Call for Papers: Origins Conference 2022

Now that Origins Conference 2021 has wrapped up, we invite all CTS members to look forward to Origins Conference 2022. For everyone who attended the recent conference in person or online, the various presentations stir our enthusiasm for research and writing in the field of creation science. What topic would you like to pursue with a view to presenting a paper for the general sessions of the next Origins Conference? We have set no specific theme for the general sessions, so you have a great deal of freedom in choice of topic.  Any topics dealing with the text, philology, hermeneutics, theology, and apologetics of Genesis 1–11 and any other texts dealing with primeval history will be gladly accepted for consideration.

To submit your proposal, follow Guidelines for a Paper Proposal (click on link to download this one-page aid).

Deadline for Proposal: September 1, 2021

Deadline for Paper Submission: January 31, 2022

Submit to: Dr. Steven Boyd at sboyd@creationtheologysociety.org

Why so early? Since CTS papers that go through the full approval process will be published in our Journal of the Creation Theology Society, we must have time for

  1. our consideration of your proposal and response to you,
  2. your research and writing,
  3. our submitting your paper for peer review (minimum of 3 peer reviewers),
  4. peer reviewers’ return of their comments,
  5. your completion of necessary revisions, and
  6. our approval for your final paper to be presented and published.

CTS’s inaugural issue of the Journal of the Creation Theology Society (JCTS) will feature this year’s Interdisciplinary Session papers and edited transcription of the panel discussion. We will also publish Origins Conference 2021 general session abstracts from our sister societies (Creation Biology Society and Creation Geology Society). The journal plans to include CTS papers from general sessions only after those papers have undergone full peer review and editing procedures. Simply presenting a paper in the general session does not guarantee publication in the journal.  

We will publish our inaugural volume in both hard and digital copies around year’s end or early in 2022. Watch the website for its announcement.

4 Weeks until Origins Conference

Soon the 2021 Origins Conference will be taking place in three physical locations, as well as online. All three Creation societies (Creation Theology Society, Creation Biology Society, and Creation Geology Society) will participate and welcome attendees in St. Louis MO, Dayton TN, and Santa Clarita CA starting at 4:00 PM PDT (7:00 PM EDT) on Wednesday, July 28. The conference will adjourn at 2:30 PM PDT (5:30 PM EDT), Saturday, July 31. If you have not yet registered, please go to this registration link to do so. 

During the conference a number of the attendees will present papers on a variety of topics and conduct a Q&A following each paper. A special Interdisciplinary Session will feature three papers and a panel discussion on The Fountains of the Great Deep and the Windows of the Heavens in the Genesis Flood Narrative.

The full schedule of the sessions and locations for the physical meetings will be published soon online — watch for it on our CTS website, as well as on the Creation Biology Society website.

Last Chance for Founding Membership

Our special price for a Founding Membership ($100) that lasts for two full years saves members $50. However, that money-saving opportunity comes to an end at midnight, June 30, 2021. If you have not yet joined the Creation Theology Society, we encourage you to do so this month. Please go to our Membership page now and join us in our mission of promoting the role of Theology (the “Queen of Sciences”) in Creation Science. 

Truett McConnell University Creation Lecture Series

Truett McConnell University (Cleveland, GA) will host and livestream The 2021 Paige and Dorothy Patterson Spring Lecture Series March 23–25. This year’s topic is “Creation: The Historical Adam.” Speakers include Drs. William Barrick, Jeremy Lyon, Kurt Wise, and Andrew Fabich.

Download the PDF for the above flyer.

Visit the Truett McConnell Facebook page for more information (including schedule of lectures and link to livestream).

