In the mid 80s and in Mount Carmel College in Bangalore, doing my B.Sc., I was goaded by one young lecturer to participate in a lecture contest. An initial round or prelims was held internally and those selected were sent to compete at the intercollegiate level. I was one of the participants who got to the finals where I gave an half-hour lecture on a hazy subject in genetics called Spindle Dynamics.
Every biology student knows that during cell division, at a stage known as Metaphase, the chromosomes line up at the equator of the cell. Then at the next stage known as Anaphase, they begin to separate out to either pole. My lecture was about how this separation was made possible. It dawned on me then that so little was actually known about so many processes in God’s nature. I also realized that science included theorizing and speculation, and that it was possible to sound very pompous and scholarly without knowing much.
The subject of Spindle Dynamics was not my choice but my lecturer’s. At the prelims, which was just for five minutes, my topic had been “Refuting the Theory of Evolution.” The moment I mentioned to her that I had selected this topic, she warned me that some judges did not take kindly to that subject.
When I got through that round, she prevailed upon me to change my topic for the finals.
Ah, but how I enjoyed the prelims. Being an unusual topic and one that was taboo, I had the immediate and full attention and involvement of my audience. It was my five minutes of fame. I got my material from a little booklet “Where Did Man Come From?” that I found in my father’s study. Full marks to Prof. H. Enoch, the author of that booklet.
The back cover has some information about him, that I shall reproduce here:
Prof. H. Enoch (residing now at 19, Ritherdon Road, Madras-600 007, Tamil Nadu), born in Trivandrum (Kerala State), India, had both his undergraduate and post graduate course in the University of Madras. Having had a distinguished course in Zoology, he joined the Madras Educational Service teaching University students for more than three decades. He retired as professor and head of the department of Zoology in Presidency College, University of Madras.
He has also widely travelled both in the East and in the West and has had the privilege of visiting various parts of the world acquainting himself with some of the original materials on which the theory of Organic Evolution is founded.
He is the author of the book “Evolution or Creation”, and international seller.
For many years the author was President of the Union of Evangelical Students of India and at present is one of the Vice Presidents of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students.
During that five-minute speech, I shamelessly quoted bits from this booklet. One bit that I can still hear myself articulating is from the following passage.
“Now it is true that some similarity exists between the blood of mammals which may even admit of their being arranged in a graded system. But this chemical similarity cannot prove evolution. Further research along the same lines has shown that the tiger and the whale are closer of kin. But such inconvenient facts are ignored by evolutionists. Blood analysis has revealed other interesting facts. The specific gravity of human blood is 1059; or the pig and hare 1060; of frog 1055-56; of the snake 1055; and the monkey’s is 1054.9. From this table we can see that the frog and snake are closer to man than the monkey, while our nearest relation is the pig! In the University of Madras, a professor gave a university lecture dealing with our “piggian” ancestry. Of course, he had other facts of similarity to support his thesis that we have a closer tie with the pig than with the monkey or the ape!
But this is not all. If the blood test is a criterion of common ancestry why not the milk tests too? Chemical analysis of the milk test shows that the animal which stands nearest to man is neither the monkey nor the pig but the ass! To what ridiculous conclusions the evolutionists lead us!”
Prof. Enoch was a man who loved the Lord Jesus with all his heart. In his conclusion in the book, Prof. Enoch says:
. . . The Bible speaks of creation and a catastrophic flood which accommodates all the known facts of science. It says, “In the beginning was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God . . . All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made” (John 1:1 & 3). In Hebrews 11:3, it is stated, “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” The same Bible says in John 1:14, “ And the Word (Christ) was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” This is a great mystery. Yet it is a prophetic fact of history and human experience. The author has a definite experience with the Spirit of Christ forty two years ago which is still fresh in his heart and mind. His spiritual eyes were opened to see the holiness, purity and redeeming love of Christ on the cross. His (the author’s) burden of sin was removed, and love, joy and peace took its place. A conviction that the Bible is true took hold of him and there is no longer any doubt that it was creation and not evolution. It is this conviction that the writer wishes to share with his countrymen that they may know their Creator and the fact of creation. Jesus Christ said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” —free from all the man-made philosophies of the world, be it social Darwinism, militarism, atheism, fascism or communism. However good these philosophies based on evolution may appear to be, they do not satisfy the deepest longings of the spirit of man and hence are bound to fail in the long run. Jesus Christ said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me. The humble prayer of the writer is that all his readers may come to know their Creator and understand His creation. . . “
I was pleased to see an article about Prof Enoch in the AnswersinGenesis.org site. The article entitled ‘The man who got me hunting down evolution!” is by David C.C. Watson whose books ‘The Great Brain Robbery’ and ‘Myths & Miracles’ have been in our library for over twenty years.
I am sure he meant well. However Prof. Enoch’s book “Evolution or creation” left me deeply dissatisfied with it’s treatment of geology and had me thinking “There has to be a better way!”I was blessed to find a better approach shortly afterwards. I was providentially saved from years of conflict and doubt as a result.
