Carolus Linnaeus

Karl von Linné, or Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778) is widely regarded as the father of biological taxonomy. The standard classification system of plants and animals still used today is known as the Linnaean system. He was a man of great piety and respect for the Scriptures. One of his main goals in systematizing the tremendous varieties of living creatures was to attempt to delineate the original Genesis “kinds.” He attempted, in fact, to equate his “species” category with the “kind,” believing that variation could occur within the kind, but not from one kind to another kind. Thus he believed firmly in the “fixity of species,” even though he realized that he could well make mistakes in identifying any given original kind.

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