Master is the BibleScienceGuy, and he said I could write an article to introduce my new buddy.
Master “inherited” this 6-year-old Silky Terrier on very short notice this past Christmas. He was Master’s aunt’s dog, but due to increasing dementia, she was no longer able to care for the dog. Master’s cousin called asking if Master could take the dog because the assisted living facility where Master’s aunt lives had issued an ultimatum that the dog had to go.
The Silky Terrier breed was created in the late 1800s in Australia by crossing the Yorkshire Terrier imported from Great Britain with the native Australian Terrier. Following World War II, American servicemen brought Silky Terriers home with them. In 1959 the American Kennel Club officially recognized the breed.
Silky Terriers are primarily companion dogs, but they are very fast and good at catching rodents. So my new buddy will help me clean up Master’s yard — too many squirrels, chipmunks, woodchucks, raccoons, and skunks.
Since the dog is starting a new life with us, Master gave him a new name. He named him Dr. Henry Morris to honor the memory of the man who is the father of the modern Creation Science movement. Usually we just call my new buddy Henry for short. He has a sweet, calm temperament, and everybody loves him.
Dr. Morris is best-known for founding the Institute for Creation Research and for his co-authorship of the ground-breaking book The Genesis Flood. Here is what Master told me about the original Dr. Henry Morris.
Dr. Henry M. Morris
Henry Madison Morris (1918–2006) became a Christian in 1939, shortly after his graduation from Rice University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He taught civil engineering at Rice from 1942 until 1946 and then went on to graduate school. He earned his Ph.D. in hydraulic engineering at the University of Minnesota in 1950.
Morris moved to Virginia Tech in 1959 as Professor of Civil Engineering and chair of the department. He co-authored an advanced text on engineering hydraulics that was used in dozens of universities around the world. Under his 10-year chairmanship, the department became one of the largest civil engineering programs in the country.
Morris left Virginia Tech in 1970 to found the Institute for Creation Research near San Diego. ICR is a leader in scientific research from the perspective of Biblical creation. It exists to research truth, communicate, and educate. It has exerted a dominant influence in promoting Biblical Creationism and Biblical authority for 45 years.
Dr. Morris is the father of the modern creationism movement calling the church back to believing a literal Genesis. He co-wrote The Genesis Flood: The Biblical Record and its Scientific Implications with John C. Whitcomb.
This book began in 1953 at an American Scientific Affiliation conference in Indiana where Morris gave a paper on evidence for a global flood in the days of Noah titled The Biblical Evidence for Recent Creation and Universal Deluge.
In the audience was John Whitcomb, a professor of Old Testament at Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. Morris’ paper inspired Whitcomb to write his doctoral dissertation on Noah’s Flood in which he defended a literal interpretation of Genesis 6-9.
Upon completion of Whitcomb’s dissertation in 1957, Morris and Whitcomb began collaborating on The Genesis Flood book which they published in 1961. A condensation of Whitcomb’s dissertation formed the theological part of the book. Morris wrote the scientific portions, more than two-thirds of the total book.
The Genesis Flood: The Biblical Record and its Scientific Implications by Whitcomb and Morris launched the modern creationist emphasis throughout the Christian and scientific world. The founding of the Creation Research Society followed soon after in 1963 with Morris’ help. The Genesis Flood along with Morris’ many other works have had a profound influence on millions of people worldwide in defending a literal interpretation of the Genesis record of Creation, the Flood, and the Tower of Babel.
My New Buddy Henry
Henry and I play together all day long. We chase each other around the house and wrestle. I get much more exercise in the winter now that Henry is here. We get along very well. Sometimes we even sleep together in the same crate.
I explained to Henry that Master is the Alpha in this pack, and then comes Missus, and then Girl. I’m next and he’s last. He’s fine with this. He’s just happy that he didn’t go to the pound where I understand the life expectancy is rather short. Henry is happy to live where he can be a dog, get fed twice a day, have a yard to chase squirrels and chipmunks, and go camping frequently.
In my last article, I wrote about catching a chipmunk at a campground. Henry and I both like to chase the squirrels and chipmunks in Master’s backyard. Henry is good at this too, so I have drafted him into the Squirrel Patrol. I am Captain Kepler, and he is my right-paw-dog, Lieutenant Morris.
I have been trying to teach Henry the rules of Master’s pack, but he is a slow learner — or maybe he’s just stubborn.
When Master eats, Henry sits right in front gazing at him hoping for food from Master’s plate. I have told Henry that I know Master — this will never happen. But Henry needs to learn for himself, and boy is he a slow learner! Henry is still trying every day anyway. I have reminded Henry that Master watches us eat, and we don’t give any of our food to Master, so why should Master give some of his food to us?
Henry likes to drink from the Big Water Bowl in the little room at the end of the hall. Master does not like this, and he gets irritated with Girl for leaving the door open when he hears “Glug, Glug, Glug” from Henry. In this case I agree with Henry. Wouldn’t it be much easier for Missus not to have to keep refilling our little water bowl in the hall? The Big Water Bowl never runs dry.
Henry was not blessed with as much intelligence by the Creator as I was. He is slow at catching on to Master’s commands. He gets too excited about treats and forgets to do what we are supposed to do to get treats. So this delays the whole process for both of us. He doesn’t know how to type or use a computer, so I don’t think he will write blogs for Master.
Now I’m going to tell you a secret that Master does not realize I know. Master says that I am very smart, but he does not know how smart.
Both Henry and I recognize our common names of Kepler and Henry. But Master and Missus often talk about us in our presence without using those names. My official full name is Professor Johann Kepler and Henry’s is Dr. Henry Morris. Master and Missus often refer to us as The Professor & The Doctor or The Parson & The Doctor. (I am actually a Parson Russell terrier which is a subclass of Jack Russell terriers.)
Master and Missus talk about Henry and me this way. They think we won’t know they’re talking about us; but I know, and I tell Henry.
One detriment to getting a new buddy is that I have to share the dishwashing duties with him. He is not as good at cleaning plates as I am, but I still do less dishwashing than before. Master says I clean dishes so well that we don’t need the dishwasher, but Missus insists on putting them in the dishwasher anyway. Why, I don’t know.
I told Master I needed something to “jazz up” this article. So Master gave me this 11-minute YouTube video on Henry’s breed that gives an introduction to the Silky Terrier’s history, identification, and personality. (I will have to check to see if Master used a nice video when he first introduced me.)
Questions to Ponder
- How do your pets glorify their Creator?
- How do you glorify your Creator?
Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.
Soli Deo Gloria.
Read the prequels on our puppy Kepler:
1. Why I Named Our Puppy “Kepler”
2. Kepler’s Kind
3. Kepler’s Lopsided Trade
4. Kepler’s Amazing Nose
5. Kepler’s Business Card
6. Kepler & the Psycho Squirrel (with video)
7. Taunting Kepler
8. Adam and Puppies
9. Who Taught Kepler?
Read the sequel on Kepler:
11. Kepler Chases a Squirrel (with video)
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(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday February 24, 2016 A.D.
But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind? (Job 12:7-10)