About

Bryan Melugin has been writing on apologetics for quite a few years now, and has taught science and art professionally for a few years longer than that. He lives in the suburbs of Chicago and attends Harvest Bible Chapel. While the apologetics work of A Bit of Orange reaches far beyond the first chapter of the Bible, Bryan is part of the Creation Science Alliance.

His teaching career has taken him through private schools and public schools, primarily teaching middle school and high school classes in science and the visual and performing arts. His students and their parents have always had very positive things to say about his teaching styles, such as this comments from a former student;

“While some teachers settled for simply teaching, homework, and visuals, you took the extra parsec to ensure that we truly learned the material. And had fun doing it! Looking back, it was remarkable how you found the perfect balance of making us laugh our heads off and think our heads off.”

and from parents;

“Rarely have I encountered a teacher so able to pass along their enthusiasm for the subject matter they teach.”

Now he has turned his teaching styles toward helping others learn that the Bible can be trusted from the very first page.

What is Our Mission?
Our mission is simple- to teach the American Church that they can trust the Bible from the very first page to the very last. Theology, Philosophy, History, and Science all agree with the Bible, and they can be great tools for building faith and understanding. We believe that Apologetics should be simple, fun, and useful. It is not merely for helping nerds win debates, but to help Christians be good evangelists and friends. The end goal is to strengthen the faith of Christians and to prepare them to be friends to people who have questions of their own, so that believers will think, and thinkers will believe.

What is the Creed of A Bit of Orange?
A very valid question which deserves a friendly answer. First, Bryan Melugin is in agreement with the Statements of Faith put forth by Harvest bible Chapel.

Furthermore he agree with the Apostle’s Creed (see Below).

And he identifies himself as a Young Earth Creationist (YEC) on grounds both scientific and scriptural. While he considers the issues contained therein to be very important, he readily admits that the issues are not determining factors in one’s personal salvation. We are saved through Jesus Christ, not through accurate knowledge of science.

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried.
On the third day He rose again from the dead.

He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
From thence He will come to judge
the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Christian Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.

Amen

What’s with the name?
The phrase “A Bit of Orange” originates in the writings of C.S. Lewis (See below). In this opening section of Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis is arguing for the universal knowledge that objective morality is real, thereby make a case for the fact that we all know God is real. To prove that we all know this, he doesn’t dig through history into the philosophers of the past, nor scale the ivory towers of academia to quote the scholars of his own day. He shows us  some ordinary people talking about something as ordinary as a bit of orange, and from there be builds his case.

This is the philosophy of A Bit of Orange: The average person doesn’t need a PhD in biochemistry, genetics, or Quantum Mechanics in order to understand why they can trust the Bible. If you can understand a rubber duck, or a toaster, or a bit of orange, you can be very confident that the Word of God is true, the Gospel is certain, and Jesus is Lord. We thank God for the men and women who do search the deep history of the church or scale the towers of academia in order to defend the Bible, but we find that most people, at least at the very start, just need a bit of orange.

The following is from Mere Christianity, By C.S. Lewis

The Law of Human Nature

EVERY ONE HAS HEARD people quarreling. Sometimes it sounds funny and sometimes it sounds merely unpleasant; but however it sounds, I believe we can learn something very important from listening to the kinds of things they say. They say things like this: “How’d you like it if anyone did the same to you?”–‘That’s my seat, I was there first”–“Leave him alone, he isn’t doing you any harm”–“Why should you shove in first?”–“Give me a bit of your orange, I gave you a bit of mine”–“Come on, you promised.” People say things like that every day, educated people as well as uneducated, and children as well as grown-ups.

Now what interests me about all these remarks is that the man who makes them is not merely saying that the other man’s behavior does not happen to please him. He is appealing to some kind of standard of behavior which he expects the other man to know about…

Read/Listen to Mere Christianity Here.

Learn more about the book and the author here.

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12 Responses to About

  1. Maria says:

    Bryan – thank you for inviting me to look at your new blog and for revealing who you are! I give thanks to God for the teaching and writing skills AND passions he has given you. I look forward to learning from you. I’m an old-earth creationist, so I’m sure to have my reasoning skills sharpened!

    Maria in Western NC who teaches MS French in a far from friendly secular independent school.

