Henry M. Morris, 1918-2006

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.

Wesley R. Elsberry

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4 thoughts on “Henry M. Morris, 1918-2006

  • 2006/02/26 at 8:36 pm

    These creationists are infuriating, but also kind of sad when you think how they waste their entire lives selling a big lie.

  • 2006/02/26 at 9:23 pm

    Morris’ little blue book – in Serbo-Croatian translation – was my first encounter with Creationism, a couple of decades ago. Although I was a little kid, being a science/nature nut I immediately saw through it.

  • 2007/05/02 at 7:35 pm


    and the evolutionists are selling the big truth.

  • 2007/05/03 at 8:16 am

    I’m president of the TalkOrigins Archive Foundation. Our main purpose is to support and maintain websites, particularly the TalkOrigins Archive, the Panda’s Thumb, and TalkDesign.org. We don’t charge subscriptions. Much of the material on all of those sites comes with references to the primary literature. And pretty much all of that can be accessed for free by visiting a research university’s library.

    We’re not in the business of “selling”, nor do we have huge warehouses devoted to mailing out books and fliers, unlike these folks.

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