Having faith is key to believing in something you can’t see, touch, hear or smell with your own senses.
However, many Christians agree that scientific and historical evidence are also helpful in demonstrating what they say is the reality of God’s existence.
And there is plenty of evidence, they say.
Some of this evidence will be shown during the fourth annual Creation Evidence Expo, which will take place from Sunday, Sept. 19 to Wednesday, Sept. 23 at the Indianapolis Training Center located at 2820 N. Meridian Street, across from Chase Bank.
The event will include interactive displays, books, and family entertainment to highlight evidence of the world’s creation by a spiritual being.
“Scientific evidence favors God as being man’s creator, and we invite people to explore it and get empowered,” said Rev. Frederick Boyd, pastor of Zion Unity Baptist Church in Indianapolis and director of Creation Evidence Expo 2009. “This evidence is in contrast to the teachings of Charles Darwin.”
Creationist theory supports the existence of a higher spiritual power, while Darwinists believe that humans simply evolved over time from primitive animals.
Only on Sept. 19 and 20 guests will be able to view the historical Bible once owned by Charles Darwin’s wife, Emma. Although she was married to the “father of evolution” 43 years, Emma Darwin held on to her Christian beliefs.
The Bible and personal notes will tell the unique story behind the marriage between an atheist and a Sunday school teacher who sat under the teachings of such noted Bible scholars as Dwight L. Moody and Charles Spurgeon.
“This year marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth, so there’s a lot of historical significance to this Bible,” Boyd said. “Although he wasn’t a believer, the relationship he had with his wife offers many important lessons.”
This year’s expo will also feature an illustrious host of speakers ranging from nationally acclaimed scientists to political figures who seek to validate the claims of the Bible and that God is the divine creator of mankind.
In addition to information from the speakers, guests will enjoy singing by soprano Rosa Sadowski, who has performed for several Mexican presidents and was once offered an opportunity to sing with the late opera singer, Luciano Pavarotti. The popular singing quintet Joshua is also scheduled to perform.
Games and exhibits, such as a large replica of “Noah’s Ark,” will be available for kids.
Some of the prominent individuals who will serve as presenters during question and answer sessions include:
Former Congressman Mike Sodrel, an entrepreneur who represented Indiana’s 9th District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2005 to 2007.
Dr. Willie Dye, an archaeologist from Texas with extensive archaeological knowledge from world travels and researching evidence confirming his famous quote that a “perfect design requires a perfect designer.”
Dr. Carl Baugh, of Texas, who is the founder and director of the Creation Evidence Museum. He will return to the expo this year with reviews from his excavations and discoveries. Baugh has been featured on television network specials such as “The Incredible Discovery of Noah’s Ark,” which aired on CBS and NBC.
Dr. Jay Wile, who holds a Ph.D. in Nuclear Chemistry from the University of Rochester and is a world renowned speaker and author of eight textbooks, which use award-winning techniques to inform young and old readers on the differences between creation as a science versus evolution.
Nick Tally, a former evolutionist and retired public school science teacher who, after careful research discovered frauds and misinformation of evolutionary precepts. He is now the co-founder of Creation Science Alive with Roseanne Salanitri, a published author who will arrive with him to discuss intelligent design.
Dr. Charles Ware, president of Crossroads Bible College who is known for his dedication to training new ministers to reach urban America.
According to Boyd, who is African-American, it was important for organizers to have a diverse listing of speakers and performers. Dye and Ware, for example, are African-American, Sadowski is a Mayan Indian from Mexico, and Joshua’s singers are Americans of Hawaiian ancestry.
“All cultures include members of God’s kingdom,” Boyd said. “We want everyone to feel free to come out and enjoy this unforgettable event.”
All ages are invited to attend the free sessions. For more information about Creation Evidence Expo 2009 and its presenters, go to www.CreationEvidenceExpo.org.