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With Christ—Dr Duane T. Gish (1921–2013)

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Dr Duane T. Gish

Biochemist and creationist pioneer

Published: 6 March 2013 (GMT+10)

Dr Duane T. Gish went to be with his Creator at the age of 92. Truly one of the great pioneers of the modern creation movement, Dr Gish was renowned for his many debates on college campuses across the USA in particular. This was while he was with the Institute for Creation Research (ICR), in which he was a leading figure for many years alongside the late Dr Henry Morris.

Dr Gish’s speaking visits to Australia in the 1970s were a major factor in inspiring several of those who later went on to found the first creation groups in that country. Out of these later grew the network of ministries that are now called Creation Ministries International (CMI). He remained a staunch friend as well as an ally.

In 1988, Dr Gish took part in a landmark debate in Sydney with an arch-skeptic Australian geology professor. This was a further turning point in Australian creationism and was such a classic of reasoned argumentation versus ad hominem abuse from his opponent that it was the key feature in the 2008 CMI DVD Facing the Fire.

See ICR’s comprehensive tribute to Duane Gish: Remembering Dr. Duane T. Gish, Creation’s ‘Bulldog’.

Readers’ comments

marc A.
About 23 years ago, soon after becoming a Christian, I attended a debate at the University of Stellenbosch between Dr Gish and two of the universities professors. After a thorough presentation of all sorts of scientifically based support for Biblical creation, the 'worthy' opponents proceeded to mock and attack Dr Gish. From his credentials to his jokes. The only bit of hard (ETP) evidence from the two of them was a piece of rock which they waved about claiming it contained a transitional fossil. My efforts to ask them exactly what the fossil was and to allow Dr Gish to respond was to no avail. I think most there that day were impacted as strongly by Dr Gish's professional presentation, as by the paucity of the opposing argument. Certainly the opinion of most there was that Dr Gish had won the day. I look forward to meeting him in heaven one day.
Carl Wieland
Yes, the same sort of thing happened here in Australia, only in quite spectacularly bizarre fashion, in the Gish-Plimer Debate. The DVD 'Facing the Fire', which now serves as a fitting documentary tribute to Dr Gish, contains the relevant extract from that debate (plus in the 'extras' it has the whole debate in low-res). It also features several people 20 years on who became believers as a result of that debate, for the same reason as your third to last sentence.
Joe K.
Dr. Gish was a fantastic mentor in my becoming a strong Creation Christian. There are two things I remember most from his lectures. In referring to transitional fossils within the fossil record, he would simply say, "No, not one." The second is a paraphrase of a lecture he gave concerning the separate animal kinds and the limitations within these kinds. He would point to the fact that you can't mate a dog and a cat and get a Cog or a Dat. I've received personal letters from Dr. Gish answering questions I had in my early years of learning Creation Science. He was a faith-builder extraordinaire!
Pat G.
I will be missing Dr. Gish, He dedicate his life to defend and speak out the true about the Bible and GOD our creator by using his scientific knowlege he was be able to help those who are need.Dr. Duane T. Gish is in eternity with the LORD for ever!!!.
Rudolph Z.
What a great loss to the Church of Jesus Christ in relationship as a bearer of the Truth of Creation from the Heart and Mind of the Logos of God.

This is first time I hear that our beloved brother and elder for the cause of true/biblical understanding of Creation. During the 70s and 80s his tapes of his loving but firm proclamation of Creation against the falsehood of Evolution was so inspiring to me as a gainer of knowledge of many fields of science.

Will we ever have such great men like him and Henry Morris. I do not see that but, God is Great and good all the time.

Men like them proved to me that you could still be intelligent and walk in the Spirit. Here I am in Starbucks but my heart goes back to the love of their work in ministering the Truth of the Words of the Scripture with a natural reading of them.

Thank you Lord Jesus for building me up in a right understanding of your Power in the work of Creation.

In your Triune Being oh Lord God we do really see your light.
Past, Present, Future;
Time, Space, Gravity;
Neutron, Proton, Electron;
Light, Energry, Matter
Three properties of all Mathematical Formulas
Father, Mother, Child (Family)
The list goes on and on to the Unapproachable Light.

I am glad to know that he is in Heaven but am so very joyful inside to know that he will have a great reward to enjoy eternally. You will always be an inspirational to me that is for motivation in discerning to real truth and knowledge. Not all the imagination of man, which before the Flood were only evil continually, oh how much more before that great Day of the Lord and the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for saints & then with His saints.

Bye Dear brother Dr. Duane Gish

I am glad to know that you will be enjoying the presences of all His Followers.....
A. R.
I thank God for men like Duane Gish who were prepared to put their heads above the parapet and show graciously, but firmly, that the Bible is God's word, and that it is absolutely trustworthy, at a time when there were few resources. We owe a real debt of gratitude to brothers like Duane who helped to produce good biblically grounded resources and pave the way for the apologetics ministries we have today.

