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John Woodmorappe

Geologist

Biography and testimony

Life was a challenge for John Woodmorappe from the very beginning. Born in the USA to Polish immigrant parents who had lost everything in World War II, he had to adapt to a new language and culture. In addition, John has a neurological disorder called Tourette's syndrome, which causes him to have spells of torso rocking and finger wiggling. But the grace of God has given him an extraordinary ability in the area of scientific research.

John has had an insatiable curiosity in scientific matters ever since he was a toddler. At ages 10–11, he could identify tens of trees in the neighborhood, and even knew the Latin names of most of them. His friends said he sounded like a priest. An 80-year-old retired botanist would visit him, and they would go on walks together to talk about and examine different trees. By junior high, he was going to the state fairs with his science projects. Next, he went to one of the most academically demanding high schools in the whole nation.

Far from being a fundamentalist, John Woodmorappe had not been raised to believe in scriptural inerrancy in any way. Nothing drove him to unconventional science. He attended a college-preparatory Jesuit school, which was liberal theologically as well as politically. There he was taught that Genesis was myth and that organic evolution was a proven fact of science. Not knowing any better, he accepted it.

In his sophomore year, he took an advanced biology course. After organic evolution, John studied ecology, and was taught all the scare-stories of radical environmentalists as proven fact. Having learned that DDT and other organic chlorocarbons accumulate in the biosphere because they do not break down, John Woodmorappe wrote his teacher a paper. He suggested that scientists breed bacteria, after subjecting them to radiogenic mutations generation after generation, in progressively greater concentrations of DDT. Finally, we would have a strain of bacteria that not only breaks down DDT but also is dependent on it. When released into the biosphere, these bacteria would consume all the accumulated DDT. The teacher replied that this would probably not work, unless perhaps millions of years were available. This planted the first seed of doubt towards organic evolution in John's mind, because it showed that the notion of natural selection culminating in unlimited variation is something less than factual.

While a freshman in college, a member of Campus Crusade for Christ won John to the Lord. He eagerly went for follow-up. During one of these sessions, he asked some offhand questions about organic evolution, the global Flood, etc. The Crusade staff man lent him a copy of The Genesis Flood (Whitcomb and Morris 1961). John studied this, and more. John became fascinated at what he saw. When he was first exposed to creationist research, he went into ‘creation shock.’ This leads to such thoughts as: ‘Why did no one ever show me this before? I never realized that evolution was so full of holes! I never imagined that there are qualified scientists who question or reject organic evolution. And to think that the global Flood actually took place.’

As earlier in life, John Woodmorappe was intensely curious. He wanted to go deeper. He decided to major in both geology and biology because of the pivotal role of these two disciplines in the study of origins. Then again, he had geology in his blood, as his grandfather had been a geologist who had owned an oil well (at Boryslaw, now in the western Ukraine). He ended up with a BA in Biology, a BA in Geology, and an MA in Geology. Woodmorappe is constantly learning new things on his own, and conducting scientific research.

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