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    • Thanks for you support. I’m hoping to make myself more useful as the year progresses. Between having a toddler and spending the past two weeks down and out sick (And having just taken a position as assistant director for a school play) I’m a bit behind in my productivity. I’m still hoping to make new friends and serve the American Church by teaching her she can believe the bible with intellectual honesty.
      If you care to dialogue about it, I’d be interested to better understand your Old Earth position. I’d somewhat familiar with the work of Hugh Ross, and the general model he adheres to, and in full disclosure, I would have self-identified as an OEC about fifteen years ago, had I given it enough thought. My brain compartmentalized the big bang/cosmology, and accepted special creation as in genesis, but somehow never considered the question of age in a single cohesive timeline. I even got to see Hugh Ross in person when he came to the Chicago Suburbs, and he makes a convincing case when he’s lecturing. What I have discovered since then, and what I would encourage you to look into, is the science and scripture that relate to the topic. What I have found is that science and scripture agree that there is no basis for belief in deep time, and far too much evidence against it. Thus my Young Earth position.
      But we don’t have to get into it all here. If you care to, send me an email about it. Sharpening, I think, goes both ways. 🙂
      Thanks again for your support!

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  2. Maria says:

    Bryan – I understand the kind of busy parents of young kids deal with! But God is sovereign over our time. I, too, have to trust Him with the energy and time He gives me and not fret when I don’t get to all the tasks I want to. That said, I”ve printed this out and will, over time, articulate in writing for myself and for you why I disagree with your recent conclusion and why I share Hugh Ross’ conclusion. Thank you!

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  3. Maria says:

    I do want to learn from you about how and why you switched to the YEC. Do you think the earth really is only 6000 years old? I’m beginning to be intrigued by some possibilities… Can you email me?

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  4. Hi Mr. Mulugin,

    I’ve been thinking over the whole creation Vs evolution debate a lot recently and you taught my Freshman Biology class and I remembered you had your Rent A Friend blog so I was hoping I could ask you a few questions here. If you’re too busy I understand completely and I’ll make these questions fairly brief or as brief as I can make them.

    1. The age of the Earth is one that I’ve seen scientists prove over and over again so I’m wondering how you touch upon the evidence. There’s a tree called Old Tjikko (Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Tjikko) that is dated at around 9500 years old. Ice Layers in Antartica where if Earth was 6000 years old than math shows that there would have to be 170 years worth of ice layers laid down per 1 year. Those two bits of evidence I understand the most, but there’s even more evidence that I’ve found to continue to support an old Earth (http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Evidence_against_a_recent_creation)

    2. In Genesis, the bible describes a rather unusual Earth where we live on a flat Earth with water surrounding the land and water above the land held up by an expanse. To put it simply, the Bible is telling us we essentially live in a snowglobe underwater, which we know for a fact that this is not the case. This is in Genesis 1:6-8 NIV if you want to look it up yourself.

    3. It seems that Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 doesn’t agree with each other and gives us different creation stories. Why is this?

    4. The fossil reccord shows us the different periods of life. Such as how we don’t see Squirrels with T-Rexes. So if we have never seen a species in the incorrect rock layer, which is to be expected from a world wide flood, then why is the fossil reccord as it is? And if a fossil HAS been found in the incorrect location than can you link me to the article?

    5. Why is the story of Noah’s Ark so similar to the Epic of Gilgamesh? And based on my research, there is about 326-358 Quintillion gallons of water on Earth. A global flood would require 1 Sextillion gallons of water and a local flood would require 697 Quintillion gallons. Also, wouldn’t a wooden boat break at that size considering the Wyoming is a much smaller wooden boat than the Ark is described and yet had a lot of difficulties? (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyoming_(schooner))

    Those aren’t all the questions I have but I don’t want to bother you with too many so I think those five are enough. Thanks in advanced if you answer these!

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    • Creation questions 11 18 16

      Greetings my friend! Always a pleasure to hear from you.
      Yes, I think I have addressed all of these. For starters, check out my “Confessions of a Young Earth Creationist” series which starts here: https://creationsoapbox.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/confessions-of-a-yec-part1-why-am-i-a-young-earth-creationist/
      And for more technical discussions of all of these issues, I recommend Answers in Genesis. But I shall sum up some answers for these now to get you started:

      1. ALL dating methods have built in, untestable and unprovable assumptions. Take dating a tree- how do we determine the age of a tree? We count the rings. But this assumes that the rings form at a uniform rate of one per year (or sometimes one in spring and another in fall). The fact is, we have observed this being different. In years where the rain has been unusually high, tree rings can form a dozen in a year. What does that do to the age of the Methuselah tree? It proves that the traditional scientific methods of determining its age are potentially VERY wrong, and only with historical cross checking can we know when the tree was there or not. Radio Dating methods fail even worse, and for the same reasons. The assumptions which must be made are not only unprovable, but can be shown to be observably wrong. What you will find with some research into the matter is that the dates for Deep Time have NOT been proven- they have been INVENTED, and the methods by which they are “Proven” are calibrated using evolutionary theory. It’s a pile of logical fallacies wrapped in a science bow and sold as fact. Naturally, I don’t blame you for not knowing these things. Most science teachers don’t know this stuff, and no textbooks include it because, when you add TOO MUCH science, deep time and evolution become laughable. I used to think the same thing you do- that science has PROVEN the deep time/billions of years/etc. At one time I had accepted Genesis and Big Bang together, but then I learned more science. I won’t say you’re being lied to as a flat fact, because most teachers and textbooks really don’t know any of this stuff. They know what their teachers and textbooks have told them, and Evolution is the religion of the academic landscape. Some of these facts are NOT allowed, simply because they do not support evolution. But as Sherlock Holmes and Mr Spock have said, you should conform your theory to fit the facts, not try to change the facts to fit your theory- and once you have eliminated the impossible, what remains, no matter how unlikely (or unpopular) is probably the truth.

