Trinity International

Trinity International University
Fri, Oct 08, 2021

October 8-9, Creation Truth Conference at Trinity International University. Sponsored by the Science Division of Trinity International University, Midwest Creation Fellowship, and Creation Summit. Click for more info in printable PDF!

The Friday debate and the Saturday conference deal with whether we should take Genesis chapters 1-4 literally and simply as they were originally understood, or whether we should attempt to meld the Scripture's account of creation with evolutionism.

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The Friday debate and the Saturday conference deal with whether we should take Genesis chapters 1-4 literally and simply as they were originally understood, or whether we should attempt to meld the Scripture's account of creation with evolutionism.

Friday Debate: Dr. Joshua Swamidass and Dr. Marcus Ross

Dr. Swamidass' book The Genealogical Adam And Eve proposes that "deep time" was real, and Adam and Eve were real, were specially created, and were placed in the Garden, but were physically identical with many preexisting evolved humans outside the Garden, with whom their descendants married. Over many succeeding generations, their unique spiritual qualities were somehow transmitted to the rest of the biological human race, but their actual DNA was dissipated among their descendants and likely completely lost to the current human population.

Dr. Ross will defend the view that Genesis is intended to be taken literally, a literal interpretation is not contrary to science, attempting to meld the Bible's creation account with evolutionism is logically impossible, and it destroys the reason for Christ's death as the Second Adam Who was needed, and able, to redeem humanity because we are descended from Adam and Eve.

Dr. Joshua Swamidass is an associate professor of pathology & immunology at Washington University in St. Louis.

Dr. Marcus Ross is a professor of geology at Liberty University, and a paleontologist. He answered Dr. Swamidass in an article published by Trinity International University's Henry Center, Hedges around His Garden.

Saturday Conference: Dr. Marcus Ross, Dr. John Baumgardner, Dr. Danny Faulkner, Pastor Rick McGough, Helmut Welke

The three plenary sessions deal with fossils, geology, and astronomy. The breakout sessions will deal with catastrophic plate tectonics, world events from 1948 onward in the light of prophecy, how genetics contradicts evolutionary beliefs, problems with the Big Bang, evidence of creation in the human body, and mosasaurs (an extinct large marine "dinosaur"). Most sessions will be on a layman's level.

Friday Oct. 8 Debate with Q & A – AT Olson Chapel

7 pm – “What Should We Think About The Genealogical Adam and Eve?”

Author: Dr. Joshua Swamidass, Assoc Professor at Washington University

Response: Dr. Marcus Ross, Center for Creation Studies at Liberty University

Moderator: Dr. Richard Averbeck, OT Professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Saturday Oct. 9 Conference Schedule – AT Olson Chapel

8 am – Doors Open for registration. Free coffee and water available.

9 am – Dr. Marcus Ross - “How Fossils Affirm a Worldwide Flood”

10 am – Dr. John Baumgardner - “How Geology Affirms a Worldwide Flood”

11:15 am – Breakout Sessions - 3 to choose from

12:30 pm – Lunch / Resource table open

1:30 pm – Dr. Danny Faulkner - “How Astronomy Affirms a Young Creation”

2:45 pm – Breakout Sessions - 3 to choose from

4:00 pm – Panel Discussion and Group Q & A

5:00 pm – close of conference

Primary Conference Speakers

Dr. Marcus Ross holds a BS in Earth Science from the Penn State University and an MS in Vertebrate Paleontology from South Dakota School of Mines. His PhD in Environmental Science (Geoscience) is from the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Ross is the former Director of the Center for Creation Studies and Professor of Geology at Liberty University. He is the owner of Cornerstone Educational Supply.

Dr. John Baumgardner has had a long career as a distinguished geophysicist. His PhD is from the University of California, Los Angeles. He was a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory for 20 years. He is currently professor emeritus at Liberty University. John wrote the 3D simulation known as ‘Terra’ which is used to investigate dynamics of rock motions inside the earth and of the tectonic plates at its surface.

