William Jennings Bryan devoted most of his life to fight for causes he thought worthy, especially when they afforded him opportunity to defend his Christian faith. The last cause he championed concerned the teaching of creation and evolution. That cause brought him to Dayton, Tennessee, gave him the opportunity to fight for the faith, and in some sense was responsible for the birth of Bryan College. Decades later the issue of creation is no less worthy a cause – fundamental to the Christian faith and debated in courts, school board meetings, and legislatures across the land. Recognizing its significance, the Center for Origins Research (CORE) was created at Bryan College in 1989.
The Center for Origins Research at Bryan College is the world leader in creationist biology research. We believe that science is an avenue for learning about God by studying the things He made. Rather than merely opposing evolution, we seek to develop a new way of looking at biology that honors the Creator. We conduct research in five areas: recognizing and interpreting design, the origin of natural evil, the geographic distribution of creatures (biogeography), the origin of species (speciation) and the classification and description of species (biosystematics). We use the results of our research to develop new and exciting educational opportunities for the public to learn about creation and the Creator.