Midwest Creation Fellowship

Topic Suggestions for Student Essay Contest

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There are zillions of possible topics! Literally the whole universe is full of God's fingerprints! Here are a few suggestions: Remember that you don't have to "prove" creation; you just need to be careful and honest, and consider the facts from a Young Earth standpoint. Some evidences for creation are not very good, although the great majority are wonderful! We don't find the good evidence without sifting through ALL the evidence! Do limit your topic to what you can discuss within your length limits.

Anthropology - Physical

Neandertal child, modeled using new software at Univ. of Zurich. Released to public use by Univ. of Zurich
Neandertal child, modeled using software at Univ. of Zurich. Released to public use by Univ. of Zurich. via Wikimedia Commons
  • Ape-Men are there any real "ape men" in the fossil record? What else might those fossils represent?
  • How Could all the "Races" Come from One Human Couple?
  • Were "Neanderthals really humans?
  • Artists' Images-- Who's Right?  Different artists will make very different images of one fossil. Are any of them right? How would we know? Suggestion: do a web search for images of one species, like "Australopithecus africanus" (that's "Lucy"). How much does the public rely in images rather than the text to form an opinion of what the creature really was?

Anthropology - Cultural

  • Legends of the Flood are found in perhaps half the indigenous cultures on earth. Some are amazingly similar to the Genesis Flood, yet they were told to missionaries and explorers by people groups who likely had never seen a Bible nor heard the Gospel. How did the Chinese, Hawaiians, North American Indians, South American Indians, and so many others get such similar legends?
  • Material Culture: for example, the boomerang is now thought of as unique to the Australian aborigines, but it has been found in many parts of the world. The Aboriginal word for it is the same as the word for it in a part of India! How'd the people of Australia have the same word for an object as people they supposedly had to contact with for so many thousands of years?
  • Why do Religions around the World Have so much in Common? Blood sacrifices, belief in an afterlife, prayer to spirits or gods for help, priests.
  • Language: How could so many, so different, human languages have developed? How many language families do we think there have been?

Archaeology

  • Has  Noah's Ark Been Found? Many explorers over many years claim to have found the Ark of Noah. Where? How? How credible are these findings?
  • Ancient Cities, Sunken and Buried: In the Sahara Desert, and off-shore in many places, there are abandoned cities. Some are claimed by evolutionists to be from 10,000 years ago, when they believe the "last" Ice Age melted! Some are believed to have been drowned when earthquakes caused land to slide into the sea. Biblical creationists believe the earth is about 6,000 years old, and the cities were built after the Flood, which occurred about 4,400 years ago. The Ice Age occurred due to the Flood, and the after-effects included much more snow and rain. This turned much ocean water into glaciers, lowering ocean level so that some areas that are now under water were then dry land, where cities were built. The increased precipitation caused parts of the world that are now deserts to be verdant, so people built cities there. This offers several topics for essays! Dating methods, climate change, intelligence of ancient people, Flood, etc.! What can you confirm about this?  Don't assume every sunken or buried city is of the Ice Age, and not every claimed "city" is necessarily a city. And don't try to write about this whole topic!
  • Giants in the Bible and in Archaeology: Can we confirm any claims of giants in archaeology? What difference would that make in substantiating Genesis' mention  of "Nephilim" or "giants" in Genesis 6? Hint: beware of the hoax emails that have contained photos of "giants!" Check things out!

Bible/Theology

Open Bible, image from knowhimonline at flickr.com
  • Couldn't God Have Used Evolution?
  • Could "Day" Mean "Long Ages" in Genesis 1-3?
  • Does it Matter How Genesis Is Interpreted? Should people not be confronted with creation/evolution, yet, before they consider the claims of Christ?
  • Why does God allow catastrophes, crimes, and tragic mistakes?

History/Sociology/Government/Philosophy

Capitol Building Full View, by Noclip - Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Capitol_Building_Full_View.jpg#/media/File:Capitol_Building_Full_View.jpg;
  • Deadly Religion: opponents of Christianity, and even of theism in general, have claimed that religions cause wars. Know which belief system has killed by far the most people? Atheism!
  • History of Geology: the Origin of Uniformitarianism
  • History of Science: where does the modern scientific method come from? How far back did it originate? Notice that Daniel and his friends conducted a scientific experiment on the effects of eating a vegetarian diet!
  • History of the Church's Teachings on Creation: How far back does the Six-Day view go? How about the long ages view - was it held by all/most/some/a few/no early church fathers?
  • The Scopes Trial: facts and fictions
  • The Faiths of Our Fathers: what did the American Founding Fathers believe about the Bible and creation, and how did it affect the government they set up? What about in other countries? Or, what did the early Church Fathers write about creation? How far back in history do we find beliefs in various kinds of evolutionism?

