Institute for Creation Research / ICR
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For over five decades, the Institute for Creation Research has equipped believers with evidence of the Bible's accuracy and authority through scientific research, educational programs, and media presentations, all conducted within a thoroughly biblical framework.
At the Institute for Creation Research, we want you to know God's Word can be trusted with everything it speaks about-from how and why we were made, to how the universe was formed, to how we can know God and receive all He has planned for us.
That's why ICR scientists have spent more than 50 years researching scientific evidence that refutes evolutionary philosophy and confirms the Bible's account of a recent and special creation. We regularly receive testimonies from around the world about how ICR's cutting-edge work has impacted thousands of people with God's creation truth.
Institute for Creation Research
PO Box 59029
Dallas, TX 75229
Phone: (800) 337-0375
Email: [email protected]
CEO/President: Dr. Randy Guliuzza
Chairman: Richard Bliss
Board size: 11
Founder: Dr. Henry Morris
Ruling year: 1980
Tax deductible: Yes
Fiscal year end: 06/30
Member of ECFA: Yes
Member of ECFA since: 1986
The Institute for Creation Research is unique among scientific research organizations. Our research is conducted within a biblical worldview, since ICR is committed to the absolute authority of the inerrant Word of God. The real facts of science will always agree with biblical revelation because the God who made the world of God inspired the Word of God.
All origins research must begin with a premise.1 ICR holds that the biblical record of primeval history in Genesis 1-11 is factual, historical, and clearly understandable and, therefore, that all things were created and made in six literal days. Life exists because it was created on Earth by a living Creator. Further, the biblical Flood was global and cataclysmic, and its after-effects therefore explain most of the stratigraphic and fossil evidence found in the earth's crust. It is within this framework that ICR research is conducted.
ICR is also committed to peer review. Such a commitment means that we subject our scientific conclusions to others within related scientific disciplines and invite their feedback and critiques, since "iron sharpens iron" in the pursuit of scientific excellence (Proverbs 27:17). ICR encourages scholarship, investigation, and careful scrutiny of origins concepts.
Since scientific evidence is open to interpretation, more than one explanation may be advanced for a particular event or situation. It is expected in the scientific community, secular or otherwise, that a given hypothesis may attract dissenting views. In this case, a scientist who disagrees with another scientist's work will frequently publish his or her views in the relevant technical journals. The research will continue regardless, and the truth of science supporting Scripture will not be hindered in the least.
ICR's goal is to comprehend and communicate as accurately as possible the ways in which our great Creator built and sustains the world. He is the source of life, purpose, and all things that exist. It is to God we give the glory because He is our Creator and Savior.
ICR Mission Statement
Glorify Jesus Christ by emphasizing in all ICR resources the credit He is due as Creator.
Oppose the deification of nature by exposing Darwinian selectionism as an idolatrous worldview.
Help pastors lead, feed, and defend their flocks by providing scientific responses to secular attacks on the authority and authenticity of God's Word.
Change Christians' view of biology by constructing an organism-focused theory of biological design that highlights Jesus' work as Creator.
Defend the gospel by showing how natural processes cannot explain the miracles in the Bible.
Counter objections to the gospel by equipping believers with Scripture-affirming science.
Statement of faith
What We Believe - Our biblical and scientific distinctives.
Principles of Scientific Creationism
The physical universe of space, time, matter, and energy has not always existed but was supernaturally created by a transcendent personal Creator who alone has existed from eternity.
The phenomenon of biological life did not develop by natural processes from inanimate systems but was specially and supernaturally created by the Creator.
Each of the major kinds of plants and animals was created functionally complete from the beginning and did not evolve from some other kind of organism. Changes in basic kinds since their first creation are limited to "horizontal" changes (variations) within the kinds, or "downward" changes (e.g., harmful mutations, extinctions).
The first human beings did not evolve from an animal ancestry but were specially created in fully human form from the start. Furthermore, the "spiritual" nature of man (self-image, moral consciousness, abstract reasoning, language, will, religious nature, etc.) is itself a supernaturally created entity distinct from mere biological life.
The record of Earth history, as preserved in the earth's crust, especially in the rocks and fossil deposits, is primarily a record of catastrophic intensities of natural processes, operating largely within uniform natural laws, rather than one of gradualism and relatively uniform process rates. There are many scientific evidences for a relatively recent creation of the earth and the universe, in addition to strong scientific evidence that most of the earth's fossiliferous sedimentary rocks were formed in an even more recent global hydraulic cataclysm.
Processes today operate primarily within fixed natural laws and relatively uniform process rates, but since these were themselves originally created and are daily maintained by their Creator, there is always the possibility of miraculous intervention in these laws or processes by their Creator. Evidences for such intervention should be scrutinized critically, however, because there must be clear and adequate reason for any such action on the part of the Creator.
The universe and life have somehow been impaired since the completion of creation so that imperfections in structure, disease, aging, extinctions, and other such phenomena are the result of "negative" changes in properties and processes occurring in an originally perfect created order.