      2. Genesis does not describe a flat earth. Your interpretation is NOT in the text, but is the result of cramming flat earth into the text and them using that as the lens through which to view the description. Nothing in the bible directly supports flat earth theory, and it was not the view of the church as a whole for 2,000 years. The Western world knew the shape and size of the earth since before Christ was born. The only debate in the church was the relative positions of the sun and planets. A lot of lies get told about this matter. See this for more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZrLMhjOPPM

      Does water surround the land? Yes, look at any map. Is water UNDER the continents- actually, yes. Deep drilling and volcanic ejecta both show HUGE amounts of water under the land. Some scientists have speculated that more water exists UNDER the continents than in all of the oceans. There are several good Creation/Pre-Flood models which make sense of this, and which help to explain the separation of the continents at the time of the flood. As for water above the atmosphere- just look up. See those clouds? Now imagine them higher, and colder. That is what the common Creation models show, and they show amazing ramifications, such as uniform temperatures globally (Explaining the palm trees in both arctic zone fossils), and higher air pressure, which we know has great results in living things, such as increased injury repair and increased oxygen utilization. Also, many have speculated that, in the present atmosphere, many dinosaurs, such as T Rex, could not have run more than a few feet before passing out, and the largest pterosaurs would not have been able to fly without a powerful headwind.

      So the flat earth in a slowglobe underwater is NOT what the Bible describes. Job 26:7 says “He stretches out the north over the void and hangs the earth on nothing.” And Isaiah 40:22 says “It is he who sits above the circle (or ball- same word in Hebrew) of the earth..” So a ball earth is not only defensible, but strongly implied if not directly stated in the old testament. All arguments asserting the opposite tend to rely on logical fallacies.

      3. Genesis 1 is an overview of the creation week, and focuses mainly on the earth as a whole. Genesis 2 is a detail account of the creation of man on day six, with the focus mainly in the garden of Eden. They don’t conflict, they harmonize. I address this in the series linked above, and as always, Answers in Genesis has written on this extensively.

      4. The fossil record does NOT show evolutionary sequences- not for all life, and not for particular animal lineages. “Out of place” fossils are almost common, and we do find T Rex with animals which we are told evolved millions of years after T Rex went extinct. The fossil sequence which exists in textbooks exists ONLY in textbooks. The “Geological column” showing gradual evolution does NOT exist anywhere in the world. The rocks aren’t even in the evolutionary order in 99% of the rock layers on earth. Much of what you have been told about this is simply a lie. Fossils are arranged, not according to how they are found in the rocks, but according to how evolution demands they should be in order to support evolutionary theory. In short, evolution is used as evidence for evolution.
      I discuss this in CH 16 of this series:

      5. The epic of Gilgamesh is probably a later retelling of the same story. Consider this- if the whole earth really was flooded as Genesis tells us, and the nations of mankind all descended from the one family which survived it, don’t you think the families would pass those stories down? We find more than 200 retellings of the flood story in cultures all over the world. There are differences, but they all have a similar core. The Genesis account is the best one, first because it explains the most in terms of what happened and how we came to the other side, and because it is the oldest and was probably written by Noah or his sons. For example, the Ark in the epic of Gilgamesh has a cube shaped boat, which would roll like a ball on stormy seas. Noah’s ark, on the other hand, is one of the most stable designs ever made. The Hawaiian story has them escaping the flood in a canoe.

      I have a series which covers all of this and more here: https://creationsoapbox.wordpress.com/2015/09/07/the-flood-1-the-flood-of-noah-is-real-history/

      I show this in that series, but considering only how much water is on the earth’s surface right now, if the continents and ocean floor were all at, roughly, sea level, there is enough water to cover the earth more than a mile and a half deep in water. But keep in mind that there my be much more water under the continents which could have factored in. The Bible tells us that the flood was a major geological event, where in the mountains rose up and the valleys (perhaps even the ones in the ocean) sank down. So there is more than enough water to do the job.
      Finally (and I do cover this in the flood series linked above) you must remember that the Ark was not a boat. It was an Ark. Boats bigger than the Wyoming have survived in several recent and ancient cultures, and the Wyoming itself had a careers spanning nearly fifteen years. Noah was only on the Ark for one year, and he didn’t have the design limitations of a ship which needed masts and other steering. The Ark had only one job- to not sink.

