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Dr. John Whitcomb, 1924 – 2020

It was announced late yesterday (February 5th 2020) that Dr. John Whitcomb had died earlier that day.

Dr. Whitcomb was one of the giants of theology, apologetics, and creationism. In 1961, he and Dr. Henry Morris published the seminal work The Genesis Flood, which looked at the scientific and theological implications of actually believing that the worldwide flood was a real historical event. Many other tributes have already been posted on Facebook and elsewhere paying homage to the legacy that this book, and other works by Dr. Whitcomb, have provided.

I first came across The Genesis Flood in 1978. I had been saved at the age of 15 in early 1977, and by the following year, I had a Saturday job working in The Jesus Family Bookstore in Ashton-under-Lyne, near Manchester, UK. This book, and others like it, became essential reading for me, as I began to absorb the fact that God’s word was true from beginning to end. I also noticed that the shop sold a large number of teaching cassette tapes – many of which were by Dr. Whitcomb. It was on those teaching tapes, played over and over again on quiet Saturdays, that I first heard Dr. Whitcomb’s voice and learned so many of the basiocs that now form the foundation of my own ministry.

During the early 1980s, when I was up at the University of Nottingham, I attended a small baptist church a couple of miles from the university. I think it was in 1983, while I was studying for my Post-Graduate Certificate in Education, that Dr.Whitcomb visited the church, as part of a tour of the UK. I was fascinated by his talk, which was illustrated by overhead projector slides – does anyone remember those? The talk was followed by coffee and cake in the Sunday School room, where we were able to ask questions of the great man. I am sure he had been asked the same questions many times, but all his answers were gracious and thoughtful.

I never expected that I would meet him again. But it was 22 years later that our paths once again crossed. It was in 2005 that I had been appointed as a full-time speaker for Answers in Genesis (UK) – the ministry led from the United States by Ken Ham, whose own moving tribute to Dr. Whitcomb can be read here. Although I was not due to take up my post until September, I was, in July (I think) invited to attend the AiG Mega-Conference at Liberty University, in Lynchburg, VA. One of the most important talks of the week was from Dr. John Whitcomb, entitled The History and Impact of the Genesis Flood. Although I still had my old copy, I wanted Dr. Whitcomb’s autograph, so I picked up a copy from his table and waited in line. When it was my turn, Dr. Whitcomb looked up at my name badge and said “Ah! Paul Taylor! You have just been appointed to speak for Answers in Genesis in the UK!” The fact that one of my great heroes of the faith knew who I was, and what I was doing, made me feel ten feet tall! The rest of his conversation was personal, thoughtful, and of great help.

The last time i spoke to Dr. Whitcomb was by telephone in 2012. By this time, I had moved to the United States and was working in Pensacola with the Creation Today ministry. As always, Dr. Whitomb was gracious and kind. During the conversation, he remarked that he had just installed equipment to record podcasts. He was not just recording them. He had learned al the technology to produce them, and to get them online.He was 88 years old, and had taught himself new technologies, because he was now mostly restricted to his house, but still had an active mind, and much that he wanted to share! What a wonderful example! I also want to be active in ministry into my late 80s, and beyond, should the Lord spare me, and should He tarry. If, like with Dr. Whitcomb, the Lord should impede my movement, then I want to be able to pursue whatever new technologies are available, to bring people the word of God.

John Whitcomb may have slowed down in his later years, but he never really retired. He served His Lord God and Savior to the end of his days. He has now been promoted. It is tempting to say that he deserves it, but that humble man would remind me sharply that none of us deserve glory. It is all from Jesus – the One whom Dr. Whitcomb spent a lifetime serving, pointing others to Him. May those of us who also serve the King follow the example of that fine servant of His – John Whitcomb.

The Morality of a Tiger

TigerThe author Gilbert Keith Chesterton had some wise things to say on the subject of evolution. While he would not be classed as a Bible-believing Christian or a young earth creationist, he certainly spotted many of the flaws behind evolutionary theory, of which he was highly critical. One of his more well-known anti-evolutionary quotes is to be found in his book Orthodoxy, in which he wrote:

Darwinism can be used to back up two mad moralities, but it cannot be used to back up a single sane one. The kinship and competition of all living creatures can be used as a reason for being insanely cruel or insanely sentimental; but not for a healthy love of animals.(1)

Chesterton asked his readers to consider their reactions to a tiger. Evolution might lead one to suppose that humans and tigers are close. We are both mammals. We are both warm blooded. Therefore, we get over-sentimental about them, simply admiring their beauty and ignoring their claws.

Another evolutionary response, however, sees tigers as examples. They tear apart their prey, so we, if we are to be as successful as tigers, may do likewise. Chesterton labels both responses as “mad”. He said, “The essence of all pantheism, evolutionism and modern cosmic religion is really in this proposition: that Nature is our mother.” The biblical approach is to recognize the tiger’s beauty, which comes from God, but not to imitate it because we are created for better things.

