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Jonathan D. Sarfati (born October 1, 1964) is a creationist who was trained as a scientist. His writings on creationism have attracted attention from supporters and opponents. He is also a master chess player. is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... Creationism is the belief that humanity, life, the Earth, and the universe were created in their entirety by a deity or deities (typically God), whose existence is presupposed. ...

Sarfati works for Creation Ministries International (CMI), formerly part of Answers in Genesis (AiG), a non-profit Christian Apologetics ministry specializing in Young-Earth creationism. He is the author of Creation science articles and three books on the subject; Refuting Evolution (1999), Refuting Evolution 2 (2002), and Refuting Compromise (2004). AiGs logo Answers in Genesis (AiG) is a non-profit Christian apologetics ministry with a particular focus on Young Earth Creationism, and a literal or plain [1] interpretation of the first chapters of the Book of Genesis. ... AiGs logo Answers in Genesis (AiG) is a non-profit Christian apologetics ministry with a particular focus on Young Earth creationism and a literal, or plain,[1] interpretation of the first chapters of Genesis. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Wycliffe Tyndale · Luther · Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Archbishop of Canterbury Patriarch of Constantinople Christianity Portal This box:      Christian apologetics is the... Adam and Eve, the first human beings according to Genesis. ... Creation science is the creationists attempt to find scientific evidence that would justify their literal interpretation of the Biblical account of creation. ...

A FIDE Master in chess, he achieved a draw against former world champion Boris Spassky during a tournament in Wellington in 1988, [1] and was New Zealand's national chess champion in 1987-8,[2] representing that country in Chess Olympiads in 1986, 1988, and 1992. FIDE Master (FM) is a title awarded by the world chess governing body, Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE). ... Chess is a recreational and competitive game for two players. ... Boris Spassky Boris Vasilievich Spassky (also Spasskij) (Russian: ) (born January 30, 1937) is a Russian chess player and former world champion. ... For other uses, see Wellington (disambiguation). ...



Born in Ararat, Victoria, Sarfati moved with his family to New Zealand as a child, where he became a dual national. He attended Wellington College in New Zealand, later graduating from Victoria University of Wellington with a B.Sc. (Hons.) in chemistry, and a Ph.D. in the same subject for a thesis entitled "A Spectroscopic Study of some Chalcogenide Ring and Cage Molecules." Location of Ararat in Victoria (red) Ararat () is a regional town in south-west Victoria, Australia. ... Motto: Peace and Prosperity Other Australian states and territories Capital Melbourne Governor HE Mr John Landy Premier Steve Bracks (ALP) Area 237,629 km² (6th)  - Land 227,416 km²  - Water 10,213 km² (4. ... Countries that do (yellow) and do not (red) permit multiple citizenship. ... For other articles under the same title, visit the disambiguation page. ... Victoria Universitys Kelburn Campus. ... Chemistry - the study of atoms, made of nuclei (conglomeration of center particles) and electrons (outer particles), and the structures they form. ... Extremely high resolution spectrogram of the Sun showing thousands of elemental absorption lines (fraunhofer lines) Spectroscopy is the study of the interaction between radiation (electromagnetic radiation, or light, as well as particle radiation) and matter. ... The chalcogens (with the ch pronounced with a hard c as in chemistry) are the name for the periodic table group 16 (old-style: VIB or VIA) in the periodic table. ...

He co-authored a paper on high-temperature superconductors that was published in Nature in 1987 ("Letters to Nature") [3], and from 1988 to 1995, had several papers on spectroscopy of condensed matter samples published in other peer-reviewed scientific journals. [4] Unsolved problems in physics: Why do certain materials exhibit superconductivity at temperatures much higher than 50 kelvins? The term high-temperature superconductor was initially employed to designate the new family of cuprate-perovskite ceramic materials discovered by J.G. Bednorz and K.A. Müller in 1986. ... Nature is one of the most prominent scientific journals, first published on 4 November 1869. ... Extremely high resolution spectrogram of the Sun showing thousands of elemental absorption lines (fraunhofer lines) Spectroscopy is the study of the interaction between radiation (electromagnetic radiation, or light, as well as particle radiation) and matter. ... It has been suggested that Solid state physics be merged into this article or section. ... Peer review (known as refereeing in some academic fields) is a scholarly process used in the publication of manuscripts and in the awarding of funding for research. ...

