Mr. K Science Academy Statement of Christian Faith

Like pretty much everybody, I like to know what I’m spending my money on and I like to feel secure that what I’m getting will reasonably satisfy my expectations for it. The reason for this writing is to make sure no one who has a student at Mr. K Science Academy feels like they got bushwhacked with surprise Christianity. Here on this page, I intend to:

1.) Describe my own journey as a Christian who has loved science since he was a little kid, grown up to get a degree in Biochemistry, worked in science labs, and become a science teacher.

2.) Go into detail about how my journey from Item #1 above is expressed in the way I approach teaching science.

 

Little Kid Years

I was doomed to be a teacher. My parents were both teachers. On my father’s side of the family, everyone for five generations was either a teacher as a lifetime career or a teacher for some part of their working career years.

When I was three years old, I remember asking my father what everything is made of. Without hesitation, he answered “Atoms”. He then proceeded to explain what atoms were at a three-year-old level. They are smaller than our eyes can see, they are round, etc., etc.

My youth was surrounded with nature. My parents took my sister and I on innumerable camping trips both locally to where we lived and also across the United States in beautiful states like Colorado, Wyoming, and South Dakota. My mother was a science teacher. As we hiked through the woods, she would explain every little thing from leaves to caterpillars. As a three-year-old, I could explain about the chlorophyll in the leaves performing photosynthesis. 

My mom seemlessly described all these wonders: leaves, caterpillars, photosynthesis, the Sun’s rays forming rainbows in the atmosphere, the cycle of rain and evaporation, etc., etc., etc., as all part of God’s Creation. God had made the world, and Science was how we studied that world. 

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Elementary and High School

 My favorite books as an elementary student were dinosaur books. I think, up in my mother’s attic, there may still be boxes and boxes of dinosaur books.

By high school, I was a Christian by my own choice rather than simply going to church because it was socially expected. I still loved science and as a study of God’s Wondrous Creation, I probably always will. I dreamed of getting out of school, getting a degree in Biology, becoming a marine biologist, and swimming with whales.

 
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At the time, even though I didn’t yet have the phrase in my vocabulary, one could have categorized me as a theistic evolutionist. I believed that the Earth is millions of years old. I believed that God had guided atoms and molecules and DNA by His Divine hand and that the Seven Days of Creation in the Book of Genesis were symbolic days and not 24-hour days.

College Years: A Little Lost

In the 1990s, in college, I discovered that I really didn’t have any conversational ammo to back up my Christian faith. I didn’t know the things you’ll read me learning about in the next section of this page. As a geek, I hung out with really cool, intellectual people (or at least we were intellectual for our young age and limited life experience, which of course, isn’t as intellectual as we thought we were at the time). 

 
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I wasn’t a Bible thumper, going around trying to convert people, but I’ve never been ashamed of the Gospel and I’ve never held anything back concerning Jesus or the Scriptures. So, when young, intellectual geeks hang out talking about EVERYTHING (physics, metaphysics, philosophy, Dungeons & Dragons, movies, pop culture, science, calculus, history, cultures, government, sci fi, comics, anime, sex, TV, etc. ,etc., everything) in that young, naive, open-minded, and blissfully optimistic way that only young college students can, whenever I brought up teachings of Jesus or things from Scripture, nobody was offended back in the 1990s at my college (although I think college now in the 2020s may be different). The response to the Gospel and Scriptures, at least how I presented them, in the 1990s, wasn’t offense (as it might be today), it was pluralism.

Their pluralistic responses would simply say that my Jesus was good for me as truth, just as validly as their atheism or wiccanism or even self-worship of themselves was for them. Yes, I even met some (not a lot, this is just an example, but it did exist as a belief system) people who worshipped themselves as their own gods.

Pluralism said that all “truths” were equal and that one was not any more or less valid than another. At that point in my life, in my 20’s in college, I wasn’t prepared properly for these conversations. It wasn’t until after college that I would receive the ammo I needed to be effective for God’s Kingdom.

After College: A Volcano, Meeting Tim Spurgeon, and the Three-Year Quest for "Nuggets"

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My first job out of college with a brand new degree in Biochemistry was at ABC Labs in Columbia, Missouri. in an earlier version of their name ABC had stood for Analytical Bio-Chemistry. It had been shortened like Kentucky Friend Chicken has been shortened to KFC.

There, I met Tim Spurgeon. He was very into Creation Science. One day I was in a conversation with him about what some divers had found at the bottom of a lake near Mt. St. Helens. In 1980, as I could remember from the news when I was 9 years old, Mt. St. Helens had had an explosive eruption. Since it hadn’t been active like that for a long, long time, there was a forest growing on it when it exploded. Instantly, branches were blasted off the trees, the trees fell, and thousands of instant logs rolled downhill into the lake, to be covered with volcanic ash. 

In the 1990’s, scuba divers in the lake discovered that the logs were turning into coal. This process, according to mainstream scientific thought, SHOULD take millions of years and pressures found deep beneath the Earth’s surface, not simply the pressure of being at the bottom of a lake.

Tim started me on a journey of collecting what I started calling “nuggets”. “Nuggets”, as I defined them were verified facts that either 1.) flew in the face of conventional ideas of how old the Earth really is and whether or not macroevolution happened or is even possible, or 2.) verified archaeologically that the Bible’s version of history is indeed history rather than mythology.

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My journey collecting “nuggets” lasted three years. I didn’t suddenly abandon my whole life’s intellectual belief in theistic evolution instantly overnight.