1. Chesterton, G.K. (1927), Orthodoxy (London: John Lane), pp. 204–205. (return)

Darwin’s Dangerous Lie

On Friday November 15th 2019 I spoke at the monthly meeting of the Apologetics Forum of Snohomish County, at the Atonement Free Lutheran Church, Arlington, WA. My talk was entitled Darwin’s Dangerous Lie. The talk was videoed and is available on YouTube, so I have added it here. Just click on the still picture below to play the video.


The god of the Kalam Cosmological Argument

Big Bang

William Lane Craig states the “proof”, known as the Kalam Cosmological Argument, in the following syllogism:

The kalam cosmological argument may be formulated as follows:

  1. Whatever begins to exist has a cause.
  2. The universe began to exist.
  3. Therefore, the universe has a cause.1

The starting point for Lane’s argument is that he believes the first premise is self-evident.

Premise (1) seems obviously true—at the least, more so than its negation. First and foremost, it’s rooted in the metaphysical intuition that something cannot come into being from nothing. To suggest that things could just pop into being uncaused out of nothing is to quit doing serious metaphysics and to resort to magic. Second, if things really could come into being uncaused out of nothing, then it becomes inexplicable why just anything and everything do not come into existence uncaused from nothing. Finally, the first premise is constantly confirmed in our experience. Atheists who are scientific naturalists thus have the strongest of motivations to accept it.2

Lane then spends many pages, locking horns with a variety of atheists who deny premise 1, which he believes is self-evident. After all this argument, which becomes highly sophisticated, including a discussion on the mathematical difference between an actual infinity and a potential infinity, all he has achieved is to prove, in his own mind, that the universe has a cause, and he presumes that cause to be God.

It sounds as if I am about to dismiss a huge chunk of Lane’s discussion as if it were wrong. I am not dismissing it on those grounds. I am dismissing it from this portion of my book, on the grounds that the evidence that he provides is irrelevant. The fact that he has to address the objections of so many atheists to arguments that he makes indicates that he is on the wrong path. It is not that his discussion is uninteresting. There is a different context, to be discussed later in this book, where his discussion will be relevant. But it is not relevant as a proof of God, because it self-evidently fails.

Following Lane’s long defense of the first premise, he then spends a considerable amount of time, analyzing the conclusion (3), that “the universe has a cause”, and tries to discuss the nature of that cause (i.e. God) without reference to the Bible.

On the basis of a conceptual analysis of the conclusion implied by the kalam cosmological argument, we may therefore infer that a personal Creator of the universe exists, who is uncaused, beginningless, changeless, immaterial, timeless, spaceless, and unimaginably powerful. This, as Thomas Aquinas was wont to remark, is what everybody means by “God.”3

With respect, this is not what is meant by “God”. Indeed, the idea of what is meant by “God”, in quotation marks, is irrelevant. I am not interested in “God”. I am interested in God. Non of this extra-biblical discussion reveals God to be loving, holy, merciful, or, for that matter, angry with sin. Yet, we must remind ourselves, that these things are precisely what the apostle Paul has told us are part of the nature of God, revealed to every single person who lives, from the creation of the world. In other words, the Kalum Cosmological god does not have the complete nature of the God of the Bible. Therefore, the KCA god is not the same as the God of the Bible. Therefore, the KCA god is a false god and an idol.

Now, I am aware that this makes some people angry. Am I saying that Lane does not believe in the God of the Bible? No, I am not saying that. And there are many Classical Apologists, who will do precisely the right thing in showing Christians from the Bible what God is like. I am simply pointing out that their argument for the existence of God is fallacious, wrong and unbiblical. It does not prove God. If it proves anything – and I have my doubts – it proves a form of theism; the existence of a probable god. The God of the Bible is not a probable god. He is the only God.

* – This material has been extracted from my book, Only Believe.


1. Craig, William Lane (2008). Reasonable Faith (3rd edition): Christian Truth and Apologetics (p. 111). Crossway. Kindle Edition.

2. ibid

3. ibid p.154



In the beginning was Ida, the initial Darwinian ancestor – the first material on Earth to transform from inert to, well, ert. Ida begat Luca, the last universal common ancestor, and the molecule that gave rise to every kind of life on Earth, from lowly bacteria to the giant panda.

So begins an unusual article in the New Scientist magazine. The article is one of a number published in NS, that refer to “things we know exist, but have never seen”. So this article refers to the Initial Darwinian Ancestor, or IDA, as the first time non-living material became living material. The suggested template allows for a few stages of evolution, until we get the Last Universal Common Ancestor, from which the evolution for everything else branches.

