Father of modern creationism ‘enters heavenly glory’

Father of modern creationism ‘enters heavenly glory’ February 9, 2020
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DR JOHN  Whitcomb, above, described by Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis as ‘one of the greatest theologians this world has seen,’ fell off his perch this week aged 95.

In a tribute to Whitcomb, co-author of The Genesis Flood and “a giant in the modern creation movement,” Ham wrote:

Dr. Whitcomb greatly impacted my life. During my final year of university studies in 1974, I first obtained a copy of his book The Genesis Flood (co-authored with the late Dr. Henry Morris). This book, along with others I had gotten, gave me biblical and scientific answers to those who attacked the record of the flood in Genesis.

This was one of the first books we sold in the ministry that began in our home in Australia in 1977 that eventually became the Answers in Genesis organization that now impacts tens of millions of people a year around the world. It was a book I showed my father, and he was so thrilled to see answers to the objections so many people in the church raised against taking the flood account literally.

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The barmy Ham, above, added:

There’s no doubt The Genesis Flood has been significantly used by the Lord as part of the foundation of the modern biblical creation movement. This movement is a worldwide one, and I believe it is having a major impact in helping bring a new and very needed Reformation to call the church back to the authority of God’s Word, beginning in Genesis.

I have met numerous people around the world, including pastors, teachers, professors, and others, who told me that it was The Genesis Flood that saved them from the liberal teaching that was undermining God’s Word in Genesis at their seminary, Christian college, or Bible college.

It was so exciting to have Dr. Whitcomb at the dedication of the land for the Creation Museum in 2000. He prayed a dedication prayer that day, and the Lord has greatly blessed this teaching attraction. Dr. Whitcomb also participated in the opening of the Creation Museum in 2007, and the dedication of the land for the Ark Encounter in 2014.

Ham said that Whitcomb’s legacy lives on through the ministries of Answers in Genesis, the Ark Encounter, and the Creation Museum, impacting millions and millions of people, directly and indirectly, each year.

I can honestly say that we at Answers in Genesis stand on the shoulders of great men like Dr. Whitcomb. I pray God will raise up others to stand on our shoulders now, as this legacy continues to grow and impact the church and culture.

People will look back on this time in history, and just as we think about greats like Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Wesley, George Whitfield, and others, they will talk about Dr. Whitcomb. Truly, one of the greats the Lord raised up for a specific time in history for a great purpose to shine the light of God’s Word brightly. He will never be forgotten.

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  • Jim Jones

    The big water sphere is every drop of water on or in the planet and atmosphere. The smaller one is all the fresh water. The tiny drop is the available fresh water.

    Link to data and a bigger image.


  • There’s much more water deep in the mantle but as something very different to what those think.

    RIP (giving due to the dead)

  • Pam

    That is super cool, but no one who believes in the flood will change their mind seeing it. The flood story makes so little sense that you would have to be wilfully ignoring basic logic to believe it. Most modern Christians believe that the flood story is apocryphal and is based on some local flood from long ago.

    When you ask them if it is not a true story then, they claim it is a metaphor. They can’t tell you what it is a metaphor for, though. A metaphor for how every child on the planet can be killed by God, if he wants to? My Dad teaches the flood story to little kids in Sunday School with a felt board. I don’t know how he can look the children in the face and tell them that story. That’s what religion does to people.

  • Kaja

    I remember that book. The other author being Dr. Henry Morris – a hydrology engineering professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute in the 1950-60’s.
    Much, if not all, of the book has been debunked. Morris claimed that comets were evidence for a young earth because they get smaller each time they orbit close to the inner solar system due to evaporation/sublimation of the icy part of the comet – leaving a ‘gravel’ trail that produce meteor showers when we pass through them. Morris assumed that the comets had started their orbits with the creation about 6000 years ago which is not true. We now know that as old comets gradually dissipate after many orbits of getting close to the sun and new ones will appear as collisions in the outer parts (Oort Cloud? ) of the solar system send new comets towards the inner solar system. This process has been going on since the formation of our solar system as there is no reason to assume otherwise. The abundance of these icy bodies in the outer solar system (some larger than but most much smaller than Pluto) is why astronomers dropped Pluto from the list of planets. The book also had the frozen mammoths of Siberia and ‘human’ footprints along with dinosaur footprints in Glen Rose,Texas as evidence but both have also been debunked as evidence of a Genesis flood. There is more but it’s been 45 years since reading the book.

  • Jim Jones

    > fell off his perch this week aged 95.


  • Jim Jones

    Ironically, the Missoula Floods are probably the G O A T, but the bible doesn’t know about those. They were in N America.

  • Jennny

    I taught Sunday School for decades.My doubts were increasing when I was booked to take a school assembly for 100 kids, telling the story of Daniel with a team of us making it super-cute, getting the children to come on stage and help us act it out. I found I couldn’t do it. I asked my vicar for advice and she has 3 boisterous sons and said they watched far worse on TV every day. She didn’t take the point that we were supposedly teaching about god’s amazing love. In the end, as leader, I just said I wanted to pass on to the next, (less brutal) story. And I cringe now to think how we acted out Noah with all those cutsie fluffy (toy) animals!

