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Volume 17, Number 2
Thornton Quarry Deposits: A Fossil Coral Reef Or A Catastrophic Flood
Deposit? A Preliminary Study
David B. D'Armond, B.S.
Thornton Quarry, the world's
largest working commercial limestone quarry, is made up of massive deposits
of fossil-bearing dolomitized limestone. Because of the high concentration
of fossil corals, brachiopods, crinoids and other shallow marine organisms,
it has been viewed as an ancient coral reef of Silurian age (approximately
410 million years) and is often compared to modern reefs for similarity.
However, in a brief review of evolutionist literature, it readily can
be discerned that these deposits are not comparable to modern
reefs and that the standard uniformitarian view is both misleading and
The actual facts instead
readily submit themselves to a flood-geology interpretation, making
the Thornton deposits of probable mid-Flood origin, influenced by tidal
effects during the Flood. It is suggested that these tidal effects have
been greatly underestimated by many creationists, but when coupled with
tsunami effects, these become powerful agents for massive erosion, deposition
and cyclical deposits. Deposits underlying Thornton probably reflect
such activity. A Catastrophic Wave-Action Model of deposition is proposed.
The Effect Of Elevated Atmospheric
Pressure On Living Things
Terrance L. Smith, Ph.D.
The effects of increased
pressure on the maximum voluntary ventilation, and the toxic ore narcotic
effects of individual atmospheric gases at sufficiently high partial
pressures, are described. These matters could have been very important
before the Flood if, as some believe, a vapor canopy then caused the
atmospheric pressure to be considerable higher than it is now.
Gracious Science And Interfering
Lawrence A. McGhee
It is argued that the concept
of truth is a moral one. Science is considered to have to do with truth.
Consequently science is a moral activity, that is, one to which moral
standards and criteria apply. Some consequences of this viewpoint are
A Critical Look At Plate
Tectonics And Continental Drift
Clifford L. Burdick, D.Sc.
Years ago, at the University,
I was asked to lead the negative side of a debate on continental drift.
We won; not, I hasten to add, because of my leadership, but, I believe,
on the strength of the arguments presented. Since then much new evidence
has come to light, which can at least be interpreted in favor of drift
and plate tectonics. Consequently, there has been a drift toward their
acceptance. However, the head structural geologist at a university,
with whom I discussed this, was not ready to adopt the theory. "Be
not the first whom the new is tried, nor yet the last to lay the old
aside". He sited Wesson, enumerated some 75 objections to the hypothesis,
which as yet have not been answered.
John E. Schmick
The continents are seen,
to a large extent, to be tilted toward the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans,
and to drain into them, the oceans being as it were catchbasins. It
is suggested that the state of affairs dates to the conclusion of the
Flood, when the continents were drained by being tilted thus. Other
evidence, especially from the bottoms of the oceans and from the Arctic
regions, points in the same direction.
The Faraday-Disc Dynamo And
G. Russell Akridge, Ph.D.
The Faraday-disc dynamo
has been put forward as a model to explain the variation with time of
the earth's magnetic field. Evolutionists, especially have claimed that
this model explains the reversals of the field, which are believed to
have occurred in the past;l and that th emodel is consistent with the
evolutionary doctrine. In this article the model is investigated in
detail. The conclusion is that the magnetic field generated by the Faraday-disc
dynamo never reverses; rather it decays exponentially. This exponential
decay of the earth's field is a feature of the theory of geomagnetism
proposed by Barnes. That theory offers one of the strongest proofs of
a recent Creation. Thus the evolutionists' model is actually evidence,
not for uniformitarianism, but rather for recent Creation.
A Proposal For A New Creationist
Ralph E. Ancil, B.A.
It is proposed that it may
be useful to formalize some ideas, which have hitherto been largely
implicit in many Creationist writings, to a greater extent than has
been done. Especially is this so of parts of genetics, which are of
great importance to Creationism.
Evolution, Race, And Equality
Jerry Bergman, Ph.D.
Social scientists today
almost universally believe that essentially, the races of men are largely
equal in regard to intelligence. Although there is some disagreement,
nonetheless, even among those who disagree, it is agreed that there
is not more than approximately one standard deviation difference in
the mean of intelligence between any two races. This fact thoush, is
contrary to the basic assumptions of evolution. In order for selection
to take place, differences must exist between individual organisms.
Selection would would then cause races to develop, a process which is
called in Darwinian terms, speciation. The lack of important differences
between races, especially in the crucial difference between men and
"lower" forms of life, viz. intelligence, is seen as a serious
difficulty for the evolutionary theory. In addition, the theory of evolution
can also be seen as having been an important factor in the extreme forms
of racism that existed at the turn of the century and for several years
beyond, especially racism against blacks and Jews.
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