The article rightly points out an inconvenient “chicken and egg” problem.

All life uses proteins to carry out its essential functions, including making DNA and executing its code. But proteins themselves are made from DNA templates – so without DNA, no proteins. Which came first?

The article has no answer, yet concludes that it must have somehow happened, because, after all, life is here. The key to the problem is in the name Initial Darwinian Ancestor. The whole problem presupposes that Darwinian evolution is true. If only the article’s author could have realized that there are many scientists, who, for legitimate scientific reasons, do not accept that Darwinian evolution happened. Then we might get an acknowledgment that no one has seen IDA or LUCA, because they never existed. “In the beginning, God created” is so much more scientific than “In the beginning was Ida”.

Reprinted from Creation Moments

Alien Intrusion Movie

Alien Intrusion banner

In the space of the last 12 months, three creation-based movies have been seen as one-off events at movie theaters, distributed by the theater event company, Fathom Events. The first was Is Genesis History – a documentary compiled by Del Tacket, and featuring creation scientists such as Andrew Snelling, Robert Carter, and Danny Faulkner. The there was Genesis: Paradise Lost, which was created by my friends Eric Hovind and Ralph Strean, with a galaxy of creationist stars such as Ken Ham, Charles Jackson, Andrew Fabich, Bodie Hodge, David Menton, Georgia Purdom, and many more.

Now there was Alien Intrusion, which was a bit different. I went to see this at the movie theater on Thursday January 11th 2018. Based on the book by Gary Bates, this movie follows Bates, as he describes his research into the phenomenon of alien visitation and abduction. Most such phenomena can be explained by naturalistic means, but there is a minority of such experiences where there is clearly something real that has happened to the experiencers, that has affected their lives. In most cases, these people want the experiences to stop, and are left depressed and anxious by them. Bates analyzes these more realistic phenomena from a biblical perspective and comes up with an explanation which is at once startling, but, in my opinion, convincing. I think you need to read the book or watch the movie to get the explanation.

The movie included several other experts, as well as some fascinating personal testimonies. There was also some excellent film sequences, to accompany the argument. The topic is difficult for some Christians to accept, but I suggest it is an important topic, and am pleased that the movie worked so well.

Are there any negatives? Just two small negatives. The first is really not the fault of Bates or his ministry (CMI). The other two films that I mentioned were screened at my local theater in Kelso, WA. But the number of theaters being used for Alien was much less, and I had to drive for an hour to the state capital, Olympia. This also led to small audiences. The theater auditorium that I was in had just 12 people in it, compared to a full auditorium for both the other movies. The second is that the movie did not start with a solid biblical presupposition. Indeed, one of the participants early in the movie started by mentioning the “Law of Causality”, but was really quoting the Kalam Cosmological Argument. I have explained in my book, Only Believe, why I believe we should not use the KCA.

These negatives are minor, compared to the importance of the subject. I was glad that I had watched it, and I will definitely be wanting to get hold of the movie for screening in our Creation Center, if I am able.

Genesis – Paradise Lost

Genesis Paradise Lost

The Garden of Eden was paradise. The word paradise refers to a park, garden, or orchard. The connotations are that a paradise is a very pleasant place. Eden fits those criteria. God made a world that was perfect. He set Adam and his wife in a garden called Eden, that was to be pleasant and perfect. But then they spoiled it all, and lost paradise, by their sin. Specifically, Adam failed as our federal head, by disobeying God, and plunging every one of us into sin and death.

Outside the auditorium
Outside the auditorium, with our ministry's display and leaflets.

Today, the majority do not believe this account is true. So, maybe eight or nine years ago, a talented animator called Ralph Strean, set up a company called Sevenfold Films in order to produce a 3D animation, so that people could see how the Creation could have occurred. In 2012, Ralph moved to Pensacola, Florida, to team up with Eric Hovind and his Creation Today ministry, to be able to provide a solid creationist backing for the movie, and also to tap into Eric's boundless, boyish enthusiasm for the subject. It is his long-term commitment, coupled with his humor, that has kept this project alive. I cannot think of anyone else in creationism, who could have driven a project like this, while keeping so many people on board.

And that is where I need to make a personal disclaimer. You see, at that time, I was working for Creation Today, so I have seen, and supported the project from very early. Ralph often popped into my office to clarify various issues on current creationist thinking. And because I had previously worked for Answers in Genesis, I was able to introduce Eric and Ralph to the folks there. The rest, as they say, is history.

We all know that animations take a long time. But finally on Monday November 13th 2017, the finished movie was shown in movie theaters all over the US.

Was it good? No, it wasn't good. It was absolutely magnificent!

