Possessing a degree in Engineering Physics, a Ph.D. in Experimental Nuclear Physics and the experience of a 37-year career in defence electronics, Dr Jim Mason is well equipped to understand the particle forces that keep our universe from falling apart.
Yet like every scientist with a Bible-based upbringing, Jim had to choose a camp: he could be either an evolutionist or a creationist, but not both, as he explains, "evolution is at odds with the Bible everywhere".
"The Big Bang says nothing created everything, versus the Bible that teaches that everything was created by the Word of God;" he says, "it says that the earth, sun, moon and stars formed by gradual accretion over billions of years rather than in a few days by the Word of God; that life occurring by accident rather than by holy fiat (at God's command); that humans evolved over millions of years from an ape-like ancestor rather than being created in the image of God in a single day; that death is an essential part of the world from the start [to push evolution forward] rather than being an unintended but necessary consequence of mankind's original sin."
What Jim has found over years of study and research is that a world so extraordinarily functional, with all its elements working perfectly together to form the hospitable Earth on which we live, could not have appeared there by mere coincidence.
"Elementary particle physics tells us there are only three types of fundamental particles, each occurring in a few variants resulting in a total of only 24 distinct elementary particles. Everything in the entire universe is made from and held together by these 24 particles," Jim explains.
"There are so few types of those fundamental particles, but they have just the right properties to make everything we see."
To an engineer such as Jim, this can only be described as an "incredible example of superb design."
He also explains that only five types of these particles provide the four forces (the weakest being gravity) that hold everything in the Universe together.
"The relationship between these forces is so finely tuned that even a slight change in just one of these relationships would render the universe as we know it impossible. An accident? I don't think so!" says Jim.
He did not always believe that, however. Until the age of 40, Jim was content and even fascinated with the rising theory of the Big Bang.
"I grew up in church, I went to Sunday school and church on the weekend with my mum and dad," Jim says. "But by the time I got to high school, as far as I could remember, I had not heard the salvation message coherently expressed."
As he began his studies in geology and physics and started subscribing to science magazines supporting the Big Bang, Jim did not know of any contradicting evidence and thus abandoned belief in God.
Only when he became a father and took his wife and children to church did he hear that the Lord Jesus Christ had died to pay the price for everything he had done wrong.
Accepting Jesus as his Lord and Saviour did not conflict with Jim's scientific work; it only seemed to make things clearer.
One of the areas in which Jim loves to research is radiometric dating, and in studying that he found evidence indicating a young Earth—around 6000 years old as would be expected from the Bible–rather than the 4.5 billion years age alleged by evolutionists.
He notes that there is substantial evidence that brings into question the validity and reliability of radiometric dating and indicates that a younger Earth is not just possible; it is more likely.
"In cases where the actual age of the rock is known, radiometric dating techniques typically give wildly erroneous ages. For example, rock formed in a lava flow from Mt. St. Helens in 1986 was radiometrically dated as 2.6 million years old! On the other hand, measurements of the amount of radiogenic helium found in zircon crystals extracted from what is presumed to be primordial rock, together with measurements of the rate at which helium diffuses through zircon, indicate an age of these crystals of only about 6,000 years"
Another example is diamonds that are allegedly 1 to 3 billion years old containing traces of Carbon-14, even though after about 90,000 years there should be so little Carbon-14 left that even today's very sensitive instruments cannot detect it.
Among all these inconsistencies, Jim Mason the scientist finds the Bible the most logical and truthful foundation for scientific enquiry.
"I have become increasingly amazed at how comprehensive and yet internally consistent the Bible and Christianity are," he says. "I spent most of my working career as a System Engineer developing complex and sophisticated defence electronic systems. Consequently, I have come to think of the Bible and Christianity as the perfect system." •