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Creation Ministries International

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The headquarters of CMI Australia, the parent ministry

Creation Ministries International (CMI) is one of the world's largest creationist organisations, it being a federation of seven national organisations. It claims to "employ more PhD scientists than virtually any other [Christian ministry] on the planet",[1] and lists ten when describing its personnel.[2]

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Organisation

CMI is a federation of like-minded organisations working together under the name CMI Worldwide and sharing resources.[3] There are national CMI ministries in seven English-speaking countries. The parent organisation was the Australian ministry. The ministry in the UK is also active in other countries in Europe.

CMI works mainly with Christians, providing them with material to encourage them and equip them to defend the Bible. It does this via talks in churches and Christian schools, as well as publishing materials in various forms including books and web articles. This includes material designed more for the general public. In 2010/2011 it launched a public campaign to encourage people to question evolution.

Publications

CMI publishes two periodicals, a web-site, and various books, booklets, tracts, and DVDs

Their quarterly "family magazine" is titled Creation.[4] It is available by subscription and is on sale at some Christian bookshops, as well as at some newsagencies in Australia.

CMI also publishes a peer reviewed journal, the Journal of Creation, three times per year.[5] It is available by subscription.

CMI's web-site features articles and papers from back issues of Creation and Journal of Creation. Other articles include responses to claims made in the media, and to films and television shows which push an evolutionary viewpoint. The web-site includes responses to feedback from site visitors. There is also a series of videos titled Creation Live.

The web-site includes an on-line shop, an events calendar, an FAQ section which provides links to other articles, and information about the organisation and its people.

Many of the DVDs published by CMI are recordings of talks their speakers have given, but there are also a few documentaries which they have commissioned, including From a Frog to a Prince and the docu-drama The Voyage that Shook the World.

From a Frog to a Prince

For more information, see From a Frog to a Prince.

The 1998 documentary From a Frog to a Prince, created a controversy as it shows Richard Dawkins being caught unable to provide an example of natural processes generating an increase in genetic information. In an interview for the documentary, Dawkins was asked "Can you give an example of a genetic mutation or an evolutionary process which can be seen to increase the information in the genome?". Struggling to provide an answer, Dawkins asked for the camera to be turned off. When he gave an answer, it did not address the question.

The Voyage that Shook the World

For more information, see The Voyage that Shook the World.

The Voyage that Shook the World is a dramatised documentary film about Charles Darwin and the impact that his theory of evolution has had on the world. The award-winning film was released in 2009 in connection with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his book, On the Origin of Species. The film includes interviews with a range of evolutionary, creationary, and intelligent design scientists. Controversy followed the release of the film, with a few of the evolutionary scientists complaining that they didn't realise that the film was produced by creationists.

Campaigns

For more information, see Question Evolution!.

Although CMI has largely concentrated on ministering to the Christian community, in 2010/2011 and in conjunction with The Traditional Values Coalition, an American church lobby group, it launched Question Evolution!, a campaign to encourage people to question the claims of evolutionists. The campaign includes T-shirts, caps, mugs, stickers, and other items with "Question Evolution!" or "Evolution—The greatest hoax on Earth?". In addition, CMI has produced a tract with 15 questions which they say evolutionists cannot adequately answer.

While some American creationists have lobbied for schools to teach scientific creation or Intelligent Design, CMI has never campaigned on this issue, and has said that it doesn't support compelling teachers to teach creationist views, although does support teachers having the right to if they wish.

History

Creation Science Foundation

CMI began in the late 1970s from an amalgamation of two other young groups, one started in South Australia by Dr. Carl Wieland and the other in Queensland by Ken Ham and John Mackay. The new organisation was known as the Creation Science Foundation.

Over the ensuing years, the organisation expanded to New Zealand, United States, Canada, Britain, and South Africa. The American office was started by Ken Ham, who had previously left CSF to work for the Institute for Creation Research in California, but then left ICR to start the new American office.

Answers in Genesis

American regulations on the use of the term "foundation" required a new name, and Answers in Genesis was chosen. The CSF offices in other countries subsequently changed their name to match.

Each country was legally independent, but worked together, sharing resources. The Australian office produced their flagship publication, Creation magazine, which had originally been started by Carl Wieland in South Australia, as well as their technical journal. The American office ran the web-site that was shared by all countries. A large part of the web-site content was provided by the Australian scientists, and included many of the articles from their two periodicals.

Creation Ministries International

In late 2005 the American office decided to separate from the Australian office, and informed the Australian office that they would need to begin their own web-site. It not being feasible to have two web-sites sharing the same name, the Australian office, along with the offices in the other countries, except Britain which remained with America, changed their name to Creation Ministries International (CMI).

The dispute which ensued over the separation was settled in April 2009. [6]

CMI opened new offices in the United Kingdom and the United States in 2006.[Check this]

In March 2006 CMI launched their own new web-site, CreationOnTheWeb.com, populated with most of the articles previously published on the American-owned web-site. CMI obtained the creation.com domain name and the web-site switched to the new name in March 2009. By the middle of 2010, the web-site had reached the milestone of being in the top 100,000 web-sites according to Alexa rankings.[7]

In 2009 Australian speaker, head of CMI Worldwide, and author of Alien Intrusion Gary Bates moved to the American office to help with the growing ministry there. Jonathan Sarfati, another Australian speaker, author, and scientist also moved to the American office, in early 2010.

CMI Scientists and Speakers

The following lists some of the main scientists and speakers employed by CMI.

Australia

Canada

USA

UK

  • Philip Bell
  • Phil Robinson
  • Robin Greer
  • Domonic Stratham

South Africa

New Zealand

  • Robert Hunt

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