Society of Creation

Our Charter

We support of the historic position of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod on creation. Our charter states, "To provide support, education, affirmation, and encouragement for those who teach the historic position of the LCMS on the doctrine of creation and to affirm the biblical position on creation." We do not take positions on other issues, relevant though they may be.

Membership: This is a voluntary organization that started with full-time members of the faculties of Concordia University System (CUS) institutions of higher education. It then broadened to include people of all walks of life, all denominations, all occupations, and all levels of interest. The Denver Society of Creation is affiliated with the Society of Creation.

Purposes: To provide support, education, affirmation, and encouragement for those who teach the historic position of the LCMS on the doctrine of creation and to affirm the biblical position on creation. Likewise, it supports all Christians everywhere who believe the biblical narrative of Genesis 1 and 2 as it is presented.

Dues: None. Some programs and projects, as agreed upon in advance by the members, may be funded by contributions of members, all of them sharing equally in the cost and that cost known in advance. Those who are unable to contribute may give their blessing, but decline to share in the cost.

Programs and Projects: Major programs and projects will normally be carried out with the approval of a minimum of eighty percent (80%) of the votes cast by the membership in advance with email votes being recorded by the initiator, who can be any member of the organization. Programs are for the mutual encouragement and support of its membership. We held our first conference in the summer of 2013, at which members may present papers that include their biblical or scientific understanding and insight into creation. We have since held an annual creation conference each summer.

Publicity: We especially depend upon email addresses of members, word of mouth, our Facebook page, and the website of the Society of Creation.

Biblical Subscription: In accordance with LCMS convention resolution 2004 Res. 2-08A, Luther's Small Catechism with Explanation, Question 97 [CPH, 1986, p. 106], and A Brief Statement (Adopted 1932, St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House), all members subscribe to the following statement of their position on creation:

First, that God created by His power, as described in Genesis 1 and 2, motivated by His love and grace, rather than using evolution as the vehicle of creation.

Second, that God created mankind in His image, giving them the ability to respond to Him in worship and service. As a result mankind has authority to subdue the earth, which is neither a license to destroy or pollute nor a prohibition against any changing of the landscape. This authority has been affected by the fall into sin (Genesis 3).

Third, that each member of the Trinity was involved in creation, as indicated in Gen. 1:1-3.

Fourth, that creation took place in six twenty-four-hour days with a day reckoned in accordance with today’s time.

Fifth, that Adam and Eve were real, historical human beings and that the fall into sin was a real, historical event.

Sixth, that creation occurred in the relatively recent past, thousands of years ago rather than millions or billions of years ago.

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Founders of Society of Creation

Our History

The Society of Creation, founded in 2011, is located at Concordia University Wisconsin. It has more than 400 members in most states of the US and several foreign countries. We were originally an organization of full-time faculty in various academic disciplines who teach at most of the ten institutions of the Concordia University System (CUS). Since then we have expanded our reach. We welcome members who support our mission but are not CUS faculty and not part of the LCMS.

On July 8-10, 2013, Concordia University Wisconsin hosted a creation conference with the theme, “The Heavens Declare: What Astronomy Can Tell us about Biblical Creation.” Keynote speakers were Dr. Danny Faulkner and Dr. Don DeYoung, both members of the Creation Research Society (CRS). The conference was convened and cosponsored with Concordia University Wisconsin by the co-founders of the Society of Creation, Dr. Gary Locklair, (computer science faculty at Concordia University Wisconsin) and Dr. Joel Heck (theology faculty at Concordia University Texas) who are also members of CRS. Conferences continue to be held annually.

Endorsements

Dr. Dean Wenthe

President, Concordia University System
"I support the mission of the Society of Creation."

Rev. Dr. Patrick Ferry

President Emeritus, Concordia University Wisconsin - Ann Arbor
“The connection of the Society of Creation and the Concordia University System (including our campuses in Mequon, Wisconsin and Ann Arbor, Michigan) has been a profoundly positive partnership. Faithful and thoughtful exploration of Scripture’s teachings and of science’s theories regarding Creation align seamlessly with the mission of the Church’s institutions of Christian higher learning. Our affirmation of the historic teaching of the Church relies on the very best of Biblical research and scientific study.”

Dr. Curt Gielow

Campus Chief Executive Emeritus, Concordia University Ann Arbor
“The Concordia University Ann Arbor Campus reaffirms our commitment to the Biblical truths about creation, proudly dating to the support of our first president Dr. Paul Zimmerman, in the work of the Society of Creation and the Creation Research Society."