Duane Gish

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Dr. Duane Gish

Duane Gish (February 17, 1921 - March 5, 2013[1]) was a prolific debater for Young Earth Creationism and a member of The Institute for Creation Research (ICR).

Gish was viewed as the winner of his debates by friend and foe alike based on audience reaction.[2] So profound was Gish's impact on the debate scene, that evolutionary websites posted articles stating not how to debate Creationists in general, but instead how to specifically debate Duane Gish. Dr. Henry Morris wrote of Dr. Gish, who had over 300 formal debates, "at least in our judgment and that of most in the audiences, he always wins."[3]

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]

Various media examples by and about Gish

Facing The Fire

The Origin of Man

References

  1. Rescued! Remembering the Life and Legacy of Dr. Duane T. Gish - Answers in Genesis
  2. Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, Truth in Advertising: Damaging the Cause of Science, by Dr. John Ankerberg and Dr. John Weldon [1]
  3. Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, Truth in Advertising: Damaging the Cause of Science, by Dr. John Ankerberg and Dr. John Weldon [2]
  4. My Mother: The Most Hated Woman in America (interview with William J. Murray), by Robert Doolan. Creation.com. 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.

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