Duane Gish: The "Bulldog" Of Creation Ministry

There are many aspects of ICR which make working here an absolute joy. Of course the mission of ICR, to uncover and transmit truth about origins, both Biblical and scientific, is crucial to the health of our world. Furthermore, creation research is often at the forefront of science, and our duty to call science back to a God-glorifying function is a blessing. And what a thrill to help uphold and champion Scripture, pointing many to its Author and the Maker of all.

Mention of these blessings frequent these pages, but let me add another to the list, that of working with like-minded colleagues in the ministry. ICR now has about 65 full-time employees, with scores of part-time and adjunct contributors. Each one is a committed Christian, and each considers his or her job a ministry.

For me personally, it is a true joy to serve with the two ICR stalwarts, my father, Dr. Henry Morris, and Dr. Duane Gish. Both are in their eighties now, and still faithfully serving God as He enables. In fact, let me tell you what Duane accomplished on Saturday, January 19, here at ICR before a select group of 70.

Dr. Gish may be best known as creation's main defender in formal creation/evolution debates. While all of us debate sometimes, Duane has debated over 350 times, and seemingly has "won" them all. Many have been convinced of creation through his efforts.

But he can't do it alone, or forever. Thus, ICR desired to train others to take the message even further, and hosted Duane in a "debate workshop" to equip many for the battle. Throughout the grueling 8-hour session, he taught how to prepare, how to chose a question to be resolved, details of the main arguments, how to answer evolutionists "dirty tricks," and how to keep from being sidetracked by peripheral issues.

All present were delighted to gain the information, not only debate tactics but further insights into the scientific subjects. Only the Lord knows what will result from the training and the video recordings of the training.

Elsewhere in this issue of Acts & Facts is mentioned the recent passing of Dr. Gish's dear wife of 55 years. Many in attendance knew Lolly and ministered to Dr. Gish as they could. He had cared for her nearly full-time for the past year, and yet if this seminar was any indication, he retains both his passion and clarity of thought.

It has been my distinct privilege to serve on the ICR faculty with Dr. Gish for these years. He is a man of God as well as a defender of good science. I pray that God will grant him many fruitful victories in the years to come.

The workshop video's availability will be announced in next month's Acts & Facts.

* Dr. Morris is President of ICR.

Cite this article: John D. Morris, Ph.D. 2002. Duane Gish: The "Bulldog" Of Creation Ministry. Acts & Facts. 31 (3).

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