Dr. Ben Carson. (AP)
Dr. Ben Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon, National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine member, and the author of six best-selling books, said he believes in the six-day creation as described in the Bible and that there is abundant geological evidence there was a worldwide flood.
Dr. Carson, who served on the President’s Council of Bioethics and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, also said the very first chapter of the Bible, the book of Genesis, discounts the notion of Darwinian evolution by stating that God created every living thing “after its own kind.”
“But why is it people try so hard to get rid of God?” said Dr. Carson at a Celebration of Creation conference, as reported by the Adventist News Network.
“You go back to the very first chapter in the Bible -- and I’m not a hard and fast person who says the Earth is only 6,000 years old -- but I do believe in the six-day creation,” he said.
“It says, in the beginning God created the Heaven and the Earth,” continued Dr. Carson. “It doesn’t say when He created them except for in the beginning. The Earth could have been here for a long time before he started creating things on it.”
“But when He did start doing that, He made it very specifically clear to us: the evening and the morning were the next day,” said Carson. “Because He knew that people would come along and try to say, ‘oh, it was millions and millions of years.’”
In reference to Darwinian evolution, Dr. Carson continued, “And then what else did He say in the very first chapter? That each thing brought forth after its own kind. Because He knew people would come along and say, you know, this changed into that and this changed into that, and this into that.”
“So at the very beginning of the Bible, He puts that to rest,” said Carson, who is a Seventh-Day Adventist Christian.
As for the biblical story of Noah, the Ark, and the worldwide flood, Carson said, “[P]eople try to disparage the Bible and say that these things are not true, that they’re fanciful tales. And yet there’s abundant evidence, geological evidence that there was a worldwide flood.”
“Go up to the Andes Mountains and see all those fossils on top of those mountains,” he said. “These things, when you talk to the evolutionists about them, they always say the same thing: ‘Well, we don’t understand everything.’
“And I just say, ‘I’m not sure you understand anything,’” said Carson.
Dr. Ben Carson, 64, was educated at Yale University and the University of Michigan. He was the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and was also a professor of oncology and pediatrics.
In 2004, Carson served on the President’s Council on Bioethics and in 2008 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2010, Dr. Carson was elected into the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, considered one of the most prestigious honors in medicine.
Dr. Ben Carson is married (Lacena “Candy” Carson) and has three sons. He is a contender for the Republican nomination for president.