We need to make sure we don't drop the baton that Duane and others picked up and ran with. By God's grace, we need to continue building, humbly and faithfully, and in His strength.

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God." (Heb 12:1-2).

Carl Wieland
Well said. May I take this opportunity to gently and I hope tastefully suggest that I think that Duane Gish would have wanted exactly that; for Christians to keep carrying that baton, which means increasingly supporting ministries that continue to build upon the foundations he helped lay.
Austin M.
I mostly remember him through his theory that Parasaurolophus "sneezed" acid out its crest, via nostrils (which I would place in a sci-fi I would write, in honor of him). But it is a grand deal that he has done a grand job in Creation science.
Mike P.
A giant walked among us. A great kingdom fighter has passed from us to the God he served. I loved his videos.
R. D.
By all accounts Dr. Gish appears, alongside Dr. Morris and Dr. Whitcomb, to be a founding father of modern Biblical creationism - showing those prepared to listen that the Bible can be trusted as true truth from the very first word. Who knows how many souls have been saved directly and indirectly because of him? I can certainly count myself amongst them.

We can rejoice for him that he is now on his way to eternity with the Lord Jesus. Thanks to Him, and to the likes of Dr. Gish and all those at CMI who fearlessly proclaim His message of salvation, the sadness of anyone's passing can always be overwhelmed by the joy of knowing that in Him there is the ever-present promise of eternal life.
Geoff T.
A very excellent communicator in the evolution v creation debate.His book "Evolution: The Fossils say no" was outstanding in my opinion and I read it at a time when I was forming my ideas on this debate. He will be sadly missed by family and the wider Christian public I am sure. Thank you Dr. Gish...
Mark S.
Duane Gish has been called the "bulldog" of modern creationism, a reference to the nickname given to 19th century evolutionist Thomas Huxley, who aggressively popularized Darwinian evolution. Indeed, Dr. Gish is acknowledged within the scientific community as the world's foremost creationist debater, having participated in several hundred debates, sometimes before crowds of five thousand people and a nationwide television audience. Furthermore, he had argued the case for creation in about forty countries.
Gish has published approximately forty technical articles in scientific journals; over twenty-five articles in refereed science journals dealing with his biochemical research. Dr. Gish was a member of the Creation Research Society (one of its founders), the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Fellow of the American Institute for Chemists. He was a former member of the American Scientific Affiliation. He was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa (UCLA) and Phi Sigma Epsilon honorary societies. He is listed in Who's Who in the West and in American Men of Science. In May of 2005 he received the Issachar Award from Cornerstone University.
I met Dr. Gish twice. The first time at a debate against Dr. Steven Shore at Ohio State University back in 1983. There were over 3000 people in attendance. The second time I met him was at Cedarville College (now University) where he and Dr. Kenneth Cummings gave week-long presentations there. He may have been a little short in stature, but in my eyes he always was a big man.
Mark S.
Duane Tolbert Gish was born on February 17, 1921, in White City, Kansas. He was, with his twin brother, the youngest of nine children, seven boys and two girls. Gish completed active service as an Army Officer in the South Pacific during World War II. Duane received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1949. He received a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 1953.
Dr. Gish spent eighteen years in biochemical and biomedical research. He was Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at Cornell University Medical College, Assistant Research Associate at the Virus Laboratory of the University of California, Berkeley, where he held a research appointment from 1956 to 1960, and the Upjohn Company, Department of Hypersensitivity Diseases, Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he did research from 1960 to 1971.
Gish collaborated with one Nobel Prize winner (Dr. Vincent du Vigneaud) in synthesis of one of the hormones (vasopresin) of the pituitary gland and with another, Nobel Prize winner (Dr. Wendell Stanley) in Medicine, in elucidating the chemical structure of the protein of tobacco mosaic virus. Dr. Gish was a Lilly Postdoctoral Fellow in the natural sciences at Cornell University Medical College, New York from 1953 to 1955, later holding the position of Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at Cornell, 1955 to 1956.
Dr. Gish was Professor of Natural Science at Christian Heritage College, San Diego. In 1971 he joined the Institute for Creation Research and became its Associate Director and later its Vice-President and had been there since until his retirement. With grudging admiration from evolutionists and great admiration from creationists, Duane Gish has been called the "bulldog" of modern creation.
Kevin M.
Dr Gish has made an immeasurably great contribution to strengthening the faith of many Christians, including myself. His clear expositions and good humour have been very effective in reaching many for Christ. Thank you, God, for this great man you gave us, and for your mighty work done through him!
Sam H.
An inspiration to young YEC's who are interested in the evidence for Genesis. Amazing speaker and defender of truth (creation). Thank you Dr Gish.

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