VCS Position on Topics of Creation
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8-10-2009
Ken Ham / Dr. Farmer

The terms creationism and creationist are often used to distinguish those who do not accept naturalism as a valid explanation for how the universe and life came to be. However, creationism (specifically, young-earth creationism) entails a wide range of fields, including geology, biology, astronomy, physics, theology, etc., and is not a scientific or theological discipline in and of itself. Instead, it is a biblically based framework through which all data are interpreted.

Contrary to popular belief, science is not naturalism (the belief that life and the universe were not created, but came about by non-teleological processes). In fact, many of the earliest Western scientists were creationists and relied upon their belief in God and the Bible to aid their research, and many creationist scientists today successfully experiment and make important discoveries (e.g., the MRI).

Science is a tool that is used to discover data about the universe. While science can uncover much about how the universe works in the present, neither science nor the data uncovered through the scientific method can independently provide knowledge about the past. Instead, science concerned with origins and past events (historical science) depends upon the researcher’s existing beliefs and framework.

Creationists base all of their research and conclusions upon the biblical record. In other words, nothing in science (or any field) makes sense except in light of God’s Word. Where the Bible does not give specifics, creationists form hypotheses and models that accord with what the Bible teaches about the world and test these hypotheses against present data. Thus, hypotheses can be discarded, but the biblical record is not. Although this is often a point of derision, evolutionists rely upon the same methodology: that is, while hypotheses are discarded, the belief in evolution is never questioned.

       Ken Ham
       1951-
      
       Kenneth Alfred Ham (born October 20, 1951) is the Australian-born president of Answers in Genesis USA. A vocal advocate for a young Earth and a literal interpretation of the Book of Genesis, his cross-country speaking tours and many books make him one of the better known young-Earth creationists.
      
       Between 1987 and 1993, Ham worked for the Institute for Creation Research (ICR), one of the oldest American Creationist organisations, and a leading young-Earth organisation.
      
       In 1994, with the assistance of what is now Creation Ministries International (Australia), Ham and colleagues Mark Looy and Mike Zovath set up Creation Science Ministries, later renamed Answers in Genesis. The Christian ministry specialises in Young Earth Creationism, and is primarily devoted to convincing people that the initial chapters in Genesis should be taken as literally true and historically accurate.
      
       For his contributions to evangelism, he has been granted two honorary degrees (by Temple Baptist College in 1997 and by Liberty University in 2004). Answers in Genesis opened its $27 million, 70,000 sq ft (6,500 m2) Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky on May 28, 2007