If you are a regular reader of The GeoChristian, you know that
- I believe that the Bible is the Word of God.
- I don’t believe much of what Answers in Genesis has to say about Earth history.
These dinosaur eggs are another reason why I don’t think Answers in Genesis has the answers. Think about it, depending on which young-Earth creationist one listens to, these dinosaur nests were deposited either in the middle or towards the end of the flood. This is what would have had to have happened:
- The flood covers the entire Earth, eroding vast amounts the planet’s crust.
- These sediments then start to deposit: Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian, etc… (not all geologic periods in all places, but always in the same order).
- When it is time for the Cretaceous sediments to be deposited, there are still a bunch of (pregnant) dinosaurs swimming around.
- The dinosaurs find places on dry ground to make nests, and there is time for the embryos to develop within the nests, and even to hatch.
- Then there is time for more dinosaurs to make nests and their babies to hatch, because there are a number of localities where the dinosaur nests occur in multiple layers, sometimes separated by soil horizons.
- Then there was more flooding and deposition to form the rest of the Cretaceous rocks, and perhaps Cenozoic rocks as well (again, depending on which young-Earth creationist you talk to).
Young-Earth alternatives are:
- The dinosaurs laid their eggs underwater.
- The nests were somehow transported all together by the flood, and then deposited.
- The nests were formed after the flood.
I don’t think any of these alternatives work any better.
Another alternative is that the Bible isn’t attempting to describe geologic history in Genesis 6-8. The Bible doesn’t say anything about dinosaurs (let’s save discussions about behemoth and leviathan for another time), and it doesn’t say that the sedimentary rock record was deposited in the flood.
So what are professional paleontologists to think of Christianity and the Bible when they tour the Creation Museum? Will they be drawn to Christ?
Seventy attendees of last week’s North American Paleontological Convention toured the Creation Museum last week. These professionals can see all the problems with the dinosaur egg display, and a host of other problem exhibits. The intention of the Creation Museum is to defend the truthfulness of the Bible and to point people to Christ. I suspect that many of these paleontologists were more likely to walk out of the museum with their minds hardened against Christianity, thinking that they would have to turn off their brains to become Christians. Will it be because of their atheistic, anti-Christian world views (not all paleontologists are atheists, nor are they all hostile to Christianity), or because the museum presents something that just isn’t true (not required by the Bible, not scientifically accurate) as apologetics?
New York Times: Paleontology and Creationism Meet but Don’t Mesh
With a love for the body of Christ, and for scientists who are turned away from Jesus Christ by bad apologetics.
Grace and Peace