The 3rd Creationism, Faith, and Science Conference Concluded Successfully

From June 21-22, 2024, the Education Department of the Northern Asia-Pacific Division and the Geoscience Research Institute held the ‘Creationism, Faith, and Science Conference’ at Sahmyook University’s Hong Myung Ki Hall. Held every five years, this was the third event. Speakers included Dr. Benjamin L. Clausen, Dr. Timothy Standish, Pastor Kim SoonGi, and Professor Heo SangMin. Professor Yoon SuRin provided translation services.

Seminar 1: Understanding the Stone, Bronze, and Iron Ages (Kim SoonGi)

Pastor Soon Gi Kim explained the historical background of the Stone, Bronze, and Iron Ages, and how these periods connect to biblical creationism. He emphasized that the artifacts and relics from these periods demonstrate that human civilization’s development aligns with God’s creation. Kim argued that these archaeological evidences support the historical accuracy of Genesis, underscoring the rational basis of faith grounded in scholarly and logical foundations.

Pastor Kim SoonGi lectures about Understanding the Stone, Bronze, and Iron Ages.

Seminar 2: Plate Tectonics: Researching Worldwide Rates, Genesis to Revelation (Benjamin Clausen)

Dr. Benjamin Clausen explored the relationship between geological phenomena and biblical records through the lens of plate tectonics. He introduced research on plate movement speeds worldwide and explained geological events from creation to Revelation. Clausen claimed that the Bible references geological catastrophes, which can align with scientific discoveries.

Dr. Benjamin Clausen speaks about Plate Tectonics and Radiometric Dating.

Seminar 3: Recent Biological Evidence for Creation (Timothy Standish)

Dr. Timothy Standish discussed recent biological research supporting creationism. He emphasized that the complexity and design features of organisms favor creationism over natural selection-based evolution. Standish presented various biological evidences that align the origins of life with biblical creation, highlighting the sophisticated design of genetic structures and physiological processes.

Dr. Timothy Standish talks about Recent Biological Evidence for Creation.

Seminar 4: Theistic Evolution: Between Creationism and Evolutionism (Heo SangMin)

Professor Sang Min Heo discussed theistic evolution, which combines elements of creationism and evolutionism. He highlighted fundamental issues with this theory, warning that interpreting biblical events symbolically undermines their historicity and weakens biblical authority. Heo argued that theistic evolution limits God’s omnipotence to natural laws.

Pastor Heo SangMin lectures about Theistic Evolution.

Seminar 5: Radiometric Dating: Trusting the Creator’s Time Mystery (Benjamin Clausen)

Dr. Benjamin Clausen explained how radiometric dating can be understood within a creationist framework. He acknowledged that radiometric dating suggests millions of years for Earth’s geological history but introduced creationist rebuttals. Clausen stressed the importance of maintaining faith in the Bible and God’s word despite scientific uncertainties.

Seminar 6: Competition vs. Cooperation for Survival (Timothy Standish)

Dr. Timothy Standish concluded with a discussion on the importance of cooperation over competition for survival. He contrasted Darwinian emphasis on struggle with the reality that life thrives on cooperation. Standish explained how understanding nature as an interconnected, cooperative system can improve environmental stewardship and biodiversity conservation.

The event saw the participation of over 70 attendees on-site, with many more joining via live online broadcast. After each seminar, a Q&A session was held, featuring insightful and profound questions from the attendees. The purpose of this event was to explore the intersection of faith and science, emphasizing the divine creation described in Genesis, and to enhance understanding of how scientific discoveries align with biblical teachings. Participants engaged in meaningful discussions about the harmony between faith and science, feeling inspired to comprehend God’s creation through scientific knowledge. The organizers stated that this aligns with the Seventh-day Adventist education goals of fostering critical thinking, scientific knowledge, and spiritual growth. They also announced that future events would include more interactive sessions, additional hands-on activities, and networking opportunities to enhance collaboration among attendees.

Edgard Luz expresses his gratitude to the attendees and speakers.

Edgard Luz, Director of Education department of NSD, remarked, “This event has reaffirmed the importance of integrating faith and scientific research,” adding, “This is a core aspect of Seventh-day Adventist education, aimed at developing students physically, mentally, spiritually, and socially.”

Following this event, there are plans to continually promote the exchange between faith and science, organize conferences and workshops on creationism in other countries within the Northern Asia-Pacific Division, and create a platform for ongoing research and discussion in this field. Additionally, these lectures will be integrated into the Seventh-day Adventist education curriculum to enrich students’ learning experiences and fields of study.

All lectures can be rewatched at