Chris W. Ashcraft is a Christian educator and speaker. He is currently employed as a science teacher at Cedar Park Christian Schools, and adjunct professor at Northwest University. He provides instruction in Biology, Chemistry, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Biotechnology, Integrated Science, and Creation Apologetics. Chris has also worked in plant biotechnology. He was a research technician at the Cotton Fiber Production Laboratory at Texas Tech University, then at the Plant Transformation Facility at Oklahoma State University, and lastly was the Plant Transformation Specialist for EDEN Bioscience in Bothell, Washington.
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 in Teaching Math and Science from Seattle Pacific University in 2012. In 2013 he was awarded "Teacher of the Year" by Cedar Park Christian Schools.
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 to churches, Christian schools, teacher conventions, and various other organizations. He is the founder of the Northwest Creation Network and head of the Apologetics Ministry at Cedar Park Church. For those groups, he organizes a monthly seminar series called the Apologetics Symposium and the annual Seattle Creation Conference. He is also the founder and senior administrator of the CreationWiki internet encyclopedia.
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- Founder of the Northwest Creation Network.
- Founder and Senior Administrator of CreationWiki.
- Organizes the annual Seattle Creation Conferences.
- Organizes the monthly Apologetics Symposium at Cedar Park Church in Bothell, WA.
- Organizes periodic field trips.
- Publishes in peer reviewed creationist journals and magazines.
- Volunteered as the webmaster for several creation science organizations, including the Creation Research Society.
- Lectures occasionally on general and advanced creation science topics before interested groups, and is available to speak upon request.
- Awarded Teacher of the Year in 2013 by Cedar Park Christian School
Videos from the Seattle Creation Conference 2014
Videos from the Seattle Creation Conference 2013
Videos from the Seattle Creation Conference 2011
Videos from the Seattle Creation Conference 2010
Videos from the Seattle Creation Conference 2009
| Amazing Animals: Design vs. Darwinism
|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.|
|Wonderfully Made||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, many functions are not fully understood and yet evolutionists hold fast to their belief that this remarkable machine developed without a creator. This presentation will highlight many amazing features of the human body, which offer testimony that we were "knit together" and "wonderfully made" to the glory of God. (Psalm 139:13-14 ).|
| The Origin of Life
|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
|The microscopic world was a previously invisible and unknown realm of the creation. But through molecular studies and modern technologies, science has revealed that the living cell is operating at a level of technological sophistication far beyond anything devised by man. This presentation will highlight some of the most amazing things that God has made. This formerly unseen part of creation provides testimony of His glory and clear refutation of Darwinism. Within each and every organism reside bio-mechanical systems and molecular machines, which provide unmistakable evidence of intelligent design. Although this world was unknown to Darwin and his contemporaries, modern day evolutionists hold resolute that this remarkable complexity developed through purely natural processes.|
| The Heavens Declare
|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
|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
|Geology and the Clash of Worldviews||
Geologists say there has been no global flood as described in the Bible, despite the existence of a monumental body of evidence. Should Christians accept such assertions from scientists who adhere rigidly to philosophical naturalism?
This presentation provides an introduction to geology and argues for an interpretation of the geological column that is naturally derived from the Biblical account. The worldviews that underlie secular interpretations of the Earth's crust will be examined, and several key events will be highlighted to illustrate geology's historic bias against catastrophism. We will see that features, such as strata and canyons, can form very rapidly, calling into question these long-standing examples of an old Earth.
| Fossils: History in Contention
|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
|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?
|Evolutionists argue that humans have descended from ape-like ancestors, thereby reducing humanity to the status of a primate animal. Darwin's seminal theory led inexorably to this conclusion. However, the Bible clearly states that we were created distinct from the animals, and “in the image of God”. This presentation examines the various “ape-men” used to support human evolution; including Neanderthals, Homo erectus, and Australopithecines. Were there really ape-men or is the infamous missing-link still missing?|
|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.|
| Genesis: Fables or Foundation of Our Faith?
|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
|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.|
- New Design Innovations from Biomimetics: Lobster Recruited in the War on Terrorism Creation 32(3):21-23, July 2010.
- James Ossuary Withstands Accusations Creation 32(1), January 2010.
- Genetic Variability by Design Journal of Creation, 18(2) 2004.
- Is There a Future for Christian Education by Chris Ashcraft. Journal of Creation, 24(3) 2010
- Abiogenesis and the Origin of Life
- Atheism and the Scientific Community
- Age Dating the Earth
- Cell and Molecular Evolution
- Designed to Eat Plants; Then Cursed to be Unable
- Dinosaurs and the Biblical Flood
- Evolution from the Creationary Perspective
- Fossils and the Biblical Flood
- Fossil Sorting During the Flood
- Gene Hijacking The Role of Interspecies Gene Transfer
- Amazing Animals: Design vs. Darwinism Recorded at the Seattle Creation Conference. October 2009
- Genetic Variability by Design Recorded July 2003 by Design Science Association, Portland Oregon.
- Creation Astronomy Recorded by the Creation Association of Puget Sound. June 11th and July 9th 2006.
- Love Your God With All Your Mind Recorded at the Seattle Creation Conference. August 2007.
- Wonders of the Cell Recorded at the Seattle Creation Conference. October 2009
- The Heavens Declare Recorded at the Seattle Creation Conference. September 2011.
- Planet Of The Apes? Recorded at the Seattle Creation Conference. October 2011.
- The Miracle of Life Recorded at the Seattle Creation Conference. October 2010.
- Dinosaurs: Lost World of the Bible Recorded at the Seattle Creation Conference. October 2010.
- Chris Ashcraft Creation Ministries International, Accessed March 5th, 2013.
- Chris Ashcraft LinkedIn profile.
- Northwest Creation Network
- Seattle Creation Conference