The First Joint ICR/CRS Research Meeting
by Nathaniel T. Jeanson, Ph.D. *
The Institute for Creation Research (ICR) and the Creation Research Society (CRS) are pleased to announce their first-ever joint research meeting July 30–August 1, 2015, in Dallas, Texas.
This meeting marks the culmination of a long history of growth and progress in the larger young-earth creation community. Since the 1961 publication of the seminal work The Genesis Flood by Dr. Henry Morris and Dr. John Whitcomb, creation science has seen a remarkable resurgence. For example, in 1963 CRS was founded to fill a critical void in the then-nascent professional creation science community—the need for a peer-reviewed scientific journal. Dr. Morris was one of 10 scientists who founded CRS, which publishes the Creation Research Society Quarterly. Dr. Morris went on to start ICR in 1970 to complement the growing young-earth creation movement.
In the early years of each of these organizations, the young-earth creation view had not yet reached a sufficient number of scientific professionals to justify a yearly meeting. As the movement grew, the first creation research meeting finally occurred in 1986: the International Conference on Creationism (ICC). Though the meeting was a success, the group remained too small to have annual meetings, thus subsequent ICCs were held four to five years apart.
In more recent years, interest and progress in creation science have multiplied to the point where an annual meeting would be both fruitful and necessary. For example, the science team at ICR has made great strides on a multitude of scientific fronts—geology, astrophysics, biology, and genetics. One of the most important steps in our research process is vetting ideas and data in front of other professional scientists who can critique and evaluate the preliminary results in their respective fields. This helps us maintain a high standard of veracity and integrity in our work. The most rigorous peer review happens in print, but oral peer review is a helpful first step toward accuracy. Hence, a yearly professional meeting keeps our research on track and advancing.
The CRS has held professional science meetings four times in the last several years, and ICR is pleased to join forces with them this year. In this spirit of progress in creation science, we invite all scientific professionals to join us this summer for the ICR/CRS research meeting. In addition, if you are a scientific professional and have your own creation research results that you’d like to vet, we invite you to submit an abstract for presentation at the meeting. We hope to see you at the end of July!
* Dr. Jeanson is Deputy Director for Life Sciences Research and received his Ph.D. in cell and developmental biology from Harvard University.
Cite this article: Nathaniel T. Jeanson, Ph.D. 2015. The First Joint ICR/CRS Research Meeting. Acts & Facts. 44 (4).