The present design for the curriculum is based on student feedback from an initial twelve-week course of study taught to an adult Sunday School class in the Spring of 2005 at The Village Chapel, an interdenominational church located in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Based on student feedback, the course of study is expanded to eighteen weeks, with eleven lessons. As suggested by the students, this expanded format allows more time for discussion on critical and somewhat more difficult lesson material.
Each lesson covers either one or two weeks, and includes a DVD presentation (largely from a series by Ken Ham entitled, Answers…with Ken Ham. [www.answersingenesis.org]), which introduces the subject. This is followed by PowerPoint slides, with time for discussion. (See Table of Contents for actual schedule.) To reinforce understanding of the lessons, and to encourage questions and class discussion, handout materials are given to the students for reference and home study. These handout materials include a section that highlights and summarizes topics covered by the DVD and the PowerPoint slides. This section is followed by “Scripture and Other Readings,” which cite supporting Scripture used in the lesson, in addition to quotes from notable sources in the scientific field related to the subject material. “Something to Think About” provides a devotional component to the lesson that is usually related to the subject. These devotional pieces are primarily from Days of Praise, ICR Ministries, 2005. (www.icr.org). To focus and expand on certain aspects of the subject, articles or position papers are occasionally included as part of the lesson handout. Finally, a printed color set of the PowerPoint slides used for the lesson are included for the instructor’s use for making notations. The following provides an overview for each of the eleven lessons and the bibliography.
Lesson One presents the reason for the course, identifies the purpose and provides the presuppositions for a young-Earth, based on a biblical worldview, as well as emphasizing the importance of a literal interpretation of The Creation Story as recorded in Genesis.
Lesson Two examines the content of Genesis, Chapters One through Eleven, as the foundation for our faith, contrasting human opinion with God’s Word, and challenging allegoric and mythological interpretations of Creation.
Lesson Three presents a strong and irrefutable case for a literal six-day creation event, and examines the efforts of many to include in the Genesis account millions and millions of years to accommodate life development processes based on evolutionary ideas.
Lesson Four deals with the issue of evil and a perfect creation, the sin of Adam and its residual effect upon all of creation, and the contrasting views between evolutionists and creationists in explaining the existence of disease, death and suffering.
Lesson Five considers the complexity of the biochemistry of living structures, including the DNA structure and information content, and the laws of physics as strong arguments against evolutionary processes.
Lesson Six explores the existence and disappearance of the dinosaurs, their contemporary presence in biblical and extra-biblical history, and recent discoveries.
Lesson Seven examines the substantial evidence for a young-Earth, while contrasting evolutionary ideas for an old-Earth by explaining the case for each based on a framework of differing assumptions for the same observable body of evidence.
Lesson Eight seeks to unravel a very complex and difficult subject of starlight and time in interpreting the age of the universe, while discussing various “beginning of the universe” theories, including the Big Bang, and presenting evidence for a young universe.
Lesson Nine tells the story of the Flood by considering worldwide post-flood evidence, including specific geologic and fossil evidence, the Hydroplate Theory (a possible model for the initiation of the flood events), and flood legends – all giving credence to a “recent” catastrophic global-flood event.
Lesson Ten presents the case for the origins of all peoples from the three sons of Noah, the dispersion of people groups as a result of divine judgment in the confusion of languages at the Tower of Babel, and the singularity of the human race within cultural and physical distinctives.
Lesson Eleven puts the previous lessons together to give a comprehensive view of the evidence for a literal creation that is accurately recorded in Genesis, and re-emphasizes the need for a biblical worldview and the historical reliability of the Scriptures.
The Bibliography documents the references and resources used in the curriculum for each lesson, and provides instructors and students with the tools needed to pursue their study of this fascinating, and crucial subject.
Taken from the bibliography, the following resources are considered vital as part of a ready reference library for the student, and especially for the instructor who will be teaching this course. They can be ordered from Christian Book Distributors (www.christianbook.com), or Amazon.com (www.amazon.com), or from the respective ministries.
1. The Genesis Record by Henry M. Morris, Ph.D.
2. In the Beginning by Walt Brown, Ph.D.
3. Refuting Compromise by Jonathan Sarfati, Ph.D.
4. Search for the Truth by Bruce A. Malone
5. The Young Earth by John D. Morris, Ph.D.
6. Dinosaurs by Design by Duane T. Gish, Ph.D.
Some final technical notes.
Black and white reprints of the color handouts for each lesson can be photo-copied for student notebooks. It most cases, reproducing color masters will require setting the photo-copier to a “lighter” setting to achieve an acceptable reproduction.
A CD-ROM can be found at the back of the notebook in a green security sleeve. The CD-ROM contains a Creation folder that has two Creation “sub-folders.” One contains the eleven Creation lessons, and the other contains the font sets used in the PowerPoint slides. To correctly display these fonts in the PowerPoint presentation will require copying them to the user’s font folder on his or her computer. When the CD-ROM is opened, and font folder selected, the folder can be dragged to the computer’s font collection. If preferred, the individual font files can be copied to the user’s font folder. This can be done by going to “My Computer” > “Control Panel” > “Fonts” folder (open folder). Open the CD drive and select “Fonts” folder from the CD, then “drag” the folder, or the individual font files, to the computer’s font collection. This process allows the PowerPoint slides to have the correct fonts for presentation.
The authors’ purpose through this curriculum is two-fold.
To point both the instructor and student to the glorious and mighty Creator; the One who is infinite and unsearchable in wisdom – the One who made it all out of nothing, merely by speaking.
He merely spoke, and the heavens were formed, and all the galaxies of stars.
He made the oceans, pouring them into his vast reservoirs.
Let everyone in all the world--men, women and children—
fear the Lord and stand in awe of him.
For when he but spoke, the world began! It appeared at his command!
To authenticate that God’s Word is true and historically reliable on which to build our faith and confidence for life and godliness.
As for God, his way is perfect; the Word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him. Psalm 18:30 (NIV)
Our prayer is for the Church of Jesus Christ - His people, that they will return to a biblical worldview that honors and glorifies God as He is revealed from Genesis to Revelation.