Duane T. Gish

He had the courage to debate1 those who would argue in in favor of evolution. Speaking before secular audiences, he
profoundly defended the faith. In an age where Creationism is considered by many as “pseudoscience2” not fit to be taught anyone, Duane Gish firmly stood on the authority of the Word of God as his standard.

Duane Tolbert Gish entered this world on February 12, 1921 in White City, Kansas3.  As a high school student involved in studies at Dodge City, Kansas High School, he showed his first interest in Chemistry4.  He attended one year at Dodge City Community College, but was unable to continue his studies on account of World War II5.  Previous to American participation in the war, he had joined the Kansas National Guard and was called intoactiveduty to serve with the Army’s Sixth Infantry division where he saw action in the Pacific Theater6.

Duane T. Gish

After the War, he returned to the states and resumed his studies, but not in his native Kansas…

He earned his bachelors of science in Chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles in 19497. Continuing his education, he received his Ph.D in Biochemistry from UC Berkeley in 19538. After completing his education, he worked at Cornell University as an assistant Professor of Biochemistry9 and Cornell Medical College in New York City, he served as such from 1955 to 1956 10.

Moving from New York City back to California in 1956, he became assistant research associate of Biochemistry at the University of California Berkeley, Virus Laboratory11.  From there he went to Michigan and was the research associate of the research division at the Upjohn Company12 in Kalamazoo Michigan, where he worked from 1960-1971.

As a debater, Dr. Gish participated in over 350 debates13 held on college and university campuses here in the United States and overseas. He has been described as the “Bulldog” of Creationism.  He is both articulate and gracious14 in his presentation of evidence in favor of Biblical Creation.

Dr. Gish wrote this children’s book in 1992.

Through his numerous writings15 on an array of topics, Christians and non Christians have found fascinating proof for Creation.  I have personally benefited as a young person from his wonderfully illustrated book for children, Dinosaurs by Design16.

Among Creation scientists, he is one of the Giants and founders of a movement that has now gone global. His impact on countless lives worldwide, has been through his debates, books and involvement through the Institute for Creation Research, and Creation Research Society17.  As the first generation of Creationists pass on, we the second generation of Creationists are left with large shoes to fill.

Dr. Gish is no doubt the most well known debater on the side of Creationism alive today.  He truly fulfills Peter’s charge to all Christians,

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;” 1 Peter 3:15 NKJV *

*My deepest thanks goes to Mirren Martin for her tremendous help with research for this article.

1 He is known as the “foremost creationist debater.”
2 Creationism: Bad Science or Immoral Pseudoscience? By Joyce Arthur.  In this article, Ms. Arthur attacks Creationism in general and Dr. Gish specifically. You can read Dr. Gish’s response.
3 Biographical sketch written by Dr. Gish, and compiled by Mirren Martin which she so graciously shared with the author
4 Ibid
5 Ibid
6 Ibid
7 A brief biography of Dr. Gish.
8 Ibid
9 A time line of Dr. Gish’s accomplishments
10 Ibid
11 Ibid
12 Ibid
13 Duane Gish: The “Bulldog” of Creation Ministry, article by ICR president John D. Morris
14 He is described as being “not only a distinguished scientist, but also a gracious Christian gentleman.”

15 He has authored several books on a variety of topics ranging from fossils, dinosaurs, and public schooling in
America.

16 This wonderful children’s book was co-authored with Gloria Clanin and beautifully illustrated by husband and wife
team, Earl and Bonita Snellenberger.

17 He was a founding member of CRS which began in 1963, and served for many years as the Senior Vice president at ICR.

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