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David Catchpoole

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David Catchpoole

David Catchpoole, B.Ag.Sc. (Hons), Ph.D., was a plant physiologist with the Queensland Department of Primary Industries, who now works full time with Creation Ministries International as a speaker and writer, particularly for Creation magazine and the CMI web-site.

David Catchpoole
Creation Ministries International
PO Box 4545
Eight Mile Plains, Qld 4113
Phone: (07) 3340 9888
Email: Contact form


Like most scientists today, David Catchpoole was an evolutionist when he started out, and did not believe in God. When he was in his mid-20's, he went on a trip to Indonesia, where a personal crisis, and typhoid fever, brought him to know the Lord. At that time in his life, he remembered the words of some Christian university students, who had told him to cry out to God if he ever faced a crisis. So he said ‘God, it sounds strange even saying your name, because I’m not sure you even exist. But if you can hear me and get me out of this mess, I’ll be a Christian for the rest of my days.’ Apparently God heard his plea and David got out of his mess, and became a Christian. After David became a Christian, he still believed the universe was billions of years old, until he heard a seminar from Dr. Don Batten and Dr. Carl Wieland in 1997. What David didn’t realize is that a lot of speculation goes into what scientists cannot test or observe, which is the distant past.

Creation evangelism

David Catchpoole speaks particularly about the value of creation to evangelism. In response to a story about a girl who could not find an answer to the question, "...our bodies are unclean! Why would God, who is pure, sully himself by coming down to Earth in human form?", he wrote:

Such a question requires only a basic understanding of the Atonement to answer. Salvation required a sacrificial 'last Adam' (1 Cor. 15:45) to shed His blood in death, one who was a physical descendant of the first, yet sinless. This could be fulfilled only through God incarnate, Jesus Christ (Hebrews 9:12, 22). Notice, though, how all this is built upon the foundational Genesis truths of the first Adam bringing in sin and death, and the first shedding of blood as a covering for sin (Genesis 3:21). The increasing confusion caused in the church by long-age compromises (which, by putting suffering, death and bloodshed before Adam, undermine these truths) is a major reason why so many today cannot give reasoned answers to basic Gospel-related questions (contravening 1 Peter 3:15). This leaves young people in the church vulnerable to being tossed by winds of false doctrine (Ephesians 4:14).Creation 24(2):46-51, Mar-May 2002.