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Volume 24, Number 3
A YOUNG EARTH? - A SURVEY OF DATING METHODS
EUGENE F. CHAFFIN
A survey of various dating methods and age indicators is given, including
Lord Kelvin's result involving the Earth's thermal gradient, various
methods relying on radioactive decay, the relevance of the geologic
column, carbon 14 and attempts to calibrate it using tree ring chronologies
and Egyptian archaeology, etc., the earth's decaying magnetic dipole
moment, indicators from astronomy, fission track dating and other
miscellaneous indicators. In each case, an effort is made to indicate
the major creationist contributions that have been made in exposing
the errors of evolutionary dogma.
'LUCY' OUT OF CONTEXT: A REPLY
Anti-creationists do not always adhere to the standards they demand
SHIVA TEMPLE: ISLAND IN THE SKY?
JOHN R. MEYER
This paper is a review of the history of the 1937 American Museum
of Natural History expedition to Shiva Temple, a butte in the Grand
Canyon. The purpose of that study was to search for evolutionary development
of animals isolated on this "sky island," as it was called.
Preparations for the work and the actual expedition itself were noted
by global publicity regarding the expected, positive, evolutionary
implications. When it was finally determined that no significant differences
were observed in Shiva's population of small mammals, the isolation
of Shiva and its status as a "sky island" were called into
question. A sequel to this paper will examine preliminary research
data consistent with significant and recent biological isolation of
Shiva and the implications this has for the age of the Canyon itself.
MOUNTAINS, METEORITES AND PLATE TECTONICS
BERNARD E. NORTHRUP
The concept of plate tectonics with its corollary, continental drift,
have been espoused by various creationists who have adapted them to
fit the short time-span of young-earth catastrophism-Northrup (1968,1970,1977,1979,
1980), Austin (Nevins) (1978), Tippetts (1979), Elliott (1977), and
Hansen (1983). Dwelling on the evidence that the continents at first
were united, with the sea floor later spreading, these workers and
I have envisioned an abrupt continental drifting and separation occurring
much more rapidly than our uniformitarian colleagues would allow.
My conclusion is that the physical evidences for rapid plate movement
are found practically universally.
THE MECHANISMS FOR MOUNTAIN BUILDING FROM A
CREATIONIST PERSPECTIVE ARE NOT YET UNDERSTOOD
For this symposium the writer and others were asked to prepare papers
concerning orogenesis - the process of mountain making. Then each
writer was to read other papers and question the papers' authors in
accordance with the questioner's scientific background. Since the
writer is a geologist, questions to authors are principally geological
THE METAPHYSICS OF MODERN SCIENCE
LAURENCE A. MCGHEE
Chance as a mechanism of evolution is detrimental to true science
and the concept of a rational universe. Also, observation, falsification,
and repetition are not meaningful in a universe ruled by chance. Creationism
offers the best philosophy of science. No neutral definition of science
can be maintained.
THE EFFECT OF NON-UNIFORM DENSITY ON
SOLAR CONTRACTION ENERGY
DUDLEY J. BENTON
The potential energy of a spherical body with non-uniform density
is developed. Data for solar shrinkage is analyzed using the derived
relationships for a hypothetical radial density variation. The effect
of non-uniform density on the energy generated by solar contraction
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