Flood Geology on Mars

When people ask why you make fun of young-earth creationists, there is no better place to point them to than the article on the Answers in Genesis website about Mars. It concludes:

While data from both Spirit and Opportunity support a catastrophic model of Martian geology, Opportunity has shown that Meridiani Planum was catastrophically flooded at about the same time as the other catastrophic events on Mars, with these events occurring about the same time as the Genesis Flood.

Even casual readers of the Bible may have noticed that there is no reference in Genesis to human sinfulness (or Martian sinfulness, for that matter) leading God to flood Mars. Indeed, the planet Mars is not explicitly mentioned in the Bible. Moreover, the assertion that Mars experienced the same sort of flood as they claim happened on Earth, at the same time, seems to undermine the Bible’s claim that this was a judgment unleashed on Earth to punish human beings (and the world’s animals, just because God was that angry). Global floods apparently just happened in a particular period, regardless of what planet one happened to be on, or indeed whether anyone was on it at all.

Young-earth creationists dig themselves into deeper and deeper theological holes, because they refuse to reconcile themselves to what the scientific data clearly indicates. And they may end up having to make up stories about the sinfulness of Martian civilizations, in order to continue to crowbar their understanding of the Bible together with their bogus claims about the natural world. All the while, they will continue to claim to be the defenders of the Bible, and of “true science.” They are liars and charlatans.

If you are gullible enough to accept this sort of nonsense from Answers in Genesis, then you will probably also believe what the Weekly World Inquisitor says that NASA found on Mars. And this bit of satire about the discovery of a 6,000 year old galaxy, using a creationist telescope and special creationist math. And the apparently serious suggestion that Noah’s ark was a spacecraft that brought life from Mars to Earth for a fresh start.

But you’d be better off reading Scientific American…and go here for some very recent photos taken by the Mars rover Curiosity.


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  • https://www.facebook.com/app_scoped_user_id/100000023960330/ John Pieret

    I guess when God gets to flooding things he just can’t stop. Is there a 12 step program for that?

    • histrogeek

      Yes Flooders Anonymous (also called Homicidal Deities for Change) and its symbol is the rainbow.

  • R Vogel

    Apparently G*d flooded the entire universe! Who knew…..

  • TomS

    What specific astronomical objects are mentioned in the Bible? I think of the Sun and Moon, the Morning Star (Venus), Orion and the Pleiades.

  • arcseconds

    I’m kind of intrigued by the naming conventions…. some kind of Antipodean theme going on here, what with references to Dingos, Darwin, Wellington and Whatanga…