John has had an insatiable curiosity in scientific matters ever since he was a toddler. By junior high, he was going to the state fairs with his science projects. Next, he went to one of the most academically demanding high schools in the whole nation.
Far from being a fundamentalist, John Woodmorappe had not been raised to believe in Scriptural inerrancy in any way. Nothing drove him to unconventional science. He attended a college-preparatory Jesuit school, which was liberal theologically as well as politically. There he was taught that Genesis was myth and that organic evolution was a proven fact of science. Not knowing any better, he accepted it.
In his sophomore year, he took an advanced biology course. After organic evolution, John studied ecology, and was taught all the scare-stories of radical environmentalists as proven fact. Having learned that DDT and other organic chlorocarbons accumulate in the biosphere because they do not break down, John Woodmorappe wrote his teacher a paper. He suggested that scientists breed bacteria, after subjecting them to radiogenic mutations generation after generation, in progressively greater concentrations of DDT. Finally, we would have a strain of bacteria that not only breaks down DDT but also is dependent on it. When released into the biosphere, these bacteria would consume all the accumulated DDT. The teacher replied that this would probably not work, unless perhaps millions of years were available. This planted the first seed of doubt towards organic evolution in John’s mind, because it showed that the notion of natural selection culminating in unlimited variation is something less than factual.
While a freshman in college, a member of Campus Crusade for Christ won John to the Lord. He eagerly went for follow-up. During one of these sessions, he asked some offhand questions about organic evolution, the global Flood, etc. The Crusade staff man lent him a copy of The Genesis Flood (Whitcomb and Morris 1961). John studied this, and more. John became fascinated at what he saw. When he was first exposed to creationist research, his mind was filled with thoughts like: ‘Why did no one ever show me this before?’, ‘I never realized that evolution was so full of holes!’ and ‘I never imagined that there are qualified scientists who question or reject organic evolution’.
John decided to major in both geology and biology because of the pivotal role of these two disciplines in the study of origins. He ended up with a BA in Biology, a BA in Geology, and an MA in Geology. Woodmorappe is constantly learning new things on his own, and conducting scientific research. He now has numerous publications, including the following three books:
Articles by John Woodmorappe
- Tetrapods from Fish? Journal of Creation 28(3):26–30
- The Cambrian explosion in colorful, zoological context
- ‘Evolutionary creation’—evolution rules supreme Journal of Creation 27(3):17–22
- The Darwinian core, and fundamentally anti-Christian character, of Nazism
- Chance or more than chance? Journal of Creation 27(1):36–38
- The frightful level of thought control in American academia Journal of Creation 25(3):18–20
- The workings of nature combined with a sprinkling of evolutionary storytelling Journal of Creation 25(1):22–24
- National Geographic plays the dating game, Journal of Creation 16(1):48–50
- Mutilating Miller, Journal of Creation 15(3):29–35 (with Jonathan Sarfati)
- Eviscerating Eldredge, Journal of Creation 15(2):13–16
- Billion-fold acceleration of radioactivity demonstrated in laboratory, Journal of Creation 15(2):4–6
- Contra Rb-Sr dating, Journal of Creation 15(1):112–125
- The Geologic Column: Does it Exist?, Journal of Creation 13(2):77–82
- The non-transitions in ‘human evolution’—on evolutionists’ terms, Journal of Creation 13(2):10–12
- Greenland ice cores: implicit evidence for catastrophic deposition, Journal of Creation 16(3):14–16
- Miller’s meanderings: only the same bogus contentions, Journal of Creation 23(1):19–23
- Pseudogene function: more evidence, Journal of Creation 17(2):15–28
- Evolutionary cladograms and malevolent, straw-men creationists, Journal of Creation 23(3):39–43
- Hypercanes: rainfall generators during the Flood?, Journal of Creation 14(2):123–127
- Why evolution need not be true: A review of Why Evolution is True by Jerry A. Coyne, Journal of Creation 24(1):17–22
And many more …