The earthquake and tsunami which recently struck Japan have provided very useful data for creationist scientists. We recently wrote Answers in Genesis: Sin Caused Japan’s Earthquake.
Now we have a different reaction, this time from the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom. Their creation scientists have studied the catastrophe and their efforts have yielded some profound conclusions. A hint of their brilliant insights can be seen in the title to their article: Japan Tsunami Demonstrates Destructive Power of Water. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
British lawyer Charles Lyell popularized the phrase “the present is the key to the past” in his 1830 work Principles of Geology. In it, he argued that everyday natural processes, such as daily erosion, can account for the formation of earth’s land features.
That “lawyer” ICR dismissively mentions is Charles Lyell, the most famous geologist of his generation, and a close friend of Charles Darwin. Let’s read on:
Since then, many geologists have come to recognize that his Enlightenment-era maxim is flawed and that earth features like rock formations and steep-sided mountains instead resulted from catastrophes. Thus, perhaps natural disasters are the key to the past.
Yes, the Enlightenment was just one blunder after another. ICR’s solution is to return to the wisdom of the Dark Ages. We continue:
If catastrophes are key, then it is instructive to consider the destruction wrought on Japan from so relatively small an earthquake. Much larger quakes certainly occurred in the past, causing devastation on much larger scales. This is known from both geology and the biblical record.
You know where they’re going with their “catastrophes are key” maxim, don’t you? We won’t keep you waiting. After briefly referring to unnamed geologists who say that in the past there were “megaquakes” that left behind “superfaults” — which strikes us as a slight reversal of cause and effect — ICR says:
Biblically, superfaults follow from the statement that “all the fountains of the great deep [were] broken up” at the start of the global Flood of Noah’s day. [Footnote to scripture passage.]
Wow! They consulted the bible and figured out what caused the superfaults. But ICR’s creation scientists don’t stop there. They ask:
If one relatively small earthquake-generated tsunami could cause this much damage in Japan, how much more damage would be caused by the barrage of tsunamis generated by continuous, worldwide earthquakes during the year-long Flood of Noah that left earth-scars now called “superfaults”?
Gasp! What a brilliant question! Here’s their conclusion:
It would certainly be enough to corroborate the Bible’s account of a monumental cataclysm through which “the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished.” [Footnote to scripture passage.]
There you are, dear reader. If you were ever foolish enough to doubt the historical reality of Noah’s Flood, now you are without excuse.
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