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Volume 33, Number 1
June, 1996

A Biblical Christian Framework for Earth History Research:
Part I–
Critique of the Naturalistic-Uniformitarian System

John K. Reed, Ph.D.

An honest appraisal of historical geology must recognize that interpretations of earth history include elements other than scientific investigation. These interpretations are more properly evaluated by primary, formal tests for internal consistency between their extrascientific foundational principles (axioms) and conclusions. Failure of these formal tests automatically invalidates any system of interpretation, prior to empirical evidence. Success in passing formal tests does not guarantee success in field interpretation; it only provides the framework within which successful models of earth history may be constructed. The application of this method to the underlying naturalist-uniformitarian paradigm of modern historical geology shows it to be invalid because it fails tests of internal consistency when comparing its conclusions to its axioms in the following areas: the nature of the cosmos, of man, and of history. Thus, a valid model of geologic history cannot be generated within the naturalist-uniformitarian system.

Devonian Fish and Amphibians and the Gene-Theme Model

Colin Brown

Certain fish and amphibians from Devonian rocks share common features. Line after line of this fish evidence for evolution, however, has been removed with the uncovering of new data. One main linking candidate remains, but even this is now on the verge of collapse, leaving my creationist alternative view of why they share features (the gene-theme model) emerging as the strongest contender for fulfilling the role as the answer to why there are shared features.

The Phantom Bridge Exposed: The Latest Turtle Attack

Randall L. Martin, M.D.

Do turtles have common ancestors that evolved many turtle-like traits before they acquired shells? So claim recent papers by Michael Lee published in Science and _Natural_History_. An artist’s conception of lizard-to-turtle progression was demonstrated and published by this author; but only one photograph of a skeleton was documented. Forty-five lizard-like creatures were divided into seven groups each and similarities were delineated. Yet Lee’s technical paper stated that the "evidence uniting captorhinid ... with turtles is shown to be weak." No statistical significance is demonstrated. In fact the author of these theories admits to a lack of objectivity and to the embarrassment of persistent gaps in the continuum of life.

Fountains of the Great Deep: The Primary Cause of the Flood

Allen Roy

A word study of "ma’yan" (fountain, KJV) found in Genesis 7, 8 shows that the word would there be better translated "reservoir." It makes more sense that a container would be broken up than a jet of water. The reservoir that contains the deep (global oceans) is the oceanic depressions on the crust of the earth. It is the crust that was broken up causing massive tectonic movement and associated tsunami catastrophe–i.e., The Flood

Impact Events within the Young-Earth Flood Model

Carl R. Froede, Jr., B.S., P.G., and Donald B. DeYoung, Ph.D.

Terrestrial impact craters have been identified from the Earth’s surface and subsurface. Currently, the most significant subsurface example is the Chicxulub Crater on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Many uniformitarians propose this impact crater as initiating events which culminated in the demise of the dinosaurs at the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary. We propose, instead, that most Earth cratering events occurred during the Flood Event Timeframe as a result of impacts with extraterrestrial objects. Impact collisions reached a maximum during the Flood, exponentially decreasing thereafter. We also propose that the collision objects may have originated from the disintegration of a planet in the region of the asteroid belt.

Slippery Phylogenies: Evolutionary Speculations on the Origin of Frogs

Ron Calais and A.W. Mehlert

The fossil record is examined for evidence of the origin of frogs. While much diversity is found, little is discovered which would indicate that skeletal and muscular features of frogs were derived from other types of organisms. The anuran mode of locomotion and the molecular evidence for frog phylogeny is also reviewed. The apparent meaning of the Genesis "kind" is examined in relation to frogs, toads, and other amphibians.

The Geologic Column and the Flood of Genesis

Henry M. Morris, Ph.D.

The history of the geologic column is reviewed along with various diluvialist interpretations of the meaning of the rock record. Biblical and scientific evidence are cited which lead to the conclusion that most of the geologic column was laid down during the Genesis Flood.


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