Why I Believe CTS Should Exist

Shortly after my salvation my pastor introduced me to The Genesis Flood by Whitcomb and Morris. At the time I was a lab assistant for my high school biology teacher. After graduation I received a National Science Foundation grant to perform ecological research at Pingree Park, the science camp for Colorado State University. I pursued a potential career in wildlife management in junior college before the Lord led me into biblical studies at a Bible college and on into seminary and a Doctor of Theology degree in Old Testament and Hebrew from Grace Theological Seminary, where I sat under Dr. Whitcomb as one of my mentors. Two other creationist mentors had also made a huge impact on my interest in the book of Genesis, Dr. Leo Lapp and Dr. Bernard Northrup. Through a half century of teaching, along with several decades of involvement in Bible translation ministries overseas and Stateside, I’ve been invited to write an exegetical commentary on Genesis, which is a work in progress. 

In addition to research, writing, and publishing in the area of biblical creationism, I have been actively involved with co-leading biblical creation trips in Grand Canyon with Canyon Ministries for the past 13 years. I am currently the chairman of that ministry’s board of directors. My background has prepared me to understand the importance of creation theology.

The Scriptures make it clear that creation came about through an all-powerful and all-wise Creator. Therefore, what we call “creationism” or “creation theology” really amounts to a study of the God who brought everything into existence. Whereas the hard sciences focus on evidence within the physical creation, the “queen of sciences,” theology, delves into the realm of the ultimate source of creation, the Creator Himself.

When we emphasize the Creator, we cannot escape dealing with His written Word by which He reveals to us how and why He created. For theologians the goal must be to exegete the Scriptures with accuracy so we might learn what God has revealed for us. Having thus expounded divine revelation, biblical scholars position themselves for supplying revelatory information with which believing scientists might guide their research and develop their models.

For years Kurt Wise has begged many of us to do just what we propose to do through this new society. We’ve designed CTS to link with sister societies like Creation Geology Society and Creation Biology Society for the academic cross-fertilization necessary to ongoing creation research. We might have responded slower than you desired, Kurt, but we’re ready to launch CTS and pour ourselves into the tasks at hand. We invite all of you reading this blog post to join us — get involved. Become a member of CTS now.

The Creation Theology Society (CTS) provides a venue for a Bible-believing community of scholars to perform research in the evidence contained in the biblical text, to prepare their resulting studies with the involvement of peer review, and to present to creation scientists significant biblical data to aid them in their examination of the physical evidence. Such operations closely parallel the way biblical scholars have acted as catalysts for archaeological research in Bible lands. With Bible in hand, theologians and historians walked over the geographical setting of biblical events in order to identify significant biblical sites for archaeological investigation. CTS scholars will walk through the biblical text to identify significant details that might instigate scientific investigation.

Memberships Available

As of Saturday, December 19, 2020 CTS website visitors are finding a fully activated Membership page. Four different paid memberships are available: Founding Membership, Full Membership, Student Membership, and Associate Membership. Memberships are already coming in!

Before registering and paying, please read the Membership Standard and the Membership Termination descriptions at the bottom of the Membership page. Please note that Founding and Full Memberships require affirmation of the CTS Doctrinal Statement. This requirement does not apply to either Associate or Student Memberships.

Please feel free to send family, friends, colleagues, and various Christian organizations links to the CTS website. This is just the beginning — watch for many more posts and opportunities to come.

Registration Completed

As of November 2020 the Creation Theology Society is officially registered with the state of Georgia as a non-profit organization. As a result we have been able to establish a bank account and we should be ready to receive membership payments and donations in the next few weeks. Please feel free to check out our Membership page, which has all the information you need for membership. As soon as we can, we will make the links active so anyone can register.

We are excited how God is blessing the society in moving forward with these developments.

Awaiting State Registration

First of all, thank you for your interest in the founding of the Creation Theology Society (CTS). We announced the new society back on July 22 and our website has made its debut. As of September 1, registration of the society is moving forward with the help of the Secretary of State of Georgia. Taking memberships in the society requires a bank account, which requires the registration of the society. We obtained legal help and stay occupied with each step of the process. Watch our Blog for announcements regarding the successful completion of registration and a firm date for opening the website for receiving members to CTS. Meanwhile, please subscribe to this website to receive automatic updates.