Origins Weekend

Students and Scientists Explore the Evidence

Origins weekend exposes students and the community to the complex issues in the origins debate while supporting the young-earth creation theory. All are invited to participate as scientists showcase the ongoing struggle to comprehend the world through scientific evidence and through faith in short-term creation.

Setting aside a regular time to evaluate science and faith issues began in 1992 when the Southern Scholars honors program invited the first speaker to campus for lectures and discussion. The Biology Department co-sponsored the event and has maintained the tradition. 

Highlights From Previous Weekends

  • Adventist scientists and scientists of other faiths discussing short-term creation viewpoints
  • Panel discussion addressing questions about evolution and creation
  • Fossil field trip

Past Topics

  • The Flood
  • Paleocurrents
  • Fossils
  • Short-term Creation
  • Intelligent Design
  • Geologic Column
  • Dinosaurs and Biome Succession
  • Moral Implications of the Creation/Evolution Controversy
  • Beauty in Nature
  • Solar System
  • Issues in Natural Science and Religion
  • Creation Worldview
  • Biblical Creation
  • Early Man
  • Science and Origins
  • Radiometric Dating

Featured Scientists

2013 Stephen Meyer
Ph.D. in history and philosophy of science from Cambridge University. Author of Darwin's Doubt

2011 Kurt Wise
Ph.D. in geology from Harvard University

2009 John Mark Reynolds
Ph.D. in philosophy from University of Rochester

2006 Lee Spencer
Ph.D. in biology from Loma Linda University

2004 Andrew Snelling
Ph.D. in geology from the University of Sydney

2002 Art Chadwick
Ph.D. in molecular biology from University of Miami

1998 Michael Behe
Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. Author of Darwin’s Black Box

1995 Jim Gibson
Ph.D. from Loma Linda University. Director of Geoscience Research Institute

1992 Ron Numbers
Ph.D. in history of science from University of California, Berkeley