co. Cited in Catchpoole, D. 2009. Dawkins and Design. Creation. 31 (3): 6.
Horgan, J. Pssst! Don’t tell the creationists, but scientists don’t have a clue how life began. Scientific American Cross-Check. Posted on blogs.scientificamerica.com February 28, 2011, accessed December 20, 2018.
Thomas, B. 150 Years Later, Fossils Still Don’t Help Darwin. Creation Science Update. Posted on ICR.org March 2, 2009, accessed January 4, 2019.
Baumgardner, J. 2016. Numerical Modeling of the Large-Scale Erosion, Sediment Transport, and Deposition Processes of the Genesis Flood. Answers Research Journal. 9: 1-24.
* Dr. Hebert is Research Associate at the Institute for Creation Research and earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Texas at Dallas..

Cite this article: Jake Hebert, Ph.D. 2019. Are Creationists Biased?. Acts & Facts. 48 (3).

Revelation Song

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Quote of the Day

Psalm 119: King James Version

17 Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word.

18 Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.

19 I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me.

20 My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times.

21 Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from thy commandments.

My Redeemer Lives!

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Quote of the Day

Matthew 28:18-20 King James Version (KJV)
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

How Old Is Life?


BY JOHN D. MORRIS, PH.D. | THURSDAY, JUNE 01, 2006


According to evolution, life has been on Earth for billions of years. It is common to claim that life originated some three to four billion years ago. Even though spontaneous generation of life has been soundly disproved in every experiment, evolutionists think at least once that non-living chemicals came together on their own, without the aid of any non-natural agency, and formed a living cell, complete with its own genetic code. Under the guidance of these genetic instructions, the cell was capable of life's functions, and reproducing other similar cells with their own similar genetic codes. In this process of code reproduction, mutations may alter the coded content somewhat, so that the detailed instructions vary a little, leading to evolutionary change.

Efforts are underway to push life's origin back into the universe's more distant past, even suggesting that life came to Earth on a meteorite (or spaceship). Speculations of life's "naturalistic" origin long ago and far away seem fueled by man's aversion to being accountable to a "supernatural" Being.

A naturalistic origin of life is evolution's biggest hurdle. Obtaining useful variations of the genetic code seems easy compared to spontaneously obtaining the first genetic code. Even natural selection cannot act on the chemical precursors of life, for it can only choose between living variants as to survivability.

Mutations in existing codes, while they do not speak to the origin of the code, can tell us something about how old life can be. Most mutations are only slightly harmful, but others are acutely harmful. Most of these harmful mutations, whether mild or acute, pass on to the next generation, thus each succeeding generation is more "mutant." Today, the codes mutate at rates much higher than evolution would predict. Evolutionists have long known that if the mutation rate were as high as one per generation in the reproductive line, genetic deterioration would be a certainty. But the measured rate is between 100 to 300 harmful mutations per person that are fixed within the population! (I recommend Dr. John Sanford's new book Genetic Entropy and the Mystery of the Genome.) Mutations are leading, not to evolutionary advancement, but to extinction!

One obvious conclusion we can reach from the observed rate of deterioration is that mankind (or any species on Earth) cannot have been here for millions of years—or it would have already gone extinct. Instead, life appears to have been recently created and cannot last for millions of years into the future.

Cite this article: John D. Morris, Ph.D. 2006. How Old Is Life?. Acts & Facts. 35 (6).

I am amazed at modern medicine!

Tuesday afternoon got back from my mail route and started shaking uncontrollably. This was 3:45 PM

Lips were blue and my belly area ( a rather large expanse) was very "mottled". They called an ambulance, and I was rushed to the ER. 4:15 PM Because of other multiple health issues, I was whisked right in and seen immediately.

The did a Ct Scan to check for internal bleeding 5:15 PM. Found out I had severe appendicitis! 8:15 I was sent up to surgery. 9:00 PM in surgery and started getting the "{happy juice") Midnight I was in recovery- found out that the entire area was badly infected. And the fact I have had multiple hernias fixed with mesh- made the surgery very difficult!

2:15 PM I was heading home!!!!!! IN less than 24 hours I went to the hospital, had emergency surgery and now home recovering!

Debt! The 800 pound gorilla that is destroying the world.

When you combine all govt., Corporate, and personal debt across the globe you get an outstanding $244,000,000,000,000 (trillion) or approx. 316% of the worlds GDP.

We are teetering on a catastrophe of untold proportions! And that does not even include the over 628 trillion in derivatives which is another disaster waiting to happen.

Just the top ten GDP nations, the govts owe a collective $62 trillion.

When this house of cards comes crashing down it could (emphasis COULD) be the catalyst that brings in the prophesied one world govt. of Daniel 7 which collapses to form the ten ruler confederacy that runs the world prior to the rise of the man who will rule the world!

We had an awesome message from a visiting preacher today!

Pastor Jim combs from the midwest is visiting our church today and tomorrow! Great message this morning!

All about how God is in love with us period! He loves us before we become Christians, and his love doesn't get better because a sinner is turned into a saint!

I am just as guilty of this here at times, but we who know Jesus must remember that he loves just as much the deepest atheists on this site!

Remember my fellow believers we are no better, just better off, because we have been cleansed by the blood He shed for our sins!

Quote of the Day

Psalm 121 King James Version (KJV)
121 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.

6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.

7 The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

8 The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

King James Version (KJV)
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