In 1996, he returned to Brisbane, Australia to work for the Creation Science Foundation, then Answers in Genesis and now Creation Ministries International, as co-editor of their magazine, Creation, [5] and their technical journal, Journal of Creation (formerly TJ). [6] Brisbane (pronounced ) is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of Queensland, as well as the third largest city in Australia. ...

Fellow creationist Gary Bates, in an interview with Sarfati in Creation magazine, says:

"Sarfati means Frenchman in Hebrew. Despite having no religious upbringing, Jonathan was driven to investigate his Jewish roots after his conversion. As a Messianic Jew, he has also passionately imbibed knowledge about church history and theological issues."[7]

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Religion and science

According to the Creation Ministries International website, Sarfati was a founder of the Wellington Christian Apologetics Society in New Zealand, and has long retained an interest in Christian apologetics and the creationism versus evolution debate.[8] The creation-evolution controversy (also termed the creation vs. ...

His first two books, Refuting Evolution in 1999, and Refuting Evolution 2 in 2002, are rebuttals to the National Academy of Sciences' publication Teaching about Evolution and the Nature of Science and the PBS/Nova series "Evolution," respectively. President Harding and the National Academy of Sciences at the White House, Washington, DC, April 1921 The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a corporation in the United States whose members serve pro bono as advisers to the nation on science, engineering, and medicine. ... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... Nova is a popular science television series from the USA produced by WGBH and can be seen on PBS and in more than 100 countries. ...

Refuting Compromise, published in 2004, is Sarfati's rebuttal of the day-age creationist teachings of Dr. Hugh Ross, who attempts to harmonize the Genesis account of creation with mainstream science regarding the age of the earth and the possible size of the Biblical Flood, against which Sarfati defends a literal biblical timeline and a global flood. Day-Age Creationism, a type of Old Earth Creationism, is an effort to reconcile the literal Genesis account of Creation with modern scientific theories on the age of the Universe, the Earth, life, and humans. ... Hugh Ross Hugh N. Ross (born 1945) is a Canadian-born Old Earth Creationist. ... Creation according to Genesis refers to the description of the creation of the heavens and the earth by God, as described in Genesis, the first book of the Bible. ... Noah or Nóach (Rest, Standard Hebrew נוֹחַ Nóaḥ, Tiberian Hebrew נֹחַ Nōªḥ; Arabic نوح Nūḥ) is a character from the Book of Genesis who builds an ark to save his family and the world...

Chemical evolution

He has written in the general field of chemistry criticising abiogenesis theories, pointing out what he considers difficulties in chemical evolution, such as polymerization,[9] chirality,[10] instability of building blocks,[11] and the origin of self-reproduction.[12] He also accuses many origin of life researchers, such as David Bartel of MIT and Gerald Joyce of the Scripps Research Institute, of having a religious kind of faith in materialism.[13] This article focuses on the history of thought regarding abiogenesis (the spontaneous generation of life from non-living sources). ... Chemical evolution has two meanings and uses. ... An example of alkene polymerisation, in which each Styrene monomer units double bond reforms as a single bond with another styrene monomer and forms polystyrene. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Professor Gerald F. Joyce is a reseacher at The Scripps Research Institute. ... In philosophy, materialism is that form of physicalism which holds that the only thing that can truly be said to exist is matter; that fundamentally, all things are composed of material and all phenomena are the result of material interactions. ...

