Mike Snavely is up front about the Creation Seminar he is leading today and Saturday in Honesdale: He is not an expert, he is a communicator.


Mike Snavely is up front about the Creation Seminar he is leading today and Saturday in Honesdale: He is not an expert, he is a communicator.
“Every one assumes you are expert in every field possible – botany, biology, geology,” said Sanvely, who has been doing the presentations for since 1995. “I just a communicator. I sit down with scientists, evolutionists, creationist and other experts and take information directly form them.
“I communicate. My joy in teaching was more communication than research.”
The Creation Seminar, a free event kicking off 6:30 tonight at the Honesdale High School Auditorium, is being organized by the Wayne-Pike Child Evangelist Fellowship, a non-profit interdenominational ministry.
While the seminar organizers and Snavely firmly believe that God created all things, they said that all people are welcome to the free event, whether they believe in Creationism or Evolution, attend church or not, or believe in God or not.
The idea of brining Snavely to Honesdale came in response to local people seeing one of the many presentations he does across the country each year.
“We had him last summer at one of camps and while he was there, he spoke at some local churches,” said John Kornbau, a field worker with the Wayne-Pike Child Evangelist Fellowship (WPCEF).
“People really enjoyed it. Pastor Leo Mancini of the First Baptist Church in Waymart thought that we should do a creation seminar because the ‘guy is great.’”
Working with several local churches, WPCEF quickly went from holding the event at a church to using the high school.
Having the event at Honesdale High School has nothing to do with the school district’s view of the subject.
Wayne Highland School District Superintendent Thomas Jenkins said having the seminar at Honesdale High School was simply a case of the district complying with open access laws and not an endorsement of Creationism or Evolution.
“As a public institution, if we allow any group in, we must allow all groups in with very little exception,” Jenkins said.
Jenkins pointed out that one local church uses district facilities for a Sunday outreach program.
 As for the district’s policy on teaching evolution, Jenkins said the subject is taught as a theory in freshman biology and, in greater detail, to seniors in advance-placement (AP) biology.
 “We don’t teach evolution as ‘this is the definitive way it happened,’” said Jenkins. “We teach it as the current scientific theory. Like global warming, we teach it as prevailing science.”
“… We do not promote one over the other,” he said.
The district holds Creationism as a religious belief and does not include it in science classes, according to Jenkins. While teachers will not bring up Creationism as part of the biology course, teachers may talk about it in response to a student’s question.
Kornbau, like Snavely and the event organizers, believe in Creationism.
“For thousands of years, that was all that was believed,” said Kornbau. “Many different cultures have their own great flood or creation story. They might be slightly different, but they all have a flood story. If it didn’t happen, why do all these cultures have such stories?
“Evolution is the only thing taught in school. It is a theory. Scientists think they’ve proved it, but they keep changing their viewpoint on evolution. If it is science, why do they keep changing what they say?”
Kornbau pointed to flaws, errors and changes found in carbon dating.
“It takes a lot of belief to believe in evolution,” said Kornbau.
Local resident Joe Funke, who authored a guest commentary supporting Evolution (see Page 4 of today’s edition), noted that: “Copernicus threw a monkey (how appropriate) wrench into the machinery of the earth centered universe by postulating heliocentricity, thereby relegating our home planet (and ourselves) to the status of playing second fiddle in a much larger orchestration. It’s ‘just a theory’ he was told, and to stop spouting heresy. More than 200 years would pass before the Copernican system could no longer be denied. Similarly, Evolution remains to creationists,
‘just a theory.’”
“…But if the universe is of intelligent design why would any god create an instant world and then endow it with an abundance of evidence supporting unimaginable antiquity plus the time
needed for evolution to kick in?”