Subject: Creationist credentials Dr. Carl Baugh, a fundamentalist Missouri Baptist ministe
From: jwm@APLSTAR.JHUAPL.EDU (James W. Meritt)
Subject: Creationist credentials
Dr. Carl Baugh, a fundamentalist Missouri Baptist minister with no
scientific background, claims to be an archaeologist. He also claims
to have a Ph.D. from the California Graduate School of Theology in
Glendale. When a local skeptic checked with the primary organization
responsible for accreditation (The Western Association of Schools and
Colleges), he was informed that this "graduate school" has not been
accredited. Reverend Baugh claims to have found "human" footprints
that measure nearly forty inches from heel to toe.
Dr. Richard Bliss, a member of the ICR staff, has claimed to have a
D.Ed. from the University of Sarasota located in Florida. In the 1984
spring issue of "Scientific Integrity", William V. Mayer pointed out
that this university has been characterized by the "Philadelphia
Inquirer" as a diploma mill in a Florida motel (see Lovejoy's College
Catalog). Bliss has accused evolutionary scientists of "intellectual
dishonesty". He also claims to be "a recognized expert in the field of
science education" and is co-author of a "two-model" book that is being
pushed for use in the public school system.
Dr. Clifford Burdick of the CSRC (Creation Science Research Center)
is a "flood" geologist who has spent forty years trying to prove that
giant humans once roamed the earth and even mingled with the dinosaurs.
Burdick has displayed a copy of his Ph.D. from the University of
Physical Sciences (Phoenix, Arizona) in the Glen Rose Creation Evidence
Museum. However, the State of Arizona Board of Regents, the University
of Arizona Department of Geology, and the Arizona State Bureau of
Geology and Mineral Technology have never heard of this "university."
Dr. Kelly Segraves, director of the CSRC, listed himself as M.A.
and D.Sc. on the 1975 CSRC letterhead. After having it called into
question, Segraves dropped the D.Sc. in 1981 and now lists "D.R.E." in
its place. Segraves has claimed that his D.Sc. is honorary from
Christian University, yet a computer search indicated that the only
university with that name is located in Jakarta, Indonesia. The next
closest match is a Bible College called Indiana Christian University
(see below). Segraves claims to have received his M.A. from Sequoia
University in 1972 but Bette Chambers discovered that there is no such
place. The closest name match is a Sequoia College in California,
which only offers two year associate degrees and has no record of any
student named Kelly Segraves. Note that "D.R.E." is a doctorate of
religious education and does not qualify as a scientific degree.
Dr. Harold S. Slusher of the ICR claims to have an honorary D.Sc.
from Indiana Christian University and a Ph.D. from Columbia Pacific
University. Robert J. Schadewald recently discovered that Indiana
Christian University is a Bible College with only a 1/2 man graduate
science department, and Columbia Pacific University is nonaccredited.
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