Atheist Stephen J. Gould of Harvard is perhaps the premier anti-creationist in America today. Sadly, in this age of “tolerance” and multi-culturalism, it was Gould who bluntly stated in the pages of Natural History that bashing creationists was both “noble” and “necessary.” One can imagine the immediate steps that would be taken by the outraged Harvard administration and students if he had said this about any other minority.
Gould makes a vain effort to marginalize the global interest in creation science. At a gathering of educators at Brown University last year, he endeavored to calm the concern of college professors and principals by claiming, “As insidious as it [i.e., “creationism”] may seem, at least it’s not a worldwide movement. . . . I hope everyone realizes the extent to which this is a local, indigenous, American bizarrity.”
Evidently Gould has not bothered to investigate the worldwide interest in creation science that goes beyond conservative Protestant circles. Millions of orthodox Jews, and most practicing Muslims, reject evolutionism and are therefore creationists. These other creationists would consider it both offensive and discriminatory to hear that creation science is uniquely and strictly American. Consider these recent contacts with ICR.
France has a creation science group, “Au Commencement . . .” started in 1998. The organization’s leader, Dr. André Eggan, visited ICR in January. André received his Ph.D. at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich in 1992 and is currently a research scientist in genomics. In the past year he lectured at more than 15 different locations in both France and Switzerland.
Just two months ago Christians in Hong Kong brought Dr. John Morris over to present the creation model. He spoke to a total of 14,300 people. This was followed by a trip to South Korea that has the largest creation group in the world. The Korean Association for Creation has over 250 Ph.D. members and hundreds more with masters degrees. The Japanese creation group hosted me for a lecture tour last October.
In late fall, Dr. Duane Gish spoke to over 7,000 people in Brazil and Argentina, home of active creation groups, as is also true in Bolivia and Mexico. Our Australian friends at AIG head a large creation group and has been very active in ensuring that creation science has also flourished there. Acts & Facts recently published an interesting overview of the creation science movement in India. Russia and Romania welcome the creation model after enduring decades of nihilistic evolutionism (Impact #288) and have invited ICR speakers to visit.
England , birthplace of Darwin, still has a healthy number of scientists and laymen who refuse to bend the knee at the altar of naturalism. ICR is regularly in touch with them and is planning a joint study tour there next year.
Furthermore, ICR has mailings that go to people in Nigeria, Moldova, Poland, Jamaica, Philippines, Belarus, South Africa, Turkey, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, and many others. And we must not omit the scores of other creation science ministries in America with their connections in other countries.
Contrary to Gould’s hopeful, but unfounded musings, we thank God our Creator (Hebrews 11:3) that “this . . . local, indigenous, American bizarrity” is truly international and is changing the world!