Since the universe and its primary components were created perfect for their purposes in the beginning by a competent and volitional Creator, and since the Creator does remain active in this now-decaying creation, there do exist ultimate purposes and meanings in the universe. Teleological considerations, therefore, are appropriate in scientific studies whenever they are consistent with the actual data of observation. Furthermore, it is reasonable to assume that the creation presently awaits the consummation of the Creator's purpose.
Although people are finite and scientific data concerning origins are always circumstantial and incomplete, the human mind (if open to possibility of creation) is able to explore the manifestations of that Creator rationally, scientifically, and teleologically.
Principles of Biblical Creationism
The Creator of the universe is a triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. There is only one eternal and transcendent God, the source of all being and meaning, and He exists in three Persons, each of whom participated in the work of creation. The Bible, consisting of the 39 canonical books of the Old Testament and the 27 canonical books of the New Testament, is the divinely inspired revelation of the Creator to man. Its unique, plenary, verbal inspiration guarantees that these writings, as originally and miraculously given, are infallible and completely authoritative on all matters with which they deal, free from error of any sort, scientific and historical as well as moral and theological.
All things in the universe were created and made by God in the six literal days of the creation week described in Genesis 1:1-2:3, and confirmed in Exodus 20:8-11. The creation record is factual, historical, and perspicuous; thus, all theories of origins or development that involve evolution in any form are false. All things that now exist are sustained and ordered by God's providential care. However, a part of the spiritual creation, Satan and his angels, rebelled against God after the creation and are attempting to thwart His divine purposes in creation.
The first human beings, Adam and Eve, were specially created by God, and all other men and women are their descendants. In Adam, humanity was instructed to exercise "dominion" over all other created organisms, and over the earth itself (an implicit commission for true science, technology, commerce, fine art, and education), but the temptation by Satan and the entrance of sin brought God's curse on that dominion and on mankind, culminating in death and separation from God as the natural and proper consequence.
The biblical record of primeval Earth history in Genesis 1-11 is fully historical and perspicuous, including the creation and Fall of man, the Curse on the creation and its subjection to the bondage of decay, the promised Redeemer, the worldwide cataclysmic deluge in the days of Noah, the postdiluvian renewal of humanity's commission to subdue the earth (now augmented by the institution of human government), and the origin of nations and languages at the Tower of Babel.
The alienation of man from his Creator because of sin can only be remedied by the Creator Himself, who became man in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ through miraculous conception and virgin birth. In Christ were indissolubly united perfect sinless humanity and full deity so that His substitutionary death is the only necessary and sufficient price of humanity's redemption. That the redemption was completely efficacious is assured by His bodily resurrection from the dead and ascension into heaven; the resurrection of Christ is thus the focal point of history, assuring the consummation of God's purposes in creation.
The final restoration of creation's perfection is yet future, but individuals can immediately be restored to fellowship with their Creator on the basis of His redemptive work on their behalf, receiving forgiveness and eternal life solely through personal trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, accepting Him not only as estranged Creator but also as reconciling Redeemer and coming King. Those who reject Him, however, or who neglect to believe on Him thereby continue in their state of rebellion and must ultimately be consigned to the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
The eventual accomplishment of God's eternal purposes in creation, with the removal of His curse and the restoration of all things to divine perfection, will take place at the personal bodily return to Earth of Jesus Christ to judge and purge sin and to establish His eternal kingdom.
Each believer should participate in the "ministry of reconciliation" by seeking both to bring individuals back to God in Christ (the Great Commission) and to "subdue the earth" for God's glory (the Edenic-Noahic Commission). The three institutions established by the Creator for the implementation of His purposes in this world (home, government, church) should be honored and supported as such.