Astronomy/Cosmology/Physics

Taken by Galileo orbiter on Dec. 11, 1990, 1.5 million miles from earth
  • Is there a Center of the Universe? If so, are we in it?
  • Implications of the Laws of Thermodynamics: The Laws of Thermodynamics are so demonstrable that they are called "Laws." Does evolution-by-chance agree with these?
  • Problems with Theories on the Origin of ...: stars, galaxies, the universe, the earth, the earth/moon system, the solar system
  • Uniqueness of the Earth: to be habitable by life as we know it, a planet must have many particular properties: size, magnetic field, etc. How common might those be?
  • Comets:  Comets burn up as they pass the sun repeatedly, so why would any still exist if the solar system were billions of years old? The Oort Cloud is a hypothetical cloud of objects, outside the visible solar system, that is claimed by evolutionists to be the source of comets. How much solid evidence exists for the Oort Cloud? Or, could they be from a breakup of a planet whose fragments are now called "the asteroid belt"? Or what evidence exists that God created them as part of the solar system?
  • Do "Martian" meteorites contain fossils or life?
  • Radioactive Dating Methods: how good are they?
  • Physics and Metaphysics: There are now physicists making astounding claims that contradict the basic reasoning needed for science! "Bubble universes, that keep producing new universes." "The universe came from NOTHING, for NO reason, in a "quantum fluctuation!" Do these claims have evidence? Why would a scientist propose these concepts?

Biology

Tiger Swallowtail butterfly on Bull Thistle
    In general, when investigating questions of biological evolution, you can look at --
  • Where/when and in what order any claimed transitional forms show up in the geological record
  • How much of an animal's remains have been found in fossil form?
  • How similar and dissimilar are the organs and DNA of allegedly-related creatures?
  • How does the Embryonic development of different organisms compare?
  • DNA Evidence (what changes would be required, and what DNA evidence exists, for creature A being more related to B than to the not-too-similar Q)? Cladograms are diagrams of supposed relationships between living things, and they're based on similarities of the visible parts of the organisms. Comparing DNA between creatures shows those cladograms are often wrong.
  • Mimicry in Nature: does it show Intelligent Design or spontaneous DNA changes that happened to be advantageous to the organism(s)? Example: animals that blend in with, even disappear in, their surroundings! Octopi, fish, spiders, insects. Caterpillars that resemble bird poop. Baby deer whose coloration camoflages them. Other creatures closely resemble creatures that are dangerous or toxic.
  • Convergent Evolution: this term is used when creatures that are not considered closely related have very similar body forms, or parts, or behaviors. Examples: dolphins, sharks, icthyosaurs: have a "torpedo" body form, but one's a mammal, one was a reptile (now extinct), and the other is a fish. Flight: supposedly evolved separately in birds, insects, mammals and reptiles. How could it have evolved at all, let alone in 4 completely different creatures? Many more examples exist!
  • How did Venemous or Toxic Creatures Come to Have their Bright Colors? Example: coral snake, poison dart frogs, monarch butterfly. Instead of blending into the background, they stand out! Could the bright colors evolve to warn other creatures to stay away, so the animal doesn't get eaten? Did their ancestors have bright and dull colors, and only the colorful ones lived to reproduce? What makes the colors? What DNA is involved?
  • Antibiotic Resistance: in all cases in which the reason for antibiotic resistance is known, it is due to DNA damage, not improved DNA. The bacterium is less able to feed, process food, or something else has gone wrong - but that problem makes the individual less susceptible to feeding on or otherwise processing the toxin in the antibiotic.
  • Insect Metamorphosis - Could It Have Evolved? Many insects, and some other creatures, change from one body type to something totally different, some by a gradual process, and some - turn to jelly and come out a new life-form!
  • Evolution of Consciousness? Of Instincts? Of Conscience? Even if we could find a statistical possibility of the spontaneous generation of a one-celled organism, and even if we could statistically justify it becoming a complex organism, why would it not be an unconscious robot? Animals need instincts to survive and rear young - how would instincts arise by evolution? And in "Nature red in tooth and claw," where "survival of the fittest" means survival of those who out-compete those who eat the same foods and look for the same shelters, how would any creature ever get the idea that some behaviours are morally wrong?
  • Could DNA Arise by Chance, carrying information that would actually form a self-reproducing organism? With a system around it for USING the information to replicate and run the controls of the organism? Could an organism even mutate to form a different kind of organism, like a land animal becoming a dolphin?
  • Could Sexual Reproduction Evolve? Did you ever read the children's book The Wonderful Egg? The story is that a dinosaur laid an egg and a bird hatched - the first bird in the world! That's not only statistically impossible, but .. that would be a lonely bird, with no mate! With no mate, we've used up our statistically-impossible odds on getting one of these creatures, so where would another one come from? of the same species? opposite gender? in the same time frame? on the same small part of the earth? In fact, how do evolutionists explain the origin of sexual reproduction, at all?
  • Were Dragons Really Dinosaurs? The mythical dragon is found in legends from around the world. Could these be dinosaurs that survived the Flood?
  • Living Dinosaurs? In the Congo River area, navive people state there is an animal called "mokele-mbembe," that sounds like a sauropod dinosaur! It seems much smaller than the fossil sauropods, but many animals and plants are much smaller today than are some of their kinds in the fossil record. If any dinosaurs live today, we'd expect them to be smaller, too.
  • Is the Ropan a Real, Living Pterosaur? In New Guinea, natives and others have reported seeing a night-flying, bioluminescent creature that sounds like the pterosaur. No images are yet available, but eyewitness accounts are consistent with each other.
  • Mitochondrial Eve: scientists can trace the mothers of everyone back to THREE women in the "recent" past; and can trace them back to one original mother of the modern human race. How stong is this as evidence for Eve, and for the 3 mothers of the human race who survived the Genesis Flood?
  • Y-Chromosome Adam: every male has one y-chromosome in his cells, which came from his father, who received it from his father, etc . Human Y-chromosomes trace male lineages back to one human father. Any reason to believe this is NOT the Adam of Genesis?
  • Statistical Impossibility of Spontaneous Generation of Life: The origin of life by chance processes is preached as fact by many science teachers and writers. What are the odds of this having happened?
  • Evolution of Flight - in birds, mammals, insects, and reptiles.
  • Evolution of Fish or Amphibians or Mammals: Are lungfish the ancestors of amphibians? Are all lungfish related to each other? What would have to happen for a mammal to have come from a non-mammal?
  • Are all [fill in the blank!]related to each other? Are all sharks related to each other? All bats? All birds? All people?

