Evolution, interpreted as degrees of change over time, is a fact accepted by all educated Christians, including Seventh-day Adventists, with the qualification that these changes are limited to very low levels of functional complexity (also known as “microevolution”). However, the Darwinian concept that more complex biomachines, to include all living things, evolved from the same common ancestor over hundreds of millions of years by random mutations and natural selection is not science. Such “macro” evolution has never been demonstrated nor is such a story statistically tenable this side of a practical eternity of time. We therefore believe that the Darwinian hypothesis for the origin and diversity of life on this planet should have been abandoned long ago in the face of the continually mounting evidence that is more and more favorable to the biblical hypothesis of origins. For these reasons we believe that the biblical model is the more empirically rational model given the scientific evidence that is currently available.

Seventh-day Adventist Fundamental Belief 6 affirms the Genesis account of creation in six days. And since the biblical record indicates that life on this planet originated thousands of years ago, rather than billions of years ago, we are linking to a few resources that provide some of the evidence that demonstrates the biblical creation model to be a rational explanation of the origin of life on this planet.

Seventh-day Adventist Resources Providing Scientific Evidence for Creation of this Earth Thousands of Years Ago

Adventist Sites Dealing with Science and Creation:

  • Science and Scripturescience-discovers-godOn this site, Adventist scientist Ariel Roth attempts to reconcile the authority of science and Scripture. Includes information about books, videos and discussions related to the controversy between the Bible and modern science.
    Science Discovers God: Seven Convincing Lines of Evidence, Hard Copy (Published 2009), Kindle Format – In this book Ariel Roth begins with a brief historical sketch that leads into the surprising fact that four out of ten scientists in the United States believe in a personal God who answers their prayers. The paradox is that very few, if any, of these scientists will publish about God in scientific journals and textbooks. What many scientists believe in, and what they publish about when they take a scientific stance can be very different things. 
    Roth then discusses a number of key issues related to the existence of God. These include the intricate organization of the matter of the universe and the precision of the forces of physics. This is followed by a number of biological topics including the origin of life, the genetic code, and complexities such as the eye and the brain. Consideration is then given to the problem time poses for evolution when the fossil record is analyzed. It turns out that the geologic eons are totally inadequate for the improbabilities postulated.
    roth-originsThe last third of the book addresses the intriguing question of why is it that, in the context of so much data that seems to require a God in order to explain what we see, scientists still remains silent about Him? (The book is a bit more reader-friendly than the next book below – Origins, which reads a bit like a college text book.)
    Origins: Linking Science and Scripture (Hardcover, published 1998) – Are the realms of science and the Bible irreconcilable? Has science and its theory of evolution disproved the Bible? Is there no meaning to humanity’s existence? In this book Roth argues that there is a lot of scientific evidence that supports the biblical account of beginnings, and that taken together science and the Bible give us a more complete and sensible view of the world around us. 
    This book attempts to show that the dichotomy between science and Scripture is not what is often surmised and that there is a reasonable harmony between the two. If you feel a bit adrift trying to justify your belief in the biblical account of creation, this is a good book to bolster your understanding and your confidence. Roth is a careful scientist and presents his evidence with lots of end notes for further investigation. 
  • Earth History Research Center – Multi-lingual site sponsored by Southwestern Adventist University includes technical scientific papers dealing with various aspects of origins as well as information in simple question-and-answer format.
  • The Emperor Has No Clothes – Naturalism and The Theory of Evolution – Sean Pitman deals with the statistical problems of the theory of evolution from genetics to geology, which suggests a recent creation as the most reasonable solution to the question of the origin of life on this planet. Lots of material on this site to keep you reading for weeks at least. 
  • Geosciene Research Institute: The archived version of the Creation and Science secction at the Geoscience Research Institute are mostly scientific papers, with some being more readable than others. The sub-section of “Commentaries on Creation and Science,” which includes quite a number of published articles apparently is not longer available at the site but may be accessed through the Internet Archives. On the current site, the Collected Papers on Faith and Science may or may not include the papers in the archived versions. You can check out the GRI blog and the GRI Facebook page
  • A Creation Perspective – web site on which David Plaisted presents evidence that life is young with emphasis on populations genetics. Includes a testable theory of creationism and a precise boundary between micro and macro evolution.
  • Creation – Darwin Revisited British Adventist site bills itself as “An Adventist Perspective on the Evolution/Creation Debate”
  • Earth Science Associates: Fingerprints of Creation – Robert V. Gentry sees the polonium halos in granite as evidence for a young earth. Overinterpretation of Radiohalos – Critique of Gentry’s work by members of the Geoscience Research Institute
  • Mike’s Origins Resource: Creation Science, Prophecy, Biblical Evidence – Molecular geneticist uses scientific and biblical evidence to investigate origins. Topics include pseudogenes, ancient DNA, biological time clocks, Carbon 14, flood geology, solar system, world history chart, prophecy.
  • Scientific Theology: Online Book by Paul Giem – Develops a theology modeled on science and suggests corrections in current scientific thinking in areas such as origins of life. The most helpful section is probably the  coverage of radiometric dating. HTML and PDF format. This site also includes links to other articles by Paul Giem and his Sabbath School class which explores creation science issues on a weekly basis.

