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MISSOURI ASSOCIATION FOR CREATION OUR HISTORY AND PURPOSE (C) copyright 1991 Missouri Association for Creation, Inc. The Missouri Association for Creation (M.A.C.) was founded in 1972 by two graduate students at the University of Missouri School of Veterinary Medicine in Columbia. These students felt a need to establish a discussion forum to critically examine the scientific evidence as it pertains to the origin of the Cosmos in general and living organisms in particular. As the name chosen for the organization suggests, they were convinced on the basis of their own study that a careful consideration of the scientific evidence would overwhelmingly favor a creation model over against an evolution model of origins. They found that a critical evaluation of the scientific evidence for both models of origins, creation and evolution, was rarely attempted in the science class room or in any instructional materials then in use. To satisfy their own curiosity and enthusiasm, they met monthly with other interested students, faculty, and members of the local community, to hear invited speakers and hold discussions and debates. Today M.A.C. is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri and has members and interested non-members all over Missouri as well as in several other states. M.A.C. is registered in the state of Missouri as a not-for-profit educational organization. M.A.C. was granted tax exempt status by I.R.S. as a section 501 (C) (3) organization in 1976. M.A.C. is not a subsidiary or sponsor of any other creationist group nor do we engage in political or legal efforts to force our views on others, including the public schools. We are convinced that truth must find its own way in a free market of ideas. Though the vast majority of our members would consider themselves Christians, we are not a church and engage in no prayer or worship activity as an organization. Our primary function is to serve as an educational resource on the question of origins. Our membership includes many scientists, parents, educators, students, clergy, and lay people. Our starting premise is that there are really only two fundamentally different explanations for the origin the of Cosmos (order) and its living inhabitants: 1) it is a result of purposeful design imposed on matter, or 2) it is a result of chance and the intrinsic properties of matter (spontaneous self assembly). There are perhaps combinations of these two views, but is difficult to imagine a third distinctly different view. We are concerned that most people are exposed to only one view of origins as a part of their formal education and thus we seek to give them an opportunity to critically examine the evidence and alternatives. We believe that a resolution to the question of which of these views (models) is most plausible must depend on a careful reexamination of the fossil record, contemporary cell biology, genetics, mathematical probability and the most fundamental laws of nature such as the second law of thermodynamics. M.A.C. is supported by membership dues of $15 per year, contributions, and the sale of literature and tapes. All dues and contributions are tax deductible. These funds are used to make available to student, teachers, parents, and the general public the abundant evidence for creation and against evolution. This is done by means of: Speakers Bureau, available to interested schools, churches, clubs, or any other group for lectures, debates, and seminars. Life Origins Library, a unique collection of books, audio and video tapes, slides, filmstrips, journals, reprints, and other literature on the subject of origins; free use to members. M.A.C. Bookstore, supplying literature, audio tapes, and video tapes directly and by mail; 10% discount for members--additional discounts for quantity purchases. Origins Talk RBBS, a computer bulletin board service offering discussions, programs, and text files on science, creation vs. evolution, and related topics. Member of FidoNet (1:100/435) and Christian Fellowship Net (8:3006/28). Grand Canyon Backpacking Trip, an inexpensive way to see one of the great geological wonders of the world with the fellowship of other Christians...for the adventurous! Fossil hunts, field trips, and tours of regional science attractions and exhibits. Science, Scripture, & Salvation radio program sponsor (by our Columbia, MO branch) in the Centralia, Moberly, Columbia, and Mexico, Missouri area on radio station KMFC-FM (92.1) and via translator in Columbia (103.1), Hannibal (107.1), and Jefferson City (100.9). Monthly meetings held in the metropolitan St. Louis area. *************************************** Origins Talk RBBS * (314) 821-1078 GenNet: 33:6250/1 FidoNet: 1:100/435 ToadNet: 86:8012/9 HealthCare Network: 60:500/6 Christian Fellowship Net: 8:3006/28 Internet: walt.stumper@f9.n8012.z86.toadnet.org Missouri Association for Creation, Inc. 405 North Sappington Road Saint Louis, Missouri 63122-4729 24-Hour Information Hotline..........314-994-3377 Library & Bookstore (Walt Stumper)...314-821-1234 Speakers Bureau (Destin LeBlanc).....314-481-4658 Franklin County (Doug Stevens).......314-239-4486 Columbia (Jim Karnes)................314-442-4474 Granite City, IL (David Tyler)......618-452-1813


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