Louis Agassiz

Louis Agassiz. Photo: unknownJean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz (1807 -1873) was a great Christian paleontologist and is recognized as the father of glacial geology and the science of glaciology. His studies of fishes, both living and fossil, were definitive, and have never been equaled. He was also a great teacher, both in Europe and America, where his Harvard classes in natural history were said to have produced all the notable teachers of that subject in America during the last half of the 19th century. The great Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard was established by him and is named in his honor. While still in Switzerland, his studies of Alpine glaciers led him to the concept of the Pleistocene Ice Age, which most creationists believe to be the only real epoch in the so-called “Geologic Ages.”

Agassiz was the son of a preacher and descended from a long line of Huguenot clergymen. He profoundly believed in God and His special creation of every kind of organism. Probably no man was more intimately acquainted with a greater variety of kinds of animals, living and extinct, and it is significant that he was an inveterate opponent of evolutionism to the very end of his life. On the other hand, he seldom attended church, and many have questioned whether he was a Christian in the Biblical sense.

Excerpted from Men of Science, Men of God by Henry M. Morris. Copyright 1982, 1988 by Henry M. Morris. Used by permission.

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