Some creationists have been doctored
It's true. Some creationists have doctorates. And those doctorates are not just in irrelevant subject areas like theology, history and mathematics. It's just an empirical fact of the universe that some people have been awarded PhDs degrees in the relevant areas of biology and genetics -- yet they remain convinced that evolution by natural selection is a false explanation of human origins. I make this point only because there is some debate on other threads on this blog about whether young earth creationists with an advanced degree in a relevant discipline actually exist. I think it would be wise to simply stipulate that they do exist, though in very small numbers, then move on; because absolutely nothing follows from this admission. The fact that a creationist holds a PhD in biology or genetics cannot be advanced as an argument in defence of creationism, anymore than an evolutionist in possession of a relevant PhD is a walking argument for evolution. The truth or falsity of those accounts of life is demonstrated by the evidence, not the personnel.
A few years ago, a book was published with the title, In Six Days: Why 50 Scientists Choose to Believe in Creation. The book raised a little controversy at the time, and it's now regularly referenced in Creationist literature. One of the scientists who contributed to that collection is a young earth creationist called Kurt Wise. Dr Wise is a geology graduate of Chicago University and earned a PhD in Invertebrate Paleontology at Harvard University, under the supervision of the late Stephen Jay Gould. He later served as a teaching fellow in Gould's introductory geology and biology courses. For many years, Wise was a professor in Bryan College, in Dayton, Tennessee (yes, of Scopes Monkey Trial fame). He is now a professor of theology and science at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and served as scientific consultant to Answers in Genesis's Creation Museum in Kentucky. He's also a popular speaker at creationist events around the world -- and you can be sure that his Harvard credentials are underlined when he's introduced.
In his review of the anthology, Richard Dawkins described Kurt Wise as "an honest Creationist", because Wise writes this:
"Although there are scientific reasons for accepting a young earth, I am a young-age creationist because that is my understanding of the Scripture. As I shared with my professors years ago when I was in college, if all the evidence in the universe turns against creationism, I would be the first to admit it, but I would still be a creationist because that is what the Word of God seems to indicate. Here I must stand."
The "honesty" in this statement is Wise's willingness to reject "all the evidence in the universe" if it challenged creationism. Dawkins sees this as an example of the power of childhood indoctrination to leave a "mind wrecked".
Answers in Genesis has a different explanation for why some PhDs are creationists while others are evolutionists.