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Russ Miller's "Creation, Evolution & Science Ministries"

"Creation, Evolution & Science Ministries" of Flagstaff Arizona is a Creationist organization headed by "General Manager" (aka "Creation scientist") Russ Miller. We e-mailed Russ on the withstanding strength of his claims and his credentials discovering that Russ possesses no science credentials and many of his claims are taken from seminars of other popular Creationist speakers like Kent Hovind.
 
This webpage exposes what may be called the 'truthfulness' behind the claims of "Creation Ministries", the evangelical ministry of Russ Miller and the seminars he has put together on his website to show the weakness and outdated materials he uses to "prove" Creationism. Many of his claims, as previously mentioned, are evidently borrowed from Kent Hovind's extensive "copyright-free" DVD series on evolution and Creationism. To see Russ' "Seminar Videos" click here. (Update: Because of a major update in changes made to the website, many of the videos which may be cited below within this page have probably been removed for Mr. Miller's own personal financial profitting).
 
Noah's Ark and Dinosaurs - "Jesus Christ refers to Noah’s Ark as a historical fact, not just a fairy tale...Dinosaurs have been used as a cornerstone for Old Earth beliefs, undermining the faith of millions of people."
 
1) There seems to be no evidence provided by Creationists that would support the claim "Jesus Christ refers to Noah's Ark as a historical fact...", the specific biblical verse cited is Matthew 24:37-38:
 
As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
 
Because no substantiative evidence is provided with this verse, reading it in plain English within the modern-day translated context does not seem to do the Creationist's case justice beyond anything superceding speculation. In addition, because the New Testament is mainly biographical and meant to record details based on the life and workings of Jesus Christ, it is probably very unlikely that the gospel authors were concerned with implementing literary elements based on the words of Jesus that would give the indication of whether or not the above verse is meant to be taken as literal history or metaphorical allegory.
 
2) Obviously it depends on who is being talked about here when we refer to "millions" losing ground with faith based on the scientific fact that dinosaurs have a history going back millions of years into the past. Recent and widely accepted statistics suggest that most evolutionists in the United States are in fact religious.
 
Documented plesiosaur? - "This critter, washed up on Monterey Bay's beach in 1925. It had been seen fighting with seals the previous day in the bay; it evidentlcame and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.y lost the fight and washed up on the beach dead. It had a twenty foot long neck, it was studied and deemed to be a plesoisaur! I thought these things where gone for seventy million years!"
 
The documented discovery of a plesoisaur with its flesh intact would certaintly provide empirical evidence of some kind of a young earth. And at first, if you didn't know better, you would think this is exactly what has been found. Unfortunately, this is not the case and the "plesoisaur" has actually been misrepresented for a Basking shark. TalkOrigins covers this related issue-controversy: "A decayed carcass accidentally netted by a Japanese trawler near New Zealand in 1977 has often been claimed by creationists and others to be a likely plesiosaur or prehistoric "sea-monster." Plesiosaurs were a group of long-necked, predatory marine reptiles with four paddle-like limbs, thought to have gone extinct with the dinosaurs about 65 million years ago. However, several lines of evidence, including lab results from tissue samples taken from the carcass before it was discarded, strongly point to the specimen being a shark, and most likely a basking shark. This should not be surprising, since basking sharks are known to decompose into "pseudoplesiosaur" forms, and their carcasses have been mistaken for "sea-monsters" many times in the past." See here.
 
Rest assured, there are reasons for why Creationists would mistake these for "sea-monsters". As TalkOrigins explains:

"Paleontologist Bob Schaeffer at the American Museum in New York noted that every ten years or so a carcass is claimed to be a "dinosaur" but always turns out to be a basking shark or adolescent whale. Alwyne Wheeler of the British Museum of Natural History, agreed that the body was probably a shark. Explaining that sharks tend to decompose in an unusual manner (addressed further below), Wheeler added, "Greater experts than the Japanese fishermen have been foiled by the similarity of shark remains to a plesiosaur" Other western scientists offered their own interpretations; Zoologist Alan Fraser-Brunner, aquarium curator at the Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland, suggested the body was a dead sea lion (Koster 1977), despite the creature's immense size. Carl Hubbs, of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in Jolla, California, felt it was "probably a small whale...so rotten that most of the flesh was sloughed off" George Zug, curator of reptiles and amphibians at the Smithsonian Institute, proposed that the creature was a decayed leatherback turtle (Aldrich 1977).

The divergence among early scientific opinions in this case might be partly due to the fact that many biologists and zoologists are used to working with complete, fresh specimens rather than badly decomposed carcasses (or worse, photos of such), in which both external and internal organs can be quite different from their appearance in living animals (Obata and Tomoda, p 46).

On July 25 1977, Taiyo Fish Company issued a preliminary report on biochemical tests (using ion-exchange chromatography) on the tissue samples. The report stated that the horny fiber sampled from the carcass was "similar in nature to the fin rays a group of living animals." The "living animals" referred to were sharks; however, the report failed to state this plainly, leading to further confusion by the Japanese media (Sasaki 1978) and the continued spread of monster mania.

Dinosaur fossils - "A team from Montana found an unfossilized t-rex legbone that still had red blood cells in it. How could it have laid there for millions of years unfossilized? It would have rotted away. And most scientists pretty much agree that the red blood cells couldn't have lasted more than a few thousand years at most."

In "Dino Blood Redux" TalkOrigins examines the Creationist claims of "preserved hemoglobin" in unfossilized dinosaur bone structures.

Metaphysics - Excerpt from slideshow presentation on seminar "50 Facts vs. Evolution": "Famed evolutionist Dr. L. Lovtrup stated: 'Micromutations do occur, but the theory that these alone can account for evolutionary change is...metaphysical theory...'" Russ interjects: "Metaphysical theory, that means a fairy tale!"

This is a rather shallow and ingorant analytical statement made by Mr. Miller, revealing that he has little grasp on what he is claiming to have (even basic) knowledge about. Metaphysics are not "fairy tales"; they are earliest forms of philosophical reasoning based on the physical sciences (i.e., physics). Although most modern philosophers regard metaphysics as scientifically baseless, . Metaphysics could even be described as the birthing of 'theology' (see here for some basic info), something Russ wouldn't dare call a "fairy tale" unless he were to completely blaspheme (according to his view) the Bible and God himself.

 

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