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About this Series

This is the introduction to a new four-part series by one Indiana-based contributor who’s got his slant.

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This subject has been debated for many decades. At least.

One of the best known and perhaps the most seminal moment in the modern-day argument came in the Scopes trial of 1925 (formally known as The State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes and commonly referred to as the Scopes Monkey Trial).

Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan, 1925

In the last fifty years, more and more scholars, not to mention every flavor of non-academic under the sun, have appeared on the debate circuit, on either side, to varying degrees of success or embarrassment, depending.

It may not be an everyday topic for everyone, but it does raise its controversial head on a fairly regular basis.

When I was a college student At Indiana State I came across a Christian scientist-scholar, Dr. Duane Gish, who really impressed me, never mind the fact that I was not to follow in his footsteps. I was impressed that he had so boldy and forcefully faced – and often faced down – his opposition. He was, perhaps at least in academic circles and creationism circles (can they possibly interlink?), the best-known.


For a bit of reading about Dr. Gish, his publications and research, and his views, go here:




gish - Article and Drawing Copyright 1996 Skeptic Society

There are many others. They are, most are, marginalized by any and all who don’t accept their views, of course. But their arguments haven’t gone away, and they’re not likely to. And while their arguments may have been disapproved, interestingly they have not been disproved. And so it goes.

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The Evolution-Creation Debate

By Phillip D. Sparks, PhD

You have not heard too much about this controversy recently, but it is a big factor in our mental health. I have been asked by a group here in Indianapolis to join them in their seminar presentations to churches. Churches are losing their young people in droves because they are not finding reasons to believe provided by the clergy.

I want to write a series of blogs about the issue and I hope that you benefit from the content.

The topics will include
1) Evidence for a young earth.
2) What is being taught in our schools.
3) What has been found in the rocks of Israel.
4) How the subject of Evolution/Creation affects our mental health.

Most of us believe what we think is based upon truth. Some unfortunately shape their beliefs around what they perceive will satisfy their own ego. Dr. Bill Bright, the founder of Campus Crusade, said years ago that many base their belief upon principles that will support their own moral choices. With our young people, the issue affects them in a subtle way.

Essentially they do not know where they came from or where they are going; therefore they do not have a purpose in life established by their creator. So we have a huge population that belongs to the, dah generation.

After my graduation from college the issue of creation/evolution hit me square in the face. I had been raised in the church but some of the strongest teachers in the biological sciences at Purdue University had thrown doubt into my mind that the belief system taught by my Christian Educators had any validity.

I had to find out the truth.

So I spent several years studying and researching and found out there was a basis for faith after all. I even developed a seminar that I gave at several churches in Wisconsin and Minnesota. One group even asked me to come to French Lick, Indiana to present. Now after 40 years God has led me to this group here in Indy that need some help in making presentations to groups all over the country. What I will provide over the next few weeks is a thumbnail sketch of what we present. Hope you keep on the lookout for the articles.

If you would like a seminar in your church or for your church group contact me at sparks39@tds.net.

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Next Week: Old Verses Young Earth
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Read Dr. Sparks’ biography here.


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