Ice Age Creationism

Ice Age Creationism March 18, 2013

The Answers in Genesis web site has a fascinatingly amusing discussion (previewing an article in their magazine) about the timing of the Ice Age within the framework of their insistence that creation occurred 6,000 years ago. This means that they date the Pleistocene Era after the flood. The article cites evidence from radiometric dating, the evidence of which they dispute whenever it suits them. They also need to posit radically fast evolutionary changes to account for the differences in species between the ice age and the time of Abraham, in order to account for the differences between the fossil evidence for certain animals and their later counterparts. The whole thing illustrates just how bizarre a system of thought young-earth creationism is. All this to shoehorn data into a time frame that they insist on imposing, but which is not only at odds with all the scientific evidence, but isn’t even required by the Biblical evidence.

I continue to wonder whether the folks at AiG are working to make Christianity look as foolish as possible, even while claiming their aim is to promote it.

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  • “We weren’t building the tower to reach the heavens. We were just trying to stay warm!”

  • Someone should do an animation of these blazing fast migrations and changes set to the Benny Hill theme song.

  • There is some serious crazy there but this is my favorite:

    “The Bible mentions that some very important cities were established by Abraham’s day and continued to thrive throughout Old Testament times. For instance, the city of Abraham’s nativity was Ur (Genesis 11:28). Abraham later passed through many other cities in Mesopotamia (modern Iraq and Syria), Canaan, and Egypt.”

    But then they also said this:

    “The Bible gives us an inerrant chronology for marking historical events. It tells exactly how many human generations passed from the Flood to Abraham’s birth: eight.”

    So, let’s see … From four breeding pairs (we’ll give Noah and the missus the benefit of the doubt), in just eight generations the population expanded enough to found many important cities throughout Mesopotamia, Canaan, and Egypt?

    Bunnies must not have had anything on those Old Testament folks!

    • Anton_Mates

      Numerically, that’s not completely impossible; the biggest Mesopotamian cities in the ancient world had on the order of 10,000-100,000 people. Noah’s descendants still had crazy long lives compared to modern humans, so the older couples could still be pumping out kids through several subsequent generations. You could get a couple million people that way by Abraham’s time, spread out and busy founding dozens of cities that hadn’t yet grown to full size. They might even be able to spare a few folks to sprint to India and China and the New World and start four-person “cities” there as well!

  • If the Young Earth Creationists are trying to make Christianity look stupid / ignorant / scientifically illiterate, they’re doing a great job!

  • ashley haworth-roberts

    The drivel ends as follows: “If mankind would only take God’s Word to heart, it would transform our thinking in every area, and open up amazing new vistas in science and archaeology”. If you believe THAT you will believe er NOTHING ELSE.

    I’m sure that YECs would prefer to deny there ever were ice age glaciations. But there is just too much observable evidence of what the glaciations did to landscapes. The Sensuous Curmudgeon blogger, also reacting to Snelling and Matthews, highlights the lack of Bible support for ice ages.

    • Mary

      Yes it is puzzling, they say everything we need to know is right there in the bible…except when it isn’t so they make it up. Really? If you are going to go for an inerrant bible then you should stick to the script. The Flat-Earthers, as woefully misguided as they are, are at least honest in their beliefs! Of course AIG is not interested in honesty. They know that there are certain things that the public will not buy because there is too much evidence. What did Jesus say? Oh, yeah “You can’t serve God and mammon”

  • plectrophenax

    It is interesting to see how they use some scientific findings, such as the presence of glaciers, and the arrival of sabre-toothed tigers, obviously not derived from the Bible! But they have to give these things their own bizarre time-frame. So they are actually relying on the very scientific stuff, which they keep saying has a false foundation, especially the dating of it. This is the parasitic nature of creationism – it actually depends on modern science.

  • Mary

    Frankly the article wasn’t even well-written. It was like junior high school term paper written by a bored student.