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Chris W. Ashcraft speaking at the Seattle Creation Conference. June 1, 2013.

Chris W. Ashcraft is a Christian educator, creation scientist, and speaker currently employed as high school science teacher at Cedar Park Christian Schools where he provides instruction in creation-based Biology, Chemistry, and Human Anatomy and Physiology.

He obtained a Bachelor of Science in biology from Wayland Baptist University in 1989, a Master of Science in biology from Texas Tech University in 1996, a Master of Education from the University of Washington in 2008, and a Master is Teaching Math and Science from Seattle Pacific University in 2012. In 2013 he was awarded "Teacher of the Year" by Cedar Park Christian Schools.

Formerly, Chris was a research technician, specialized in plant tissue culture, and genetic transformation technology. After receiving his Bachelor degree, he served as a research technician at the Cotton Fiber Production Laboratory at Texas Tech University. Following graduate from TTT, he provided technical support at the Plant Transformation Facility at Oklahoma State University. After completing some PhD work in Genetics at OSU, he accepted a position as the Plant Transformation Specialist for EDEN Bioscience in Bothell Washington.

Chris moved from research science into the teaching profession to serve God in Christian education. His decision was motivated by the impact that secular science is having on people of faith. Today, close to 50% of Christian students lose their belief in God while attending secular schools. This tendency could be lessened if the Church was better equipped to defend the authority of Biblical teachings (1Peter 3:15 ). To be prepared for these challenges, it is important that Churches provide regular educational programs on creation and other Bible apologetics.

Chris speaks regularly at churches, Christian schools, teacher conventions, and creation organizations. He is the founder of the Northwest Creation Network ministry and the CreationWiki internet encyclopedia where he serves as senior administrator. He is also the organizer of a monthly Apologetics Symposium and the annual Seattle Creation Conference.

Chris Ashcraft
8019 196th Street SW #4C
Edmonds, WA 98026-6428
Phone: 206-465-1635
Website: http://nwcreation.net/ashcraft
Email: ashwebtemp@nwcreation.net

Chris Ashcraft at Dry Falls while leading a field trip to the Channeled Scablands, July 21, 2007.

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Videos from the Seattle Creation Conference 2011

Videos from the Seattle Creation Conference 2010

Videos from the Seattle Creation Conference 2009

Videos from the Seattle Creation Conference 2007

Lecture topics

Biology

Title Description
Amazing Animals: Design vs. Darwinism
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What would the Earth be like without animals? They are indeed a very special part of the creation that provides endless fascination and brings much love into our lives. Previously unknown animals are discovered each year and the complicated world of these creatures has been made clearer by recent scientific discoveries. This presentation will focus on the amazing abilities of animals that are often a source of inspiration to engineers. Humans have long practiced biomimicry in an attempt to glean the ingenuity behind biological designs, and in doing so testify to the creative power of our Father in heaven.
The Image of God The human body is a wonder of God's creation that provides many extraordinary examples of intelligent design. Within each of us reside cells, organs, and systems that are interconnected and interdependent in ways that defy evolutionary explanation. Even today, much of what is happening inside the human body is still not fully understood and yet evolutionists hold fast that this remarkable construct developed without God. This presentation will discuss various aspects of human anatomy and physiology which offer testimony to the glory of the Creator and verify that we were knit together and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:13-14 ).
The Miracle of Life
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The origin of life remains the theory of evolution's most significant obstacle. More than 150 years after Darwin published his theory, and following exhaustive efforts, evolutionists are no closer to solving the riddle of how life began. Despite countless attempts using every conceivable condition, biochemists have been unable to produce genetic information (DNA) and/or proteins in a simulated natural environment and thereby show how even the simplest cell could have formed without intelligent design. This presentation will examine the origin of life and illustrate that evolution is simply without a foundation. Life began through the actions of a God of supreme intelligence and creative power - actions that could never be reproduced by mere humans and will never be explained without reference to intelligent causation.
Wonders of the Cell
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Cell biology has revealed a microscopic world operating at a level of technological sophistication far beyond anything devised by man. This previously invisible aspect of the creation offers unmistakable evidence of intelligent design through innumerable examples of irreducible and specified complexity. Inside each and every organism reside bio-mechanical systems and molecular machines that Darwin and his contemporaries could never have imagined. Even today, much of what is happening inside cells is still not understood and yet evolutionists hold fast that these remarkable constructs developed without God. These two contrasting views of the cell provide poignant illustration of how worldviews impact our interpretation of physical evidence. This presentation discusses the cell as it relates to these opposing views and describes some of these important cellular features which offer testimony to the glory of the Creator.

