TASC - Triangle Association for the Science of Creation

TASC endeavors to show Christians and others in the Triangle area that the facts of science are consistent with the Biblical account of origins and inconsistent with the evolutionary worldview. 

Where do viruses come from?

November, 2004

"For sheer numbers, no other ocean beings can match viruses. Thousands, sometimes even millions of these molecular parasites inhabit every drop of surface seawater, outnumbering even bacteria by 10 to 1... evidence that suggests that viruses are a powerful force in the sea, and one that determines how many plankton and ultimately how many fish, and even humans, an ocean ecosystem can support... viruses must have a profound influence on the WHY DID GOD CREATE VIRUSES?

A major line of reasoning used to argue against the creationist worldview is ‘why a benevolent God would create pathogenic organisms whose sole function seems to be to cause disease and suffering?

Given the current state of the United State's vaccine supply and the US Public Health Service's ominous forecasts for this flu season, this question is likely to be on the minds of more than just anti-creationists this year. Chiron, a major manufacturer of flu vaccine, will not be distributing any influenza vaccine this flu season, and on October 19, 2004, HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson announced to a worried public that, in order to ensure an ample supply of influenza vaccine for the most vulnerable Americans, people not in the priority categories should forgo getting the flu vaccine because it takes a shot away from someone who needs it more (http://hhs.gov/news/press/2004pres/20041019a.html).

Report from the Intelligent Design Conference

October, 2004

REPORT FROM THE Intelligent Design Conference 
 Highlands, North Carolina, June 24-26, 2004

Setting and Overview

The conference was held at the Community Bible Church in Highlands North Carolina situated in the beautiful Smokey Mountain area surrounded by clouds, forest, and waterfalls (website: http://www.idconference.org/). My daughter, Holly, and I attended. I took a digital camera and made a few pictures some of which are included below.

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Figure 1

Folks at the church did an excellent job planning and orchestrating the conference of 550 attendees from around the US and several foreign countries.

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Figure 2 - Community Bible Church

Their work was truly a labor of love which was two years in the making. The beautiful main sanctuary of the church was used for the presentations.

Could the Ice Age have been caused by the Genesis Flood? (Part 2)

September, 2004

In the August, 2004, TASC newsletter, I shared with you some of the scientific research and meteorological observations from Michael J. Oard, who concluded that the Ice Age could have been caused by the Genesis or Noahic Flood recorded in the Bible. 1 That article addressed primarily the build-up of snow and ice and the resulting glaciation of the Ice Age that Oard calculates took place over a span of 500 years after the worldwide Genesis Flood, which is also calculated by his scientific methods to have occurred about 4,200 years ago. 2 This article will address the deglaciation or "meltdown" of the Ice Age that took about 200 years according to calculations based on Oard's research. 3,4 Consequently, the total time for a post-Flood ice age is only about 700 years. 5 This contrasts to the uniformitarian theory of naturalistic evolution from as few as four to more than twenty ice ages covering tens to hundreds of thousands to millions of years. 6 For more in-depth study and understanding you may wish to order a copy of Oard's book titled, An Ice Age Caused by the Genesis Flood, by calling the Institute for Creation Research at 800-628-7640 or coming out to our monthly TASC meetings and purchase a copy. A less technical book for children and adults by Michael Oard and his wife, Beverly Oard, titled Life in the Great Ice Age can be obtained by the same methods.

  • 1. Oard, Michael J. (1990) An Ice Age Caused by the Genesis Flood, Institute for Creation Research, El Cahon, CA
  • 2. Oard, Michael J. (1990) 192
  • 3. Oard, Michael J. (1990)
  • 4. Oard, Michael J. and Oard, Beverly (1993) Life in the Great Ice Age, Master Books, Green Forest, AK
  • 5. Oard, Michael J. (1990) 191
  • 6. The World Book Encyclopedia (1998) World Book, Inc., Chicago, IL, 10: 6-8.

Can We Prove the Bible?

July, 2004

Is there any real evidence of Biblical events? For example, some might mention the Shroud of Turin and the evidence for it. But others would counter this by pointing to the carbon dating results, which were supposed to show that the Shroud was too young to have been the burial shroud of Christ. Nevertheless, there are those who question those dating results. One is Professor Garza-Valdes, who created a brand new science after the carbon dating of the Shroud. (It's called archaeomicrobiology.)

Garza-Valdes found that the dating of a jade object, by carbon-dating blood on it, was skewed by the presence of a coating formed on the jade by bacteria. Of course, this bacterial coating contained organic material, which, of course, contains carbon, and being of a younger age than the original object, threw the date off. Garza-Valdes believes this same type of bacterial coating could account for an erroneously young dating of the Shroud. A coating of this type could cause an old piece of linen to be dated much younger than it really is. He has written a book about this, entitled The DNA of God.

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Figure 1 - Possible location of Mt. Sinai

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