Professor Tertius is the pseudonym of a retired evangelical minister, seminary professor, linguist, Bible translator, and a former science professor at several public universities in the USA and the United Kingdom. [Of course, if you are from the UK, you would call them private universities.]
In the 1960’s and 1970’s, the professor was a popular speaker/debater/writer in the “creation science” movement in North America. He left the movement as he came to grips with the copious evidence against young earth creationism and “creation science” within the Hebrew Bible, the abundant evidence from real science, and the ethical conflicts and crisis of conscience which grieved his conscience and made his continued participation in the movement so clearly contrary to the teachings of Jesus Christ. He abandoned his former Young Earth Creationism beliefs but not his born-again Christian faith and interest in the Biblical texts. His Biblical Studies scholarship, published under his real name, can be found on the bookshelves of the very same young earth creationists who are most incensed by his criticisms of “creation science” and poorly written Christian apologetics. Professor Tertius’ devastating critiques of YECism and “creation science” and behind-the-scenes exposures of the dark underbelly, politics, and sin endemic to the origins ministry industry, both past and present—as well as his ex-YEC, insider familiarity with their arguments, motivations, terminology, tactics, goals, and excuses–continue to produce a steady stream of threats, accusations, and lies against him.
Accordingly, Professor Tertius is the oldest living ex-YEC living at an undisclosed location under the Witless Protection Program. Angry origins ministry entrepreneurs who would try to find him by tracking his IP address when he posts to “creation science vs. evolution” discussions forums and blogger comments sections should resign themselves to the fact that all Bible.and.Science.Forum Senior Fellows use protected proxy servers randomized through proprietary software. (One would-be hacker who thought he was hot on the trial of Professor Tertius eventually figured out that the fourth level “decoy IP address” was purposely chosen to lead him to the email server of a major YEC ministry! We framed and hung the trace on the copier-room wall along with the failed hacker’s misbegotten, gloating, victory-dance email, which he must have regretted when he realized that instead of finding Professor Tertius, it insulted and announced his hack, along with responsibility for a huge pile of spam to the ministry’s server, to one of his own YEC heroes: “You T*rdious One, I found you, you idi0t! Your [sic] hiding in plain sight, at least it is plain sight for those of us who are smarter than you, Grandpa! Enjoy the spam flood! LOL!!!!!”) And, by the way, one of the final relay servers is in Japan, a nation which has not signed reciprocal “court order/subpoena agreements” with the United States, Canada, and many other countries. Therefore, those who somehow manage to get a court to help them trace identifies and IP addresses will find that no ISP in Japan will pay any attention to the worthless piece-of-paper, despite the legal gravitas and demanding language!
Nevertheless, Professor Tertius regularly reminds readers that his harshest remarks against YECism and “creation science” are primarily directed at the movement’s leaders who enrich themselves and mislead a great many fundamentalists Christians, most of whom are very honorable, ethical, well-intentioned, generously charitable, loyal, sincere followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, but all too often happen to be overly-trusting and ill-informed in matters of science and scripture exegesis. They tend to believe and totally trust everything taught by the presumably pious authority who happens to most closely match and promote their own doctrinal and spiritual position. (“After all, God promises to lead those with pure hearts and prayerful to the truth— The professor’s educational efforts while denouncing and debunking the leaders of the “creation science” movement are based upon his personal regret and commitment to help reverse and remedy the damage he inflicted on Christians worldwide due to his lamentable involvement in promoting YECism so many years ago as a young and naive academic misled by the pseudo-scholarship of The Genesis Flood (1962, Henry Morris & John Whitcomb Jr.) Professor Tertius remains a committed Christ-follower, Bible teacher, researcher, writer, ministry adviser, and Bible translation consultant as health permits, all for the purpose of supporting the Great Commission, the ultimate occupation and goal of all Christ-followers who are obedient to the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. As one of the most destructive, distracting, and discrediting movements among Jesus’ disciples today, the movement has degenerated into more and more cult-like behavior in its propaganda, exclusivity, factionalism (e.g.,slippery slope exaggerations, all-or-nothing “logic”, false dichotomies), rationalized dishonesty (aka Lying for Jesus and rampant deceptive quote-mining), and even the promotion of the kind of “another gospel” which the Apostle Paul condemned. (“You can’t be a true Christian and affirm the Theory of Evolution.” and “You must make a choice: the True God or the God of Evolution! There are no other choices!”)
Because “creation science” is not a science at all—but a poorly executed propaganda movement enriching far too many millionaire, mega-ministry entrepreneurs preying upon the science-illiterate— Professor Tertius carefully emphasizes that fact by always setting apart “creation science” in quotation marks or by italics, so that the two words are recognized as a technical designation of a particular ideology, not an actual sub-field of real science.
Friends of Professor Tertius hope to collect and archive his many years of on-line articles, forum comments, guest blog contributions, and sermon notes into a convenient, keyword-tagged archive on this website. In the meantime, some of his articles appear on the Professor Tertius and Bible.and.Science.Forum pages on Facebook.
Due to their frustrations at having no scriptural or scientific evidence to support their favorite man-made traditions, young earth creationists and “creation science” propagandists and followers have long been known for deleting/censorsing and banning those who dare disagree with them. Origins ministry website also rarely provide links to the webpages of their opponents, even when they are quote-mining and critique their arguments. YECist citations run the gamut of the inadequate, the insufficient (e.g., only footnoting secondary and tertiary sources), and the non-existent. In contrast, Professor Tertius’ new blog articles will provide clickable links to the Internet material he critiques and reader comments will only be censored or deleted for reasons of obscenity, vulgarity, incitement to violence, legal liability exposure, or potential violations of law.
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