Penn State Christian Faculty/Staff Fellowship Speakers Directory
The ABCs of Creation/Evolution

Title of Talk The ABCs of Creation/Evolution
Speaker's Name Cimbala, John M.
Position Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Address 234 Reber Building
Phone (814) 863-2739
E-mail jmc6@psu.edu
Approximate Length of Talk There are approximately three hours of lecture, which are broken into four approximately 45 minute talks.
Required Audio/Visual Equipment Microphone required for audience larger than about 30 people. Note: A lapel microphone is preferred.

Brief Description of Talk:
I am what is known as a "Young-Earth Creationist". I believe in the literal translation of Genesis 1, which requires a young earth (approx. 6 to 10 thousand years old) and a literal 7-day creation week. In this talk, I go through the alphabet, using hand signals and words beginning with A, B, C, ... to guide the talk.

Part 1 - The lecture starts with a brief description of my background as an atheistic scientist, and my conversion to Christianity, which was only possible after my questions about creation vs. evolution were answered. Letters A through E points out several Bible passages which show conclusively that the literal young-earth viewpoint is clearly the intended interpretation of God's word. This includes literal 24-hour days during creation week, Adam and Eve as literal people who were the ancestors of every other person who ever lived, and an earth that is no more than 10,000 years old. Evolution is entirely incompatible with creation, and therefore incompatible with the Bible. Creation and evolution are mutually exclusive world views.

Part 2 - Letters F through M deal with Noah's flood. The worldwide flood of Noah is the key to understanding the creation/evolution controversy! When creation and the Flood are properly understood, most questions about origins can be answered. Noah's flood holds the key to understanding fossils, geological features such as the Grand Canyon, extinction of the dinosaurs and other fossil creatures, and the longevity of our ancestors.

Part 3 - Letters N through R deal with the origin of life. Probability arguments are used to show that life could not have evolved by mere chance; there must be a God who created life. Further mutations of simple life into highly complex life are even more impossible. Evolution works by genetic mutations, i.e. mistakes, but random mistakes cannot create new organs or new creatures. In fact, most mutations are not only harmful, but deadly! Examples of harmful mutations are shown.

Part 4 - Letters S through V deal with the second law of thermodynamics. The laws of thermodynamics are examined in terms of the two opposing models (creation vs. evolution) The second law of thermodynamics shows that all natural processes proceed in a direction of decreasing available energy, or decreasing order (increasing entropy). The whole concept of a big bang and an evolving universe contradicts this fundamental scientific law. It is shown that the vast majority of scientific data supports the creation rather than the evolution model of origins. Finally, letters W through Z examine the evidences of design apparent in nature. It is argued that there cannot be so much design without a wise and powerful designer. Analogies are made to computer programs and intricate mechanical devices, all of which require a designer or engineer. So too, the extremely complex design apparent in living organisms shout the evidence for a Master Designer!