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Dr. Duane Gish

Duane T. Gish (February 17th, 1921 - March 5th, 2013) was a prominent young Earth creation scientist and debater. He 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]

Gish 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).

Early life and career

Duane Gish, a twin, was born in White City, Kansas, the youngest of nine children, on February 17, 1921.[2][3] At 10 he professed his faith in Christianity in the Methodist Church.[4] Later he joined the fundamentalist Regular Baptist Church.[4]

During World War II he served in the U.S. Army, fighting in the Pacific Theater, rising to the rank of Captain and earning the Bronze Star for meritorious service.[3][5]

After the war, Gish went to the University of California, Los Angeles and received a Bachelors of Science degree in chemistry in 1949.[3][6] In 1953 he earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.[3][6] He worked at Berkeley as an assistant research associate and as an assistant professor at Cornell University Medical College (NYC).[3][6] In 1960, Gish joined the Upjohn Company, located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serving as a senior research associate in biochemistry until 1970.[3][7][8]

Defending biblical creation

Gish was one of the several scientists, including Henry Morris, to found the Creation Research Society in 1963, and he served on its board until 1997.[7] He joined the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) soon after it was formed in 1970 and served as vice president of ICR until 2005.[3][7][9]

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 took part in over 300 formal debates against evolutionists during his life.[7] Due to his effective debating skills and knowledge on the creation vs. evolution debate, Gish was referred to as "creation’s bulldog".[7]

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."[10]


As a Christian, Gish believed that salvation is freely obtained through faith in Christ alone, regardless of ones beliefs on creation.[11] Despite this, Gish believed that it is important to believe in biblical young Earth creationism.[11]

Personal life

Gish was married to his first wife, Lolly, for 55 years before she died.[3][7] After her death, Gish married his second wife, a widow who was also called Lolly, and they were married for 11 years until his death.[3][7] Gish has four children (two sons and two daughters) with his first wife, two stepsons with his second, nine grandchildren, three step-grandsons, and three great grandchildren.[3] Gish died on March 6, 2013 at the age of 92.[3][1]





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

  • The Bull Dog of Creation Eats an Evolutionist.

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Remembering Dr. Duane T. Gish, Creation's 'Bulldog'. Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  2. Institute for Creation Research
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 Duane T. Gish - Obituaries. (taken from The San Diego Union-Tribune). March 24, 2013. Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Numbers, Ronald L. (1992). Creationists: The Evolution of Scientific Creationism. New York: Alfred A. Knopf/Borzoi Book. p. 225. ISBN 0-679-40104-0. 
  5. Looy, Mark (March 6, 2013). Rescued! Remembering the Life and Legacy of Dr. Duane T. Gish. Answers in Genesis. Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Duane T. Gish. Creation Science Hall of Fame. Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 Henry Morris III (2013). Duane Gish: Celebrating a Creation Champion. (from Acts & Facts. 42 (5): 18-19). Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  8. Smout, Kary D. (1998). The creation/evolution controversy: a battle for cultural power. New York: Praeger. ISBN 0-275-96262-8. 
  9. Morris, John D. (2005). Dr. Duane Gish Retires. (from Acts & Facts. 34 (5)). Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  10. My Mother: The Most Hated Woman in America (interview with William J. Murray), by Robert Doolan. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Gish, Duane (September 1, 1989). Is it Possible to be a Christian and an Evolutionist?. Answers in Genesis. Retrieved August 27, 2016.