Huxley then gives a lesson on New Testament theology.

He quotes Matthew 19:4-5 ("And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?"), and then comments:

If divine authority is not here claimed for the twenty-fourth verse of the second chapter of Genesis, what is the value of language? And again, I ask, if one may play fast and loose with the story of the Fall as a "type" or "allegory," what becomes of the foundation of Pauline theology?4

Quoting 1 Corinthians 15:21-22, in which Paul compares Adam and Christ, Huxley continues, "If Adam may be held to be no more real a personage than Prometheus, and if the story of the Fall is merely an instructive ‘type,' comparable to the profound Promethean mythos, what value has Paul's dialectic?

Compromise Doesn't Work 

Concerning those who tried to hold to New Testament doctrines that Paul and Christ taught but rejected Genesis as literal history, Huxley claimed, "The melancholy fact remains, that the position they have taken up is hopelessly untenable."

He was adamant that science had proven that one could not intelligently accept the Genesis account of creation and the Flood as historical truth. However, he pointed out that the New Testament is dependent on the truth of these events, as Paul's teaching on the doctrine of sin and other teachings are founded on these events as literal. He mocked those who tried to harmonize evolution and millions of years with the Bible while still trying to hold to the doctrines of the New Testament.

Huxley's point was clear: Theologians, in his view, had to accept evolution and millions of years, but to do so, they would have to give up the Bible totally. Compromise does not work!

Sadly, the established church of Huxley's day gave up literal belief in the Flood. Subsequently we have seen how it has progressively abandoned other vital New Testament doctrines. The church of that time succumbed to the teachings of Darwin as propagated by Huxley, the ardent anti-Christian humanist, who once said about those he was teaching, "By next Friday evening they will all be convinced that they are monkeys."

Consider Carefully 

One of Huxley's major evidences to "prove" evolution was the evolution of the horse. He said in one of his essays that this was scientific proof, and therefore evolution rested upon a "secure foundation." But today, the evolution of the horse, as taught for generations, has been "discarded or modified as a result of more detailed information."6

One of Huxley's mentors was Charles Lyell, who popularized the idea that massive layers of sedimentary rocks could not have been laid down catastrophically; they must have taken millions of years to form. He also insisted that large river valleys must have taken millions of years to form. As we show in powerful exhibits throughout the Creation Museum, evidence today from Mount St. Helens and many other areas has seriously challenged these ideas. Yet it was Charles Lyell who gave Huxley ammunition to insist that the church abandon the idea of the worldwide Flood.

Great numbers in the church continue to accept the word of men and reject the Word of God. However, history teaches us that many evolutionary ideas that are taught today as fact will undoubtedly be abandoned by the evolutionists of tomorrow.  


Ken Ham is the president/CEO and founder of Answers in Genesis-U.S. and the highly acclaimed Creation Museum. A native Australian who now resides near Cincinnati, Ohio, he is one of the most in-demand Christian speakers in North America. He is the author of numerous books on Genesis, the accuracy and authority of the Bible, dinosaurs, and the destructive fruits of evolutionary thinking. Visit www.AnswersInGenesis.org for more information. 

1Science and Hebrew Tradition, D. Appleton and Company, New York, 1897, p. 207.
2Ibid, p. 225.
3Ibid, p. 232.
4Ibid, pp. 235-236.
5Ronald W. Clark, The Huxleys, Heinemann, London, 1968, p. 66.
6David M. Raup (Curator of Geology, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago), "Conflicts between Darwin and paleontology," Field Museum of Natural History Bulletin, Vol. 50 No.1, January 1979, p.25. (See The Revised Quote Book, Creation Science Foundation, Brisbane (Australia), 1990, p. 13.) 

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