  • barriejohn

    The Ark is supposed to represent Jesus, so they claim that it’s a metaphor of how he saves his elect few from judgment (hell). Nice story. And if they believe (as the Bible teaches) that there are “few that be saved”, how come they expect whole countries, like the USA, to follow the Christian faith? Isn’t there some disconnection there? I’ve never understood that.

  • barriejohn

    I’m greatly encouraged. At least he doesn’t appear to be claiming that Whitcomb was “one of the greatest scientists this world has seen”!

  • barriejohn

    I had the book, too, and many others like it. Their mere existence shows how flimsy is the faith of these people, who make bold claims like “God said it; I believe it; and that settles it”, yet have massive doubts about the things that they are required to believe. I had many archaeological tomes as well, all “proving” that the Bible was actual history (Ken Kitchen used to come over from Liverpool to speak to our Christian Union when I was a student, and was very persuasive). The latest theory regarding the Exodus myth is that the Israelites really crossed over into Saudi Arabia, not Sinai, so all the evidence is hidden there somewhere! They’re clutching at straws, but you have to feel sorry for young Christians taken in by all this as I was.


  • Barry Duke

    Off topic: I won’t be posting anything today as I have just suffered the trauma of having one of dogs euthanised. He died in my arms 30 minutes ago and I need a day to get myself together. Sorry for the break in service. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c4972c9eee42600c774ac5413f819e21d5ec80a6cf5c1a8cf3ec9b8bdf8abec9.jpg

  • Tawreos

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Pam


  • Tawreos

    There’s no doubt The Genesis Flood has been significantly used by the Lord as part of the foundation of the modern biblical creation movement.

    So that’s why churches attendance numbers keep going down. I guess people prefer reality to the bippity boppity boo line of thinking.

    I can honestly say that we at Answers in Genesis stand on the shoulders of great men like Dr. Whitcomb.

    How do you stand on the shoulders of others and end up being lower in terms of knowledge than you were previously?

  • Stephen Harvie

    Couldn’t he have taken Ken Ham with him?

  • I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • abb3w

    There seem significant risks to standing on the shoulders of someone who has their head inserted up their tuckus.

  • Broga

    You have my sympathy on your loss Barry and I know that many who don’t like dogs just won’t understand. I, with my wife, have been through this three times. All with Labradors and when our much loved yellow Labrador was euthanased our vet really said the words that hit hardest. “Ask him to lie down as he trusts you and then hold him so that he will be calm.”

    Trusting as ever, the dog lay down, I held him as did my wife, and he died quietly. We returned with his lead and collar and wept. There is no home as barren without a dog as that of those which have lost a dog. We always get another dog from the same breeder as soon as possible. That does help.

    I do understand.

  • Barry Duke

    Broga, just when I thought my day couldn’t get worse my lovely Spanish vet asked me why I was limping. “Gout,” grumbled I. “Oh, then you MUST lay off tomatoes, cerveza, shellfish, beef and especially anchovies.” Living in Spain I practically live on these items! I went for a second opinion on Google and discovered she was right: https://www.everydayhealth.com/gout-pictures/what-not-to-eat-when-you-have-gout.aspx

  • Kaja

    I know a college professor of religion (now retired) who actually did research in the Sinai looking for Exodus evidence. And guess how much evidence he found ? None. He wrote and published a book or two but I’m not sure that it’s on this subject as he was in the Middle East researching other things as well over his career. By the way, he is now an atheist.

  • Matt G

    I remember being surprised that there was zero archeological evidence of the Hebrews being slaves in Egypt. I thought surely something that high profile in the Bible would be supported by evidence.

  • barriejohn

    Yes; something like three million people wandering around in that limited area for forty years, and not a single shard to show for it!

  • barriejohn

    They often claim that the word “Habiru” refers to the Hebrews, but that seems to be a bit of wishful thinking. There’s really nothing else.


  • Roger Scott

    I have met Ken Ham. That is to say we were in the same room where he was a guest speaker. It turns out most of the audience (year 12 high school students) disagreed with him. I interjected that one of his claims about the Second Law of Thermodynamics was wrong. He didn’t like what I said.

  • Sassafras

    I am so sorry! It sucks losing a pet.

  • Sassafras

    I kept my lab’s rabies tags and put them on my key ring for my car.

  • Broga

    This is way off topic and anyone preferring to stick to my usual subject may not wish to read it.

    Barry, you might like to have a look at this. On the basis of what I know already, it does seem well worth exploring. My son’s best friend trained with him and is now an airline captain. He developed gout and became extremely worried as he enjoyed meat, dairy and eggs and got the same medical advice as you about diet. He was equally upset. However, he discovered, by chance, a different approach and for the last few months has been free of gout. I asked my son about this and he says it is “only an example of one” and his friend has had regular support and advice from an expert. The diet he adopted is explained in the link that follows. I’m told he doesn’t follow it 100 percent but wants to eventually.


    If you want a more individual and personal response try these. No preaching, based on science.


    I’d be happy to try and help. XXX’s getting there.


  • Barry Duke

    Thanks for those links Broga. I’ll check them out.

  • ConnieHinesDorothyProvine

    These lunatics can’t die off quickly enough!

  • Broga

    Your welcome, Barry.

  • Old Harry

    Dear Death,

    Was it You, Susan, or Death of Rats who FINALLY rid us of this fossilized mouse tu&#8203rd?

    Sincerely …

    BTW, just the World advancing one welcome obituary at a time.