Fifteen years ago, I considered myself well-read. Attending a writers’ conference in California, I discovered that probably wasn’t true.
I met Curt Sewell, who had had (according to him) a minor role in the development of the Manhattan Project. After that experience, Curt began to ask himself the hard questions of life and eventually found God. In the course of our conversation, Curt introduced me to the writings of Henry Morris, president of the Institute for Creation Research.
Incredibly, even growing up in the Bible Belt and then attending college, I wasn’t aware of any legitimate scientists who believed the early chapters of Genesis were real history.
I soon found out that there are thousands of them – credible men and women who do good research and write and speak. Henry Morris was the catalyst for the modern creation movement.
Within a year, I had the pleasure of meeting Morris and his son, John, at the ICR headquarters in San Diego. Henry passed away in 2006, but John is still going strong as president of ICR. He has recently released a terrific new book, “The Fossil Record: Unearthing Nature’s History of Life,” with co-author Frank Sherwin.
Morris and Sherwin have provided us with an important new work on the subject of fossils. The fact that they are dissed by evolutionary thinkers and theistic evolutionists in the church takes nothing away from their superb scholarship and ability to articulate a defense of Genesis.
“The Fossil Record” is a gorgeous, hardcover, four-color book. The stunning images and highly readable text make this a must-have for anyone. It is particularly helpful for any school setting.
A still-present truth in our great country is that independent thinking is still allowed. I am always encouraged by that and on the lookout for independent-thinking authors. John Morris and Frank Sherwin are two such people.
For example, not only do they really believe their biblical worldview, they do a superb job of putting it out there and not worrying about the ridicule they receive.
The caption for an image of a 9-foot-tall bear reads in part: “It dates from the Ice Age, which followed the great Flood. Two bear representatives were on board Noah’s Ark. When the Flood ended, they disembarked into a new world, full of unfilled ecological niches and different conditions.”
It matters little that Darwinists, both atheistic and Christian, believe this worldview is nutty and dangerous. The fact is, the authors of “The Fossil Record” are well aware that the earth is filled with evidences for a worldwide flood, exactly as outlined in Genesis.
We often hear mantras like, “There’s no geological evidence for a worldwide flood.”
Of course, such a belief doesn’t make it true. In “The Fossil Record,” Morris and Sherwin make it possible for readers to think for themselves.
John, with a Ph.D in geology, is frankly one of the best historians in the country. He has a unique ability to sift through scientific research, understand it, then point out the relevance in terms of worldview. Frank Sherwin is simply a superb scientist, with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s in zoology. ICR has long been the premier creation science research facility.
In “The Fossil Record,” the authors provide plenty of hard science, discussing invertebrates, vertebrates, various geologic activity around the world – such as Grand Canyon – and their sections detailing fossil amphibians, early reptiles and mammals are wondrous.
You know an author has hit a homerun when he can make a section on rodents (page 165) fascinating.
As the authors note: “There are about 1,700 species of rodents. They suddenly appear in the fossil record – as rodents. There is no trace of any ancestry linking them to non-rodent ancestors.”
Although the scientific data is fascinating in “The Fossil Record,” its brilliance is found in the contrast between worldviews. John in particular knows that early proponents of Darwinian philosophy (men like Thomas Huxley and Herbert Spencer and Charles Lyell) began with the presupposition that life can be explained without God. For the astute researcher, it is no secret that these men fit the evidence to their pre-suppositional worldview.
Because of the success of groups like ICR and Creation Ministries International, many people are now able to understand the issues.
Early on in “The Fossil Record,” the authors state: “Evolution, as it is used here, is the ‘descent from a common ancestor’ model, which holds that all of life developed from more primitive forms.”
This is an important distinction, because as ICR and CMI and others have enjoyed great success in challenging Darwinian dogma, evolutionists themselves have scrambled to change definitions and debates, through sleight-of-hand.
Morris and Sherwin also carefully selected illustrations that complement the easy-to-understand text. In the “Living Fossils” section, we see vibrant photos of fossil beetles, dragonflies, and lobsters – paired with living examples from today.
The message is clear: As the caption reads, “Here are just a few examples of creatures that appear in the fossil record in the same forms we see in their modern counterparts. Examples come from different supposed geologic time periods, but he message is the same: Evolution did not happen.”
You’ll also marvel at the sheer size of many ancient fossils, such as the megalodon tooth, which appears on page 125.
This book is so versatile, because it serves as a primer for understanding fossils and hard science, yet it is also a devastating answer to Darwinists and is thus highly useful for, say, pastors and youth pastors struggling to answer questions youth may pose.
A helpful endnotes section and index make “The Fossil Record” a complete package. You simply must get this book for your library.