WRITTEN BY CRYSTAL P. GORIS

The theory of evolution is a concept that many are familiar with, usually highlighted in various courses or science textbooks. However many are unaware of the scientific defense for believing in God.

There is scientific evidence that discredits “evolution” as a science and provides support of God’s existence and his involvement with the creation of life on earth. The competing ideas will serve as the background for a discussion at the Science Symposium: Religion and Science on December 9, 2011 in Founders Hall.

Dr. Jerry Bergman will be the main guest speaker at the event. He taught biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, anthropology, geology and microbiology at the Northwest State College of Archbold, OH for over 25 years. He has nine degrees, over 800 publications in 12 languages and 20 books and monographs.

Dr. Bergman has presented over 100 scientific papers at professional and community meeting in the United States, Canada and Europe and is frequent guest on radio and television. After years of research, the former atheist became religious and firmly believes in God due to compelling evidence for his existence.

This event will challenge the scientific evidence behind the theory of evolution and certain participants plan to prove that evolution is not based on science. It will be hosted by SFC’s Christian Fellowship Club and moderated by their president, Rhea Galsim.

The club’s Moderator, Mr. Danzil Monk (Supervisor of Telecommunications), has witnessed the aggression that occurs when evolution is challenged. Monk studied religion and science for 10 years and has read and viewed over 400 books, dialogues and videos in his research.

He is currently working on a book that takes a critical look into the data used to support evolution and demonstrates the hostile reactions from evolutionists that result from such an examination. His contention is that the conflict is not between religion and science as is far too often the claim, but rather between two different interpretations of the same data. He feels that the data supports intelligent design and that this can be proven scientifically.

Even with all the research Monk has done, scientists and academic leaders have expressed that he is not qualified to even comment on the matter and that his statements are motivated only by “religious” belief, discrediting his statements about evolution. Yet he notes that he is never the individual who brings up religion in the dialogue. As for his qualifications, Monk said: “The arguments that I present are from other scientists and not only my personal convictions.”

The main goal of this event is to inform the public on scientific evidence supporting creation, creating an environment to discuss this topic without intimidation. “I’ve had several students from various colleges come and tell me that they have lost their faith due to their science classes and what the teachers propose. They couldn’t defend their views on creationism or dialogue intelligently because they have not been exposed to the evidence that supports the existence of God,” said Monk.

Many people struggle with their faith when confronted with what seems to be contradicting scientific information and this event will present the scientific defense for believing in God.

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