Half-term week (26-28 October) saw 1,600 people from 16 nations, including 500 under-18-year olds, attending the UK Creation Mega Conference at West Bromwich, sponsored by Answers in Genesis.
The programme, entitled ‘Inspiring a Genesis Reformation’, echoed the Reformation of 500 years ago, with its emphasis on the authority of Scripture — in this case, with relation to the early chapters of Genesis.
Each generation, Ken Ham reminded us, needs to measure itself against the standard of Scripture that the Reformers set before the church in the sixteenth century. The widening chasm between secular and biblical worldviews reflects the ancient challenge, ‘Has God said?’, which is articulated now for Genesis through to Revelation.
Part of the church, he said, has become complicit in this fundamental challenge that encompasses the historicity of the first man Adam and the doctrine of God’s grace through the last Adam, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Even science must become captive to the authority of the Word of God if we are to really understand what the Reformation is all about, as it speaks to the whole of human experience.
A line-up of ten speakers pressed home the many consequences, for all aspects of life, of ignoring the biblical claim of inspiration.
Dr Nathaniel Jeanson (cell and developmental biology, Harvard) illustrated how science changes with increased knowledge. He suggested that, if Darwin knew what we now know about DNA and the genome, his conclusions on the origin of the species would have been different.
Dr Stephen Lloyd, of Biblical Creation Trust, tackled the problem of loss of identity. If Adam was ‘one of many’, as evolution claims, then Adam’s uniqueness as created in the image of God is a myth and compounds the lostness of our generation, which is addicted to ‘selfies’. He said we all need ‘identity reassignment’ in the authentic image of God.
Paul Garner, geologist, also of Biblical Creation Trust, illustrated the discrepancy that is apparent between radiometric dating and the thickness of sedimentary rocks: there is a 1000-fold difference.
He discussed the burrowing (‘bioturbation’) that should be present in sedimentary rocks if they had really been laid down over aeons. This bioturbation is almost completely absent, compared with sediments being laid down today.
Professor Andy McIntosh speaking on the ear and Professor Stuart Burgess on the eye dealt with the myth, made popular by media scientists, that both these organs showed poor design. It is not Christians who plug ‘the gaps’ with the idea of God, but those whose ‘god’ is like a blind watchmaker.
Three refreshing sessions came from Dr Voddie Baucham, dean of the African Christian University in Lusaka. Drawing from early chapters in Genesis, he showed the cultural mandate for the Christian worldview and the blessing it is to understand Genesis as history. For example, the seven-day weekly cycle, unrelated to any planetary motion of the solar system, points to God’s creation by fiat.
Danny Faulkner, an astronomer of many decades, took us on a cosmic grand tour through the epicycles of Ptolemaic cosmology, to the multitude of corrections needed to make the supposed Big Bang work. Current astrobiology anticipates a megafauna out there, but to date has found absolutely nothing.
John Mackay from Creation Research, with Joseph Hubbard his understudy, demonstrated, in his inimitable way, the misconception that you need aeons of time to form fossils, diamonds, opals or coal, when in fact all you need is the right process and conditions.
In all, over the three days of the Mega Conference, 18 hours of detailed information about our creation, its preservation, and all the blessings of this life through our God were shared.
Above all, everything points to the living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ, who created the cosmos and in his inestimable love came in the likeness of sinful man, that he might redeem a fallen world to the hope of glory.