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Duane Gish

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Dr. Duane Gish

Duane T. Gish (February 17th, 1921 - March 5th, 2013) had a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. He was the Senior Vice-President Emeritus of the Institute for Creation Research, and frequently used to travel abroad to give seminars and lectures on creation science. Dr. Gish was arguably the foremost debater of creation science in the world. Gish was known as creation's 'bulldog'.[1]

He spent a total of 18 years in biochemical research; with Cornell University Medical College (NYC), with the Virus Laboratory, U of Cal-Berkeley and on the research staff of the Upjohn Pharmaceutical Company (Michigan).


Duane Gish, a twin, was born in White City, Kansas, the youngest of nine children. At 10 he professed his faith in Christianity in the Methodist Church.[2] Later became a fundamentalist in the Regular Baptist Church.[2] He received a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from UCLA in 1949 and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 1953. He also worked as Assistant Research Associate at Berkeley and an assistant professor at Cornell University Medical College (NYC), performing bio-medical and biochemical research for 18 years. He then joined the pharmaceutical company Upjohn (Michigan) as a research associate in 1960.[3] In 1971 Gish became a faculty member in San Diego Christian College working in its research division, before accepting a position in the Institute for Creation Research (independent since 1981). He was the senior vice president emeritus of the Institute for Creation Research, and often traveled abroad to give seminars and lectures on creation science. Dr. Gish was undoubtedly one of the main debaters of creation science in the world. Dr. Gish has also published approximately 40 articles in scientific journals.

Gish once debated Madalyn Murray O'Hair an atheist activist and founder of American Atheists, and after the debate, Gish recounted that O'Hair said to him "You frighten me!", which Gish believed was because "I didn’t thump the Bible and tell her she was going to Hell, but I approached her in her own element — secular scientific evidence."[4]


As a Christian, Gish believed that salvation is freely obtained through faith in Christ alone, regardless of ones beliefs on creation.[5] Despite this, Gish believed that it is important to believe in biblical young Earth creationism.[5]





  • Evolution Challenge of the Fossil record. Duane Gish, PhD.

  • The Bull Dog of Creation Eats an Evolutionist.



  1. "Remembering Dr. Duane T. Gish, Creation's 'Bulldog'". Retrieved 03-10-2013. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Numbers, Ronald L. (1992). Creationists: The Evolution of Scientific Creationism. New York: Alfred A. Knopf/Borzoi Book. p. 225. ISBN 0-679-40104-0. 
  3. Smout, Kary D. (1998). The creation/evolution controversy: a battle for cultural power. New York: Praeger. ISBN 0-275-96262-8. 
  4. My Mother: The Most Hated Woman in America (interview with William J. Murray), by Robert Doolan. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Gish, Duane (September 1, 1989). Is it Possible to be a Christian and an Evolutionist?. Answers in Genesis. Retrieved August 27, 2016.