Astronomy

Title Description
The Heavens Declare
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Modern astronomy offers mankind a look at the cosmos never before seen. The size and beauty of astronomical bodies is a testimony to the magnificence that is our Father in heaven. This presentation aptly uses the scale of the cosmos to guide viewers to a better appreciation of the Glory of God as is revealed by the heavens. Drawing from images taken by space telescopes and spacecraft, we will tour the solar system, distant nebulae, and galaxies that testify of the creators power.
Creation Astronomy
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Many modern astronomers have adopted a worldview that is in stark contrast to the Bible. Holding to a materialistic philosophy, they seek to explain the origin of the cosmos and the celestial bodies through purely natural processes. This presentation provides a general introduction to astronomy from the Biblical worldview ("creation astronomy"). Creation astronomers, which includes many of the fathers of astronomy, such as Nicolas Copernicus and Sir Isaac Newton, look to the Word of God for special understanding. The origin and age of the cosmos and the celestial bodies are discussed, and important evidence of fine-tuning is illustrated.
Big Bang vs. Creation Secular astronomers believe that space and time began through a great cosmic explosion, and yet the Bible says God spoke the universe into existence. While some Christians try to reconcile these two views, the creation account contains a strikingly dissimilar sequence of events. This presentation will analyze the big bang theory, and the supporting evidence along with alternative interpretations that ultimately show the Earth is a special place in the universe.
The Origin of Stars Secular cosmologists state unequivocally that star formation occurs through purely natural processes, a claim that many old Earth creationists also accept. However, Genesis 1:16 says that God made the stars, and Psalm 147:4 that he calls them each by name. This presentation will discuss star formation theories and analyze the physics that govern the emission nebulae where stellar nurseries are thought to exist. The perfect design of the sun (the star most near and dear to us) is also illustrated as we reflect upon the glory of the Creator.
Solar System: Evidence of Design Our solar system is thought to have formed from condensations within a swirling cloud of gas and dust (nebula theory). But when the planets were better analyzed by space probes many surprising discoveries were made that conflict with the prevailing theory. This presentation is a tour of the solar system, wherein we will stop at each planet to discuss their unique qualities along with those of their moons. As each new discovery is made, the design and handiwork of a Creator is revealed. Truly, the Earth is a special place.
Age of the Cosmos: The Biblical Model The Bible says that God created the Heavens and the Earth only 6 thousand years ago, and yet starlight is reaching us from distances well beyond what could be reached in that period of time. This presentation will discuss the current thinking on starlight and time from astrophysicists who hold to a literal reading of Genesis, and explain how the theory of relativity may hold some answers to this dilemma.

