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CREATION BOOKLETS by B. H. SHADDUCK (1869-1950)
Puddle to Paradise, 1925
Puddle to Paradise, 1925
The Toadstool Among the Tombs, 1925
The Toadstool Among the Tombs, 1925
Alibi, Lullaby, By-by, 1928
Alibi, Lullaby, By-by, 1928
The Gee-Haw of the Modern Jehu, 1928
The Gee-Haw of the Modern Jehu, 1928
Mistakes God Did Not Make, 1940
Mistakes God Did Not Make, 1940
Dust and Deity, 1940
Dust and Deity, 1940
Man, the Harness Maker, 1942
Man, the Harness Maker, 1942

 
Dr. B. H. Shadduck
1869 - 1950

Practical Christian Apologist
Refuter of Evolution




Dr. B. H. Shadduck, 1869-1950
Note by Author
(from 1940)
 

Shadduck's Questions for Unbelievers


(Most of these booklets were compiled by A. Stevens, see below.  He encourged me to also post a version - in an effort to make sure that Dr. Shadduck's work is preserved and made readily available for modern researchers.)

Introduction by Alec Stevens

Link to Stevens' Site




 

Puddle to Paradise, 1925

from Section 9

"Variation is the law that no two, born of the same parents, are alike. Adam must have known that, but how can it unroll, unwind or evolve a machine where there isn't one? The stockman takes advantage of variation, but .... Nature will do exactly the opposite and left to itself will breed to a common level. Nature resists the breeder and if the fence is broken down for two years it will upset the work of fifty years."

from Section 12

"Why should a creature that can multiply by division and add to its numbers by subtraction, adopt a sex complication that would double the hazard, slow up the process, start a fight among rivals and cumber the settlement with more or less helpless infancy? ....

Now why should a creature that can lay from a hundred to ten million eggs that will hatch themselves, forsake that prolific, care-free method and lay only a few eggs that must be kept warm?"


 
The Toadstool Among the Tombs, 1925

from Page 7

"A brain that will risk an eternity on its opinions ought to be dependable.  A brain that will gamble with other people's eternity by acting as a guide, ought to function perfectly.  A brain that will take a book that purports to be the Word of God; a book that has tamed savage nations, comforted the sick and lighted the valley of the shadow of death for thousands of years; and advertises it mistakes (?), ought to be infallible.

"But it is the most blundering thing on earth."

from Page 16

"Now a keen school boy can see that it does not help matters to presume that God can do a little miracle, but he cannot do a great one....

"Suppose that we accept at face value all the claims and guesses and comparisons and suppositions that evolutionists offer as evidence of brute ancestry, such testimony could only create a presumption, unless you deny that God could create directly from the dust."


 
Alibi, Lullaby, By-by, 1928

from Page 3

"I have known a man to strut his pedigree and expect the homage of common people as a tribute properly due to one having his proud family name.  I have known the same man to excuse his sins and promise himself easy mercy after death, on the plea that God cannot expect chastity from sensual humans so recently descended from the ancestors of apes.  The sin-lover finds it very consoling to meditate on how well he is doing considering the fact that his ancestry was 99.9% brute, but you start a fight if you suggest a lowly pedigree when he parades his social prominence."

from Page 13

"Because I began in the Paradise described in Genesis, I am called to the Paradise revealed in Revelation.  From Eden lost to Eden restored, this hope that spans the ruins of the ages is my rainbow of promise set against the background of God's grief and man's tears - the triumphal arch to welcome fallen men back to God."


 
The Gee-Haw of the Modern Jehu, 1928

from Page 11

"How can such fights in nature please God?  My teacher says God plans such things to make amoebas into men.  Why does God keep it going after his men are made?  I will ask my teacher.  If men see God in all creatures, why do they spray fields, swamps, and orchards with poison?  May it is to help God kill more.  When a mammy cat gives a live mouse to her kittens to torture, can the moust see that it is a divine arrangement?"

from Page 20

"Many students of history understand that God has blessed the nations that believed the Bible and visited His displeasure on those who nullified any part that interfered with their opinions.  Jesus said, 'Ye do err, not knowing the Scriptures.'  Now we have men in intellectual authority and many thousands of echo-men who say, 'Ye do err, not knowing better than the Scriptures.'"


 
Mistakes God Did Not Make, 1940

from Page 3

"Many astute minds have overlooked the fact that if life had evolved on the earth without a master mind it would have evolved its own destroyers.

"If the Holy Scriptures had not been inspired, some of the hundreds of mistakes that are found in all other ancient books would have gotten into the Bible, and it would be as easily discredited as they are."

from Page 26

"The stump did not wind up the rope; the cow did that.  She has exercised her freedom in the direction of bondage - as many humans do.  Well, cows have a right to their own opinions, don't they?  Likely she has staged many 'drives' and now thinks the stump should do something about it.  If cows could pray, I think her prayer would be an effort to turn the stump."


 
Dust and Deity, 1940

from Page 4

"Science that has to do with material things could not possibly know anything of mind and personality apart from matter....  Faith in God is not less than science, it is more than science.  Anything that God does that is not an observed habit is called a miracle.  Some scientists would shut God up ... unless he lets them see him do it.  If there have been no miracles, then Christianity is the greatest hoax that has ever been foisted on a sin-steeped world."

from Page 17

"Not all biologists believe in Santa Claus.  To such I offer apology.  I am discussing the theories of those who do.

"All living things, plants and animals, have equipment that enables them to deal with their environment....  Some text books speak of these items of equipment as adaptations, thus assuming that in the far past, plants and animals lacked such equipment, but Santa Claus brought them.  The Santa Claus in this case was Father Time...."


 
Man, the Harness Maker, 1942

from Page 3

"He was no match for creatures with horns, fangs, claws, tusks, venom, or crushing power.  Hundreds of creatures could run faster, climb higher, swim easier, dig better, jump farther, or strike harder. ...

"If angels did not know that man was to be a harness maker and if they were ever surprised, they must have had such an experience when God commissioned a physical weakling to subdue the earth and have dominion over all other life."

from Page 20

"It is obvious to all, that a wilderness guide may be charged with failure if those who obey him, and follow no other guide, go in circles.  ...the guide is discredited if those who disregard his warnings, and go in forbidden paths, do not need rescue.  Christianity is blamed because it has not stopped the miseries of the world.  Why not blame sin?  The world is slow to see it, but Christianity would indeed be a failure if nations or individuals could disregard its warnings and defy its ultimatums and not come to grief."