In Defense Of Creationism

A Symposium on Creation, essays by Henry M. Morris and others (Baker, 1968, 156 pp., $1.95), is reviewed by A. E. Wilder Smith, professor of pharmacology, University of Illinois at the Medical Center, Chicago.

Publication of a symposium on creation is possible, practically speaking, only in English, for in most other language areas conformity of thought to the evolutionary view has progressed so far that in general only evolutionary thought reaches the scientifically minded public. American Christians can be very grateful for the faith and hard scientific work that led to the appearance of this volume.

Dr. Henry M. Morris opens with an excellent discussion of “Science versus Scientism.” New branches of science are, of necessity, developed by scientists trained in older scientific disciplines. For example, modern geology was founded by mathematicians, stonemasons, zoologists, theologians, and gentlemen of leisure. A few generations later, however, nobody is considered capable of contributing to this discipline who has not been indoctrinated in the specialized geology formulated by these original non-geologists. Other disciplines in science follow the same practice. This dogmatic insistence that only those who follow the interpretation of facts laid down by the founders are qualified to contribute to the field is what Morris calls “scientism.” Over against “scientism” he sets “science” or factual knowledge, as distinguished from the mere interpretation of facts.

Morris cites Dr. Blum’s well-knownwritings on the thermodynamics of biology, particularly his work on the second law of thermodynamics and entropy. Because the second law indicates merely the direction in which a reaction will proceed but does ...

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