The 3D effects were amazing. I was privileged to offer a little initial information. But providing some of the factual information for the movie contributes nothing to the sheer artistic genius that is Ralph's work. A decade ago, I never could have imagined watching a visualization of the first chapter of Genesis. Yet this is exactly how I imagined the creation could have happened! I am confident that the word “genius” is not too high a word to describe Mr Strean, and his work.

The movie also featured so many of my dear friends – Danny Faulkner, Bodie Hodge, Charles Jackson, to name but three.

Movingly, the film did not pull its punches, and concluded with an excellent, biblically sound presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I loved this movie. I haven't seen the last three years worth of work, so it was a thrill to watch. And theater-goers had the privilege of seeing so much extra material before and after the movie.

I am looking forward to the release of the DVD and video downloads. And there is going to be so much other stuff to go with it, including study guides, and discussion groups. I am thrilled by this movie. If you were not there on Monday November 13th, you missed a treat. But the treats are still coming. And, remember, there is a book to accompany this movie. It is called Genesis.

Geese Fly South

Canada Goose

One of the most fascinating local wildlife sights in November is that of Canada Geese gathering overhead, to fly South for the Winter. I remember such geese in Britain, where they have been introduced — but not as many as you see here on North America's East Coast. When I took my dogs out for a walk this morning, there were hundreds of these large birds, flying overhead, seemingly following the Cowlitz River.

Why do birds migrate? Of course, in one sense, we know the answer. They are changing their climates. But how does an evolutionist explain why migration occurred, and how they laid the trails of travel to and from warmer climes?

The enormous flocks of flying, migrating geese are an awesome sight. They remind us of the creativity of our Creator, who has made everything so well.

Is Genesis History?

Is Genesis History?
Watch this important film.

Whether Genesis is actual history or not is of crucial importance to Christians today. The historicity of Genesis is under attack as never before, particularly in seminaries formerly considered to be conservative evangelical. Pastors are often teaching either that Genesis is to be interpreted, in accordance with deep time views, or that its interpretation does not matter to Christian theology.

It will surprise nobody that the Mount St Helens Creation Center rejects both these compromise positions, and argues strongly for Genesis not to be interpreted at all, but to be read as it appears—as literal historical narrative. So this ministry welcomes a remarkable new film; Is Genesis History? The film is the brainchild of Dr Del Tackett, and is filmed in 4K. Dr Tackett has visited a large number of places associated with deep-time geology, and shown them to be better interpreted within a biblical framework. His film includes interviews with a large variety of scholars and scientists, who hold to biblical principles and opinions.

The film will be seen at its best in a one-night-only screening, in a variety of movie theaters around the country. I will be attending one of these screenings – probably in Olympia, WA. I urge you all to consider getting a ticket for the movie, and watching it. The tickets can be purchased through the Is Genesis History website – Although I expect the movie will be available in a variety of formats later, the full 4K effect will be best seen in a movie theater.

Please note that, although this ministry supports this movie, we are not part of the production, and will not gain financially from it. However, we would like YOU to gain from it. For that reason, we are offering our book “The Biblical Age of the Earth” for the special event rate of $4 (normally $6.50). In addition, you can have the book sent via free shipping! Simply purchase the book, applying first the coupon code “isgenesishistory” (without the quote marks, and with no spaces), and make sure you select the “free shipping” option that will appear, after the coupon is applied. This special offer, to celebrate the launch of Is Genesis History will end on Friday February 24th 2017.

We Need a New Commentary

I am taking part in a study on how to read the Bible. I will not name the study guide; there is much in it which is good, and much which is not. However, reaching a section on how to interpret narrative history, like Genesis, a commentary recommendation was made. As soon as I saw the name of the author of the commentary recommended—Bruce Waltke—I knew that I could not recommend that commentary.

The Six Days of Genesis
Perhaps I need to expand this book, to cover the whole of Genesis.

It isn’t good to be negative all the time. So what commentary would I recommend? This is where I hit a problem. The overwhelming majority of the commentaries on the whole of Genesis are written from an old-earth, or evolutionary point of view. Granted, there are some very decent books about Genesis; The Book of Beginnings, by Henry Morris III, Understanding Genesis by Jason Lisle, and Jonathan Sarfati’s excellent partial commentary, The Genesis Account, which covers up to chapter 11. Even I have written a commentary on the first 11 chapters. The only whole book commentary, remaining faithful to the early chapters, appears to be Henry Morris The Genesis Record—but this was published in 1976, and the science (though not the theology) needs to be developed.

Perhaps this is too great a task for one person. Perhaps we need a small team to produce a good commentary. Or maybe I need to get on with expanding my “The Six Days of Genesis”.

Whatever the answer is, it definitely needs doing—fast! If someone is writing such a commentary, please let me know. If someone would like my input to a team implementing such a project, let me know. But let’s have a proper chapter-by-chapter commentary on the whole of Genesis, and let’s try to see it done within 12 months.