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Earth’s Catastrophic Past?

I’m almost done with part six of my “Six bad answers from Answers in Genesis” series, in which I analyze Andrew Snelling’s Six main geologic evidences for the Genesis Flood. “Flood geology” as taught by organizations such as Answers in Genesis and the Intitute for Creation Research doesn’t work geologically, isn’t necessary Biblically, and serves as anti-apologetics rather than as a defense of the truthfulness of the Bible.

It turns out that Snelling has written a book (actually in two volumes) that the Institute for Creation Research is calling The Genesis Flood for the 21st century. The book is Earth’s Catastrophic Past: Geology, Creation & the Flood, which is not on yet, but is advertised in the October 2009 issue of the Institute for Creation Research magazine Acts & Facts.

Here is ICR’s description of the book:

New from the Institute for Creation Research, the longawaited update to The Genesis Flood. Written by researcher Andrew Snelling—one of the world’s leading geologists in the creation science movement—Earth’s Catastrophic Past provides up-to-date geological evidence that demonstrates the authority and accuracy of the biblical account of creation and the Flood.

With in-depth scholarly research and insight, topics covered in this two-volume set include:
• The Biblical Record of the Global Genesis Flood
• Non-Geological Arguments Used Against a Global Genesis Flood
• Noah, the Ark, and the Animals
• The Framework for a Scriptural Geology
• A Biblical Geologic Model of Earth History

I suspect Earth’s Catastophic Past will contain the same bad arguments as Snelling’s “Six main geological evidences” series. I’ll likely purchase a copy and groan as I read it.

A much better perspective on the relationship between geology and Christianity can be found in The Bible, Rocks, and Time, by Christian geologists Davis Young and Ralph Stearley.

HT: Todd’s Blog

Grace and Peace

October 4, 2009 - Posted by | Age of the Earth, Apologetics, Creation in the Bible, Geology, Old-Earth creationism, Origins, Young-Earth creationism | ,


  1. I noticed Answers in Genesis and the Institute for Creation Research are starting to advertise the book’s availability – e.g., see I will buy a copy to ensure I’m familiar with the latest YEC arguments.


    Comment by Tim Helble | January 15, 2010

  2. Tim

    You must be rich! $60 for nonsense


    Comment by Michael Roberts | January 16, 2010

  3. I’m holding out for a few days to see if Amazon picks it up – that would save a few bucks.


    Comment by Tim Helble | January 16, 2010

  4. Here we are finishing up the first week in February and the book still isn’t available on Amazon or any other website except the ICR’s and AiG’s. I wonder if some kind of sweetheart deal was made for it to be this way, or are ICR and AiG just taking orders without not actually having the book in stock either?


    Comment by Tim Helble | February 5, 2010

  5. Tim, ICR definitely have it in stock because I received my copy from them a couple of weeks ago.


    Comment by Paul Garner | February 9, 2010

  6. “I will buy a copy to ensure I’m familiar with the latest YEC arguments.”

    Good on you TIm – that makes you better than Young and Stearley who CLEARLY haven’t familiarised themselves with recent YEC thinking, as Michael Oard shows in his review (q.v.) when he quotes them as urging YECs to realise that a global flood would bring on an ice age – i.e. these two don’t know that YECs have been writing about this very thing for years!!

    “$60 for nonsense”

    Which of course you know without opening the book? (Are you of the Young and Stearley school?) Keep it up Mike, you’re a great recruiting sergeant for YEC among fair-minded people.

    For both of you, and GC – I haven’t read right through it by any means, but was struck by something I didn’t know before – namely, that according to the fossil record dinosaurs were leaving tracks for “20 million years” before they evolved. I.e. in the overall dinosaur range, tracks are mainly lower down and bones mainly higher up. Flood geology explains this very neatly indeed.


    Comment by Dan | June 29, 2011

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