But wasn’t Noah’s Flood just a made-up fairy tale, a religious myth? After all, we have all been taught that people are actually the product of millions and millions of years of Darwinian evolution, and that the cosmos developed over “billions and billions of years.” The dogma is a familiar one: first, a Big Bang, and then a slow, gradual upward ascent from inanimate matter to living cells, and finally to complex animal species and mankind. Such an intricate and delicate process of minor genetic changes occurring over a geologically vast period of time must somehow be evident in the geological record, right? But what do the rocks show? Are some things so obvious we might overlook them?
The photograph above is of the North Dakota Badlands in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The most striking feature of the picture is the colorful layering of the exposed sedimentary rock. As the National Park Service brochure1 explains, the fantastic eroded landscape of the park consists of hundreds of feet of layered sandstone, siltstone, mudstone, and soft volcanic ash (bentonite clay). Additionally, some areas show layers of lignite coal (itself composed of leaves and branches compacted into peat, and chemically changed into soft, wood-textured coal) and even fossils, particularly fossilized wood.
The presence of vast numbers fossils is particularly interesting. Fossils do not normally occur today, as the carcasses of dead animals or the leaves and branches of plants are quickly removed or decayed by scavengers, bacteria, rotting, and erosion. Fossilization only occurs under special circumstances, such as the quick burial into an anoxic environment, or the presence of hard skeletal parts; so it is only natural to wonder why they are seen here in such vast numbers.
The thickness of the layers of sedimentary rock, silt, and ash are remarkable in themselves, for they speak of powerful movements of water, great enough to move gravel, sand, or silt, the sediment that makes up “sedimentary” rock. Furthermore, each layer is largely free of evidence of surface weathering or plant life. And “sedimentation” itself indicates a process of sorting out particles according to specific gravity and particle size, as may occur after shaking dirt into a jar and allowing it to settle to the bottom. Flooding comes to mind. And if flooding was involved in the formation of the sedimentary rock deposits around the globe, it must have been cataclysmic, for sedimentary rock covers an estimated 73% of the earth’s landmass2, at an average depth of 5400 feet, varying from none in the Canadian shield to 60,000 feet off the Louisiana coastline3. This was a stupendously vast amount of sand, silt, rock, and volcanic ash acted upon by water! Could this be evidence of Noah’s Flood?
Regrettably, neither of the two opposing models of the origin of the earth’s geology (Darwinian Evolution versus Biblical Creation) can be proven through experimentation or personal observation, since they happened so long ago; and despite the assurances of park brochures that the deposits were laid down beginning 65 million years ago during the Paleocene Epoch, current methods of dating require unverifiable assumptions regarding the initial proportion of key elements, or else demand circular reasoning from the assumed age of key fossils. A certain element of faith is required to believe the timeline of either model, whether the sediments are millions of years old, or mere thousands.
The facts, however, cannot be disputed: the sedimentary deposits created through the action of water are thick, and cover the entire world today. When the plain facts are separated from questionable evolutionary assumptions, Noah’s Boys in the City of Mother Earth, set in a time before Noah’s Great Flood, may not seem so hard to believe, after all!
1. Geological Rock Formations: brochure of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, National Park Service, 2017
2. Sedimentary Rock: Wikipedia article, accessed 6/20/2017
3. Professor Stephen Nelson: Occurrence, mineralogy, textures, and structures of sedimentary rocks, Geology 212, Tulane University website, accessed 6/20/2017
What others are saying...
“Noah’s Boys—Because sometimes things end in catastrophe.”
— S. Macbeth
“Finally! A Noah’s story for adults!”
— Enoch’s Valley News
“Realistic, yet hopeful; sheer fun!”
— J. Springfield
Popular posts from this blog
The Standard Geologic Column is a hypothetical model of historical geology based on Charles Lyell’s classic book Principles of Geology , published in 1830. Rejecting the biblical catastrophist worldview (Noah’s Flood), Lyell devised a new interpretive framework that rejected God, rejected the Bible’s record, and presupposed that presently observed processes were “the key to the past.” Perhaps because rejecting the biblical view also meant rejecting the moral constraints of the Bible, Lyell’s uniformitarian view rapidly became popular. It soon attracted the particular attention of Charles Darwin, who was happy to discover vast periods of time to make his atheistic model of evolution seem plausible. According to the evolutionary view, the earth is at least 4.5 billion years old, and the 6-8 mile thick blanket of sedimentary rock that covers the earth only gradually accumulated over millions of years. Layers in the “geologic column” are dated by certain index fossils, and reve
Before Noah's Flood: Noah's Boys in the City of Mother Earth. Adventure, Romance, and Hope in the Face of Catastrophe
How do you keep a positive outlook when the whole world is going off a cliff? In this classic adventure for all ages, an aging patriarch relates his thrilling experiences in the Last Days of the Old World, an antediluvian time of decline and impending catastrophe much like our own. A budding young inventor, Japheth’s peaceful plans are shattered when calamities strike, and his life becomes filled with perplexing moral questions, conflicting desires, and a seemingly endless series of dangerous challenges. Bolstered by his solid upbringing at the feet of the patriarchs, a healthy sense of humor, and the support of his faithful brothers Shem and Ham, Japheth survives sudden disasters, resists seductive beauties, and narrowly escapes death from monstrous behemoths. When corrupt politicians betray their homeland, the sturdy brothers fight, but are taken as hostages to the powerful but doomed City of Mother Earth. Determined to do what is right, the brothers turn the d
We had another health crisis in the family recently. The man who was husband, father, and Grandpa had a heart attack. Phone calls buzzed between parents, siblings, and children about serious things—truly matters of life and death. But it is amazing how often we laughed and recalled other times when coping skills and faith were tested—like on Grandma H’s Funeral Day. She had died swiftly, almost without pain and with one of the greatest exit lines ever. She admitted to being 85 but was actually 88-- or so, as records of her birth burned with the courthouse years before. Grandma, while never really sick, “enjoyed” ill health—not with moans or groans, but with expressive sighs for every occasion. On the day she died, she had baked her famous chocolate potato torte. Her last action before going to the hospital was turning off the oven. Less than an hour later, in the small county hospital, she took her husband’s hand in the same way she had for