Criticism of these writings

Eugenie Scott and Glenn Branch of the National Center for Science Education called Sarfati's Refuting Evolution a "crude piece of propaganda",[14] while PZ Myers has labeled Sarfati's understanding of developmental biology as "hopelessly confused".[15] Eugenie Scott. ... The NCSEs logo The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) is a non-profit organization affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science. ... Paul Zachary PZ Myers (born March 9, 1957) is an American biology professor at the University of Minnesota, Morris and a science blogger via his blog, Pharyngula (previously ). He is currently an associate professor of biology at Morris, works in the field of evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo), and has...

Sarfati's critics, such as Reed A. Cartwright and Dr Douglas L. Theobald, rebut Sarfati's claims that evolutionists keep changing the definition of vestigial to match the evidence.[16] In their criticism, Cartwright and Douglas note that Sarfati's PhD is in physical chemistry, not biology. Sarfati himself has criticised some of his opponents for their lack of appropriate credentials, noting of one researcher, that he was an anthropologist, and therefore "anything he says about radiometric dating should be taken with a large grain of salt."[17] Anthropology (from Greek: ἀνθρωπος, anthropos, human being; and λόγος, logos, knowledge) is the comparative study of the physical and social characteristics of humanity through the examination of historical and present geographical distribution, cultural history, acculturation, and cultural relationships. ... Radiometric dating is a technique used to date materials based on a knowledge of the decay rates of naturally occurring isotopes, and the current abundances. ...

Religion and morals


Sarfati wrote in Prayer News: "Right throughout Scripture, murder — that is the intentional killing of innocent humans — is regarded as a heinous sin (Exodus 20:13, Matthew 19:18, Romans 13:9). Since abortion kills an innocent human being, it is nothing less than murder. So all the usual 'hard cases' pushed by pro-abortionists, e.g. 'What if the woman was raped?', 'What if the child is deformed?', 'What if she can't afford to keep the child?' are completely irrelevant. We should also remember Ezekiel 18:20, which prohibits executing a child for the crime of his/her father — this means that even the tragic cases of pregnancies due to incest or rape are no justification for killing the innocent child conceived." [18]


He has argued that "the Bible speaks against racism regardless of any way in which people have misused it." [19]

Marriage and homosexual rights

He defends monagamous heterosexual marriage as "God’s ideal" [20] (compare polygamy). Heterosexuality is a sexual orientation characterized by esthetic attraction, romantic love or sexual desire exclusively for members of the opposite sex or gender, contrasted with homosexuality and distinguished from bisexuality and asexuality. ... The term polygamy (many marriages in late Greek) is used in related ways in social anthropology, sociobiology, and sociology. ...

He opposes homosexual behaviour, while advocating "love the sinner, hate the sin." [21] Homosexuality refers to sexual interaction and / or romantic attraction between individuals of the same sex. ...

He has endorsed Bernard Goldberg's suggestion that Roman Catholic priests who molest teenage boys should be called "gay priests" rather than "pedophile priests." In the same article, he used the terms "homonazis" and "sodomofascist" to refer to gays who advocate the imprisonment of pastors for calling homosexual acts sinful: Bernard Bernie Goldberg (born 1945) is an American writer, journalist, and political commentator. ... The Roman Catholic Church, most often spoken of simply as the Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with over one billion members. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

"Homosexuals are now a politically protected victim group, about which it is verboten to say anything negative. And certain homonazis want Christians punished if they quote from the Bible against homosexual behavior. Indeed, 63-year-old Pastor Åke Greenh was jailed in Sweden for just that, because they have such a sodomofascist law restricting Christian freedom. Fortunately his conviction was overturned on appeal, to the ire of homosexual activists, by a higher court because it was such an egregious violation of Sweden's free speech laws." [22]


Sarfati frequently expresses his conservative views on some blogs, most notably that of columnist Andrew Bolt of Australia's Herald Sun newspaper. He has supported Bolt's position on the conservative side of Australia's culture wars. [2][3] This article deals with conservatism as a political philosophy. ... It has been suggested that Online diary be merged into this article or section. ... Andrew Bolt (born September 26, 1959) is an Australian newspaper columnist and conservative pundit. ... The Herald Sun is a newspaper in Melbourne, Australia, that is published by The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd, a subsidiary of Rupert Murdochs News Corporation. ...


