03 Aug

list of scientists that embrace creationism

I’ve been arguing on Facebook with some people that seem convinced that by showing a list of scientists that are also creationists, they somehow “prove” that there is a controversy over evolution.

The list can be seen here, and contains 214 entries at the moment.

Of that list, only 35 of them are biologists. The rest really don’t matter. Who cares if a food scientist doesn’t believe in evolution?

So, the list of remaining biologists:

Dr Kimberly BerrineMicrobiology & Immunologydoes not appear to exist
Prof. Vladimir BetinaMicrobiology, Biochemistry & BiologyDoes not appear to have ever mentioned his opinion either way
Dr Raymond G. BohlinBiologyBiased: leads a religious ministry.
Dr Andrew BosanquetBiology, MicrobiologyNo evidence he supports creationism. A number of published articles on evolution of the p53 protein [1] [2]
Dr Robert W. CarterMarine BiologyBiased: works for Creation Ministries.
Prof. Chung-Il ChoBiology EducationNo evidence he is a creationist. Has written articles providing evidence for evolution. [1] [2]
Dr Ken CummingBiologyBiased: dean of the Institution of Creation Research.
Dr David A. DeWittBiology, Biochemistry, NeuroscienceBiased: Associate Director of the Center for Creation Studies at Liberty University.
Prof. Carl B. FliermansProfessor of BiologyBiased: member of the technical board for the Institute for Creation Research, teaches biblical studies
Prof. Robert H. FranksAssociate Professor of BiologyDoes not appear to exist. The only references I can find to him are in this list, or here (which makes him about 80 and probably dead).
Dr Pierre JerlströmMolecular BiologyBiased: staff scientist at Creation Ministries International, and editorial co-ordinator of Journal of Creation [1].
Dr Arthur JonesBiologyBiased: works for the Christian Schools’ Trust. Taught religion at two UK schools.
Dr Dean KenyonBiologyBiased: fellow of the Discovery Institute [1]. No longer a professor. Witness for the losing side of two important evolution/creationism court cases. [2].
Prof. Gi-Tai KimBiologyDoes not appear to have published an opinion for or against evolution [1].
Dr John W. KlotzBiologyHas been dead for nearly twenty years.
Dr Leonid KorochkinM.D., Genetics, Molecular Biology, Neurobiologyis NOT a creationist. One of his articles [1] says he is an “adherent of the macromutation evolution”.
Dr Wolfgang Kuhnbiology researcher and lecturerThis guy has been dead more than ten years.
Dr Heather KuruvillaPlant Physiology, Senior Professor of Biology, Cedarville UniversityDoes not appear to have ever given an opinion on evolution or creationism
Dr John G. Lesliebiochemistry, molecular biology, medicine, biblical archaeologyhas no biology education [1]
Prof. Lane P. LesterBiology, GeneticsBiased: on the board of directors of the Creation Research Society.
Dr Ian MacreadieMolecular Biology and Microbiologyappears to be professionally unbiased but blinkered. reading through one of his articles [1], I can see signs of him simply discarding evolutionary ideas, instead of exploring them.
Dr John MarcusMolecular Biologydoes not appear to exist [1]
Professor Douglas OliverProfessor of BiologyBiased: associate director of Center for Creation Studies.
Prof. Chris D. OsborneAssistant Professor of BiologyBiased: works for Logos Research Associates. Hasn’t published in over 20 years.
Dr Gary E. ParkerBiology, Cognate in Geology (Paleontology)Biased: founder of Creation Adventures Museum.
Dr Terry PhippsProfessor of Biology, Cedarville UniversityBiased: Cedarville University is a biblical school, not an unbiased school.
Dr Jung-Goo RoeBiologyDoes not appear to exist outside this list [1]
Dr Ariel A. RothBiologyhas stated that “creation science” is not a science [1].
Dr Alicia (Lisa) SchaffnerAssociate Professor of Biology, Cedarville UniversityBiased: teaches at a christian school [1].
Dr Timothy G. StandishBiologyBiased: works for the Geoscience Research Institute.
Dr Dennis SullivanBiology, surgery, chemistry, Professor of Biology, Cedarville UniversityBiased: Cedarville University is a biblical school.
Dr Larry ThaeteMolecular and Cellular Biology and PathobiologyHe’s a gynaecologist and obstetrician. doesn’t study anything to do with evolution [1].
Dr Joachim VetterBiologyGerman. Dead. [1]
Dr Sung-Hee YoonBiologyDoes not appear to exist [1]
Dr Henry ZuillBiologyRetired professor. Does not appear to have ever written a peer-reviewed article.

Of the above 35,

  • 16 are biased – they get paid to promote a creationist viewpoint.
  • 4 don’t appear to exist. I could find no reference to these people outside this list.
  • 3 are dead.
  • the rest appear to have no opinion either way on evolution, or don’t have any professional link to evolution.

In short: this list is rubbish.

3 thoughts on “list of scientists that embrace creationism

  1. It’s not my list. It’s a list written on a creationist website (as linked in the post, by the way).

    But, let’s play your game… name one reputable living scientist that believes in creationism.

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