Richard Dawkins defines faith as an excuse for not thinking and evaluating evidence. On the contrary, I have noticed that creation scientists typically point to scientific evidence that supports their claims. It is those who believe in evolution (and particularly atheists) who often hold to their beliefs based on what amounts to nothing more that blind faith.
After promoting the denial of God for much of his life, Dawkins was asked what his excuse would be to God if he ended up being wrong about his beliefs. He responded by saying that he would ask God why He took such pains to hide Himself. But would such an excuse satisfy the judge of the universe? According to Romans 1:18-20, what can be known of God is shown to all men, but they supress it due to their unrighteousness. It goes on to say that God’s power and invisible attributes are clearly seen in what He created, so they are without excuse.
Even if Dawkins were to argue that the existence of the Creator was not evident from the creation, how could he accuse God of hiding himself when there are so many organizations that exist for the sole purpose of showing the evidence for the Creator God? This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but I will highlight a few popular creation ministries here.
Creation Ministries International (CMI)
CMI has offices in Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore and the United Kingdom. In each of these countries, CMI has speakers that put on public meetings, seminars, family camps and go into churches of all sizes with the message of the truth and authority of the Bible and its relevance to the real world. Their Creation Magazine was first published in 1978 and is now distributed to over 110 countries around the world. The Canadian office produces video summaries of the magazine, called Creation Magazine Live! Since 1984, CMI has also published the Journal of Creation, a peer-reviewed in-depth research publication, focused on the biblical account of creation, as it relates to philosophy, theology, history and science. CMI’s website hosts thousands of articles that address the vast majority of topics related to the creation/evolution debate.
Answers in Genesis (AiG)
In addition to the half dozen PhD scientists on staff, AiG maintains lists of both modern and historical creation scientists (https://answersingenesis.org/creation-scientists/). On the modern list, there are currently about 200 creation scientists who have their master’s or Ph.D. degrees in all the different scientific disciplines, such as Dr. Raymond Damadian, inventor of the MRI. The historical list hosts most of the founding fathers of science, including Bacon, Galileo, Kepler, Pascal, Boyle, Newton, Faraday, Pasteur and Kelvin. AiG is intended to be a destination ministry where people can go to find answers on all topics related to creation and evolution. AiG publishes the Answers Magazine and Answers Research Journal, and operates a high-tech creation museum, which has drawn over two million visitors since opening in 2007 (www.creationmuseum.org). In July of 2016, they completed construction of the first phase of a full-size Noah’s Ark (www.arkencounter.com).
Institute for Creation Research (ICR)
ICR is a scientific creation research organization founded in 1970 and is perhaps the grandfather of the modern creation ministries. Their research team includes seven Ph.D scientists who conduct laboratory, field, theoretical, and library research on the science of origins and earth history. Through their School of Biblical Apologetics (www.icr.edu), they provide certificate-level, undergraduate-level, and graduate-level training in biblical education and apologetics. Often used as a scientific resource for other creation ministries, ICR produces and/or publishes many articles, books, films and periodicals on medicine, history, apologetics, theology, and science. Their Acts & Facts magazine has a monthly readership of over 200,000 people and they produce three radio programs that can be heard on some 1500 outlets around the world.
Creation Science Evangelism (CSE)
Formerly a high school science teacher, Dr. Kent Hovind started CSE in 1989 to speak on scientific evidence supporting the Biblical account that God supernaturally created the universe and everything that is in it in six 24 hours day about 6,000 years ago. On his website, Kent Hovind offered $250,000 to anyone who could give any empirical evidence (scientific proof) for evolution, demonstrating that the hypothesis of evolution is nothing more than a religious belief. Since God created the beasts of the earth along with man on the sixth day of creation, Dr. Hovind is known for providing evidence that dinosaurs lived with man only a few thousand years ago and in 2001, CSE started the Dinosaur Adventure Land amusement park in Pensacola Florida.
In 2007, Dr. Hovind was sent to prison for more than 8 years, for what he describes as a wrongful conviction (see http://freekenthovind.com/kent-hovinds-case/). During that time he lead over 500 men to Christ, read over 1500 books and authored several books creation, evolution, end times, the prison system, etc. After starting CSE, Dr. Hovind travelled over 300 times per year and spoke about creation science at radio and TV studios, churches and schools. He is now building a huge Dinosaur Adventure Land in Lenox Alabama. His teachings have been captured on video in an eight part creation seminar that can be viewed online at: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6-cVj-ZRivqKeqAklhYfFFmmAdvwcnCT.
Started by Kent Hovind’s son, Eric, Creation Today is host to many high quality creation-based video programs including Creation Today, Creation Minute, Creation Bytes and the 3D Genesis Movie. It appears that Creation Today is committed to accountability, as they disclose their financial and accounting information right on their website. Eric travels and speaks regularly and is known for his direct, bold approach to apologetics. There is perhaps no better demonstration of his boldness than this video clip from the atheist Reason Rally, where Eric literally used their monument to atheism as a platform for preaching the gospel.