Dr. Danny Faulkner holds an MS in Physics from Clemson University and a PhD in Astronomy from Indiana University. He was a professor of astronomy at the University of South Carolina - Lancaster for over 26 years. He has published over 100 papers in various journals and serves as a director of the Creation Research Society. He now works as an author and speaker for Answers in Genesis.

Dr. Joshua Swamidass holds his PhD from the University of California-Irvine. He is an associate professor of Pathology & Immunology at Washington University in St. Louis. He is also the author of The Genealogical Adam and Eve, as well as the founder of ‘Peaceful Science’. 

Please Pre-Register by Oct. 4, 2021:

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Cost: $25 in advance adults; Full time students: $2 Families $49 (2 adults +kids)

Sponsored by: Biology & Chemistry Department of Trinity International University and by
Midwest Creation Fellowship (MCF) and by Creation Summit, LLC.

Hotel Room block available at La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham (847-317-7300) –

2000 Lakeside Drive, Bannockburn, IL 60015 

Creation Truth Conference Schedule


Saturday, October 9, 2021

Pick two Breakout sessions:

The Creation conference will offer 2 opportunities to pick from 3 breakout sessions. You are free to attend any one of them on that day, space permitting. In order to plan the room assignments, we are asking you to select your current top choice for each session when you register,

11:15 AM Breakout Session:
  1. Dr. John Baumgardner - Catastrophic Plate Tectonics and the Flood Cataclysm. All of today's igneous ocean floor was formed during the Flood, as oceanic plates rapidly migrated apart. This talk will describe the mantle instability that enabled this to occur and present computer simulations of the tectonic motions as well as of the tsunami-driven water processes that formed the fossil-bearing sediment record.
  2. Pastor Rick McGough - Truth in a World of Deception. In light of End Times fulfilled prophecy and the deception so prevalent today, the need for Truth is paramount. This talk reviews world events from 1948 to today as well as the Biblical response.
  3. Helmut Welke - How Genetics Affirms a Recent Creation. A dynamic presentation on DNA including some very recent findings and how they contradict evolutionary beliefs. This talk is for the average layperson. It explains clearly the impact the curse of sin has had on our genome - which is clearly illustrated in modern genetics.
2:45 Breakout Session:
  1. Dr. Danny Faulkner - Big problems for the Big Bang. The Big Bang theory is reviewed along with several scientific reasons the big bang theory is no longer viable. In fact, the theory has become scientifically absurd.
  2. Pastor Rick McGough - Fearfully and Wonderfully Made. A review of the clear evidence of creation as opposed to evolution when looking at the human body, the human cell and other living things.
  3. Dr. Marcus Ross - Mosasaurs and meteors. Take a tour of these (thankfully) extinct sea monsters with mosasaur expert Dr. Marcus Ross. You’ll learn what they were, where they are found, and what happened to them during Noah’s Flood.

Additional Breakout Session Speaker Biographies:

Pastor Rick McGough of Local Church Apologetics. Rick pastored a church in Moline, IL for 34 years and he also served as a Presbyter in Illinois District of the Assemblies of God for about 8 of those years. As a pastor, Rick saw the tremendous need for believers of all ages, especially young people, to know why they believe what they believe in a culture that is increasingly hostile to the Christian faith. Seeing this great need, Rick left the pastorate in 2016 and under the Lord’s direction founded a ministry in apologetics – emphasizing local church teachings. See for more information on his ministry.

Helmut Welke M.S. of Creation Summit. Helmut is a recently retired engineering manager with a Fortune 100 company. He holds BS and MS degrees in industrial engineering from the University of Illinois and has held positions in a variety of national and international assignments. Helmut is president of Creation Summit as well as the Quad-City Creation Science Association. He is a member of the Creation Research Society and has recently been named an Ambassador/Speaker for Logos Research Associates. He has spoken to churches, youth groups, on college campuses and to civic organizations throughout the USA, but also in France, Germany, Hungary, and Poland.