The granddaddy of all creationist outfits is the Institute for Creation Research (ICR), which we regard as the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom. ICR’s founder was Henry Morris (1918-2006). His son, Henry Morris III, is carrying on the family business as ICR’s C.E.O., but in this post we’ll be discussing the elder Henry.
Henry Morris and John C. Whitcomb wrote The Genesis Flood, the 1961 book credited with starting the creation science movement. Morris’ most infamous and contemptible work is That Their Words May Be Used Against Them (Amazon listing). It’s a cover-to-cover Ark-load of quote-mining.
Today at the ICR website we are treated to something originally written by Morris in 1994. The legendary founder’s essay is titled Back to Genesis. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
The greatest Bible teacher of all time was the Lord Jesus Christ, and when He wanted to teach His friends about Himself and His great plan for the world, He began by teaching them the book of Genesis, the first of the books of Moses. That is one reason why we at the Institute for Creation Research have placed so much emphasis on this particular book, especially its early chapters with their record of creation, the Fall, and the Flood.
Genesis is certainly important. If it were literally true, we’re ruled by a deity who created the world, declared it “good,” and then decided to kill almost everything — except for the few lucky organisms on the Ark. Let’s read on. Henry says:
My first book stressed the wonderful truth of creation and the harmful fallacy of evolution in much the same way that ICR speakers and writers are doing today. This is a timeless message, needed increasingly as time goes on.
In that first book, I said, for example, that “evolution is not so much a science as it is a philosophy or an attitude of mind — and since no one was present to watch the supposed great evolutionary changes of the past, it is manifestly impossible to prove scientifically that they actually did take place.”
Hey — does that make old Henry the originator of “Were you there?” If so, it’s yet another accomplishment in his remarkable life. We continue:
Many others before me also have noted the grave dangers to family life, church integrity, and national survival if the evolutionary system should ever truly prevail in the hearts and minds of most people. I concluded that “by the very fact of goodness and beauty in the world, it is hard to believe that such a theory could really be true.”
The theory of evolution is a danger to national survival? Good lord! Here’s more, as Henry talks about the early days of his work:
[A] worldview based on random variation, natural selection, and survival of the fittest was bound to pander to the sinful self-centered nature of fallen mankind. It had already produced two world wars and soon captivated the “baby boom” generation as well. In fact, the worldwide triumphant celebrations of the Darwinian Centennial in 1959 widely (but prematurely) proclaimed the death of God and the end of Bible-centered Christianity.
The Darwinian worldview caused two world wars! Not just the second, but the Great War too! Moving along:
Our books and other publications have shown that the literal Genesis record of supernatural creation is the foundation of the true gospel, the true doctrine of Christ, true evangelism, genuine saving faith, and of all the key aspects of biblical Christianity. True science, true education, the true institution of marriage and family — and even our original American government — also were based on Genesis creationism.
The American government was originally based on Genesis creationism! Here’s one last excerpt:
Indeed, all truth, in every area of life, finds its beginning in the Genesis record of creation and the other events of primeval history. That is why God placed it first in the Bible.
Okay, that’s enough. Frankly, dear reader, we had always been inclined to dismiss old Henry’s creationist obsessions as mere personal peculiarities — but after reading his ravings about how evolution is a danger to national survival, the American government was based on Genesis creationism, evolution caused two world wars, and “all truth in every area of life” is in Genesis, we think the guy was not only an ignorant man, but he was very likely insane. Anyway, that’s the founder of the “modern” creationist movement. Now you know.
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