Sarfati (at left, on dias) playing blindfold chess at 12 boards simultaneously

A New Zealand national chess champion in 1987-8, he represented New Zealand in three Chess Olympiads: the 27th in Dubai [23] in 1986, the 28th in Thessaloniki [24] in 1988, and the 30th in Manila [25] in 1992. He also represented New Zealand at the 5th Asian Teams in New Delhi [26]. He also tied Rey Casse in the Australian Junior Championship in 1981, but was not eligible to share the title because he was a resident of New Zealand at the time. [27] Image File history File links Sarfatiblindfoldchess. ... Image File history File links Sarfatiblindfoldchess. ... NEW ZEALAND CHESS CHAMPIONS Note: Up to 1934 foreign players were eligible for the title. ... The Chess Olympiad is a chess event which has been officially organised by FIDE since 1927 and takes place in even years. ... Coordinates: , Emirate Dubai Government  - Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Area [1]  - Metro 4,114 km² (1,588. ... Thessaloniki or Salonica (Greek: Θεσσαλονίκη) is Greeces second-largest city and the capital of Macedonia. ... Nickname: Map of Metro Manila showing the location of Manila Coordinates: 14°35 N 121° E Country Philippines Region National Capital Region Districts 1st to 6th districts of Manila Barangays 897 Incorporated (city) June 10, 1574 Government  - Mayor Alfredo Lim (GO)  - Vice Mayor Isko Moreno (Asenso Manilenyo/PDP-Laban) Area... , This article is about the urban region that is the capital of India. ... Winners of Australian chess championship tournaments. ...

He is currently the club captain/director-of-play for the Logan City Chess Club, Australia. [28]

He is known for giving blindfold chess exhibits at creationist conferences [29] and chess clubs, [30] and has played twelve such games simultaneously. [31] Blindfold Chess is a way to play chess, whereby play is conducted without the players having sight of the positions of the pieces, or any physical contact with them. ...

His previous best was winning 11/11 at the Kapiti Chess Club in New Zealand [32]. Kapiti can refer to: Kapiti Island, a small island a short distance off the New Zealand coast north of Wellington. ...


  • Rescuing the Bible from John Shelby Spong, ISBN 0-89051-417-8 (forthcoming)
  • Refuting Compromise, 2004, ISBN 0-89051-411-9
  • The Revised & Expanded Answers Book, 2003, with Carl Wieland and Ken Ham, edited by Don Batten, ISBN 0-89051-395-3
  • Refuting Evolution 2, 2002, ISBN 0-89051-387-2
  • Refuting Evolution, 1999, ISBN 0-89051-258-2

Carl Wieland is an Australian young Earth creationist, author, and speaker. ... Ken Ham Kenneth Alfred Ham (born October 20, 1951) is the president of Answers in Genesis USA and Joint CEO of Answers in Genesis International. ...


