About 90 people gathered at Bere Regis Congregational Chapel in January for a day’s teaching on ‘Wonders of creation: design in a fallen world’.
Colin Mitchell (Moorlands College) spoke on ‘Why biblical creation is good theology’, reminding us that the best commentary on the subject of creation is the Bible itself.
Andy McIntosh, Emeritus Professor at Leeds University, explored ‘Smart design in living creatures’, such as the bombardier beetle.
Helpful images and diagrams accompanied the presentations, revealing the ‘irreducible complexity’ of various design features within living organisms.
Pr McIntosh also addressed ‘The wonders of the human voice’. He highlighted its unique and extraordinary characteristics — discussing pitch, tonal range, and how speech and singing are produced.
A musician present shared how his immediate response was a strong desire to use his vocal cords to sing praise to the Creator God.
‘Why biblical creation is good science’ was the topic tackled by Pr Stuart Burgess (Bristol University). His myth-busting talk revealed in-depth knowledge of the history and philosophy of science. He reminded us that there is no conflict between the Bible and true science.
The important distinction of science from pseudoscience was made. Pr Burgess challenged us to spot the lack of qualifications and achievements of certain scientists who have the loudest voices in our culture.
Both professors ably demonstrated how challenging it is for today’s engineers to mimic the brilliant efficiency and complexity of our Creator’s original designs. Yet both men showed how ‘biomimetics’ was possible, and how they have applied their own research to design projects ranging from fire extinguishers to satellites.
Much positive feedback followed the conference; some attendees were so stirred by the teaching that they composed some poetry in light of the ‘Wonders of Creation’ and the teaching they had received.