As many of you no doubt know by now, Henry Morris, founder of the Institute for Creation Research and the man most responsible for the revival of creationism in America, has died at age 87. By all accounts of those who met him, he was a gentleman of unfailing civility and good will. Sadly, he was also the purveyor of a great many lies and distortions foisted on a credulous group of followers. It was Morris who popularized such ridiculous claims as the famous “moon dust” argument, the Paluxy “man tracks” and much more. Perhaps more than any other, he mastered the art of the deceitful out of context quotation, his magnum opus being the utterly dishonest use of a USGS paper regarding the Lewis Overthrust.
None of this, of course, will stop his followers from declaring him a giant. Douglas Phillips, for example, calls him the “greatest defender of the doctrine of Creation in church history” and says, “the world will never be the same again.” But here’s the passage that jumped out at me from his obituary of Morris and it shows the lengths creationists will go to in giving the impression that they were converted against evolution by the evidence alone:
Once upon a time, I was a committed theistic evolutionist trusting in my own works to merit salvation. I saw no conflict between Christianity and the evolutionary propaganda dispensed by my government school teachers. I weaned myself on the wrong kinds of speculative evolutionary writings and dreamed of becoming an evolutionary astronomer when I grew up.
Then something happened.
God worked in my life through the boldness of several men to bring me the words of life that would ultimately lead to my salvation. One of them was my father who announced, “The Bible is true in every detail. God created the world in six twenty-four-hour days, exactly as it says in the book of Genesis.” Another man (who would become my pastor and mentor) challenged me by opening Scripture and handing me a book entitled The Genesis Flood. By the age of thirteen, I had learned to love the Lord of Creation. Since that time, I have viewed Dr. Henry Morris as a mentor and spiritual father.
So he was once a “committed theistic evolutionist”, but by the age of thirteen he had been convinced otherwise. For crying out loud, no one 12 years or younger is capable of being a “committed theistic evolutionist”. This is every bit as silly as Jonathan Wells’ claim that he was an evolutionist who was convinced while in grad school, solely by the evidence, that evolution was wrong – the truth, by his own admission, is that he was sent to grad school by the Rev. Moon intent on “destroying Darwinism”.