Celebration of Creation – Pacific Adventist University 2011
A celebration of Seventh-day Adventists’ belief in the Biblical creation will be held May 6-8, 2011 on the campus of Pacific Adventist University, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Speakers range from Pastor Lawrence Tanabose, General Secretary of the South Pacific Division of Seventh-day Adventists, to guests from as far away as Maryland in the United States.
God’s creation is a doctrine that unites all Adventists and is a point of engagement between theologians and scientists in the church. The speaker lineup reflects this with active Adventist scientists like Geoscience Research Institute paleontologist Raúl Esperante and Biblical Research Institute Associate Director Gerhard Pfandl, a theologian.
“I’m greatly looking forward to visiting the campus of Pacific Adventist University,” commented L. James Gibson, Director of the Geoscience Research Institute, another one of the international guest speakers. PAU may have a special attraction for Dr. Gibson, a biogeographer and avid birder. Papua New Guinea holds a treasure chest of amazing creatures of great interest to anyone studying the way organisms are distributed in different areas, particularly those interested in where these amazing creatures came from.
Although he will be traveling a long way for the PAU Celebration of Creation, the South Pacific Division is familiar territory for Gerhard Pfandl of the Biblical Research Institute in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. Dr. Pfandl, a native of Austria, now lives in the United States, but lived for several years in Australia and many who come to hear his presentations on “Creation in the Adventist Church” and “Adventist Interpretations of Genesis” may already be familiar with him.
David Tasker, longtime missionary and leader in Adventist education, now Field Secretary of the South Pacific Division of Seventh-day Adventists, will address an issue that many believe challenges the goodness of God and His creation when he speaks about “Sin, Death and Salvation.” How could God be both good and have created the terribly broken world in which we live? Does evil really challenge belief in the Biblical creation and the goodness of God? Or does the same Bible that tells us about the creation offer a coherent account that addresses this very issue?
Previous Celebrations of Creation events have been held at two of the leading Adventist Universities in the United States; 2009 at Loma Linda University, a health sciences university in California, and 2010 at Andrews University, location of the Adventist Theological Seminary, in Michigan. But the Pacific Adventist University Celebration of Creation is the first to be held outside the United States.
Celebration of Creation programs are sponsored by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Faith and Science Council, a committee of Adventist church leaders who seek to promote a well-informed view of nature that is consistent with the Biblical worldview.