AP500 Scientific Apologetics: The Age of the Earth
May 25-30, 2015
Veritas Evangelical Seminary
3000 W. MacArthur Blvd
Santa Ana, CA 92704
Logos Building, Second Floor
Open to the Public!
Seating is limited to the first 60 to enroll so register early.
Don’t miss this unique seminar and hear from several prominent old and young earth scientists throughout the week who will share their compelling reasons for the age of the earth. The seminar course may be taken for graduate course/certificate credit or personal enrichment (no coursework required). Meeting times are 6:00pm – 10:00pm Monday through Friday, and Saturday 9:00am – 4:30pm.
VES Graduate Degree Credit (3 units): $690
VES Certificate Credit (3 units): $570
Personal Enrichment: $165
Dr. Mortenson grew up in an education system that taught evolution as fact. During his first year at the University of Minnesota (where he majored in math) and shortly after becoming a Christian, he began to see the fallacy of the idea of millions of years of evolution.
With a Ph.D. in the history of geology from the University of Coventry in England and an M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago, Dr. Mortenson has lectured on the creation-evolution controversy in 22 countries since the late 1970s. He has spoken in homes, churches, schools (primary, middle and secondary), secular universities, Bible colleges and seminaries. Several of his popular lectures have been produced as DVDs and as TV programs. He has also participated in seven formal debates with Ph.D. evolutionary scientists in secular venues in four countries.
He is the author of numerous magazine and journal articles and several book chapters. The revised version of his PhD thesis was published as The Great Turning Point: the Church’s Catastrophic Mistake on Geology—Before Darwin (Master Books, 2004). With a deep burden for seminary professors and students, he co-edited and contributed two chapters to the scholarly 14-author book, Coming to Grips with Genesis: Biblical Authority and the Age of the Earth (Master Books, 2008).
He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, has presented six creation-related papers at ETS annual meetings, and spear-headed the formation of the “Creation Consultation” sessions at the ETS annual meeting beginning in 2008. He has also helped to lead four by-invitation-only 7-day rafts trips down the Colorado River through Grand Canyon for seminary and Bible College professors and other key Christian leaders.
He and his wife, Margie, have been happily married since 1976 and have 8 children and 6 grandchildren.
Dr. Andrew Snelling
Dr. Andrew Snelling rejoined Answers in Genesis in mid-2007 as the organization’s Director of Research, as a research geologist, and also as a speaker for layperson and technical audiences. He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the online Answers Research Journal.
Dr. Snelling completed a bachelor of science degree in applied geology at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, graduating with first class honors in 1975. His PhD in geology was awarded by the University of Sydney, Australia, in 1982 for his research thesis entitled “A Geochemical Study of the Koongarra Uranium Deposit, Northern Territory, Australia.” During his studies and afterward, Dr. Snelling worked for six years in the exploration and mining industries in Tasmania, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, and the Northern Territory variously as a field, mine, and research geologist.
Andrew commenced in full-time creation ministry at the end of 1983, first working from Brisbane with the Creation Science Foundation of Australia (later Answers in Genesis–Australia) until late 1998. From 1983 to 1992 Snelling was also still required to be a geological consultant to the Koongarra uranium project. He was involved in research projects with several CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Organization) scientists, and in a major international collaborative research effort with ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization) and university scientists across Australia—and with scientists from the USA, Britain, Japan, Sweden, and the International Atomic Energy Agency, to investigate the Koongarra uranium deposit as a natural analog of a nuclear waste disposal site. As a result of these research endeavors, Andrew was involved in writing numerous scientific reports and scientific papers that were published in international science journals.
Andrew was founding editor in 1984, and served as editor for almost 15 years, of the Creation Ex Nihilo Technical Journal (now Journal of Creation). In late 1998 Andrew joined the Institute for Creation Research near San Diego as a professor of geology. His responsibilities included teaching master’s level geology courses in ICR’s Graduate School; leading tours to the Grand Canyon, England, Yosemite, and Death Valley; and research and writing projects. Andrew was a principal investigator in the eight-year, ICR-led RATE (Radioisotopes and the Age of The Earth) research project, to which he made major contributions in rock dating studies using radioisotopes and in studies of radiation halos (radiohalos) and tracks (fission tracks) in various rocks and minerals. He is currently researching the radioisotope dating of meteorites
He was a joint editor for the production of both RATE technical volumes, published in 2000 and 2005. He was also the editor for the Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Creationism in 2008. Then in late 2009 his two volume (1,100 pages) work, Earth’s Catastrophic Past: Geology, Creation and the Flood, the sequel to the Whitcomb and Morris The Genesis Flood classic, was published by the Institute for Creation Research. He is also a contributor to and joint editor (with Dr. Steven W. Boyd) of Grappling with the Chronology of the Genesis Flood (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2013).
Andrew’s talents and experiences have enabled him to be involved in extensive creationist research in Australia, the USA, Britain, New Zealand, and elsewhere, majoring on the radioactive methods for dating rocks and evidence for the Flood of Noah.
He has traveled around Australia, the USA, and widely overseas (Britain, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, Korea, Indonesia, Hong Kong, China), speaking in schools, churches, colleges, and public and university meetings—to both lay and technical audiences—on the overwhelming scientific evidence consistent with the biblical account of Creation and the Genesis Flood, based largely on his own research.
Andrew and his wife Kym now reside in northern Kentucky, USA. They have three adult children and three grandchildren. One son and his family are serving in campus ministry with the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students on the Macquarie University, Sydney campus; another son is a pediatrician in Brisbane, Australia; and a daughter is serving in campus ministry with the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students on the Griffith University Gold Coast campus (Australia).
Dr. Ken Wolgemuth
Ken Wolgemuth is a petroleum geologist with over 30 years of experience in the oil industry. He received a B.S. in chemistry from Wheaton College and a Ph.D. in geochemistry from Columbia University. His broad work experience includes Dickinson College, the Hess Corporation, and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, publishing 20+ papers and research reports about geochemistry, and characterization of oil reservoirs. For the last 10 years he has been teaching oil industry short courses around the world in over 18 countries. He specializes in teaching geology to non-geologists, and founded Solid Rock Lectures to communicate geology of the Earth in seminaries and church venues.
Dr. Gregg Davidson
Growing up in a family with two preachers (both grandfathers) and a biology professor (father) instilled Gregg with an early love for both Scripture and science. He earned a B.S. in geology from Wheaton College, and a Ph.D. in hydrogeology from the University of Arizona. Graduate work at the U of A included radiocarbon dating, processing samples in the same lab that dated the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Shroud of Turin. Gregg has been a professor of Geology & Geological Engineering at the University of Mississippi since 1996, and is currently serving as the chair of the department. He frequently speaks and writes on subjects related to science and Christian faith. He is the author of When Faith and Science Collide, as well as faith/science articles in journals such as Modern Reformation, and the Christian Research Journal.