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Dr. Terry Mortenson from Answers in Genesis to speak

The Student Senate of Martin Luther College has invited Dr. Terry Mortenson, from the group "Answers in Genesis," to speak on our campus Tuesday, April 15, 2014..

Dr. Mortenson has lectured on the creation-evolution controversy in 22 countries since the late 1970s. Several of his popular lectures have been produced as DVDs and as TV programs. He has also participated in seven formal debates with Ph.D. evolutionary scientists in secular venues in four countries.

Answers in Genesis is an apologetics (i.e., Christianity-defending) ministry, dedicated to enabling Christians to defend their faith and to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ effectively. They focus particularly on providing answers to questions surrounding the book of Genesis. 

This is a lecture outside of the parameters of fellowship. It will introduce the participant to apologetics in the area of creation versus evolution discussion.

All lectures are free of charge and open to the public. Dr. Mortenson will lecture according to the following schedule:

1:00 – 2:00 pm         MLC Auditorium     “Noah’s Flood: Washing away millions of years”

This lecture first explains some of the biblical evidence that Noah’s Flood was a unique, historic, global, catastrophic flood. Then Dr. Mortenson discusses some of the geological and fossil evidence for this event. It will be shown that the idea of millions of years did not and does not come from the rocks and fossils but rather from anti-biblical worldview assumptions used to interpret the geological evidence. Included will be brief discussion (understandable to lay people) of why Christians should not accept the millions-of-years dates derived from radiometric dating methods.

6:00 – 7:00 pm        MLC Auditorium     “The Origin of Species: Was Darwin right?”

Dr. Mortenson presents some of the overwhelming scientific evidence from biology and paleontology that Darwin’s theory is false. He shows that evolutionists have used misleading arguments to convince us that the fossils, natural selection, and mutations prove evolution. In fact, the evidence fits very well with the biblical account of God supernaturally creating distinct “kinds” of plants and animals (with genetic information for variation within each kind but not the ability to change into different kinds). The relevance of this issue to our everyday life is explained at the end.

7:45 – 8:45 pm         MLC Gymnasium     “Creation vs Evolution: Why it matters”

Many Christians today think that the question of origins (and especially the age of the earth) is an unimportant side issue, which can distract us from focusing on Christ and the gospel and over which we can just “agree to disagree.” But is this correct thinking?  Dr. Mortenson presents some of the biblical, theological, and scientific reasons for believing that this issue is vitally important for every Christian, because what ultimately is at stake is the authority of Scripture and the gospel.