Timothy Dwight

Timothy Dwight IV. Portrait by John Trumbull.Timothy Dwight IV (1752-1817) was not a scientist in the strict sense, but rather a preacher and educator. However, he was tremendously powerful in an apologetics ministry, including the firm relating of science to Scrip­ture. Among his writings are included excellent exposi­tions of flood geology. As president of Yale, he was almost solely responsible for converting the student body and faculty of that key institution from profligate unbelief and revolutionism to a soundly Biblical evangelistic and mis­sionary commitment, a transformation accomplished mainly through a lengthy series of closely-reasoned chapel messages on scientific Christian apologetics. He is said to have had influence on the character of the infant nation of America second only to that of George Washington.

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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