  1. ^ Chess Games
  2. ^ Poison Pawn
  3. ^ Mawdsley, A., Trodahl, H.J., Tallon, J., Sarfati, J. and Kaiser, A.B. (1987) Thermoelectric power and electron-phonon enhancement in YBa2Cu3O7-6 Nature 328: 233-234.
  4. ^ Five articles can be found by searching for Jonathan D Sarfati at Science Direct
  5. ^ CMI's Creation magazine
  6. ^ AiG's Journal of Creation Archive
  7. ^ Creation on the Web article An awesome mind - A talk with one of Christianity’s foremost defenders, Jonathan Sarfati by Gary Bates. First published: Creation 26(3):36–41 June 2004. Referenced May 18, 2006.
  8. ^ Sarfati's biography at CMI-Australia, Creationist Physical Chemist and Spectroscopist
  9. ^ Sarfati, J. (1998) Origin of Life: The Polymerization Problem Journal of Creation 12(3):281–284
  10. ^ Sarfati, J. (1998) Origin of life: the chirality problem Journal of Creation 12(3):263–266
  11. ^ Sarfati, J. (1999) Origin of life: Instability of building blocks Journal of Creation 13(2):124–127]
  12. ^ Sarfati, J. (1997) Self-replicating enzymes? A critique of some current evolutionary origin-of-life models Journal of Creation 11(1):4–6
  13. ^ Creation on the webarticle "Does ribozyme research prove Darwinian evolution?" by Jonathan Sarfati
  14. ^ Scott E.C. and Branch G. (2003). Antievolutionism: Changes and Continuities BioScience: 53(3):282-285
  15. ^ PZ Myers' blog
  16. ^ Cartwright, R.A. and Theobald, D.L. (2001) Citing Scadding (1981) and Misunderstanding Vestigiality: Another Example of Poor Creationist Scholarship, Talk Origins archive.
  17. ^ Sarfati argues that Colin Groves, an anthropologist, is not an expert on radiometric dating [1]
  18. ^ Creation on the web article "Abortion — The answer’s in Genesis" by Jonathan Sarfati First published in Prayer News (Australia), May 1998, page four.
  19. ^ Creation on the web series Feedback from its 2001 article titled "The Bible vs slavery and apartheid" by Jonathan Sarfati.
  20. ^ Creation on the web article "Does the Bible clearly teach monogamy?" by Jonathan Sarfati.
  21. ^ Creation on the web series Feedback from February 6, 2004 titled "Objections to homosexuality article" by Jonathan Sarfati.
  22. ^ Creation on the web series Feedback from February 18, 2005 titled "The disingenuous and anti-Christian nature of 'gay rights' rhetoric" by Jonathan Sarfati.
  23. ^ Chess Olympiad 1986
  24. ^ Chess Olympiad 1988
  25. ^ Chess Olympiad 1992
  26. ^ Asian Teams 1983
  27. ^ Search for Rey Casse and Chess
  28. ^ Logan City Chess Club
  29. ^ Creation Ministries International Camp brochure
  30. ^ Croydon chess club photos
  31. ^ Chess games at Logan Chess Club site
  32. ^ (Roberts 2003)

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External links

  • Biography of Dr. Sarfati and links to some of his internet articles
  • Creation Ministries Website
  • ChessGames.com page

Opposing views

  • List of rebuttals to some of Sarfati's writings on No Answers in Genesis
  • "Teaching about Evolution and the Nature of Science", National Academy of Sciences, undated, retrieved 22 February 2006

  Results from FactBites:
Supernovae and Supernova Remnants: Reply to Jonathan Sarfati (944 words)
Jonathan Sarfati of Answers in Genesis (AiG) wrote a brief reply to Dave Moore's Supernovae, Supernova Remnants and Young Earth Creationism FAQ which debunked a Sarfati article on supernova remnants and the Keith Davies article on which it is based.
Sarfati posts at TheologyWeb under the screen name "Socrates" with the habit of referring to himself in the third person.
I notice however that in Sarfati's reply does not contain any attempt at rebuttal based upon the astrophysical evidence that I have presented on why Davies is wrong, instead it is merely obfuscating and blustering without addressing the facts.
A Nonexpert Review of the Book "Refuting Compromise" by Jonathan Sarfati (9543 words)
Sarfati frankly acknowledges all of this (and rightly objects that this is not the same thing as believing in “evolution” in the common usage of the word).
Sarfati admits that this is the standard “evolutionist response” to his argument, but scoffs at the fact that scientists have not yet come up with a complete theory for what causes the reversals.
Sarfati asserts that the presence of helium from alpha-decay in rocks shows that this alpha-decay happened faster than expected in the past, which in turn would mean that radiometric dating predicts ages which are much older than the actual age of the rock.
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