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The article “The Defeat of Flood Geology by Flood Geology” by Phil Senter is the centerpiece of the latest issue of Reports of the National Center for Science Education, available online.
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OK, I read the pdf. What amazes me is that people will put such extraordinary effort into trying to prove creation based upon a 2000 year old book written by people that had no concept of science. Why not just try to prove that you can be cleansed of leprosy by putting a fresh killed lamb’s blood onto your right ear, right thumb, and right big toe (Lev 14:14)? Amazing. No need for universal health care here.
Seems fair enough.
The sort of flood envisaged by the fundamentalists should in fact have left an identifiable trace in the geological record, if it ever happened. The initial flood would sweep over the land, carrying all before it; great boulders would bounce along, and come to rest as soon as the velocity of the water slackened. Slightly smaller debris would still move along, and come to rest on top of it, and so on; the sediments would get steadily finer until a top layer of mud or fine sand fell out.
This is a well-known type of deposit known as a graded bed, and Noah’s flood should have produced one on the grand scale, to be found, at the same geological horizon, all over the Earth. It ain’t there.
(1) Where did the 29,053 feet of water come from? (2) Where did all that water go? (3) What did Noah do with thousands of pounds of elephant manure each day? (3) Why is there no record in the genome of all species that it suffered a genetic bottleneck of one pair of individuals? (5) How did Noah heat the aquaria for all the tropical fish? (6) How did Noah drop off almost all the marsupials in Australia, when every bit of that continent is lower than Mt. Ararat? These questions should do for starters.
I have to comment on one point in the article. “The continued denial of the implications of their own findings is an example of what I call the gorilla mindset: the attitude that if something looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, but religious dogma says it is a gorilla, then it is a gorilla.” I understand the point. But why insult gorillas? They are vegetarian, don’t kill, don’t murder their own kind, don’t engage in war, don’t commit fratricide, and don’t engage in cannabilism. They live as close to a garden-of-Eden life as possible. Maybe “chimpanzee mindset” is a better description, since they kill, murder their own kind, engage in war between bands, kill their own band’s children when another dominate male takes over, and sometimes eat their rival when they murder. Wait a minute, humans are are closer genetically to chimps than gorillas. “Human mindset” is the best description. We are more sucessful at all the mentioned activities.
You guys, have a good honest look at CMI site, about 70 years worth of reading and evidence that the whole universe is only 6,000 years old, and that the flood was indeed global!!
Or have a look at the relevant scientific evidence, and the conclusion drawn on that basis.
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