#2 The Creationism History of Belief

Posted on January 25, 2019 by Glen Aaron

A Creationist is one who believes in a divine creator of earth and living things. A creationist does not ask where did this divine creator come from, or how was he created, or who created him? The belief does not necessarily imply anything about how the Earth and its inhabitants were brought into existence. Many Christians, as do some Islamists, consider themselves creationists while believing that God has worked through the process of evolution. Others, particularly Protestant fundamentalists believe that creation occurred strictly in six days, fixity of species, young Earth, global flood, and the impossibility of understanding any mechanisms of Creation as translated from the old Hebrew texts. The popularity of this strict interpretation encountered a movement boost in the United States in the 1960s with the founding of the Jehovah Witness sect and the resurgence of the apostolic religion in the United States. The proselytism of this resurgence has reached its peak, today, in public schools and the electoral process of representatives. Creationists have become a forceful influence in the populace, and unfortunately, the movement, both through its churches and through its extra-church mission has no respect for the First amendment or scientific reasoning.

The initial energy boost seems to have come in 1961 from a book called The Genesis Flood, coauthored by Morris and John C. Whitcomb, Jr., an Indiana professor of Old Testament theology. Buoyed by a surge of support from their co-religionists, in 1963, Morris and a group of fellow creationists organized the Creation Research Society. By 1972 they had expanded it into the Institute for Creation Research, which they disingenuously described as a nonpolitical, nonreligious scientific organization.

In 1981, Henry Morris obtained approval from the state of California for a graduate school run by his Institute on Creation Research, which offers degrees in science education, geology, astrophysics, geophysics, and biology. It is now the campus of Christian Heritage College. In its first catalogue, the institute’s philosophy of scientific creationism is spelled out:

“Each of the major kinds of plants and animals was created functionally complete from the beginning and did not evolve from some other organism…The first human beings did not evolve from animal ancestry, but were specially created in fully human form from the start.”