37, Number 1
A Mechanism for Accelerated Radioactive Decay
Eugene F. Chaffin
Kaluza-Klein theory, originally proposed in 1921 to 1926, has been described as a miraculous synthesis of Einsteins gravitation theory with Maxwells equations of electricity and magnetism. In an approach which anticipated modern string theory, Kaluza and Klein added a fifth dimension of space to the three familiar spatial dimensions and one time dimension. The extension of Einsteins theory to this fifth dimension then led naturally to Maxwells equations. The theory also naturally leads to a relation between the constant G of Newtons law of gravitation and the fine structure constant a = e2/hc. This relation depends on the circumference of the compactified fifth dimension, so that variation in this circumference over the history of the universe could be viewed as variation in physical constants, such as the fine structure constant. If, during early creation week, say before the creation of man, such variations were to occur, they could lead to accelerated nuclear decay, thus adjusting isotopic abundances, without giving humans an unacceptable dose of radiation.
The CCC Model and its Geologic Implications
Robert E. Gentet
When early non-evolutionary geologists named the geologic Periods, the ancient earth theory was already firmly a part of geologic thought. Twentieth century Flood geology has sought to correct this error. Nevertheless, the stratigraphic extent of the Genesis Flood Event (GFE) remains a major enigma and point of controversy among Flood geologists. A major reason for this enigma is the view of the current Flood model that pre-Flood geologic activity was insignificant. The Creation/Curse/Catastrophe model (CCC) of earth history provides an alternative view that eliminates this problem. If the CCC model of earth history is found to be valid, the creationist's view of the causes of the stratigraphic record is enlarged and areas for additional, meaningful research become greatly enhanced. The result can only be a better understanding of the earth's turbulent past.
Part I Subaqueous Basalt Eruptions and Lava Flows
Carl R. Froede Jr.
For many years significant differences were thought to exist in the form of basaltic lavas generated in subaerial and subaqueous environments. Only with the advent of modern oceanography and marine geology toward the middle the 20th century have uniformitarian geologists begun to understand the significance of subaqueous volcanic settings. Young-earth creationists have generally been unaware that high-volume lava flows and explosive-erupted basaltic volcanic rocks extruded in a subaqueous setting are practically identical to those formed in a subaerial environment. This knowledge opens new possibilities within the young-earth Flood framework in the interpretation of basaltic volcanic strata found in the terrestrial stratigraphic record. While not all continental-based basaltic strata originated in a underwater setting, a more careful examination is now warranted.
The Philosophy of Sequence Stratigraphy
Part II Application to Stratigraphy
To properly evaluate the scientific validity of sequence stratigraphy and its applicability to geologic research within the context of a Biblical worldview requires a basic understanding of the philosophy of science. A review of the philosophy of science, emphasizing its application to geology, was presented in Part I. The principles developed in Part I are now applied to stratigraphy in general. In particular, the "mixed question" problem and effects of disparate worldviews on stratigraphic method and practice are examined. In Part III, principles developed in Parts I and II will be extended to the growing field of sequence stratigraphy.