M. Steven Daugherty

I grew up in a rural area of New Mexico under Christian parents that took me to church for as long as I can remember. I developed a love for animals at a young age as a result of having responsibility for the care and feeding (along with my siblings) of numerous types of animals on our place including dogs, cattle, goats, chickens, turkeys, rabbits, sheep, and a horse. In college I was able to combine my love of science and animals by majoring in animal science and earning a Ph.D. in animal nutrition. I do not remember a time when I was not interested in science. By the 5th grade in elementary school I knew that I wanted to go to college and study science, although I didn't have a clue at that time which scientific discipline I would end up in (nutrition and biochemistry). Throughout my years in junior high and high school science courses it was very distressing to me that what scientist were saying and what I was being taught in class about the origins of the universe and life on this planet could not be reconciled with the Biblical account of creation in the first chapter of the Bible (Genesis). I hate to admit this now, but at the time I even accepted the explanation of some theologians in their attempts to reconcile the Biblical account of creation with modern science by claiming that, since God is timeless, perhaps He used millions of years and the mechanism of evolution to create the myriad of life forms on this planet. This is despite clear evidence in the first chapter of Genesis in the creation account that God created the entire universe and everything in it in six days and that these 'days' are ordinary solar days. It appeared to me when I began my college career in a scientific field that being a Christian and a scientist were mutually exclusive if I wanted to fit in with modern scientific thinking on the origins of the universe and life and it caused me great internal conflict. After receiving a sufficient background in various scientific disciplines in my undergraduate and graduate careers to evaluate for myself the claims of modern scientists concerning evolution and the origins of the universe, my internal conflict over the Biblical account of creation and evolution was resolved. When I learned of the assumptions that scientists have to make to support evolution, the Big Bang theory, the age of the universe, etc. I no longer had any internal conflict about being a Christian scientist and accepting the Biblical account of creation as recorded in Genesis. I came to firmly believe that when science conflicts with God's word in the Bible, it is scientists who are wrong, not God. God doesn't tell us everything in the Bible we would like to know about creation, but it is the only reliable account of the origins of the universe and life that we have. The wonderful array of life forms on this earth and how each has its own particular niche to fill in nature could not have come about by chance. The mathematical probability that even a single cell with all of its complexity and machinery for survival could have arisen by chance, not to mention an entire multi-celled organism, is infinitesimally small. The universe, life on this earth, or even a single cell, is so complex that only a being with superhuman intelligence could have designed it. The Bible tells us who that is, how He did it, and the time frame he did it in. 'For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities ' his eternal power and divine nature ' have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse (Rom. 1: 20).'

My Life

My hobbies

Playing and coaching baseball; competition shooting with black powder cartridge rifles, playing guitar and singing in a band, wood and metal working, playing and coaching baseball.

Fantasy dinner guests

Adam & Eve, Noah, Abraham, King David, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, baseball players Jackie Robinson, Don Drysdale, Sandy Kaufax, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, and Willie Mays.

Best advice I ever received

Put your trust in the Lord; He will never forsake you.

My undergrad alma mater

New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

My worst subject in school

English literature

In college I drove

Mazda 4-cylinder economy car

If I weren't a professor, I would

be a sound engineer, work as a machinist in a metal shop, coach baseball.

Favorite books

The Bible, To Kill a Mockingbird; We Were Soldiers Once and Young.

Favorite movies

To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Escape, The Sandlot, My Dog Skip.

Favorite coffee

French roast

Nobody knows I

Love the green chile grown in southern New Mexico.

My latest accomplishment

Got my baseball batting average above 100 for the first time in my life!