Gary Chiang

Developing an Integrative Approach
to Science and Christianity

Monday, September 22, 2008

Celia Deane-Drummond and Theistic Evolution

Dr. Deane-Drummond holds PhDs in plant physiology and theology, and has written several books on the topic of evolution and Christianity.
In September of 2008, she made a couple of presentations at Redeemer University College showing how she believes it is possible to relate Christ and evolution. (She believes evolution of microbes to man is a fact, therefore, a Christian needs to re-evaluate their understanding of redemption in light of this fact)
Unfortunately her mind is closed when it comes to discussing the pro's and con's of Darwinian evolution.
No wonder!!! Her career is based on evolution being a fact. Should she decide to question that belief, she might as well give up on years of work.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Evolutionary Creation? Another name - same mistake

Oh my.
Seems that those who would rather believe in human wisdom rather than God's wisdom revealed in the Bible continue to hit their heads against the wall.
By putting together the terms evolution and creation, some well-meaning Christians actually think they can bring an end to the conflict between science and the Bible. How sad.
Evolutionary Creation is none other than Theistic Evolution by another name. Theistic Evolution was not able to alleviate the tension between science and the Bible, and neither will Evolutionary Creation be able to do so.
Only when one can actually see that it is their own prejudices, not the biblical or scientific facts, that determine what they believe to be true can one fully appreciate how much science fully supports the traditional biblical concepts such as a young earth, a real Adam and Eve, a virgin birth, and the resurrection of the dead.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Overcoming Prejudice in the Evolution/Creation Debate

After four years since it first appeared, this book is still of interest to many. The chapter on the Shroud of Turin has been a delight for several readers. The main point of the book is to help those Christians not well-versed in the sciences to understand why there has been, and continues to be, a debate on this topic. Why this debate continues has more to do with religion, and less to do with scientific facts, as is clearly described in this book. Copies can be ordered directly from the author ( or from the order page at where PayPal can be used to purchase the book.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Salvador, Brazil

Jennifer and I posing with the ladies in the historic centre of Salvador, Brazil. This city is known as "black Rome" because, I guess, the natives are black (well, actually a nice chocolate brown) and there are over 300 churches in the downtown region. We are standing in a square that has as many of 3 to 4 churches facing it.

Not too many atheists down here, and although many are poor, the people were very friendly and happy. Maybe it's because they get no snow!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Redeemer University College: Creationists' Haven

I have been teaching first year university-level biology at Redeemer University College for over 15 years. In the last 7 years I have taken a poll (by secret ballot) of the first year biology students to see if they believe in evolution, the theory supported by almost all scientists in academia, or in some form of creationism.
This year, 2% believe in some form of evolution, but 98% believe in some form of creationism. Of this 98%, an overwhelming majority believe in a young earth.
Do young-earth creationists come to Redeemer because they believe they don't have to deal with the scientific facts for evolution? If yes, then they may have to consider what science is all about.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007


Nothing sells like controversy!
In his move to get his new museum up and running, Ken Ham appeared to have legally, but immorally, solicted funds by taking over the market that Creation Ministries International (CMI) had with the Creation ExNihilo magazine.
After years of trying to get some sort of compromise worked out, with no results whatsoever from Ken Ham, Carl Weiland of CMI has had to resort to the courts of the land to sue Answers in Genesis, and Ham directly.
According to John Mackay of Creation Research (another creation ministry from Australia), Carl Weiland does not think that 1 Corinthians 6 applies to him. But 1 Cor 6:7 states: "Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?"
So it seems that John Mackay believes that Weiland was wronged by Ken Ham, but as a Christian, Weiland should "take the punch" and "back-off."
But we do need to keep in mind a few things:
1) both groups are working on the same side - to save souls for Christ
2) both believe very strongly in recent six-day creation, and are anti-evolutionists
3) both share the same market (evangelical Christianity)
4) both are from Australia with Ken Ham being associated with CMI at the beginning of his work
5) the American organization (Creation Research International) has kept clear of all this
6) John Mackay's organization from Australia is fully supporting Ken Ham

With all these factors to consider, I believe this will turn out to be a publicity stunt carried out by some fun-loving, well-meaning, Aussies.
It will serve them right if, in fact, the American public has absolutely no interest in this.

My thoughts, anyways.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Insect sex and homosexuality

This bug is called a blood-sucking cone nose. It spreads a parasite that causes a tropical disease referred to as Chagas' disease.

When examining a jar filled with adult male insects, a student observed that the males were trying to copulate (have sex) with each other, and wondered if their feable attempt at homosexuality (their parts just don't fit together) was part of our 'fallen' world.
No, I thought, these insects are simply not too bright. They don't have much of a brain.