Dr. Marcus Ross Coming to Alberta
Creation Science Association of Alberta is delighted to announce that Dr. Marcus Ross has agreed to speak at our creation weekend in Edmonton on Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, 2010. This young scientist brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise. He graduated with a B.S. from The Pennsylvania State University, a M. S. in Paleontology at south Dakota School of Mines and Technology and a Ph.D. in Geosciences from University of Rhode Island. His doctoral thesis dealt with the abundance and spread of mosasaurs, marine reptiles which are found in Cretaceous sediments, rock levels similar to those of many dinosaurs.
The graduation of young scientists is usually not a front page story in national newspapers. However the New York Times printed such an article on February 12, 2007 about Dr. Ross’ recent doctoral degree in geosciences. This newspaper, it turns out, provided a forum for those who thought a young earth creationist should not be allowed to graduate with secular credentials. Nobody questioned the quality of his work. However some declared that a Biblical literalist should not be allowed to mention his secular credentials later in discussions of the creation model. The article asked rhetorically: “May a secular university deny otherwise qualified students a degree because of their religion? Can a student produce intellectually honest work that contradicts deeply held beliefs? Should it be obligatory (or forbidden) for universities to consider how students will use the degrees they earn?”
Some individuals insist that “the crucial issue is not whether Dr. Ross deserved his degree, but how he will use it.” As a student, Marcus Ross never made any secret of his views. On this topic, his Ph.D. research director declared: “All I can tell you is he came here and did science that was completely defensible.”
In the summer of 2000, while a student, Marcus Ross traveled to southern China to study the famous Cambrian fossils near Chengjang. He has collaborated with scientists from the Discovery Institute in Seattle (an Intelligent Design think tank) and with the Baraminology Study Group (young earth scientists who seek to identify the created kinds).
On November 14, 2009 Dr. Ross was one of the featured speakers on the Darwin Was Wrong Conference and Webcast originating in Cosa Mesa, California. The title of his talk was “Darwin was Wrong about the Fossil Record.” Other speakers included Dr. Steven Austin, Jerry Bergman, John Baumgardner and John Sandford among others.
Dr. Ross is Assistant Professor of Geology in the Biology/Chemistry Department at Liberty University in Lynchberg, Virginia. He is also Assistant Director of the Center for Creation Studies at Liberty University. Thus CSAA looks forward to exciting and informative talks from an expert who has been captivated, from a young age, by dinosaurs and fossils. Be sure to reserve these dates for the creation week-end and tell your friends about it too!
|Friday October 16, 2010|
|8:00 PM||12 Years in Athens: A Creationist Odyssey in Geological Education|
|Saturday October 17, 2010|
|10:00 AM||Continental Breakfast|
|10:30 AM||Bird-hipped Dinosaurs: Horns, Helmets and Herds|
|1:30 PM||Lizard-hipped Dinosaurs: Thunder Lizards and Terrible Tyrants|
|8:00 PM||How to Date Like a Geologist|
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