I was raised in a Catholic grade school through 7th grade. I moved to a public school from 8th through 12th grade.  Half of my college education was in a state school and half of it was in a small private Baptist school.  Out of that variety of circumstances, I developed a faith in evolution and a faith in God.  Somehow I was able to pull the two things together and live with them harmoniously.  I even found "Christian" principles that seemed to explain how evolution "fit" with creation and the Bible.  But as I grew older, I stumbled onto things that caused me to question my foundation of beliefs.  

Today I feel like a heretic when I share my thoughts about creation with others. I expect people to respond to me, saying "Seriously Ben, you believe in a 6 day creation?!  Like, 6 actual 24-hour days?!" The thing is, yes, I do.  At least now I do.  After all, that's what the Bible says.  It takes well studied men to look at the Bible and misinterpret the words for the average reader.  They tell us "You see, it doesn't actually mean 6 days, when it says 6 days.  Jesus didn't actually heal the thousands of people, it just says that.  There wasn't actually a world-wide flood, it was probably a local flood."

The problem is, we fell for it!  You see once upon a time the Bible told us we were created by God in 6 days and we believed it.  Then science started proposing things outside of God.  Learned men, like Charles Darwin, came up with ideas to fill the void because they no longer believed in God.  Enough people believed in a Godless science that religious authorities decided to combat those "scientific principles".  That's how creative connections like the 'gap theory' came about.  Somebody thought, "if science says the earth is millions of years old, then how can we plug the Bible into that?  How can we fit God's word into a different theory about creation?" 

They got lost in the noise and totally missed the point.  You don't need to plug the Bible into science.  Just have faith in what the Bible says.  True science agrees with the Bible.  True science explains what the Bible has to say.  Don't try to use the Bible to prove a false science is correct.

Let me get back to the point.  I have grown strong in my belief about creation.  I wasn't always this way.  When I tell people what I believe, they want to know why, how, etc.  So I tell them where I got my information.  There's a lot of information out there today!  It's readily available, you just need to know where to find it!  My goal is to share with you some of these resources.

Over the past several years I have built up a collection of go-to resources for challenging myself to learn more.  I'm placing together some of my favorite and most used resources in this top 7 list.  I hope you enjoy them!  I'm publishing each link separately, following this blog.

Ben Russell - CreationTales.comBen Russell is author of "Noah Drake And The Dragon Killer". He writes Juvenile/Middle Grade Fiction Adventures. He's not a scientist or a doctor of history; he's just a guy that's interested in those subjects. He's very interested in creation. His inner child gets excited about dinosaurs and the idea that they're not millions of years old. He despises the theory of evolution, believing it's a stumbling block to the Christian faith. Ben is a family man. He and his lovely wife have four happy kids and they make their home among the roaming hills of the Missouri Ozarks.