John D. Morris

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John Morris
Born John D. Morris
Residence United States
Alma mater Virginia Tech
University of Oklahoma
Occupation President of the Institute for Creation Research
Predecessor Henry M. Morris

John David Morris[1] (born 1946) is an American young earth creationist. He is the son of "the father of creation science", Henry M. Morris, and after his father's death became the president of the Institute for Creation Research (ICR). Morris is a creationist author and speaks at a variety of churches.[2] Many of his presentations discuss the fossil record and its relation to evolution.[3]


Morris served on the University of Oklahoma faculty before joining the Institute for Creation Research in 1984. He received his Doctorate in Geological Engineering at the University of Oklahoma in 1980. Morris held the position of Professor of Geology before being appointed President in 1996. Morris has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech (1969), an M.S., University of Oklahoma (1977), and a Ph.D., University of Oklahoma (1980) in Geological Engineering.[4]


Critics have disputed some of Morris's claims. For instance, the following claim of Morris':

From the neck down, certain clues suggested to Johanson that Lucy walked a little more erect than today's chimps. This conclusion, based on his interpretation of the partial hip bone and a knee bone, has been hotly contested by many paleoanthropologists.[5]

...elicited the following response from Jim Foley in TalkOrigins Archive:

Almost everything in this quote is a distortion (Johanson's and Lucy's names are about the only exceptions). "Certain clues suggested" doesn't mention that the whole find screamed "bipedality" to every qualified scientist who looked at it. "A little more erect", when everyone believes that Lucy was fully erect. "The partial hip bone and a knee bone", when Lucy included almost a complete pelvis and leg (taking mirror imaging into account, and excluding the foot). "Has been hotly contested", when no reputable paleoanthropologist denies that Lucy was bipedal. The debates are about whether she was also arboreal, and about how similar the biomechanics of her locomotion was to that of humans. Given that we have most of Lucy's leg and pelvis, one has to wonder what sort of fossil evidence it would take to convince creationists of australopithecine bipedality.[6]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ British Library (1983). The British Library general catalogue of printed books 1976 to 1982. London ;: K. G. Saur. p. 192. ISBN 3-598-30500-1. 
  2. ^ "Intelligent Design:Strengths, Weaknesses,and the Differences" (PDF). Institute for Creation Research. 7 July 2007. Retrieved 2006-12-11.  page 5
  3. ^ John Morris (2010). The Fossil Record: A Problem for Evolution (TV Broadcast). Waukesha, WI: VCY America. 
  4. ^ "John D. Morris". Answers in Genesis. 2008. Retrieved 2006-12-11.  page 5
  5. ^ Morris (1994) quoted in Creationist Arguments: Australopithecines, TalkOrigins Archive
  6. ^ Creationist Arguments: Australopithecines, Jim Foley, TalkOrigins Archive

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Critical of Morris