Jonathan Sarfati

(objected to his induction) Jonathan SarfatiJonathan D. Sarfati B.Sc. (Hons.), Ph.D., F.M. is a creationist, physical chemist and spectroscopist from Australia. Jonathan Sarfati also won fame as a chess player. Now, perhaps, he plays a different kind of chess, on a wider board.

Jonathan Sarfati – life and education

Dr Jonathan Sarfati was born in Ararat, Australia in 1964. He moved to New Zealand as a child and later studied science at Victoria University of Wellington. He obtained a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Chemistry with two physics papers substituted (nuclear and condensed matter physics). He earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry with a thesis titled “A Spectroscopic Study of some Chalcogenide Ring and Cage Molecules.” He has co-authored papers in mainstream scientific journals on high temperature superconductors and selenium-containing ring and cage-shaped molecules. He also had a co-authored paper on high-temperature superconductors published in Nature when he was 22. Dr Jonathan Sarfati is married with one stepson and two grand-daughters.


Dr Sarfati has been a Christian since 1984. He has long been interested in apologetics, the defense of the faith, and was a co-founder of the Wellington Christian Apologetics Society (New Zealand). Creation vs evolution is of course a vital area, because of the ramifications for the doctrines of Creation, the Fall which brought death into the world, and their links to the doctrines of the Incarnation, Atonement and Bodily Resurrection of the God-man Jesus Christ. In August 1996, he returned to the country of his birth to take up a position as a research scientist and editorial consultant for Creation Ministries International in Brisbane. In this capacity, he is co-editor of Creation magazine, and writes and reviews articles for Journal of Creation, CMI’s in-depth peer-reviewed publication, as well as contributing to CMI’s website. In 1999, he published his first book—Refuting Evolution. (This excerpt is a prize example of how he turns conventional arguments for an old earth on their heads.)It countered a teacher’s guidebook by the National Academy of Sciences, Teaching about Evolution and the Nature of Science, which had been widely circulated and publicized. Refuting Evolution now has 450,000 copies in print. Later that year he was a co-author of the updated and expanded Answers Book [note: now titled The Creation Answers Book], answering 20 of the most-asked questions about creation/evolution. He later wrote Refuting Evolution 2, to counter the PBS Evolution series and an anti-creationist article in Scientific American. In 2004, he wrote Refuting Compromise, to defend a straightforward biblical creation timeline and a global flood, and answer biblical and scientific objections. He concentrated on the errant teachings of day-age/local flood advocate Hugh Ross. It has been acclaimed as ‘the most powerful biblical and scientific defense of a straightforward view of Genesis creation ever written!’ In 2006, he co-authored 15 Reasons to Take Genesis as History with Don Batten, as a concise reference guide for Christians, including pastors and theologians, why Genesis can be trusted as real history of Creation about 6000 years ago and a global Flood. In 2008, he finished By Design: Evidence for nature’s Intelligent Designer—the God of the Bible. This demonstrates many examples of design in many areas, shows why chemical evolution can’t explain the origin of first life, and answers many objections to the Intelligent Design movement by invoking the biblical Creation-Fall model. In 2010, Dr Sarfati wrote The Greatest Hoax on Earth? Refuting Dawkins on Evolution. This was a response to leading atheopath Richard Dawkins’ latest book The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution. That year, Dr Sarfati emigrated to the USA with his wife to work in the CMI–USA office as speaker and Head Scientist. In 2012, he considerably expanded and updated a classic general apologetics book, Christianity for Skeptics, by Dr Steve Kumar of New Zealand. This presents a positive case for the existence of God, the inspiration of the Bible, and the divinity and resurrection of Christ, and answers challenges from suffering, atheism, Eastern philosophy, and Islam. The update now also contains cutting edge material on design in nature, the Christian roots of science, and answering the ‘new atheists’.


  1. B.Sc. (Hons.) in Chemistry (with condensed matter and nuclear physics papers substituted)
  2. Ph.D. in Spectroscopy (Physical Chemistry)


1988, F.I.D.E. Master title, The International Chess Federation


  1. Refuting Evolution
  2. Refuting Evolution 2
  3. Refuting Compromise: A biblical and scientific refutation of ‘progressive creationism’ (billions of years) as popularized by astronomer Hugh Ross
  4. By Design: Evidence for nature’s Intelligent Designer—the God of the Bible
  5. The Greatest Hoax on Earth? Refuting Dawkins on evolution.
  6. The Creation Answers Book (edited by Don Batten) with David Catchpoole and Dr Carl Wieland).
  7. Answers to the 4 Big Questions (edited by Dr Don Batten; with Ken Ham & Dr Carl Wieland)
  8. 15 Reasons to Take Genesis as History (with Dr Don Batten)
  9. Christianity for Skeptics (with Dr Steve Kumar)
  10. Mammoth: Riddle of the Ice Age (Booklet)
  11. Why would a loving God allow death and suffering? (Booklet)
  12. The Genesis Files: Meet 22 Modern-Day Scientists Who Believe in a Six-Day Recent Creation (One of the interviews is with Dr Sarfati)
  13. In Six Days: Why 50 [Ph.D.] Scientists Choose to Believe in Creation (Dr Sarfati contributed one of the articles)

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