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Creation Resources for Kids

Articles on Theology of Creation

Materials for Teachers and Others Interested in the Science of Origins

Links to Other Sites Relevant to Science and Creation

Please note that these are not Seventh-day Adventist sites and provide an overview of various viewpoints, including opposing evolutionary viewpoints.

  • GlobalFlood.org online home of Dr. John Baumgardner’s work related to the Genesis flood, in which he demonstrates how his hypothesis matches observable data.
  • Discovery Institute  – Leaders in the Intelligent Design movement. Most of these do not promote a “young earth” in line with the biblical record, but they provide some of the best anti-evolution arguments from a scientific perspective. They also produced Icons Of Evolution, a video that asks some serious questions about  Darwinism.
  • In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood, by Walt Brown

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    In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood by Dr. Walt Brown, a mechanical engineer. This online book (also available in hardback or softcover format on Amazon) proposes a scientific model for the mechanics of the world-wide flood and how it may account for the geology we see today. (The hard copy is much more user-friendly than the web page.)

  • Tas Walker’s Biblical Geology. An engineer who went back to university to study geology, Tas Walker presents a geological history model based on the biblical record of a world-wide flood.
  • Institute for Creation Research. Includes popular as well as peer-reviewed research section.
  • Creation Ministries International articles related to science and creation from a young-earth perspective. Publishes Creation Magazine – unique quarterly 56-page full-color family magazine focuses on God’s creation, suitable for K-12 students. Also publishes Journal  of Creation, an in-depth, peer-reviewed comment, reviews and the latest research findings that relate to origins and the biblical account of Creation, the Flood and the Fall. 3 issues per year
  • Creation Wiki -free encyclopedia from a creationist perspective.
  • Creation Research Society Professional organization of trained scientists and interested lay persons committed to scientific special creation. Publishes a popular bi-monthly magazine called Creation Matters, with online archives, as well as a peer-reviews journal, the CRS Quarterly, with selected articles available online.
  • True Origins archive, a creationist response to the anti-creationist www.talkorigins.org
  • Creation Science Movement British site described as the the oldest creationist movement in the world. Includes book reviews and archive of online journals.
  • Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin with a 50-page introduction by creationist Ray Comfort. (PDF file)
  • Answers in Genesis – Very readable, popular creation science site that promotes the idea that not only this earth but also the whole universe is only thousands of years old. (Seventh-day Adventists generally believe that the universe is much older than this planet.) Includes much good material, but has sometimes tended to accept spurious evidence in favor of a young earth.


Creation and Science Resources — 8 Comments

  1. "Evolution, interpreted as degrees of change over time, is a fact accepted by all educated Christians, including Seventh-day Adventists, with the qualification that these changes are limited to very low levels of functional complexity (also known as “microevolution”)."

