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Bolton Davidheiser

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Bolton Davidheiser (died August 2007) was a creationist zoologist widely known for his book Evolution and Christian Faith (1969), in which he exposed many of the deficiencies and contradictions in the theory of evolution. He was a trained and once-convinced evolutionist whose doubts about evolution grew from painstaking research into its teachings. Although he attended church as a child, his conversion to Christ and to belief in creation occurred after he earned his doctorate.

Dr. Davidheiser graduated from Swarthmore College, where he earned his A.B. degree, and Johns Hopkins University, where he earned his Ph.D. in zoology with an emphasis on genetics. He served as Professor of Biology at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California, and as Professor of Biology at Biola College at La Mirada, California.

In his personal testimony published in Evolution and Christian Faith, he said:
"One evening in the spring of 1944 in North Dakota I attended a church service. The pastor was not gifted, and everything he said I had heard many times before. He preached a simple gospel message of salvation by grace, and that evening I found myself saying, 'I believe that,' to everything he said. ... It was not just a mental assent—the acceptance of a point of view I had previously rejected—it was a transforming experience. The Bible calls it a second birth."

When he later worked in cancer research in Baltimore, he spent much spare time in the library reading articles on evolution. "I was surprised to find," he said, "that the things which I had taken as assured were not so sure after all." The more he read, the more amazed he became at the slender evidence behind the theory of evolution. He said he wrote Evolution and Christian Faith because "evolution had been the great stumblingblock in my life," so he felt a need to help others who had the same problem.

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