Can you please share your findings with me? I think that with the first 11 chapters of Genesis, as with the book of Revelation, we need to be open to other views, because the genre of these writings are different, and different from each other too. We need to be Biblical and patient. So please do share your thoughts.
Can anyone send me the book “where did man come from by Prof H Enoch”. I am happy to pay for the post or parcel.
I was just working on a talk for students on the History of UESI… apart from the books and previous documents made on the history of UESI, I thought I’ll search on the web too. So glad I came across this site to read so much about Enoch uncle. I have never met him, infact I was born years after he died. But was just wondering that did he ever realize when he was praying in his house with some of his students in 1954, that that little prayer group will one day become a nation wide movement of evangelical students and staff? As a student, I represented UESI in the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students, Missions’s conference of IVCF in St. Louis, USA in December 2012. I was so proud of the Union of Evangelical Students of India, which is a partner in the global ministries in reaching out to students. How much UESI has grown today and God has blessed the works of Enoch uncle and has been using UESI to reach out with the gospel of Christ to millions of students in the years past and am sure in the future too. Praise God for Enoch uncle’s life!
Prof. H. Enoch was a man who truly loved God. His book “Following the Master” was truly one of the best autobiography I’ve read. Praise be to God for a man like him through whom a great organization as UESI has been founded.
Professor Hannington Enoch was born in Trivandram, Kerala, India. He was named after the British Martyr, James Hannington, the Bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa.
Prof H. Enoch, a creation scientist and a university Professor, was the man who opened up thoughts and dared to venture into the unclaimed territory of challenging the scientific theory of evolution, in India. He is the author of the book Evolution or Creation. He requested me to host his friend David C.C. Whatson, the Indian born English missionary in India and the author of ‘ Myths and Miracles’ in 1982 when University Students and Teachers were invited to debate on issues of Evolution or Creation. Later I met one of the world’s greatest scientists Dr. Duane Tolbert Gish, an American Creationist and Biochemist in Prof. Enoch’s residence – Ritherdon road, Madras. I was given the privilege to drive Dr. Gish to Loyola College and the University of Madras, where special workshops were held. Many Indian Scientists, students and teachers swarmed to Dr. Gish in these venues daily and many of them were entirely convinced that this universe did not evolve by chance and was created with intelligence. Prof. Enoch was the muse of many including David C.C. Watson, who was actually inspired by Prof. H. Enoch to write on the subject and the outcome of it is ‘Myths and Miracles’
Prof. Enoch, was also the elder in the Church at JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH, which was the first Church started by the highly acclaimed BROTHER BAKTH SINGH. The Professor was a gifted and talented Expository teacher of the Bible, who divided the word of God rightly and taught the scriptures with authority. He could not tolerate errors passed as truth while dividing the word of God as much as he could not tolerate errors passed as science in the Universities.
Though he lived a humble life, he enriched the lives of many including mine. God not only used Prof. H. Enoch among the universities of the world but also among countless Christians around the world. This man preached the word of God by LIVING EXAMPLE. Throughout his life he practiced and preached self-denial, living for CHRIST.
In the 1960’s –70’s we Indians never had Internet or TV.. even the cost of a phone call to the USA was prohibitive. Thus we were totally cut off from the western world.
We never heard of John Calvin or reformed theology, yet Prof Enoch taught us that Genesis Chapter 1, Ephesians Chapter 1 and most of the Bible are not in parables and that we must understand it literally without interpretation. We learnt the doctrine of election/predestination, total depravity, perseverance and the whole 9 yards of reformed theology from Prof.Enoch’s pulpit. He was a Jonathan Edwards, Spurgeon, Dr. Lloyd Jones, John MacArthur and R.C.Sproul rolled into one. He often quoted Dr. Martin Lloyd Jones and he was known as the man who taught and practiced the sermon on the mount.
The UESI is only a minor contribution of the professor.. rather is only the tip of the ice burg!
Hidden are the value and virtue of this man, in Christ. The CRUCIFIED LORD JESUS was highly exalted in the Professor’s beautiful life. An awesome and bold man but unassuming, calm, gentle, loving father and faithful servant of God. He spent his last days in the care of his highly respected Dermatologist nephew Professor Dr. A.S. Thambiah in Madras. He passed away in April 1988. My search for a spiritual leader like Prof Enoch may never end.
Prof. H. Enoch was my role model during the early years of my spiritual life too. His life inspired me. He is the only man known to me, who preached and lived the sermon on the mount. I have been blessed immensely listening to him speak of evolution or creation. He is a rare gem. A loving father figure to many of us. This Enoch also walked with God.
I am overwhelmed to find so much about this great man of God in the Internet. I am no scientist but a saved sinner who sat at the feet of Prof. H. Enoch during the early years of my conversion, (early 1970s) I have rubbed off on me so much godliness from this spiritual father of mine, merely by sitting in his presence. Oh what a man of God and what a loving father he was to me! He was one of the elders of our church. Sadly there is not one elder as holy as the shadow of Prof. H. Enoch today. I pray that God may raise godly men like Prof. H. Enoch for the edification and sanctification of His church. Thanks. James Christian