Clare in May 2021
Science was my first love. By the age of five I was making pressed flower books. I spent my childhood going to places in my village where I could find ponds with newts and frog’s spawn; feeding hedgehogs in the garden; wading through buttercup fields when the buttercups came higher than my waist. At age 12 I built a hide in a tree to observe frogs that gathered at a remote pond in the spring; I dug a pond in the garden for frogs; the summerhouse was my lab for experiments and observations of pond water under the microscope; and I was growing crystals with chemistry sets.
At school I was bottom of the class for reeding, riting and rithmitik; I also had trouble with spelling. But I was top in biology and art. At age 12 my reading and understanding of biology was at university level. I did manage to pass the other subjects by making a huge effort so I could do ‘A levels’. I scraped through these so I could go to university, actually Oxford Poly which later became Oxford Brookes University.
I started studying for a degree in biology and environmental biology. However, I didn’t enjoy trying to measure leeches in a lab and I found the statistical deviation of leeches not just gross but also boring. Work in a biology lab was not for me. I dramatically decided to leave, but was persuaded to stay by a tutor, and change my course. I changed my modular degree course to anthropology and sociology. Thus, I graduated with a BSc Hons degree in these two subjects.
At the time anthropology and sociology linked up with my desire to travel and focus on people and ‘what makes them tick’. I continued studying sociology in France at Aix-en-Provence University getting a DEUG, licence and maitrise – which is a masters degree, in 1990.
University in England taught me a journalistic, defending-my-point-view approach to issues, while sociology in France gave me a formal, theoretical approach to learning albeit based on Marxism. What I discovered was that I enjoyed the analysis of theories. I could do this with ease because I could visualize a theory and watch it unfurl and happen before my mind’s eye. Then I only had to describe for others what was happening in order to bring out meaning and a new understanding.
University is not the imparting of piles of information, but giving young people the skills for learning and the tools to be able to think.
Think is what I did a lot of later, long after leaving my nine years of university studies. The thinking happened because I was confronted with the uncomfortable fact that I believed in two incompatible and seemingly mutually exclusive things. In 1980 I met Evangelical Creationism and adopted some of its key beliefs aged 19. I had already read On The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin. I knew and remembered Darwin’s arguments and agreed with them. Then in 1992 my brother-in-law lent me the book written by Stephen Hawking A Brief History of Time and I adopted belief in the Big Bang.
Finding that I had adopted contradictory view points, I decided in 1992 that I would not rest until I had sorted it out. I had recently moved to Chile with my son, and I had considerable freedom while he was in school. I decided to investigate and write an article that would explain what I believed to me. As I explored my theme, one article became two articles, and this branched out into more articles until I realized that I had the chapters of a book.
I started with an initial line of inquiry but it fell into a black hole. But then, after much prayer and waiting on the Lord a new concept enlightened my mind, and a vision. This vision has been with me for 29 years now.
This website is an invitation to you to enter into this vision – of a new understanding of science that will glorify God the Creator; transformative ideas that release science from its bondage to Atheism; and a redefinition of evolution such that it will not be put as an idol in the place of God, but take its rightful place as a subordinate process.
My experience of church takes in the Anglican church, Catholic church and Evangelical churches. I’m a member of Christians in Science, although admittedly ‘a black sheep’. I hope to bring Christians of different churches together in the debate of issues relating to creation and evolution.
I’m not a:
Intelligent Design Theorist
Six Day Creationist Young Earth
Six Day Creationist Old Earth
If I’m none of the above, and I’m certainly not taking the secular options of NeoDarwinism, then what am I?
I’m a Nanocreationist.
What’s a one of those?
In a nutshell it is someone who believes that God created matter (the universe) and life (living creatures) at the microscopic nanoscale level of atoms and cell components. All the macroscopic structures of the universe and our bodies once formed, develop and can undergo processes of change and adaptation. Creation is at the origin of life, but this life may evolve.
This website is about my original ideas, it is not a repetition of current ideas from other people.
BSc Hons degree in anthropology and sociology from Oxford Brookes University 1984 (with one year studying biology modules)
Licence (degree) in sociology from Aix-en-Provence University 1988
Maitrise / Masters degree in sociology from Aix-en-Provence University 1990
Gold Award in Toastmasters public speaking June 2020