      Check out those links above, check out Answers in Genesis, and let me know if you have more questions. I’m happy to help.
      #JesusLovesYou

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      • Thank you for responding!

        1. To do with the dating methods, there are quite a lot of dating methods out there and multiple ways to date something. How is it that if none of these methods work that scientists continue to use them? I feel like if these methods didn’t actually work SOMEBODY would’ve pointed it out and scientists all over the world would’ve stopped using them years ago. Now chemistry is actually my weakest area of science so I don’t quite understand how Carbon dating works or anything that might be wrong with it, but it is a common tool for dating fossils and I feel like most scientists would’ve stopped using it by now if proven inaccurate.

        2. Genesis 1: 6-7 clearly states “And God said, “‘Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.’ So God made the expanse and SEPPATRATED THE WATER UNDER THE EXPANSE FROM THE WATER ABOVE IT.” (sorry for the all caps but idk how to bold letters in a wordpress comment). This “expanse” sounds to me like an air pocket and it would make sense that people back then could mistake the sky for water considering the blue colour, but GOD mistaking the sky for water? As with the video you shared, while Ian Juby was talking about the subject of the flat Earth he seems to be specifically talking about the misconception of Christopher Columbus and modern day flat Earthers, not the piece of scripture I cited.

        4. As to the fossil record, if we actually find an animal on the wrong rock layers then that would be huge news to scientists all over the world. So if this has happened at least once then can you provide an example of this? Because scientists have pretty much sequenced the entire ape-to-human evolutionary line from our ancestor’s fossils and I’m pretty sure the same can be said for whales but don’t quote me on that.
        As for the definition of evolution: “Changes in the gene pool over time through mutations and natural selection as to cause speciation”. Those are my words based on my understanding of evolution btw.

        5. I did read your article on Noah’s flood but you don’t really seem to bring up any historical or scientific evidence that it happened just some bible verses. Now the Epic of Gilgamesh is dated around 2100 BC but I couldn’t find the date for Noah’s flood so let’s accept that Gilgamesh came after Noah’s Flood. How about mythological deities that seems similar to Jesus? If we were to say that Jesus was born at around the BC/AD time switch, than Horus was made around 3100 BC, Buddha at 563 BC, Mithra at 2000 BC, Krishna at 3000 BC, and Osirus at 2500 BC and all of these deities had similarities to Jesus such as being born of virgins, having disciples, casting out demons, performing miracles, etc. etc. etc.

        One final question before I go, what are the biggest problems you see with Evolution ecactly? The more I look into it, the more it seems like evolution is more logical. I mean why can you accept small changes over a small period of time but large changes over large periods of time seems impossible?

        Thanks for responding and have a great Thanksgiving! 🙂

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      • Happy Thanksgiving to you also! I’ll be answering these one at a time in upcoming posts, so check back and let me know what you think.
        And as always, thanks for reading!

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      • Hi again, sorry for so many comments but I do want to make it clear that my questions are not meant to be “gotcha” questions. I’ve been questioning a lot about the bible lately and honestly I hesitate to call myself a Christian anymore, agnostic atheist sounds more appropriate nowadays. I’m genuinly just trying to make sense of Creationism again as I was a strong believer back when I was in your class. I apologize if anything sounds disrespectful, that was not my intent!

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      • My dear Superduperawesomeguy- do not apologize, I welcome your questions, and I want to answer them to your satisfaction. I’m sorry to hear your journey has taken you away from Jesus, but I do not consider honest questions to be disrespectful. If the Bible was opposed to asking questions most of the Psalms would have been removed. I consider your questions to be legitimate, and I am making a series of answering them instead of trying to sum it all up in these comments. Also, if you want to get together and talk, send me an email. I’ll be happy to buy you some Nachos for the privilege of answering your questions. And I like nachos, I won’t lie about that. CreationSoapbox@gmail.com
        If you have time, let’s get together before Christmas. Otherwise, keep sending me questions and I’ll keep giving you answers as best I can.

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      • Thanks for the offer of nachos but I must decline as I’m a bit too busy this time of year. If you ever want to email me my email is sablikid626@gmail.com. If you’re planning on making formal articles in response to my questions than I think I’ll simply wait for those to come out. Thank you very much for taking your time to respond to me too. 🙂

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      • Coolio my man. First reply comes out tomorrow. I hope they are all helpful to you.

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