For awhile, I had a long commute with a lot of time to listen to the radio. I was driven to Christian radio, not from some desire to be a holy roller, but simply because 1990’s radio had abandoned ME. In the 1980’s I had loved radio. It was the poor kid’s way to listen to music if one couldn’t afford to buy a lot of albums. But in the 1990’s there were soooooo many more commercials! And, in the morning, there were these terrible morning shows with very little actual music and mostly DJ’s who thought they were funny but were not, crank calling people and basing all their attempts at humor on bodily functions.

I became an avid listener of Christian radio, simply because regular radio made me so angry. One time I drove 45 minutes and counted how many actual songs played on secular radio. The number was three! Instead of radio relaxing me for work, I showed up at work mad. The switch was easy.

I became a fan of a Christian radio show called “Focus on the Family”. Very often the guest would be an author who had written a Creation Science book. My mind would take notes as a drove. Between Christian radio and the 1990’s version of the internet, I collected literally HUNDREDS of “nuggets”.

So, there wasn’t just one thing that convinced me that Creation Science is the way to go. The preponderance of fact after fact after fact, coupled with the debunking of things that I had previously thought were proven, but weren’t once one knew the whole story, eventually I left theistic evolution behind.

Since there’s not just one thing I can point to, it’s not possible to provide one quick answer for why I am a Creation Scientist. To someone who sincerely would like that answer, I would have to say, “Do you have a few hours to hang out in a coffee shop with me?” That’s the only way I could really give that person a good answer.

There are literally HUNDREDS of nuggets. For example, once there was a criticism of the Bible that supposedly proved that It was fantasy because It teaches history that includes places that used to be believed to be fantasy, no more real than J.R.R. Tolkien’s Moria or C.S. Lewis’s Narnia or L. Frank Baum’s Oz. However, one by one, the Hittite Empire, Ur of the Chaldees and all the other places that were supposedly made up places have turned out to be real, verified by archaeology.

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So What Does This Mean for How I Teach Science?

The purpose of education for young people is to prepare them for a successful life, because today’s young people are tomorrow’s adults. Therefore, the purpose for Christian education of young people is to prepare them for a successful Christian life.

This preparation, on the topic of science, should include:

1.) An appreciation for the Wonders of God’s Creation.

2.) An understanding of the spectrum of worldviews and how those worldviews can shape or mold (or even twist or warp) interpretations of experimental results, or motivate the suppression, censoring, or even faking of data.

3.) How to successfully conduct themselves as Christians in hostile, anti-Christian environments.

Let’s look at these ideas one at a time:

1.) An appreciation for the Wonders of God’s Creation.

When I teach science as I feel called to teach it by the Lord, believing that the purpose of education is to prepare young people for success in life, I teach it as a fascinating journey into the Wonder of God’s Creation. God made the beauty of sound, light, colors, music, and the delicate, vastly complex processes of life, from what’s going on inside our cells to the dance of cycles in the ecosystem. Science leads to technology which provides for the conquering of disease, the building of bridges, and the connecting of people across the world.

Proverbs 25:2 says:

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter;

    to search out a matter is the glory of kings.

Science, like my mother taught on those nature hikes pointing out leaves on trees in the woods, discovers things like chlorophyll and photosynthesis in the leaves and we appreciate more and more, discovering more and more.

2.) An understanding of the spectrum of worldviews and how those worldviews can shape or mold (or even twist or warp) interpretations of experimental results, or motivate the suppression, censoring, or even faking of data.

Fake science and fake facts have been pushed many, many times in our history unfortunately. There were times when:

  • Asbestos supposedly didn’t cause cancer.
  • Smoking supposedly didn’t cause cancer, even a time when it was supposedly healthy.
  • Drinking radium was supposedly good for you until people’s jaws were literally dropping off, filled with tumors.
  • DDT supposedly didn’t cause birth defects.
  •  “Duck and cover” supposedly would protect people from nuclear blasts.
  • There was supposedly a species of caveman called Nebraska Man until it was revealed to have all been based on a pig tooth.
  • Adolf Hitler, during the 1936 Olympics, to dehumanize black athletes, published quack evolutionary theories in newspapers by Nazi scientists that tried to compare legs muscles of black people to those of apes and monkeys to try to say that black people were somehow “less evolved” or “more animal” than people of other skin colors.
 

Students, to navigate the future, need to understand that science has been faked many times before in the past for reasons such as corporate profits and government propaganda.

3.) How to successfully conduct themselves as Christians in hostile, anti-Christian environments.

Our children will be adults in a world with a diversity of worldviews. In the section above titled “College Years: A Little Lost”, I referred to the staunch pluralism of 1990’s college philosophy. I described how, although I had no problem witnessing to my faith in Christ, I was not prepared for effective discussions with people who held a my-truth-your-truth point of view.

The verse that hits me hardest in the entire Bible for my life and my calling as a teacher is 1st Peter 3:15

But in your hearts set Christ apart [as holy—acknowledging Him, giving Him first place in your lives] as Lord. Always be ready to give a [logical] defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope and confident assurance [elicited by faith] that is within you, yet [do it] with gentleness and respect. 

Christian young people now and society’s adults of the future should be ready to, gently and respectfully as the verse says above, expose the gaping scientific holes in things like Evolutionary Theory, the use of mRNA injections and other forms of covascism while, gently and respectfully, but firmly and unwaveringly, insisting on honest science.

Now, in the 2020’s, students are not simply facing smug pluralism, they are facing outright hate, being smeared as racists, bigots, and oppressors for following the teachings of Christ.

Together, as teachers and parents, sending our precious children out into the world, we must remember what Christ said about sending His people into the world in Matthew 10:16.

Listen carefully: I am sending you out like sheep among wolves; so be wise as serpents, and innocent as doves [have no self-serving agenda].

Christian education, in science or any other topic, must equip students to be wise and to preserve their innocence by relying on the One Who will always be there with them, when we, as teachers and parents, cannot be.