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Astrophysicist refutes evolution theories

The Master's College will host creation conference Feb. 21

Posted: February 1, 2009 8:50 p.m.
Updated: February 2, 2009 4:59 a.m.

There are big problems with the Big Bang theory, according to an astrophysicist who will explain next month at a conference at The Master's College.

The event, titled "The Heaven's Declare His Majesty," will feature speaker Dr. Jason Lisle, astrophysicist and researcher for Answers in Genesis, a Kentucky-based Creationist organization. On Feb. 21, Lisle will teach two workshops presenting students and community members with scientific evidence that refutes evolution and the old earth theory, or the belief that the earth is billions of years old. Lisles will also use the scientific facts to support Creationism, the belief that God created the earth and that the planet is actually much younger in age.

"We want to provide an alternative view with scientific support," said Dr. Ross Anderson, the event's co-organizer and a professor at The Master's College. "You basically are hit with this ‘evolution-is-true' mindset. You get that in your textbooks 24-7 ... We believe scientifically it is shown clearly that it's not true - it's faith-based. People like to know both sides so they can make an informed, intelligent decision."

Anderson said the conference usually receives a high turnout with 400 to 500 people attending last year which forced the college to use an overflow room. He expects similar attendance levels this year.

What usually draws the crowds is the chance to hear the facts about an often dismissed argument about how the world began, Anderson said.

"People know they're getting one side," Anderson said, referring to the widespread acceptance of evolution as fact. "When they get the opportunity to hear the other side, they jump on it."

The conference begins with the a technical workshop, titled "Big Problems with the Big Bang," which is held from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the in the Reese Center for Science and Mathematics, Room 23.

The afternoon workshop requires a $30 registration fee, which includes admission and a dinner reception with Dr. Lisle. The registration deadline is February 14.

The general workshop, titled "The Ultimate Proof of Creation," which takes place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., is free and open to the public. The evening event will be held in the Music Recital Hall on the North Campus.

"People are encouraged to come early so they find decent parking and decent seating," Anderson said.

The workshops will mainly focus on two major arguments - the "evolution-creationism" debate and the "old earth-young-earth" debate. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions in both sessions.

Answers in Genesis and another Creationist organization, the Bible-Science Association of the San Fernando Valley, will also attend the event and will present what Anderson calls one of the largest creationist book tables in Southern California where books, videos and pamphlets will be available for purchase.

Anderson said the hope is that those attending will be enlightened by scientific facts.

"Those who already subscribe to the young earth and creation viewpoints will be encouraged," he said.

"Those who don't know where they stand will get to take a closer look at the issue."

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