This one will make your weekend complete, dear reader. We found some wild and whimsical whoppers at the website of the creation scientists at Ken Ham’s Answers in Genesis (AIG) — described in the Cast of Characters section of our Intro page.
You’ve got to look at When Was the Ice Age in Biblical History? It’s far too long for us to do much more than pick out a few choice excerpts, but that should be sufficient to get you to click over there. It begins, with bold font added by us:
The Bible doesn’t say, “And then there was an Ice Age.” Yet it does give us the big picture of human history — as well as some critical details — which help us narrow down when the ice built up and then melted away.
Whoa — wait a minute! What ice age are they talking about if it’s not in the bible? We checked with scripture. To our astonishment, we found that the word “ice” appears only three times in the whole bible — and there is no mention at all of any ice age. Why do they think there was an ice age? Were they there? So that you’ll know how flimsy AIG’s story-telling is, the three scriptural references are:
Job 6:16 — Which are blackish by reason of the ice, and wherein the snow is hid
Job 38:29 — Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?
Psalm 147:17 — He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold?
That’s it. That’s all there is. Yet AIG has a big long essay on a so-called ice age. Here’s what they tell us:
After two centuries of research, we now have enough information to begin recreating scenes from the rise and fall of the Ice Age. As a massive ice sheet expanded over Canada, it drove out most living things, and then it continued to push south into the Ohio valley. Eventually, the heavy snows stopped and the earth warmed.
This is outrageous! How do they know? They weren’t there! How often have they told us that we can’t rely on historical science? Only scripture is a reliable guide to the past. But just look at their essay — it’s all about a non-scriptural event! What’s wrong with those people? Ah well, let’s read on:
Many pieces of the “Ice Age puzzle” remain unsolved, but one thing is sure. Based on the Bible, we can be certain that the changes occurred within just a few human generations — not over millions of years. What follows is only a benchmark based on our starting parameters. The Bible gives us many clues to help us nail down the real time frame of the Ice Age. For example, when did it begin?
Good question. Here’s what they tell us:
The Bible gives us an inerrant chronology for marking historical events. It tells exactly how many human generations passed from the Flood to Abraham’s birth: eight.
What? In only eight generations, the human population went from just Noah’s family to the world of cities and nations that existed in Abraham’s time? We’ll have to digress from AIG’s essay, but let’s think about this.
Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth. So in the first post-Flood generation there were those guys and their wives — three breeding couples, or families. If we do some math using generous assumptions, we shall assume that each couple produced three sons and three daughters — to allow for some essential incest — and if somehow none of them died young, then the second generation after Noah consisted of nine breeding couples, or families (three produced by each of Noah’s three sons).
For the third generation after Noah, we shall assume that each of those nine (incestuous) families produced three more couples, so that’s 27 families. For the 4th generation, multiply by 3 again and we get 81 families (remember that figure, we’ll come back to it). Fifth generation, 243 families. Sixth generation, 729 families, Seventh generation, 2,187 families, and by the 8th generation — when Abraham was alive — there were 6,561 human families. That’s roughly 13,000 married adults plus their kids, plus any of the adults’ aged parents who were still alive. That was the entire human population of the world in the days of Abraham.
In their next sentence, AIG also tells us:
God’s judgment occurred at Babel sometime during the days of Peleg, who was the fourth generation after the Flood.
Okay, so using our computations, when the great dispersal occurred there were then only 81 human families in existence, and those scattered all over the world. We assume only a dozen or so of those fourth generation families remained in the Middle East to populate the region with which Abraham was familiar in the 8th generation. That means in his lifetime, his part of the world — Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Canaan — had only a fraction of the 6,561 human families then in existence. Your high school may have had more people than that.
We hope you’ll forgive our discussion of population; it was only a digression. Let’s get back to AIG’s essay on the ice age. After dismissing all the scientific evidence that it happened long ago, they say:
So it is reasonable to conclude that the start of the Ice Age in the Northern Hemisphere (the Pleistocene) roughly coincides with the Babel judgment, around a century or so after the Flood (perhaps 2250 BC).
Okay, if they say so, but we remind you — none of that is scriptural. They continue:
The Bible also sheds light on the Ice Age’s end, though in an indirect way. If we can determine the dates of the first cities built after Babel, including Ur, and then show their relationship with dates for the last human and animal remains from the Ice Age, we can establish approximately when the Ice Age ended.
Uh huh. Here’s more:
The Bible mentions that some very important cities were established by Abraham’s day and continued to thrive throughout Old Testament times. For instance, the city of Abraham’s nativity was Ur. Abraham later passed through many other cities in Mesopotamia (modern Iraq and Syria), Canaan, and Egypt. Since Abraham grew up in Ur, we know that it must have been founded before his birth.
And according to our calculations, each of those “very important cities” probably consisted of only a few dozen families. Anyway, AIG’s article goes on and on. Read it all if you like, but we can only handle so much of that stuff. For what it’s worth, your Curmudgeon’s humble opinion is that they’re all messed up, in more ways than we can summarize here. But who are we to disagree with Hambo’s creation scientists?
See also: ICR Explains The Tower of Babel.
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