Kurt Wise Coming to Alberta
The Creation Science Association of Alberta is delighted to announce that palaeontologist Kurt Wise has agreed to speak in Edmonton on the weekend of October 18, 2008. Few scientists anywhere can boast the depth of experience of Dr. Wise.
In 1981 Kurt Wise graduated with a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Chicago. One of his mentors there was palaeontologist David P. Raup. The latter recommended young Kurt to Harvard University where he worked under the famous palaeontologist Stephen J. Gould. Thus it was that Kurt Wise graduated with a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1989. Also during his years at Harvard, graduate student Wise was a teaching fellow. Among other courses, he lectured in Dr. Gould’s introductory geology and biology course and in famous geneticist Richard Lewontin’s statistical biology course. Both Drs. Gould and Lewontin were well known for their pronounced support of evolution and their atheism. Nevertheless Kurt Wise worked with them and he even won two certificates for teaching distinction at Harvard in the process.
The advantages of a Harvard education did not stop there however. Kurt Wise also knew prominent evolutionists Ernst Mayr and sociobiologist E. O. Wilson. Last, but not least, Dr. Wise also studied fractal geometry under the famous Benoit Mandelbrot, one of the developers of fractal geometry, when this mathematician was a visiting professor at Harvard during the period 1984-87. During all those years of study in a hostile environment, Kurt Wise never abandoned his faith.
Upon graduation, Dr. Wise accepted a teaching and research position at a Christian institution, Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee. Since then, until 2006, Dr. Wise lectured in science, carried out research, mentored young scientists who have since become influential in their own right, helped found the baraminology study group (which carries out research aimed at identifying the created kinds), and published two books for the Christian layman: Faith, Form and Time: What the Bible teaches and Science Confirms about Creation and the Age of the Universe (2002) and Something from Nothing: Understanding What you Believe about Creation and Why (2004).
In 2006 he was appointed to replace mathematician Bill Dembski as head of the Center for Theology and Science at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. At the time of the Wise appointment, Russell Moore, senior vice president for academic administration, pointed to the need to train leaders to equip young people to engage Darwinism from elementary school onward and also to assist all people to recognize Darwinist thinking in all its subtle variations.
The Creation Science Association of Alberta therefore is very much looking forward to hearing Dr. Wise’s lectures. We expect him to share some of his fascinating wealth of scientific knowledge with us in the context of the Biblical record of earth history. Don’t miss out on this event. Be sure to mark the weekend of October 18 on your calendar and watch for further details. An opportunity like this does not happen very often!
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