Conference's creation truths swallow Darwin debaters

Posted Online: March 08, 2013, 3:50 am
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By Leon Lagerstam,
MOLINE -- A little bit of science drives people from God, but a lot of it brings them back, said Quad-City Creation Science Association president Helmut Welke, citing a Sir Francis Bacon quote.

"We are now five years old and have held about 10 events per year at over a dozen different churches and libraries in the area," Mr. Welke said.

The nonprofit, nondenominational association is "dedicated to telling the truth in Science and proclaiming Jesus Christ as Creator, Lord and Savior," according to its website,

Its logo is a large fish labeled "Truth" swallowing a smaller fish marked "Darwin." A fish also is a symbol of Jesus Christ.

"About five of us from four different churches started this five years ago, and we have grown from 30 people to 800 now on our mailing lists," Mr. Welke said. The association has a six-member board of directors.

"A lot of scientific breakthroughs have illustrated the point that Darwin was proven wrong" about his evolution theory, he said. "Our message has been well received. People are hungry to understand more about genetics that show that the Bible can be, and should be, trusted."

The association will discuss creationism during a weeklong conference starting Saturday, March 16, and ending Saturday, March 23, with a fifth anniversary banquet.

Keynote speaker will be Dr. G. Charles ''Dr. J." Jackson, of the Creation Truth Foundation in Oklahoma.

Dr. Jackson has a doctorate in science education from the University of Virgina, as well as a bachelor's and two master's degrees from George Mason University.Hehas been a guest lecturer on the campuses of Purdue University,UNLV, the universities of Oklahoma, Illinois and Tennessee; Augustana College and others, according to a news release.

Dr. Jackson contends that the "faith of many is being methodically tormented and sometimes broken by intellectual 'bullies' in college classrooms," according to the release. "My mission is to aid believing students to contend for the faith in their own hearts and equip them as witnesses against post-modernistic thinking. I am just trying to help students ... who already believe that the Scriptures can be trusted."

Some topics he will address at four events, include "The Truth About Human Evolution," "The Truth About Dinosaurs," "Evolution: An Unnatural Selection," "Best Evidences for Creation," and "How to Debate Evolutionists and Win."

Mr. Welke will lead a discussion of "Why Evolution/Creation is Important to the Church" during a Creation Truth Seminar from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at New Life Fellowship Church, 2345 19th St., Moline.

Other events include 8:30 and 11 a.m. worship services on Sunday, March 17, at the Spanish Heritage Church, Vida Nueva, at 4801 44th St., Rock Island; and a youth-group presentation at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at Harvest Bible Chapel, 3800 E. 53rd St., Davenport.

The association's anniversary banquet will be Saturday, March 23, at Home Ridge Inn and Suites, at Interstate 74 and Middle Road in Bettendorf.

Tickets are $25 each and can be reserved by calling 563-449-8111. A pre-show and salad course will be served at 6 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner at 7 and program at 8.Door prizes and book and DVD giveaways also will be available.

Dr. Jackson and Mr. Welke will lead several question-and-answer sessions during the weeklong conference

"What we are trying to do is point out the real facts that the Bible is true and that you can trust it," Mr. Welke said. "We encourage all Quad-Citians to learn those facts and find a Bible-believing church they can feel comfortable at, and to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord."
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