Earth Science (earth, fossils, weather)

Bryce Canyon, courtesy of Debbie and Wayne Heitmann
  • Fossils vs. Uniformitarianism: Uniformitarianism is the geological doctrine that the same processes we see in the world today are the only processes that have ever occurred, that the rates haven't changed much over time, and the Genesis Flood never happened. What do fossils reveal about the history of their containing rocks?
  • Evidence for a World-Wide Flood from the Grand Canyon (or, pick a different location): fossils and sediments both point to a catastrophic origin
  • Was there an Ice Age? Ages? How long did it last? How does it fit into the Bible?
  • Undersea Canyons: Under the oceans, on the continental shelves, at the mouths of large rivers, there are canyons that rival the Grand Canyon! (Ex.: Hudson Canyon) (You can see them using Google Earth!) They formed when the land was above sea level in the Ice Age. Evolutionists believe the latest Ice Age ended about 10,000 years ago, but creationists believe that happened perhaps 3,500 years ago. What support can you find for the Biblical time-frame, that would place the canyons' formation at much less than 10,000 years?

Journalism and Media

  • Headlines vs. Content:  How often do you see an interesting, even shocking, headline, then when you read the article that goes with it, the content does not support the headline? This often happens, and not just in science news! What kinds of topics is this done with? Why? Is there a good reason? Who decides on the headline? How does this influence people's views? Example: when you go into the Evolving Planet Exhibit at the Chicago Field Museum, the first sign on the wall says that "Evolution is one of the best-supported theories in science." Then when you read other signs, the wording changes to "may have," "might have been," etc.
  • Selective Reporting: When someone publishes a report of new evidence for evolution, it might be featured on the evening news, in the Sunday papers, and ALL over the Internet! When other scientists point out that evidence is badly-analyzed, or even terribly exaggerated (as was done with Ida, the fossil lemur), there is much less reporting in the popular media. Why? What do you have to do to find the truth on BOTH sides of that issue? What is the effect of selective reporting on the way we think of origins? (And selective reporting is common in many issues, like politics, religion, and any very controversial area. It's in history textbooks, too! But that's an essay for some other contest.)   

Science

By Newfoundland (Newfoundland) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Newfoundland postage stamp honoring Lord Francis Bacon, often called "the Father of the Scientific Method." Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
  • Rules of Science: What are the rules for conducting scientific research and reporting? How have they changed since Francis Bacon and Reneé Descartes originally defined them? How well do creationists and evolutionists "stick to the rules"? Is it logical to require adherence to the Bible's teachings, or to the teachings of Naturalism (Atheism), or neither? If a scientist is NOT a believer in the Bible as coming from God, what rules should we expect of him/her?
  • History of Science: Where did the modern scientific method come from? How far back does it go?