Welcome to the SCS Center for Creation Studies

Our purpose is to glorify our Creator by equipping believers and engaging culture through creation apologetics research, education, and outreach.

Why science and religion?

Our medieval ancestors regarded theology as “The Queen of the Sciences.” It was out from the domains of theology and philosophy that the scientific revolution emerged in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. Consequently, early scientists were almost universally theists seeking to gain greater understanding of the wonder and order of God’s creation – a curiosity which was provoked through the careful reading of God’s Word. Within a few centuries naturalists demanded emancipation and set-out to erect an impassable wall between the domains of theology, philosophy, and science, atop which they have sat as self-appointed sentries. This heedless impasse has stifled the scientific community from being able to address some of the most pressing questions of our day, such as origins and distinctive nature of humanity.

We believe that the book of Genesis presents a historically accurate account of the origin of man, the fall of Adam and Eve, and consequently the entire human race, the worldwide flood, the call of Abraham, and the origin of God’s chosen people, Israel. Included in this is our belief that special creation of the existing universe, consisting of time, space, and matter, was accomplished in six literal, twenty-four hour days, as detailed in Genesis chapter one.

Do you want to study science & theology?

You can do both by enrolling in our Master of Arts in Science and Religion (MASR) degree program.

Meet the Team

The Faculty, Staff, and Guest Lecturers for the CCS
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Dr. Steven A. Austin Ph.D.

Guest Lecturer

Dr. Steven A. Austin is a field research geologist with a Ph.D. from Penn State University in sedimentary geology. He is “Senior Research Scientist” with Institute for Creation Research in Dallas, Texas. He has performed geologic research on six of the seven continents of the world. His research adventures have taken him by helicopter into the crater of Mount St. Helens volcano, by…

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Dr. John Baumgardner Ph.D.


Dr. Baumgardner has a B.S. in electrical engineering from Texas Tech University, a M.S. in electrical engineering from Princeton University, and a Ph.D. in geophysics and space physics from UCLA. His Ph.D. research included the development of a 3D finite element model of the earth’s interior, now known as TERRA, specifically to investigate the physical…

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Dr. Kenneth B. Cumming Ph.D.

Guest Lecturer

Ken served 28 years as an administrator of higher education schools - 25 years most recently as a Dean of Institute for Creation Research (ICR) Graduate School of Science and 3 years previously as Academic Vice President of Christian Heritage College.He served as primary advisor to the graduate students and supervisor for counseling and health…

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James I. Fazio Th.M.

Dean of Bible and Theology

James Fazio is a graduate of Southern California Seminary (BA in Biblical Studies in 2002, Master of Divinity in 2005, and Master of Theology in 2013). He holds the distinct privilege of serving as the undergraduate and graduate Dean of Bible and Theology. James has been in education his whole life, beginning as a special…

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William A. Hoesch M.S.


Bill earned a B.A. in Geology from the University of Colorado-Boulder and a M.S. in Geology from the Institute for Creation Research. He teaches undergraduate courses in Scientific Models of Origins and Introduction to Physical Science at Southern California Seminary. An experienced outdoor educator in places like Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Yellowstone he also leads…

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Tom Lewis M.A., M.Div.

Asst. Professor of Bible and Theology & Director for Center for Creation Studies

After receiving a BS in Chemistry at San Diego State University and serving on the Executive Committee of the American Chemical Society with Nobel Laureate, Sir Francis Crick, Tom attended Colorado State University as a PhD candidate in Physical Chemistry for four years and is the co-author of two patents. After owning and operating a…

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By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.

Psalm 33:6