"Creation Science and Modern Biology": A Review Article -- By: John C. Whitcomb, Jr.

Journal: Grace Theological Journal
Volume: GTJ 004:1 (Spring 1983)
Article: "Creation Science and Modern Biology": A Review Article
Author: John C. Whitcomb, Jr.

Creation Science and Modern Biology:
A Review Article

John C. Whitcomb


What is Creation Science? by Henry M. Morris and Gary E. Parker. San Diego: Creation-Life, 1982. Pp. 306. $7.95. Paper.

This is probably the most helpful handbook on scientific creationism now available. The first three chapters of 150 pages concerning the life sciences were written by Gary E. Parker, Ed.D., Chairman of the Biology Department for the Graduate School of the Institute for Creation Research. The final three chapters of about 100 pages, dealing with the physical sciences, were written by Henry M. Morris, founder and president of the Institute for Creation Research. Each of these authors, in his own field of specialization, has attained worldwide fame for his grasp of the basic issues involved in the creation-evolution controversy of our day and for his ability to articulate these issues in public presentation and debate. The authors were evolution scientists and, by the grace of God, have entered into the marvelous realm of creation truth. Since this handbook is the end product of many years of intense research and interaction on the part of the authors and is a serious attempt to communicate clearly to the non-scientist through the use of non-technical terms and 58 helpful illustrations, it deserves the careful attention of those who have been exposed to the dogmatic claims of evolution scientists in our generation. It is the reviewer’s purpose to analyze Part 2, “The Physical Sciences,” by Dr. Henry Morris, together with an overview of the entire volume in the next issue of the Grace Theological Journal.

In his opening chapter, “Evidence of Creation in Living Systems,” Parker provides a brilliant analysis of the fundamental issues involved in the creation-evolution controversy today. To begin with, what is the difference between a pebble that vaguely looks like a boot and an intricately carved arrowhead? If the softer parts of the pebble are more worn away than the harder parts and the lines of wear follow lines of weakness in the rock, it is clearly the result of time and chance operating through weathering and erosion on the inherent properties of matter (p. 2).

However, the arrowhead represents a radically different kind of order. Here we find matter shaped and molded according to a design that gives the rocky material a purpose, which we easily recognize as an evidence of (human) creation. “Evolutionists believe that life itself is a result, like the tumbled pebble, of time, chance, and the inherent properties of matter. The arrowhead represents the creation idea, t...

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