Donor confidence score
|Does the organization have a statement of faith consistent with historic Christian creeds and is that statement of easily found on its website?||Yes||4/4|
|Does the board have no more than 2 non-independent members?||Yes||10/10|
|Does the board have at least four independent board members for every non-independent member?||Yes||4/4|
|Does the board contain between 5 and 11 members?||No||0/10|
|Does the organization file a Form 990 and make its Form 990 available to the public?||Yes||15/15|
|Does the organization make its audit or review (if annual revenue is more than $1-m) available on its website?||Yes||4/4|
|Is the organization a member of the ECFA?||Yes||9/9|
|Is the CEO/President's compensation within one standard deviation of the median compensation?||Yes||4/4|
|Did the organization operate at a net profit (revenue greater than expenses) in the most recent year?||Yes||4/4|
|Does the organization refrain from owning or leasing a private aircraft, or having fractional interest in one, that is primarily used for travel by the organization's leaders?||Yes||4/4|
|For the past five years, has the organization been free of any lawsuits or administrative actions filed against it by an employee, client, board member, vendor, donor, or other related party?||Yes||4/4|
|Are author royalties and speaking engagement fees paid to the organization, and not the individual?||Yes||4/4|
|Does the organization require its employees to affirm upon hiring the statement of faith of the organization?||Yes||4/4|
|Is the board chair an independent member of the board?||Yes||4/4|
|Does the board have term limits?||Yes||4/4|
|Have there been no public accusations of misdeeds against the organization, founder, CEO, senior pastor, or board members in the past five years?||Yes||4/4|
|Has the organization refrained from the use of non-disclosure agreements?||Yes||4/4|
|Does the organization have an overall financial efficiency rating of at least 2 stars?||Yes||4/4|
|Total donor confidence score||90/100|
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Financial efficiency ratings
Sector: Christian Growth
|Category||Rating||Overall rank||Sector rank|
|Overall efficiency rating||754 of 1077||39 of 57|
|Fund acquisition rating||557 of 1078||28 of 57|
|Resource allocation rating||371 of 1078||22 of 57|
|Asset utilization rating||1068 of 1077||56 of 57|
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|Receivables, inventories, prepaids||$468,131||$436,487||$323,417||$342,536||$322,417|
|Other current assets||$0||$0||$21,719||$31,196||$26,258|
|Total current assets||$4,964,332||$2,192,425||$669,554||$4,427,090||$11,723,222|
|Other long-term assets||$0||$1,372,587||$1,442,957||$1,993,844||$1,600,149|
|Total long-term assets||$39,425,824||$39,815,596||$39,434,265||$26,628,252||$12,561,366|
|Payables and accrued expenses||$316,927||$2,933,175||$2,978,665||$1,099,908||$397,897|
|Other current liabilities||$357,730||$375,213||$227,700||$221,714||$192,681|
|Total current liabilities||$674,657||$3,308,388||$3,206,365||$1,321,622||$590,578|
|Due to (from) affiliates||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Other long-term liabilities||$2,266,614||$2,201,884||$2,018,421||$1,911,891||$1,648,232|
|Total long-term liabilities||$2,266,614||$2,464,013||$2,018,421||$1,911,891||$1,648,232|
|Without donor restrictions||$40,488,817||$35,593,811||$34,251,322||$27,055,929||$14,427,897|
|With donor restrictions||$960,068||$641,809||$627,711||$765,900||$7,617,881|
|Revenues and expenses|
|Program service revenue||$2,238,597||$1,580,760||$546,725||$574,516||$761,859|
|Total other revenue||$2,987,970||$1,442,930||$711,633||$781,178||$1,234,591|
|Management and general||$882,544||$922,053||$765,044||$760,271||$646,765|
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|Other changes in net assets||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total change in net assets||$5,213,265||$1,356,587||$7,057,204||$5,776,051||$6,823,632|
|Dr Henry M Morris III||CEO & Trustee||$251,081|
|Henry M Morris IV||Director of Operations||$155,952|
|Don Barber||Director of Operations||$137,898|
|Dr Jeff Tomkins||Director of Life Sciences||$128,422|
|Jayme Durant||Director of Communications||$119,799|
|Dr James Johnson||Chief Academic Officer||$119,551|
Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020
Response from ministry
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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/31/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]
The Institute for Creation Research was first established in 1970 and reorganized with its present name in 1972 to meet the need for an organization devoted to research, publication, and teaching in those fields of science particularly relevant to the study of origins. It was originally formed as the research division of Christian Heritage College (also established in 1970).
The Institute for Creation Research became a separate Christian organization in 1981, having previously been a division of Christian Heritage College. There were two basic reasons for this move. The first involved becoming trans-denominational; at that time the College was administered by the Scott Memorial Baptist Church, and the unique ministry of ICR was oriented toward conservative Christianity in general. The second was in order to establish a science graduate school oriented around Biblical creationism, instead of the evolutionism and secular humanism prevalent in all other science graduate schools: the regional accrediting agency would not allow this to be done at Christian Heritage College.
That God led in this decision has been confirmed by His great blessing on the ministry during the ensuing twenty years. Despite much opposition from the evolution-oriented establishment in science and education, the outreach of its education, research, and publication activities has been worldwide in scope, with thousands won to Christ and to stronger faith in God's inerrant Word.
The first graduate courses were taught in the summer of 1981, and all degree programs were then examined by the Office of Private Postsecondary Education of the State of California and received the State's "Approved" rating in June 1981. In 1989, the Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction attempted to withdraw this rating and close the school because of its creationist perspective in science. Legal actions taken by ICR, however, prevented this, so that full "Approval" was reconfirmed early in 1992. In 1995 the Council for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education confirmed that ICR/OS met the exemption requirement as defined in California Education Code 94303(B)(2). The exemption from the approval process is related to ICR/OS's national accreditation under TRACS and is good for the calendar years 1992-1996.
All gifts will be put to good use in support of our scientific research and educational programs, and with God's help will bear much lasting fruit for the cause of Christ.