Most scientists have been interested in science from a young age, and Dr Brian Thomas is no exception. He first became interested in science when his mother bought National Geographic books about the earth, stars and animals.
"But I didn't decide to study science formally until my sophomore year at university. I switched from a major in communications to biology when I realized I wanted to look back on having accomplished a hard thing," the expert in protein design and ancient fossil chemistry explains.
Many of today's students are surprised to learn that scientists can be Christians, let alone creationists. But Dr Thomas pointed out, "Many of the founders of modern science like Kepler, Newton, Maxwell, Faraday and Pasteur were Biblical creationists."
In Brian's case, he was raised in the church, but like way many, he had thought that attending church in itself made one a Christian. However, at age 13:
"I attended a winter weekend retreat in Wisconsin. The Bible teaching made me squirm as I began to realize that I really had no relationship with the Lord. I went forward, repented of sins, trusted Christ [for my salvation], and immediately felt the freedom of forgiveness. It was wonderful!
"But after returning home, I faded right back into the world. Eight years later I gave my life to the Lord fully. He made all things new."
For most scientists who are Christians, there comes a time when they interact with evolution. And for many, evolution is all they have heard, so that's what they accept by default. Brian was no exception, and he says that because of the 'fact' of evolution, he felt "forced to doubt Genesis, which kept me from fully trusting God, the author of the Bible."
Then one of Brian's friends challenged him to prove evolution. While in that process, he found that evolution was hardly settled science, but had lots of holes.
"I eventually did a 180 degrees. Once I discovered the science that supports Scripture and the perfect interconnectedness of passages from Genesis to Revelation, I got to know a God who wrote words with as much precision as the proteins that He crafted. Promoting this is the goal of the new ICR Discovery Centre in Dallas."
Evidence from Dr Thomas' own specialist research areas strongly supports creation on scientific grounds. For example, during his Master's research, he studied biochemicals, and he explains the exquisite design even at an atomic level:
"My research into the 3D structure of a protein vital to muscle contraction, revealed that almost every amino acid, and thus almost every atom, had to take its precise position in sequence for the protein to work – and therefore for the muscles in animal bodies to work. I realised that only a super-genius Creator could have crafted precision instruments down to the atom. I also learned that God takes care of our lives in unseen ways and that His humility keeps Him from complaining about not getting His due credit."
As regarding the deep time necessary (although not sufficient) for evolution, Brian explains:
"Since time tears things down and spreads things out, adding more time just works against the idea that hydrogen became humans. [For instance] collagen should no longer exist in fossil bone, since collagen can't last for the millions of years attached to fossils. My new techniques revealed tiny collagen remnants in dinosaur fossils. One way to explain these remnants is to swap fossils' millions of years for mere thousands. This fits all the science plus the Bible's timing of the recent Noah's flood."
The decay rate of collagen is in line with already published work but Brian did his own research on this too, confirming that collagen could not last for millions of years, unless stored in liquid nitrogen all that time!
"And yet secular fossil experts describe collagen in fossils they place at more than 150 million years old," he says. "Collagen in fossil bone is real. I've literally seen it in the microscope, and confirmed it with other techniques."
The presence of collagen in fossils and its too-rapid decay rate exclude millions of years for fossils and thus for the vast rock layers that hold them. And with out millions of years, good-bye large-scale evolution – quite apart from all the other reasons it can't work.•
The unabridged article originally appeared in Creation Magazine. It is used with kind permission.