Where are Creationist Marine Biologists? Do They Even Exist?
You know the feeling of loneliness you get when you are surrounded by a crowd of strangers?
What about the feeling of relief when you suddenly see a familiar face?
I'm sure anyone can understand this, but for a Christian in this liberal world, these feelings are all too relatable.
Growing up I have always been attracted to the marine world in some fashion or another. I would look at our Wildlife Fact Files my mother so kindly compiled and was always drawn to the marine animals. Seafaring adventures were a daily staple as I read real-life tales and watched Hollywood's dramatizations. I did quite a bit of research in school on maritime archaeology, the sailing ship, and the history of pirates. And naturally, I took both maritime archaeology and marine biology in highschool.
Being landlocked, so to speak, I could only dream about the ocean. But many years ago, when I discovered the live footage presented by NOAA from their research vessel, Okeanos Explorer, I was obsessed. For many years now I and my family have kept up with the Okeanos' annual expeditions and have learned so very much, which has only intensified my love for the ocean.
And yet, as a committed creationist, there are times when I become weary of reading, watching, and hearing science interpreted by the liberal, evolutionary world. It's like a breath of fresh air to suddenly find an article by a creationist on one of my favorite areas of science and I soak it up like an eager sponge. This article by Steve Austin for example, I greatly appreciated when I was studying hydrothermal vents. (You can read what I wrote on the subject right here by searching "hydrothermal vents" with my blogs search engine.)
Recently, I found myself in that same situation, where I felt I suddenly needed a breath of fresh air. I was reading posts from scientists and students I follow on social media and I came to the unsurprising realization that not one of them believed the biblical account of creation. This time I asked myself whether there really were any creationist marine biologists. Of course, I know there are some, but just how many? Surely there are many, I told myself, I just need to find them.
This became my challenge. I would do the research and dig up a slew of creationist marine biologists to attest my belief.
I started with the organizations I knew, such as the Institute for Creation Research, Answers in Genesis, and Creation Ministries International. These places offer such a remarkable variety of subjects and discussions. Christian's are truly blessed to have such information at their fingertips.
But I didn't find quite what I was looking for. In fact, it was hard to define what I was really looking for. To say I wanted some creationist marine biologists to follow on social media to balance the evolutionary one's was true but didn't encompass all that I was looking for. I was still inwardly wondering if I could find any.
I spent many hours of research and found two very helpful lists others had created on modern creation scientists (both AiG and CMI offer lists). I went through them faithfully but was both encouraged and disappointed in what I found. Encouraged that there was so many scientists that upheld the biblical account of creation. Disappointed because, among all the well-known Christian scientists there was only one who is a marine biologist, Dr. Rob Carter.
A general search of Google presented a few pleasing results, but many more let downs. I ran across a write-up on Christian's in the field of science and was almost impressed by the facts until they proposed that God, in His ability to use whatever He wishes for His purpose, would have used even evolution to bring about the world. I shook my head at the blatant ignorance of the creation account in Genesis and moved on.
Christians! Science is the study of our world, the one God created -- shouldn't we be the first in line to sign up? Why is the world of science so awash with liberal mindsets?
I am ashamed of fellow Christians. And I am propelled to consider what my part in this area might be. I'm only an amateur in marine science, I don't have any degrees --although I am sure I have a head start on many students with my personal studies. High school marine biology was a long time ago but reading and watching nearly whatever I can get hold of, plus the almost-infield exposure of live footage, has kept it fresh in my mind.
I did, however, discover a family during my research that I was impressed with and inspired by. Mike Wild is a marine biologist who has become a tribal missionary with his wife and five boys. This is kind of off track, but the Wild family lives somewhere in the Pacific ministering to the natives. I was reading their blog at AiG and found myself very intrigued. Ministry and mission work has always interested me, though I never knew what to do or where to go with the passion.
The Wild family's life seems to be full of nature, a unique lifestyle, and sharing the gospel with the natives. They hold services every Sunday, I believe, and teach the people about God. The boys have videos available at the Answers in Genesis store which I have heard of but never seen. After running into their blog I am now curious to watch the videos.
Even if not everyone is interested in nature, I believe we have a responsibility to know about it and seek what we might learn from it, since God has created it and given it into our care. If you are a scientist reading this, do you realize what kind of position you are in? You have the chance to interpret science two ways, which do you choose? Theory or fact? Christian's in science, do you take your faith seriously? Do you believe that your faith and your work belong together?
Researching this topic has brought up a lot of questions for me and I am hardly finished with it. I haven't given up and will continue to search for Christians in the field of marine biology as well as share what I can myself.
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