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John Whitcomb

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John and Norma Whitcomb.

Dr. John C. Whitcomb (born Born::June 22, 1924 in Washington, D.C.) is a theologian who co-authored The Genesis Flood, widely acknowledged by creationists and evolutionists alike to have had great significance in igniting the modern creationist movement around the world. He is an enthralling speaker and a well-known author.

Early life and education

Whitcomb was born in Washington D.C. on June 22, 1924.[1] From age 3 to 6 he lived in China and he graduated from high school in Chattanooga, Tennessee.[1]

Whitcomb spent a year at Princeton University before being drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in Europe from 1944 to 1946.[1] Before being drafted, in February 1943, Whitcomb was became a Christian and was converted to Christ.[1][2] After the war, he returned to Princeton, where he earned a B.A. with high honors in ancient and European history in 1948.[2] After that, he went to Grace Theological Seminary in Indiana, graduating first with a BD in 1951, a Th.M. in 1953, and a Th.D. in 1957.[1][2]

Theologian and creation scientist

Dr. Whitcomb (left) with Dr. Henry Morris.

Whitcomb served as a professor at Grace Theological Seminary from 1951 to 1990, teaching in the Old Testament and Christian Theology, and he served at a variety of positions during his tenure there.[1][2]

In 1953, Whitcomb first heard Dr. Henry Morris speak at Grace College, and after listening to Morris, Whitcomb rejected the gap theory view he once held in favor for young Earth creation.[3] Eight years later, in 1961, he and Morris co-authored The Genesis Flood.[2] The book was instrumental in the development of the modern creation science movement, with even evolutionists like Stephen Jay Gould and the National Center for Science Education acknowledging the impact of the book.[4] In addition, Ken Ham, who would later become the co-founder and president of Answers in Genesis, which built the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter, was greatly impacted by The Genesis Flood.[5]

Personal life

Whitcomb is married to his wife Norma, and together they have 6 children, 17 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.[6]


  • The Genesis Flood : The Biblical Record and its Scientific Implications. by Henry M. Morris and John C. Whitcomb. 1961. Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 518 pages.
  • The Early Earth : An Introduction to Biblical Creationism. by John C. Whitcomb. Revised edition 1986. Baker Book House, 174 pages.
  • The World That Perished : An Introduction to Biblical Catastrophism. by John C. Whitcomb. Revised edition 1988. Baker Book House, 184 pages.


A portion of the talk "The World That Perished", by Dr. John Whitcomb (2:51)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Dr. Whitcomb - The Whitcombs. Whitcomb Ministries. Retrieved October 15, 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Dr. John Whitcomb. Answers in Genesis. Retrieved October 15, 2016.
  3. Looy, Mark (March 2, 2006). He Followed God’s Decrees to the End (Psalm 119:33). Answers in Genesis. Retrieved October 15, 2016.
  4. Whitcomb, John C. (December 8, 2010). Remembering The Genesis Flood. Answers in Genesis. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  5. Looy, Mark & Ham, Ken (February 20, 2011). A Flood of Memories. Answers in Genesis. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  6. John C. Whitcomb. Creation Science Hall of Fame. Retrieved October 15, 2016.

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