Griffith University Skeptics and Freethinkers

University of Southern Queensland presents: Creation Ministries International?

In Creationism/ Intelligent Design, Helping our community., Science on September 17, 2010 at 2:22 PM

I just received a troubling email with a subject heading that reads

“University–sponsored Creation Seminar at Hervey Bay”

Allegedly, the University of Southern Queensland is organising a day long event under the title ‘Creation and Evolution, Scientific Evidence, myths and challanges’ featuring speakers from Creation Ministries International (CMI).
This is the same group who publicly state as the first point in the’What We Believe’ section of their website

“The scientific aspects of creation are important, but are secondary in importance to the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as Sovereign, Creator, Redeemer and Judge.”

The press release conveys the same surprise I feel, that a public, secular university would host a day long presention by this renowned evangelical evolution denial group, yet does not seem to share my concern. The release states:

“it is entirely the university’s event, and at its own initiative. The uni is covering costs, and receiving all registrations and fees.”

The speakers are CMI regular Dr Don Batten, author of such classic Creation Magazine articles as:

Frankenstein foods? Genetically modified foods and the Bible

Did Noah need oxygen above the mountains?

Modelling the size of Noah’s ark

Sandy Stripes: Many layers don’t mean many years

Alongside fellow full-time CMI staffer Dr Tas Walker, and we’re advised these two CMI scientists are the only speakers.

Details some questions the speakers will address, such as

* Is the fish really our ancestor?
* Are we just a bag of chemicals?
* Should school science lessons focus on evolution?
* Is the world really millions of years old?
* Would the evolution arguments stack up in a court of law?

Unable to find any reference to this presentation anywhere online (with the exception of the CMI page), I decided to call the University and find out what was going really on and how this could possibly happen, but unfortunately haven’t been able to get in contact with anyone at all. I’ll keep trying though as this is an Australian first that I was not anticipating anytime soon, but I’m still optimistic there is much more to this than meets the eye. Please feel free to join me in getting to the bottom of this weirdness, you can contact the USQ Fraser Coast campus here.

Roll out,

Jayson D Cooke.

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  1. Well I finally managed to get in contact with the University and have been advised that Ronda Eastall, Assistant to the Provost is in charge of inquiries. I briefly spoke t Rhonda and she explained that The Provost Office had been in contact with CMI, but she was not sure who approached who. Rhonda agreed to email me some more information so you’ll be updated soon.

  2. What a disgrace. I’m thinking about attending and getting it on video.

  3. Jayson, this is a creeping feature of the ministries, it is a standard view of Scripture Union, who are the main provider of Chaplains in QLD – the state is essentially investing in this across the board.

    http://statereligionvic.posterous.com/think-hostility-to-evolution-is-just-for-amer

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