GeoScriptures — Genesis 6-9 — Reading the account of Noah’s (local) flood

Some scholars within Christianity insist that the only way to understand the account of Noah's flood in Genesis 6-9 is that it describes a worldwide flood, which at its climax covered even the highest mountains on the planet. They point to apparently universal statements in the passage, such as where it says that the flood …

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The Pleistocene is not in the Bible — A critique of “When Was the Ice Age in Biblical History?”

Young-Earth creationists (YECs) attempt to squeeze most of the geological record into the brief span of Noah's flood, even though the Bible does not state that the flood was responsible for Earth's sedimentary rocks, and does not even require that the flood covered the entire Earth (read more here and here). There is an important exception …

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A young-Earth creationist magmatic model for the origin of evaporites

On my most recent "Around the web" post, I stated that I would be writing a longer response to the young-Earth creationist (YEC) proposal that salt deposits (usually referred to as evaporites) were actually formed through igneous processes rather than being precipitated from seawater. This may not be that longer response. Instead, it is a …

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GeoScriptures — Genesis 7:19 — “All the earth” doesn’t always mean “all the earth”

And the waters prevailed so mightily on the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered. -- Genesis 7:19 (ESV) Many Christians point to the universal nature of some verses in the account of Noah's flood in Genesis 6-9 to prove that the flood must have been global in extent. For …

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Six bad answers from Answers in Genesis are still six bad answers

Back in 2009, I posted a six-part review of a series of young-Earth creationist (YEC) articles on "Six main geologic evidences for the Genesis Flood." The YEC articles appeared in "Answers" magazine, which is published by Answers in Genesis. As part of my "blog recycling program," I am providing links to my posts: Six bad …

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Nathaniel Jeanson of the Institute for Creation Research in Montana, part 3

This is the third post in a multi-part review of a young-Earth creationist (YEC) presentation given by Dr. Nathaniel Jeanson of the Institute for Creation Research in Billings, Montana in November 2012. Part 1-- The Relevance of Genesis (I was in complete agreement with Dr. Jeanson). The YEC version of the scientific method. Part 2 …

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The ESV Study Bible on creation — Noah’s flood

The ESV Study Bible is a theologically conservative Evangelical work, and is certainly one of the most comprehensive study Bibles ever produced. It has been out for only three years, but it looks like it will be a highly influential reference work for decades to come.  One potential positive impact of the ESVSB relates to …

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Last night: Missouri Association for Creation — How Scriptural is Old-Earth Creationism?

I attended the monthly meeting of the Missouri Association for Creation last night, and promised here on The GeoChristian that I would report on it. John Chaikowsky (a friend of mine) spoke on the topic "How Scriptural is Old-Earth Creationism?" Falling in line with Answers in Genesis, John cannot fathom how a Bible-believing Christian (such …

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