Henry Madison Morris, the most prominent and influential antievolutionist of the 20th century, died yesterday, February 25th, 2006. Morris and John Whitcomb kicked off modern antievolution efforts in 1961 with the publication of The Genesis Flood: The Biblical Record and Its Scientific Implications. Morris also founded and was president of the Institute for Creation Research. His son, John Morris, is currently president of ICR.
Morris had a large influence upon me. In 1986, I attended a young-earth antievolution lecture, and asked the lecturer afterward if he could direct me to further information on the topic. He gave me a copy of Morris’s The Scientific Case for Creation. Reading this was literally a life-altering experience for me. The thoroughness of the mendacity presented throughout the volume prompted me to act. I have since opposed dishonesty dressed up as Christian apologetics, especially the antievolution materials. I don’t feel that I can do otherwise. Not following through would make me complicit, in my view.