Atheist to Creationist One Professor’s Story
161, 2015 March)
I was born in
Detroit, Michigan to a nominal German Lutheran mother and a Finish
atheist father. My earliest church experience was when I was four my
older brother and I briefly attended a small local non-denominational
church at the behest of my mother. Next to the church was a sign that
said Jesus is coming soon and you must be born again. When my dad found
out that my brother and I had attended this church, he immediately put
a stop to it. That was the first fight I remember my parents had, but
more were soon to follow. Their altercations culminated in a divorce
instigated by my father when I was in 6th grade.
I have always
loved science, partly due to the influence of my father, who had a
degree in engineering and was very involved in research and
development. When growing up my free time diet was Mr. Wizard, Disney
nature films and science experiments. I did well in my science classes
and majored in science in college at Wayne State University. Exposed to
evolution in many of my classes and, influenced by both my father and
my professors, I accepted this worldview, as did many of my peers.
My peers and I
also often accepted the philosophy that came with evolution, namely
atheism. The university invited a number of speakers to lecture on
religion, at least tangentially, all which were very negative towards
Christianity, none supportive. I soon learned that, as a whole,
academia is very biased against a theistic worldview. One speaker at
Wayne State stressed that we have given Christianity 2,000 years to fix
up the world, and it has failed, so it was high time to try atheism.
Now I realize that we have had, at best, for 2000 years a nominal
Christianity that most people have only half-heartedly followed.
As I became more
involved in the atheist movement, I got tired of hearing that all the
problems in the world were the fault of Christianity, as if we got rid
of all Christians, the world would then be a wonderful place. What
especially bothered me was that my atheist peers were determined to
suppress Christianity by any means necessary, legal or illegal, first
by banning it from the public square, then in the private domain.
Atheists often felt that the ends justified the means, so have
ruthlessly perused this goal. I soon realized this goal was evil
because it has been tried in so many places, and in the end always did
more harm than good.
We knew that the
Establishment Clause, which says that “Congress shall make no law
respecting an establishment of religion” referred to establishing a
state church, but we twisted it to mean that, for example, the Ten
Commandments shall not be posted on public property, nor can teachers
pray before football games. Also, as I studied evolution, the
doorway to atheism, it eventually became apparent that the theory had
some major problems.
The first example
that I researched in detail was the vestigial organ claim, and I
concluded that this belief was out and out wrong. I found uses for all
of the over 100 claimed vestigial organs. Next I studied the fossil
record, then I examined other evolution claims, including the natural
selection claim. Actually, natural selection only explains the survival
of the fittest and the problem in Darwin’s day, and today, is the
arrival of the fittest.
instead of explaining sexual differences between males and females,
actually serves to reduce deviation from the average, not cause
evolutionary development of secondary sexual differences as Darwinists
claim. Research that documents this conclusion includes computer
combining the faces of many women to produce the most beautiful women,
and ugliness is viewed a deviation from this average, and thus is
selected against. After exploring all of the major arguments for
evolution, I eventually concluded that Darwinism has been falsified on
the basis of science.
I then realized
that the evidence demands an Intelligent Creator, thus creationism, no
matter how unpalatable this conclusion is, even to an atheist as I once
was. The biblical age question was more difficult to deal with,
but, in my mind, a major factor in favor of a young creation was the
evidence for genetic degradation. It is well documented that each new
generation of humans adds about 100 to 150 mutations (genetic errors)
per person, and an estimated 99.9 percent of these mutations are either
near neutral, harmful, or lethal.
there is no way that life could have first evolved 3.5 billion years
ago and still be around today because life would have succumbed to
genetic meltdown and cell catastrophe long ago, becoming extinct.
Research by Professor John Sanford concluded that life originated no
earlier than around 6 to 10 thousand years ago.
finding that supports the YEC view was the discovery of soft tissue in
dinosaur bones that were claimed to be over 65 million years old. This
is a problem because destructive forces such as cosmic rays would long
ago have destroyed soft tissue. I was not impressed with the evidence
for creation, but the evidence against Darwinism was a critical factor
in my acceptance of creationism that opened the door to my acceptance
of Christianity, Biblical reliability and a creation worldview.
A clear teaching
of all of the people of the book is creation ex-nihilo, meaning from
nothing physical. Everything from an atom to a universe created
ex-nihilo would have the appearance of age. The creation Ex Nihilo
conclusion became credible in science only with the work of Einstein
when he showed that matter is only another form of energy, as shown by
the formula E=mc2. It is my firm conclusion that we must go
where the evidence leads, and in this short paper I have briefly shown
where the evidence has lead me.