Statement of Principles & Guidelines for Submission

Introduction

The purpose of this page is to provide a statement of New Creation’s (hereafter NC) beliefs, the principles we strive to uphold on this site, and the guidelines for submitting an article to ensure that we maintain content consistency. Please read this page carefully to ensure that we as the blog editors can work closely with potential article authors.

Statement of Beliefs

Above all else, we believe that Scripture is the inerrant and infallible word of God.

  • God: God is the Creator, Ruler and Sustainer of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and are co-equal and one God. God the Son became flesh and dwelt among us. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all humanity by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. Jesus ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
  • Humanity: The first humans were Adam and Eve, made on the sixth day of Creation. We are all made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. We are the supreme object of God’s creation, but we are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates us from God. We were created to exist forever. We will exist eternally, either separated from God by sin, or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation.
  • Salvation: Salvation is a gift from God to humanity. We can never make up for our sin on our own ability or by good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ and repenting from our sin can we be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment we receive Jesus Christ into our life by faith.

The Bible is the highest authority and from it, we can know God and His truth. As such, it is our foundation from which we do our scientific studies. From Scripture, we know that the Lord created the world in six literal days only about 6,000-20,000 years ago. The framework from which we view natural history, then, is much different than the conventional paradigm of materialistic naturalism over billions of years.

It is important, though, to recognize that science is not to be viewed as another “book” of Scripture; it is subject to change as the body of data expands and shifts. Only Scripture is unchanging. Just because a model is based on biblical science does not mean it is infallible–we should be open to modifying or completely changing our hypotheses if the data no longer supports them. What should never change, of course, is our view of the Word of God. 

We encourage the active development of testable hypotheses and model-building. Our aim is not to tear down evolution but rather build up the study of creation, and to do so in a respectful way. Dr. Leonard Brand, author of Faith, Reason, and Earth History, writes that “nothing is ever gained by making fun of others who have different beliefs on these issues. We each must carefully evaluate these philosophical questions and then deal politely and respectfully with those who disagree with us . . . Part of our task is to attempt to develop an internally consistent interventionist [that is, biblical creationist] theory, and then to evaluate the strength of the evidence for the theory.”

Even though within the creationist community we may not all agree on the finer points of our scientific models, we do agree that our lifestyles and attitudes should reflect God’s commandment to love Him and love others.

As we seek out the wonders of creation, we must also respect those whom He created.

Statement of Principles

  • We value positive model-building in creation science. We understand that there are many scientific positions and views held within the creationist views. We are not attempting to glorify any one view more than another; instead, we are trying to showcase a wide range of perspectives.
  • We do not tolerate disrespectful language targeted at any organization or individual. While we think that constructive critiques are useful to science, they must be done in a polite way. 
  • NC is not an apologetics ministry. Many great organizations exist that help to provide the believer with apologetics material and tools that they can use for ministry purposes. However, that is not our aim or goal at NC. This website is a launching pad for scientific investigation in the realm of creation science. We strive to point people to technical research done by young-earth scientists and to showcase what active scientific model-building looks like. 

Submitting an Article: Guidelines

  • Biographical
    • We request that you submit brief biographical information if you have not written for us before or if your information has changed since your last submission
    • Your bio should be included as an attachment in the email containing the first draft of your article
    • Your bio should be no more than 100 words in length
    • Your bio will be posted on our blog’s list of scientists/researchers
    • If you do not want your biographical information publicized on the blog for any reason (e.g. using a pen name) you should specifically request this and your wish will be respected
  • Formatting
    • Article must be no greater than 5,000 words
    • If the article uses extensive technical language, please include a layperson summary. If you have a technical research article, we would encourage you to publish in a journal and give us a summary to post
    • If including figures, images, etc., include their proper credits/attributions
    • Use respectful language when speaking about the work others have published (including the work of naturalistic evolutionists), even when you disagree 
  • Capitalization
    • Use lowercase creation in most cases, except in a list of biblical events, especially “Creation and Flood,” “the Creation Week,” and “Day One”
    • Usually capitalize “Flood” in clear references to “Noah’s Flood.” But any other use of flood, such as “a local flood,” is lowercase
    • Lowercase earth in most cases, except where Earth appears in a sentence of a list with the names of other planets
    • Lowercase names for divine dwelling places, including heaven, hell, and paradise
    • Upper/Middle/Lower and Late/Middle/Early should be capitalized when they are actual chronostratigraphic or geochronologic divisions, but they should not be capitalized if they are not official designations (e.g., Late Cretaceous vs. lower Coconino bed)
  • Taxonomic Nomenclature and Formatting
    • Suprageneric taxonomic ranks, in their proper form, should always be capitalized (e.g., Canidae, Plantae, Mammalia, Probainognathia, etc.)
    • Suprageneric taxonomic ranks in a colloquial form should not be capitalized (e.g., canids, plants, mammal, probainognathian, etc.)
    • Genus and species names should always be italicized (e.g., Homo sapiens)
    • When writing the scientific name of a species, the species epithet should never be capitalized (e.g., Tyrannosaurus rex)
    • When abbreviating species names, you should abbreviate the genus name as the first letter, followed by a period (e.g., T. rex, H. sapiens)
    • If you are abbreviating species names, and more than one genus begins with the same letter, then use extra letters to distinguish the taxa (e.g., Au. africanus and Ar. ramidus)
  • Editorial Review: When you submit a document to NC, you understand the following:
    • The editorial staff has the freedom to adjust formatting and correct typographical or grammatical errors
    • Your document may be subject to peer-review, which may be published alongside your article
    • If your document is approved for publishing, a note will be included on the site stating that your article expresses the views of the author (you)

Conclusion

If your document does not align with our Statement of Principles, we will not publish it. It is not a reflection of our outlook on any particular individual or viewpoint, but rather editorial requirements. If you submit a paper, we may also return it with suggestions. If you do not make the changes we suggest, we may not publish it. If you submit a paper that we did not publish, that does not affect your ability to submit more papers in the future. 

Contact us here and an editor will get back to you with more submission details.