Date: Wed Jun 23 1993 23:39:00
From: Scott Faust
Subj: Crs Oath
All members of the Creation Research Society must sign the
following statement of faith. This statement does not restrict
itself to religious issues, but covers scientific ones as well.
Here is the text taken from their membership application:
1. The Bible is the written word of God, and because we
believe it to be inspired throughout, all of its assertions
are historically and scientifically true in all the original
autographs. To the students of nature, this means that the
account of origins in Genesis is a factual presentation of
simple historical truths.
2. All basic types of living things, including man, were made
by direct creative acts of God during Creation Week as
described in Genesis. Whatever biological changes have
occurred since Creation have accomplished only changes within
the original created kinds.
3. The great Flood described in Genesis, commonly referred to
as the Noachian Deluge, was an historical event, worldwide in
its extent and effect.
4. Finally, we are an organization of Christian men of
science, who accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. The
account of the special creation of Adam and Eve as one man and
one woman, and their subsequent fall into sin, is the basis
for our belief in the necessity of a Savior for all mankind.
Therefore, salvation can come only through accepting Jesus
Christ as Savior.
Henry Morris gives an interesting account of the founding of the
CRS -- in which he figured along with several other members bolting
the more moderate American Scientific Affiliation -- in his book
_History of Modern Creationism_, Master Book Publishers, 1984.
Both Morris and Walter Lammerts (the later being the dominant
figure in the founding and early years of the society) were
distressed by the ASA's "drift" towards tolerance of evolution and
acceptance of the theory by many of its members. (The ASA is an
organization of evangelical christians with scientific backgrounds
founded in 1941 and still in existence.)
In his _History_, Morris discusses the various creationist
organizations which appeared in the period between the time of the
Scopes trial in 1925 and the emergence of today's "creation
science" during and after the 1960's. A major theme of his
treatment is to note that every group which did not formally
establish a clear and irrevocable commitment to "strict biblical
creationism" eventually failed. They either disbanded entirely
(often due to internal disagreements or infighting), or ended up
accepting evolution, or at least conventional geology, in some
I think that Morris makes his case fairly well. He certainly
convinced me that "creation science" cannot flourish in an
atmosphere of free inquiry. "Creation science" only seems to work
when it is settled up-front what "scientific conclusions" are
biblically acceptable, and which are verboten.
In giving his account of the meeting (in 1963) at which the CRS was
organized, Morris writes that: "The most important decision was to
set forth a firmly creationist statement of faith to which all
members must subscribe and which could never be changed." (p.186)
This is exactly what was done, and Morris notes approvingly that:
"At this writing (1984), the Society has continued for over 20
years as a strong creationist organization, which is in itself a
clear testimony to the wisdom of this initial action." (p.187)
Morris, however, could not be present at this meeting. Believe it
not -- and those familiar with Morris will have little trouble
believing it -- Morris found the doctrinal statement above not to
be strict enough!
"Because of my experiences with the Creation-Deluge Society and the
American Scientific Affiliation, as well as all of our contacts,
studies, and feed back in connection with _The Genesis Flood_, both
John Whitcomb and I had hoped that the new Society would take a
clear and firm stand on the recent literal six-day creation of all
things, as well as flood geology. We were disappointed when these
were not spelled out more clearly in the statement of faith adopted
at Midland. Nevertheless, the statement as adopted at least
*implied* these truths and was a tremendous improvement over
anything previously used by any similar organization." (pp.
[John Whitcomb co-authored _The Genesis Flood_ (Baker Books, 1961)
with Morris. This book is generally seen as heralding and
stimulating the modern revival of young earth flood geology among
At the first board meeting he did attend (in 1965), Morris tried to
have the statement amended, but was foiled by the constitutional
provision specifying that the statement could never be changed.
"I was still very sensitive," Morris writes, "to the dangers of
leaving these vital issues open to future accommodationist
'interpretations.' Finally, the Board did go on record with an
understanding (one that would remain unwritten, however) that no
publication of the Society, including articles published in the
_Quarterly_, would ever advocate the 'old earth,' geological-ages
position. Of course, this unwritten understanding will probably
maintain this doctrinal integrity just as long as the Society
president and _Quarterly_ editor agree with it. So far, this has
been the case (as of 1984)." (p.192)