Geology / Paleontology

Title Description
Geologic Worldviews and the Global Flood Secular geologists say there has been no global flood as described in the Bible, but vast layers of rocks provide a monumental testimony to this event and God's recent judgment of humankind. This presentation provides an introduction to Creation Geology and a characterization of the geological column that is naturally derived from the Biblical worldview. Several important examples are provided that show how strata and canyons can form rapidly rather than over millions of years. In addition, the secular geologic worldviews that form the foundation for interpreting the Earth's crust are examined to illustrate how historical bias against catastrophism has caused erroneous interpretations of geologic features that are now know to have been formed catastrophically.
Fossils: History in Contention
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Secular geologists have rejected Biblical history and assert that there has been no global flood as described in Genesis. But vast quantities of fossils and sedimentary rock provide a monumental testimony to this historical event and God's recent judgment. Is the worldview of these geologists causing them to "deliberately ignore that the world was deluged with water and perished" (2Peter 3:3-6 )? This presentation provides the Biblical answer to the fossil record and an encouragement for Christians to trust in the Bible as authoritative on early Earth history. Numerous examples of fossils are provided that defy conventional explanation and interpretation in support of the theory of evolution. When examined, we can easily see that the fossils have been misinterpreted by naturalistic scientists and are much more consistent with catastrophic activity and a young Earth.
Dinosaurs: Lost World of the Bible
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Dinosaurs have inspired countless myths and legends, but where do the facts meet with the Bible? Paleontologists assert that dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago, long before humans ever walked the Earth. But, this view is in stark contrast to the creation account in Genesis, which states the both humans and land animals were created on the same day. This presentation will provide a summary of the naturalist perspective of dinosaurs, and then looks to the Bible for insight into their true history. Are dinosaurs mentioned in the Bible? Were they also placed on Noah's ark? If so, why are they now extinct? These and other key issues will be answered in this popular talk.
Mount St. Helens: An Explosion that Rocked the Worldviews Secular geologists say there has been no global flood as described in the Bible and are highly biased against catastrophic explanation of geologic features. But vast layers of rocks provide a monumental testimony, to any that will see, of this historic event and God's recent judgment of humankind. This presentation will reveal this bias by taking a look at recent geologic interpretations of features that were later shown to be the result of catastrophic flooding. We will then examine Mount St. Helens, which stands as an iconic example of what catastrophic process are able to accomplish, showing that strata and canyons can form rapidly rather than over millions of years.
Planet of the Apes?
(Video available)
Secular paleoanthropologists assert adamantly that humans are the descendants of ape-like ancestors. Darwin's seminal theory led naturalists inexorably to this conclusion, but the Bible clearly states that we were created distinct from the animals and in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27 ). This presentation examines the evidence used to support human evolution, including Neanderthals, Homo erectus, and Australopithecines. Are these ancient hominids really missing links capable of substantiating human evolution or has the truth been distorted to support the materialistic evolutionary worldview?

Biblical Archaeology

Title Description
New Testament Archaeology The New Testament of the Bible records the history of the new Church, beginning shortly before the birth of Jesus. However, this important record is under attack by Archaeologists who have claimed that the Biblical account of history is inaccurate or even fictitious. Key events in Christianity, such as the crucifixion, have been challenged on archaeological grounds because no records of the Roman governor Pontius Pilate had been found. This PowerPoint presentation will review several well known Biblical events and figures that can now be substantiated by recent archaeological investigations, including the very resurrection of the Christ.
Old Testament Archaeology The Old Testament of the Bible contains rich and interesting stories of God's people that span more than 4000 years. However, this important historic record is under attack by Archaeologists who have claimed that the Biblical account of history is inaccurate or even fictitious. Well known events, such as the conquest of Jericho and the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt, have been challenged on archaeological grounds. This PowerPoint presentation examines these challenges and shows that when the evidence is revealed, science supports the historicity of the Bible. We will review several well known Biblical events and figures that can now be substantiated by recent archaeological investigations, and see that the Bible is a trustworthy in all things.

Worldviews

Title Description
Genesis: Fables or Foundation of Our Faith?
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The first few books of Genesis are indispensable to the Christian Worldview in setting forth important doctrinal definitions and providing critical details on the history of the early Earth. However, due largely to the conflicting teachings of naturalistic science, many in the Church question this important historical record. Does the Bible support billions of years? Was the flood of Noah a global event? This talk is a defense of the literal Biblical worldview, and offers encouragement for Christians to trust in the Bible as authoritative. "Always be prepared to give an answer" 1Peter 3:15 .
Love Your God With All Your Mind
(Video available)
This sermon-style presentation is a hard-hitting look at the war of Worldviews facing Christians today, and examines the factors that have contributed to the secularization of US public schools. Also contained within this presentation are numerous illustrations of beauty and wonder made evident by science that offer a testimony to the glory of God, but which haven't been seen until modern times. With evolutionary indoctrination reaching epidemic proportions, these previously unseen treasures provide valuable tools for creation evangelism.
Worldviews in Conflict While the United States has a firm foundation in Christianity and the vast majority of the population believes in God, we are unable to teach about God in our public schools. This presentation takes a hard-hitting look at the War of Worldviews facing Christians today, and examines the factors that have contributed to the secularization of US schools. In 1Peter 3:15 we are instructed to "Always be prepared to give an answer," and yet most Christian are unable to defend their faith through logic, reason, and empirical evidence. Using recent surveys and events to demonstrate the impact of the worldviews conflict on our society, this message hopes to inspire scholarly pursuits and political action to face the challenges of the future.

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