Saturday, January 17, 2009

Flood Geology

One of the most pervasive errors in creation science textbooks relates to geology. Young-earth attempts to account for practically every geological event within the span of a year during Noah's flood is simply unsupported by the fossil, geological, and geophysical records. Their approach can sound plausible to the untrained, but with the exception of only a few, those who have studied geology on a more sophisticated level find these claims untenable. Unbelievers find them laughable.

But what should regular, everyday Christian parents do? Most don't have the education to adequately judge the debate - who is right and who is wrong. I would like to gently suggest that if you are using a creation science textbook that you take some time to read through the opposing position, namely old-earth creationism. God is a God of truth. His people should be willing to pursue truth no matter where the evidence leads. Consider what a positive example this will set for your children about the fair-minded nature that Christians ought to have toward opposing viewpoints. We can investigate arguments fairly without needlessly lambasting people, while at the same time searching for truth and understanding our own positions better. Also consider having high school aged students investigate both sides of this debate. It would even make a great oral debate project for a co-op.

Here is a great page of resources that address the many problems with global flood geology to get you started: "Noah's Flood and Creation Science". I realize this page could seem daunting, but it will give you some idea as to the wide variety of responses that are available on this important issue.

3 comments:

Kevin N said...

As a Christian geologist, I'll give a double "Amen" to your comment. The young-Earth flood geologists have done such a good job of proclaiming their message that many in the church don't know that there are Biblically-valid alternatives. Scientists, on the other hand, are unnecessarily driven away from Christianity.

Most Christian schools teach from the young-Earth viewpoint, often quite dogmatically. I have taught science in two Christian high schools and have found that with some diplomacy it is possible to introduce the old-Earth position even in these settings.

Virginia Peterson said...

Hi,
Your post got me thinking about various geology-related sites I've run across that could be used as supplemental or "fun" material for homeschooling. Would you like me to write them up more formally? (Geology is a hobby - I'm not an expert.)

Anonymous said...

Virginia:

I'm always up for hearing other people's ideas. My dream is to get educators/parents connected and share ideas so us old-earth people don't feel quite so isolated.