Russell M. Grigg M.Sc. (Hons.)
Creationist Chemist and Missionary
Russell Grigg was born in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1927. He received his schooling and university education in that country. He studied chemistry at Victoria University College, Wellington (now known as Victoria University of Wellington), graduating in 1948. He then worked for a number of years as an industrial chemist and then as a manager in the paint manufacturing industry in Wellington and Christchurch.
After theological studies at the New Zealand Bible Training Institute (later known as the Bible College of New Zealand, and now as Laidlaw College), he joined the Overseas Missionary Fellowship in 1959. He served for 12 years, heading up OMF’s publishing program in Jakarta, Indonesia. Here he met and married Miss Merle Cornelius, another member of OMF, from Adelaide, Australia. Merle went to be with the Lord in January 2009. Russell has three adult children and nine grandchildren.
In 1971, the family settled in Adelaide and Russell worked for 10 years with Rigby Ltd., an Australian publishing company, rising to be one of the Senior Editors. Here he wrote two books, Australian Trains and Death in the Family: What to Do, both published by Rigby Ltd.
In 1982, Russell rejoined OMF and served on the home staff for eight years. He was State Director for South Australia.
During the 1980s, Russell became aware of a new magazine called Creation Ex Nihilo that was published by Creation Science Foundation (now Creation Ministries International) in Brisbane. The first few editions had been written by an Adelaide doctor, Carl Wieland, and turned out by him on the photocopier in his surgery. When Carl called a few friends together to form a local committee in Adelaide, Russell went along. With his science background, and several years experience in arranging meetings for missionary speakers, showing films, and selling books in local churches, he felt he might have something to contribute.
In the next few years, the Creation Science Foundation grew into a large organization, with headquarters, offices and bookroom at Acacia Ridge in Brisbane, and support groups in each State. The latter arranged meetings for CSF’s highly qualified speakers in churches throughout Australia, as well as debates and other public meetings in universities, Bible Colleges, and schools.
In 1988, when Dr Duane Gish came from the USA to speak in Australia, Russell and Peter Sparrow, the Adelaide CSF representative (of Creation Bus fame), tried to arrange a debate with one of the university biology professors or lecturers. However, no one at either Adelaide University or Flinders University was willing to accept the challenge. Clearly the evolutionists in these universities did not want Dr Gish to be heard by the students on either campus.
What to do? Russell came up with the idea of organizing a ‘Clayton’s Debate’ (the debate you have when you are not having a debate) in which Dr Gish would be the sole speaker. In the first hour, he would present ‘The Scientific Evidence for Creation’, and then for another hour he would give and refute ‘The Alleged Evidence for Evolution’ based on the arguments that scores of evolutionary scientists, including such well-known personalities as Dr Isaac Asimov and Dr Stanley Miller, had used in over 200 debates with him in USA, Canada, England, India, New Zealand, and other countries.
A meeting was advertised along these lines. Posters and leaflets were prepared, with a range of different cartoons on each to catch people’s attention. Members of Students for Christ enthusiastically supported the idea and put up the posters all round the campus, as well as keeping a daily supply of hundreds of pamphlets explaining the circumstances on the counter and tables in the cafeteria for students to read while they were eating their lunch. When the time came, a large number of people comfortably filled the lecture room, which was probably more than would have attended had a more orthodox debate been held!
Since 1990, Russell has lived in Brisbane, where he is a staff member of Creation Ministries International. He writes scientific and theological articles for Creation magazine, edits articles and books written by others, and reviews books and videos on creation topics submitted to CMI from overseas.
M.Sc. (Hons.) — Chemistry
Some Creation magazine articles written by Russell Grigg
- Pluto: Flybys photos make it look young
- Ignaz Semmelweis
- Carl Linnaeus: the scientist who saw evidence for God in everything in nature
- Charles Lyell: the man who tried to rewrite history
- ‘Nevertheless, it moves!’: Copernicus, Galileo, and the theory of evolution
- Eve created from Adam’s rib
- Lottie Moon-A life poured out for China and for God
- Alfred Russel Wallace—‘co-inventor’ of Darwinism
- Huxley, morality and the Bible
- Did Darwin abandon natural selection?
- Ibn Khaldun: 14th-century Islamic evolutionist
- Dawkins’ dilemma: how God forgives sin
- Stephen Hawking: Key to the Cosmos
- Abandoned transitional forms
- Darwin, slavery, and abolition
- Anyone for fundamentalism?
- A remarkable witness to creation—Satan
- Zoogenesis—a theory of desperation
- Hitler’s ‘master race’ children haunted by their past
- Nietzsche: The evolutionist who was anti-God and anti-Darwin
- Missing the mark: How a missionary family gave rise to the top name in ‘apeman’ research (Louis Leakey)!
- The ten plagues of Egypt. Miracles or ‘Mother Nature’?
- Potatoes and ‘white chimpanzees’
- Meeting the ancestors
- Darwinism: it was all in the family
- The Future: Some issues for ‘long-age’ Christians
- Are there ape-men in your ancestry?
- Light, life and the glory of God
- The Love Trap
- Don’t blame Malthus!
- What’s in a name? The terms for God in Genesis 1 and 2: no contradiction!
- Walking trees … Modern sciences helps us understand a puzzling miracle
- Ernst Haeckel: Evangelist for Evolution and Apostle of Deceit
- The sixteen grandsons of Noah
- From the beginning of creation: Does Genesis have a gap?
- Do I have to believe in a literal creation to be a Christian?
