Rick Gerhardt is president and owner of Sage Science, a small ecological research company in Central Oregon. He has traveled throughout much of North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean both conducting research of owls and hawks and presenting the results of those studies. He has lived in Central Oregon for the past 17 years with his wife, Dawn, and their four kids, now aged 19 through 12.
Rick has an M.Sc. in Raptor Biology from Boise State University and an M.A. in Christian Apologetics from BIOLA. Rick is an apologist for Reasons To Believe, Director of Apologetics and an elder at Antioch Church in Bend, and serves on the Board of Directors of Kilns College and of the (Bend) Apologetics Guild.
See Rick elsewhere:
• Kilns College
How do atheists explain the universe’s existence?
“You’ve put your finger on a big problem for modern atheism,” says Rick Gerhardt, Biologist and Christian Apologist. Two discoveries have called into question the evolutionary account of the universe’s origin: (1) the universe had a beginning (thus natural selection did not have an infinite amount of time to produce the earth’s biology), and (2) the complexity of molecular biology. “As long as the evolutionists control the microphone and don’t have to answer those questions, they won’t.”
Can Young Earth Creationism reconcile with science?
Young Earth Creationism is a fairly young theory in church history. “That interpretation of scripture arose in the early 17th century,” says Rick Gerhardt, Biologist and Christian Apologist. “It’s not a part of historic Christianity.” While popular among Christian Evangelicalism, Young Earth Creationism simply cannot be reconciled with science.
Dinosaurs and the Age of the Earth
It has become popular in recent years to say that the Bible does teach explicitly about dinosaurs and the age of the earth, according to Rick Gerhardt, biologist and Christian apologist, “but scripture doesn’t teach on that issue.” James Ussher and John Lightfoot, 17th Century English scholars, made a number of assumptions based on unfounded research that led to Young Earth Creationism, a theory that has gained popularity among Evangelicals during the rise of evolution.
More Rick Gerhardt Videos
Anti-Intellectualism in the Church
Can someone be a good person and not believe in God?
Do Christians avoid critical thinking?
Do I have to go to church to be a Christian?
How do we sort out church tradition from scripture?
How does a near-death experience relate to Christianity?
How much do our desires affect what we believe?
Philosophy of Church Planting
Should we prolong physical life?
Were the Founding Fathers Christians?
What is a holistic intellectual life?
Why don’t Christians care more about truth?
Science & The Bible
The Age of the Earth
Are mutations sufficient to facilitate macro-evolution?
Are the latest natural disasters a pattern indicating climate change?
Can Young Earth Creationism reconcile with science?
Christianity and Science
Christians and Science
The Debate Between Creationism and Evolution
Do genetics and fossils support evolution?
Does an old earth position diminish the authority of scripture?
Does Similarity in DNA prove evolution to be true?
Does the Higgs Boson particle have theological implications?
Evolution and Embryology
The Evolution Debate
Has Irreducible Complexity been refuted?
How do I talk to my kids about evolution?
Intelligent Design and the Discovery Institute
Is a six day creation scientifically plausible?
Is animal death a part of God’s plan?
Is Genesis compatible with science?
Is evolution a fact?
Is it possible both scripture and evolution are true?
Is Ken Ham’s understanding of science and scripture true?
Is there astronomical or astrophysical evidence for evolution?
Mammals, Creation Days and the Fossil Record
On Richard Dawkins’s Giraffe Dissection
On the word ‘yom’ in Genesis
The Relationship of Science and Christianity
Rick’s Views on the Age of the Earth
Were Adam and Eve literal people?
What can we learn from the Lucy fossil?
What is the current evolutionary origin of life theory?
What would salvation look like for life on other planets?
When did Adam and Eve live?
Would God allow transhumanism?
Why has lifespan changed over time?
Justice & Ethics
Are the new heaven & earth an excuse for neglecting our planet?
How can the church reconcile with First Nations people?
How do we begin the Creation Care conversation?
How should Christians approach agriculture?
Is it possible to protect the environment given population growth?
Should Christians conserve natural resources?
Should or can we stop burning oil?
Worshipping Nature vs. Caring for Creation
Why do Christians have a history of avoiding justice issues?
Why has the church often ignored the environment?
Why is the American church hostile to a conservation ethic?
Theology & The Bible
Can we pray to Jesus and the Holy Spirit or only to God the Father?
The Genealogies In Genesis
How did Jesus perform miracles?
How do we know there’s a God?
The Unpardonable Sin
What are miracles?
What really happened when Adam and Eve ate the fruit?
Who are the “Sons of God” mentioned in Genesis 6?
Why doesn’t God always heal us?
Why don’t we see miracles today?
Will heaven really have streets of gold?
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