Creation Ministries International

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Dr. Carl Wieland is the Managing Director of Creation Ministries International

Creation Ministries International (CMI) is a network of creation ministries which started in Australia, and now also has offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, and Singapore.

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Outreach and structure

CMI publishes Creation magazine and the technical Journal of Creation. Creation has been published (originally as Ex Nihilo) since 1978, and it has readers in 140 countries.

Outreach mainly comprises the publications, the web-site, and speaking engagements, mainly in church services. The "Creation Bus" is a converted Adelaide bus which tours outback and rural areas of Australia, fulfilling speaking engagements at churches and schools in smaller communities. The "Ark Van" is a van with a set of detailed models of Noah's Ark which visits churches, Sunday schools, schools, agricultural shows, and community events in Australia.

Each national CMI organisation is legally autonomous, but co-operates with each other. Each Ministry is controlled by a board of directors who are elected by members of the organisation.

The Australian ministry publishes the magazine and journal, and operates the web-site, Creation.com, on behalf of each national organisation.

Question evolution! campaign

For more information please see: Question evolution! campaign

The Question evolution! campaign, launched by Creation Ministries International, is a worldwide "grass-roots movement to challenge the anti-Christian dogma of evolution".[1] The focus of the Question evolution! campaign is on 15 questions that evolutionists cannot answer. The 15 Questions that evolutionists cannot satisfactorily answer can be found HERE. [2] The campaign will be primarily conducted in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa.[3]

In May of 2011, Creation Ministries International and the Traditional Values Coalition decided to jointly work together to advance the Question evolution! campaign. The Traditional Values Coalition is a church lobbying organization that lobbies for over 43,000 American churches.

The campaign features tracts, t-shirts, badges, mugs, etc. and students are being encouraged to participate in the campaign.[4]

The 15 questions that evolutionists cannot satisfactorily answer

The 15 questions of the Question evolution! campaign, summarized, are (the full version of the 15 questions can be found HERE):

  1. How did life originate? How did life with hundreds of proteins originate just by chemistry without intelligent design?
  2. How did the DNA code originate? The code is a sophisticated language system with letters and words where the meaning of the words is unrelated to the chemical properties of the letters—just as the information on this page is not a product of the chemical properties of the ink (or pixels on a screen). What other coding system has existed without intelligent design?
  3. How could such errors (mutations) create 3 billion letters of DNA information to change a microbe into a microbiologist? How can scrambling existing DNA information create a new biochemical pathway or nano-machines?
  4. Why is natural selection taught as ‘evolution’ as if it explains the origin of the diversity of life?
  5. How did new biochemical pathways, which involve multiple enzymes working together in sequence, originate?
  6. Living things look like they were designed, so how do evolutionists know that they were not designed? Why should science be restricted to naturalistic causes rather than logical causes?
  7. How did multi-cellular life originate?
  8. How did sex originate?
  9. Why are the (expected) countless millions of transitional fossils missing?
  10. How do ‘living fossils’ remain unchanged over supposed hundreds of millions of years?
  11. How did blind chemistry create mind/intelligence, meaning, altruism and morality?
  12. Why is evolutionary ‘just-so’ story-telling tolerated?
  13. Where are the scientific breakthroughs due to evolution? Why do schools and universities teach evolution so dogmatically, stealing time from experimental biology that so benefits humankind?
  14. Why is evolution, a theory about history, taught as if it is the same as this operational science?
  15. Why is a fundamentally religious idea, a dogmatic belief system that fails to explain the evidence, taught in science classes? If “you can’t teach religion in science classes”, why is evolution taught?

The Question evolution! campaign tract with the expanded questions includes short arguments and/or quotes in support of biblical creation, in additionally offers links to articles on CMI's website providing supporting evidence.[5]

Darwin film

CMI is producing a documentary film challenging evolution, for release in 2009, the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species. The $US5 million film is, they say, "among the biggest documentary film projects undertaken by any faith-funded Christian organization in the world"[6]

Support Groups

CMI in Australia has a number of volunteer auxiliaries known as "Support Groups", located mainly in each of the state capitals. Small Text

Creation Ministries International and atheism

See also: Creation Ministries International and atheism

Creation Ministries International (CMI) has a large number of articles concerning atheism compared to most biblical creation organizations.

Below is CMI's collection of articles critiquing atheism:

2010 Global Atheist Convention

The worldwide atheist community was challenged to a debate by Creation Ministries International as prominent atheists were speaking at a 2010 global atheist convention in Australia.[7] Richard Dawkins, PZ Myers and other prominent atheists refused to debate Creation Ministries International.[8]

Scientists and Speakers

The following scientists and speakers work for CMI.

History

Richard Dawkins stumped
The video From a Frog to a Prince, produced by Creation Ministries International, features the atheist and evolutionist Richard Dawkins being stumped by the question of a creationist.[9] The interviewer asked Dawkins for an example of genetic information arising from a mutation.[10] A shortened version of the video has been translated into 10 languages.[11]

The history of CMI can be traced back to 1977, when Dr. Carl Wieland started the Creation Science Association in South Australia, and Ken Ham and John Mackay started Creation Science Educational Media Services in Queensland around the same time. In 1980, the two organisations amalgamated and renamed the Creation Science Foundation, based in Queensland. Wieland had started publishing the magazine, and with the amalgamation, this was taken over by Ham and Mackay.

In 1986 Ham left CSF and went to work for the Institute for Creation Research in California. Mackay left in 1987 and started his own creation ministry. Wieland returned to take over management of the organisation, which remained (and remains to this day) in Brisbane, Queensland.

CSF opened an office in the United Kingdom in 1993.

In 1994, Ham left ICR and started a branch of CSF in the United States, but because of legal technicalities, could not use that name, and instead called the organisation Answers in Genesis. The other CSF offices changed their name to Answers in Genesis soon after.

Also in 1994, an office was opened in Auckland, New Zealand. Canada followed in 1998, when the Creation Science Association of Ontario, which had been in existence since 1978, joined the group. The South African ministry began in 2002.

In early 2006, following a decision by AiG (US) to break from the international group (along with AiG (UK)), the remaining organisations changed their name to Creation Ministries International and commenced their own web-site.

Later in 2006, CMI opened new offices in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Publications

Creation Ministries Internal also publishes a variety of books, booklets, videos, CDs and tracts.

Dispute with Answers in Genesis

For more detail, see Answers in Genesis: Dispute with Creation Ministries International

In early 2006, Answers in Genesis (U.S.) stopped distribution of Creation magazine and the Journal of Creation, switching the subscribers to their new magazine, Answers. CMI claims that this was unethical, unlawful, and harmed their ministry. After failing to obtain a satisfactory resolution on the dispute, CMI began legal proceedings against AiG (U.S.) in May 2007.[12] CMI notes that the dispute is settled, as of April 2009. [13]

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External Links

Question evolution! campaign:

Question evolution! videos:

Question evolution! tract:

Age of the earth:

Refutations of atheism:

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