WE’VE BEEN slumming again at the creationist website of the Institute for Creation Research (ICR). They have a genuinely astonishing article today: The Vanishing Case for Evolution, by Henry Morris, Ph.D.
Who is Henry Morris? This Wikipedia article informs us:
Henry Madison Morris, Ph.D. (October 6, 1918 – February 25, 2006) was an American young earth creationist and Christian apologist. He was one of the founders of the Creation Research Society and the Institute for Creation Research.
From 1946 through 1951, he worked at the University of Minnesota, where he was awarded a master’s degree in hydraulics (1948) and a Ph.D. in hydraulic engineering (1950).
The Wikipedia article on hydraulic engineering says: “Hydraulic engineering is a sub-discipline of civil engineering concerned with the flow and conveyance of fluids, principally water. This area of engineering is intimately related to the design of bridges, dams, channels, canals, levees, elevators, and to both sanitary and environmental engineering.” [Emphasis supplied.]
Now you know that in addition to creationism, Henry Morris was an expert in sewers and toilets. Morris’ intellectual journey from hydraulic engineering to creation science seems entirely natural, as his two specialties are closely related.
The ICR article gushingly begins with this laudatory introduction:
Dr. Henry M. Morris, father of the modern creation science movement, devoted his life to upholding the accuracy and authority of God’s Word. Combining scientific knowledge with a thorough understanding of Scripture, he clearly and succinctly combated the errors of evolution. In the article below, Dr. Morris highlights evolution’s false claims, using the words of evolutionists themselves. His words are as true today as when they were first written.
We agree. “His words are as true today as when they were first written.” But we don’t say that as a compliment.
The words of this now-deceased and still revered creationist have been re-posted at the ICR website. Here are some excerpts from this nostalgic piece, at the end of which we are told: “Adapted from Dr. Morris’ article ‘The Vanishing Case for Evolution’ in the June 1986 edition of Acts & Facts.” The bold font was added by us:
Evolutionary belief is a remarkable and largely unexplained phenomenon. It is a belief held by most intellectuals all over the world, despite the fact that there is no real scientific evidence for it at all. Evolutionists allege that evolution is a proved scientific fact, based on a multitude of scientific proofs, but they are unable to document even one of these supposed proofs!
No scientific evidence at all! Who knew? Let’s read on:
This curious situation is illustrated below in quotations from several leading evolutionary scientists.
What follows are several classic specimens of quote-mining, a term coined in large part to describe Morris’ technique of “quoting out of context … in an attempt to skew or contort the meaning and purpose of the original author.” Indeed, Morris published an entire book of such material: That Their Words May Be Used Against Them (Amazon listing).
In response to this dishonest technique, numerous scholarly refutations have been painstakingly researched, placing the mined quotes in their proper context. See, for example: The Quote Mine Project. The misleading quotes, however, continue to appear on creationist websites.
We won’t trouble you by repeating the mined quotes in the Morris article. They’ve been endlessly copied and recopied all over the internet. Take your Curmudgeon’s word for it — his article is the most extraordinary load of raw sewage ever concentrated in one location.
Morris has plucked “quotes” from various sources, allegedly asserting that: no one has ever seen evolution happen; mutations are always either neutral or harmful; evolutionists can’t determine the mechanism that causes evolution; there are no transitional fossils; there is no chronological sequence for fossils; the second law of thermodynamics makes evolution impossible; etc. It’s all there. And it’s all been debunked for generations.
This massive blockage in the pipeline of human knowledge, which has caused an overflow of pre-scientific excreta throughout the internet, is the accomplishment of an hydraulic engineer who turned his talents to sabotaging society’s system of purging false information. The resulting intellectual dung heap is an appropriate memorial to the life and work of Henry Morris.
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