- Eugenics … death of the defenceless: The legacy of Darwin’s cousin Galton
- Dinosaurs and dragons: stamping on the legends
- Should Genesis Be Taken Literally?
- [Embryonic] Fraud Rediscovered
- Creation—how did God do it?
- Did Moses really write Genesis?
- Naming the animals: All in a day’s work for Adam
- Golden Numbers: Mysterious numbers in nature
- News blackout on strange creature!
- A brief history of design
- Flood! [Deluge legends]
- The Galileo ‘twist’
- Preaching the Gospel in today’s society
- How long were the days of Genesis 1?
- Could Monkeys Type the 23rd Psalm?
- Thunder lizards
- Does the Bible say Pi (π) equals 3.0?
- Darwin’s slippery slide into unbelief
- Morning has broken … but when?
- Is Jesus Christ the Creator God?
- The Gospel in time and space
- The Da Vinci Code: Fiction masquerading as fact
- First Adam — Last Adam
- Darwin’s Mystery Illness
- The fish with four eyes
- Who was the serpent?
- Did Darwin recant?
- Joshua’s Long Day
- Unfolding the plan
- Encyclopædia Britannica: supporting a young earth!
- Stalin’s ape-man Superwarriors
- The ‘Great Global Warming Swindle’ Debate
- Raymond Dart and the ‘missing link’
- Mission not impossible!
- Should missionary societies have a position on creation/evolution?
- ‘Hooray for eugenics!’
- Stalin: from choir boy to communist butcher
- Strategy of the Devil
- ‘The people who walk backwards into the future.’
- The mind of God and the ‘big bang’
- Darwin’s mentors: How clergymen unwittingly helped pave the way for evolution
- Turning the tide
- Hummingbird hitch-hikers
- Was Adam more guilty than Eve?
- Is ‘the ultimate curse’ the result of ‘the sin of Adam and Eve’?
- Did Adam sin out of love for Eve?
- What was Adam’s sin?
- Is Genesis allegory or poetry?
- Antony van Leeuwenhoek: Discoverer of bacteria and refuter of spontaneous generation
- Leonhard Euler
- Martin Luther: the monk who shook the world
- Luther’s Legacy
- Luke Howard: namer of the clouds
- The Shack Revisited compared with the Bible
- Ultracool Trappist-1 and its seven planets
- Trappist planets not in habitable zone
- Life of a Universe Part 2 End of Days
- Life of a Universe Part 1 Creation
- David Attenborough: Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life
- Exploring the God Question: 1. The Cosmos, Part 1 (The big bang)
- Exploring the God Question: 1. The Cosmos, Part 2 (Multiverses)
- Exploring the God Question: 2, Life and Evolution, Part 1 (Darwinism)
- Exploring the God Question 2. Life and Evolution, Part 2 (Origin of Life)
- Exploring the God Question 3. Mind and Consciousness, Part 1 (The Brain)
- Exploring the God Question 3. Mind and Consciousness, Part 2 (Conversion)
- Which came first: the Archaeopteryx or the dinosaur egg?
- Joanna Lumley: The Search for Noah’s Ark
- David Attenborough’s Rise of the Animals, Episode 1: From the Seas to the Skies
- David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive
- Bill Bailey’s Jungle Hero: Alfred Russel Wallace
- Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild
- Galápagos with David Attenborough: Origin
- Galápagos with David Attenborough: Adaptation
- Galápagos with David Attenborough: Evolution
- The importance of the Resurrection of Christ to our salvation
- David Attenborough’s First Life: Conquest
- David Attenborough’s First Life: Arrival
- Stephen Hawking’s end of the universe
- Did Charles Darwin become a Christian before he died?
- Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking: Aliens
- The Dalai Lama, the Templeton Prize and Buddhism
- Do correspondents’ letters mean what they intended?
- Stephen Hawking: Is there meaning to life?
- What happened before the big bang?
- Curiosity: Did God Create the Universe?
- The Inscriptions on the Cross (Apologia 3(2):17–18, 1994)
- Intelligent Design—‘A War on Science’ says the BBC
- Evangelical colleges paid to teach evolution
- The Da Vinci Code movie
- The Lost Tomb of Jesus: Another ‘Titanic’ Disaster
- Genesis—the seedbed of all Christian doctrine
- Occam’s Razor and creation/evolution
- How do people come into a right relationship with God?
- Theological colleges—on ‘the slippery slope’?
- Genocide, evolution and the Bible
- Darwin’s arguments against God
- Genesis: Myth or History?
- The Fall, Curse and Satan
- Darwin’s bulldog—Thomas H. Huxley
- The Trial and Death of Adolf Eichmann
- Atheists to do religious education in schools
- Is death a good thing or a bad thing?
- Darwin and the Fuegians
- Spot the Spin: A review of Darwin’s Brave New World, Episode 1
- Experiments that actually don’t prove evolution: A review of Darwin’s Brave New World, Episode Two
- Natural selection and change, yes; Evolution, no: A Review of Darwin’s Brave New World, Episode Three
- What did Wilberforce really say to “Darwin’s bulldog”?
- Monkeying with probability
- “Creationism creeps into NSW Schools”: Evolutionists aghast Scripture teachers teach that their faith is true
- Carl Sagan and Contact: Defiance of God and promotion of ET
- Discovery Channel program: How the Universe Works
- Doom and gloom from the BBC: Comment on Wonders of the Universe: Destiny
- Pressing on for creation (from Creation 24(3):27, June 2002)
- A fulfilling life (from Creation 39(2):16–19, April 2017)