This is a heart-warming tale at the website of the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom. The title is My Journey Back to God. It was written by Douglas Ell, described at the end as a lawyer in Washington, D.C. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
My parents took me to church and Sunday school, but we rarely talked about God. I loved to read, but the science books contradicted the Bible [Gasp!] I read of a universe that was billions of years old and of dinosaurs that supposedly lived many millions of years ago. I read of human descent from apes. [Oh no!] The geology books denied Noah’s Flood. Without evidence, I concluded the Bible could not be true, and I drifted from God.
That’s tragic. But Doug’s journey had not yet begun. He says:
I double-majored in math and physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), studied theoretical math for three years, and got a law degree. During those years I considered myself an atheist.
Fortunately, the story doesn’t end there. Doug tells us:
When my son was baptized at church, though, something happened in me — I felt the Holy Spirit. [Ooooooooooooh!] But the atheist indoctrination would not let go easily. I told myself I would not believe in God without evidence. That started my journey back to Him.
Isn’t this exciting? Doug continues:
I read books on physics, molecular biology, cosmology, quantum mechanics, and more. I began to see design in the world around me. [Yes!] The turning point came on an airplane. I did a crude calculation of the odds of getting a single functional protein by chance. The math was overwhelming; it can’t happen without God. I knew then God was real.
How wonderful! But Doug’s journey wasn’t over yet. Let’s read on:
In 2014, around a decade after my eureka moment, I published Counting To God: A Personal Journey Through Science to Belief. I “counted” through seven areas of science that point to God.
Here’s the book at Amazon. It was published by Attitude Media. Their website says: “Attitude Media creates books, websites, web apps, and social media.” We can’t determine if they’re a vanity publisher. However, we encountered Doug’s name once before in connection with such a publisher. That was in a Discoveroid post — see The Discoveroids and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Doug was mentioned as one of the contributors (along with Casey Luskin) to a book published by the Discovery Institute Press — the Discoveroids’ own vanity press. Anyway, here’s a another excerpt from his journey:
Since the publication, my perspective on creation has changed even more. Just as I once was both ignorant and scornful of the evidence for God, I remained ignorant and scornful of the evidence for a young earth. … [A] respected doctor invited me to examine the evidence for creation. He challenged me by saying, “At what point do you start believing the Bible?” In other words, if you take the position that the Genesis accounts of creation and Noah’s Flood are wrong but the gospel accounts of Jesus and His resurrection are true, where do you draw the line? Do you accept Abraham, Moses, and David? On what basis? I couldn’t answer these questions, and it troubled me.
How did Doug come to The Truth™? Here’s more:
I was later invited to a private meeting with a creation scientist. I was impressed [Who wouldn’t be?] and promptly began devouring creation literature, including The Genesis Flood [and other creationist classics]. I found creation everywhere.
How wonderful! And now we come to the end:
ICR’s Acts & Facts became my favorite magazine. I learned that blue stars, spiral galaxies, double stars, nuclear physics, and other evidence discredit the Big Bang model. … It is a great joy to trust the Bible, to know it is true from beginning to end. I feel peace. I am grateful to ICR and all who work to spread the truth of creation and the Bible. With their help, my journey has led me back to God.
And so ends Doug’s journey. It brings tears to your eyes, doesn’t it, dear reader?
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