    Does this mean we should believe the evolution theory? !!!?

    • Hello. I'm a Sabbath School teacher and former athiest. Please allow me to help you to understand this issue. Micro evolution is many species decending from two parents. Two of every "kind" were on Noah's Ark, not two of every species. For example, two dogs with a complete set of genetic information (maybe wolves) from which all of today's dogs decended. This invloves an information loss, not a gain. For instance, both the chihuahua and the great dane decended from two original dogs, but the chihuaha would not have the height genes of the great dane. This is different to macro evolution, also known as molecules to man evolution. That process would need masses of new genetic information to turn a single celled creature into every living thing on earth. There is no known process by which living things get masses of healthy new genetic instructions. Mutations turned out to be damaged genes that cause deformities (hence movies like Total Recall), and such creatures can't compete against their non-mutated relatives, so they die out. Cutting edge science supports micro evolution, which is completely Biblical. It does not support macro evolution, and neither does scripture. The SDA church rightly believes in micro evolution, but rejects macro (molecules to man) evolution.

      • 99% of human micro organisms are unclassified and they are major sources of reprogramming. Fibroblasts are the source cells for stem cells and viral fragments cause them to differentiate into the various different cells in the body. So human DNA is not the only evolving system in living creatures. The whole of nature is interacting and evolving. You are arguing against a simplistic representation of evolution which is a form of the straw man fallacy.

  2. God created the earth in 7 days making our week as we use now. How could anyone believe that earth somehow blasted earth's non-living matter with a power that does not exist to form all life that we see today? It's impossible! What I want to know is how and what the scientist of evolution used to measure the evidence with that lead them to believe that the earth is millions of years old. Can someone answer that please and email me?

  3. Loretta, the Bible says that in the beginning GOD created the heavens and the earth and that the earth was without form and void. We don't really know for how long the earth remained without form and void. (I assume without life on it is what is meant without form and void). Still no one knows for how long that was.

    I would say that science unsupported by Scripture is something we should look at with skepticism. Such is not just speculative, it is also completely non-essential to salvation. We therefore should not be concerned about such theories and suppositions.

  4. Please remember that the point of these resources is to demonstrate that God does not expect us to believe "just so" stories, but that even the evidence of nature coincides with the record of Scripture, if we are willing to see it.

    Otherwise, a belief in creation would be akin to belief in the "spaghetti monster," as Sean Pitman likes to point out. How would you choose between different belief systems, if there were no rational evidence at all? Those who believe in naturalistic science point to rational evidence, and if all a Christian has to offer in return is belief in an ancient book written by who knows who, what kind of evidence is that?

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  5. It is amazing how some scientists doubt creation and the existence of God. Generally speaking these people should have had more faith in God because they have gone deeper to study most complex things that God created like the human body, the earth, the universe etc. Just the way these things are made and the way they function in coordination should have made these people to realise that there is a designer behind all these.

    Can a normal person find a BMW X5 in the jungle and conclude it made itself and parked itself there? All technological equipments we see today are as a result of great Scientist. Honestly, how can any of these equipments if they were to speak say they came into existence on their own? Can an airplane make itself? If these great scientists exist with all the intelligence surely there must be someone who created these who is far beyond intelligent than them. After making great wealth by studying the maker's creation, they still rejected the maker. Anyway this is gross ignorance beyond measure and I think Psalms 53:1 describes them best. May God's grace fall on all those still alive to know Christ before they join their ancestors.

  6. Undeniable by Douglas AxeI discovered a book recently that went into my top 5 books list of all time. The book is "Undeniable" by Douglas Axe. He is a micro biologist PhD. He explains the building blocks of life in layman's terms and constructs a rock solid logical case for "Intelligent" design and a Master Planner, God. He is an elegant writer and it is easy to imagine him laughing from time to time as he wrote countering the arguments of evolution.
    ---------Link to book added by Moderator. Check out the customer reviews on Amazon.


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