Creationist: Humans coexisted with dinosaurs
By Elika Roohi
Sun Star Reporter
Randy Guliuzza was in Fairbanks the week of Oct. 10-14 giving a lecture series titled “Is Evolution Really Science?” He has a bachelor’s degree in engineering and theology, a master’s in public health and a medical degree from the University of Minnesota.
The lecture series was designed to educate people on creationism. “We’re reprogramming how we see things,” he said at one of the 15 lectures he gave last week.
According to the flyers advertising the event, Guliuzza’s lectures were a response to a previous lecture given this summer by Richard Dawkins, a notable atheist.
Dawkins’ lecture, which was titled “Religion: What is it Good For?” drew a sizable audience and was the subject of much discussion on campus.
The Socratic Society brought Dawkins up “to show the importance of philosophy and critical thinking,” said Simon Suchland, a member of the group.
Eduardo Wilner, chair of the philosophy department, was the professor behind Dawkins’ visit to UAF.
“I would be horrified if the [Guliuzza] lectures were considered as part of the students’ training in the physiology of mammals. But not if they were delivered as part of, let’s say, a mythology or religion course,” Wilner said.
Currently, Guliuzza travels around the country with the Institute for Creation Research giving speeches promoting creationism.
Creationists believe that the world was formed all at once 6,000-8,000 years ago.
“Yes, humans coexisted with dinosaurs,” said Guliuzza. “All the creatures were created at the same time, and brought on the ark.”
His lectures covered a broad span of topics, including Mount St. Helens, the human reproductive system, the human visual system and others.
The Mount St. Helens lecture covered geological anomalies that scientists had a hard time explaining. For instance, Guliuzza addressed the scientific explanation for how the Badlands were formed.
“Has anyone ever observed a warm, stagnant, continental-sized interior seaway?” he said. “Maybe there’s a more reasonable explanation.”
His lectures covering bodily functions primarily addressed how a system so complex could be formed by evolution.
“These systems could not have originated by an iterative process,” Guliuzza said. “Bit by bit is not realistic.”
In one of his lectures, Guliuzza spoke about the thought process.
“I’ll ask them, ‘How do you explain the origin of these thoughts?’ and I’ll get back ‘Is God male or female?’” he said.
His lectures were given at churches in the Fairbanks area, as well as several different locations around campus.
Although Guliuzza spoke about such a sensitive topic, his lectures drew a fairly small crowd. Those in attendance seemed more interested in hearing him speak than challenging his message.
This isn’t usually the case, said Guliuzza. “I’ll give a talk and get response such as ‘Who made God?’”
The Campus Bible Ministry at UAF brought Guliuzza to Fairbanks, because of “love for God, love for truth, and love for the students, and faculty, and staff on this campus,” said Karl Sapp, the head of the Campus Bible Ministry.
“Most kids show up [to college] with some Christian background, and 70 percent fall out of it,” said Sapp.
Sapp said he tries to get freshmen involved with the Campus Bible Ministry when they’re new on campus so they have a support group.
Guliuzza said his lectures were trying to explain things through a “more reasonable explanation.”
Eduardo Wilner had a different perspective. “Guliuzza is spreading his religious beliefs, not scientific findings, and he should be clear about it.”
- Dr. Randy J. Guliuzza spoke in the Wood Center on Wednesday the 13th as part of the “Is Evolution Really Science?” lecture series.