Once again they’re answering the mail at Answers in Genesis (AIG), one of the major sources of young-earth creationist wisdom. AIG is the online creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia.
In the previous articles in this series, only the questions were noteworthy. AIG’s answers were predictable and tedious. But today their answer is also amusing. Here’s the question:
I assumed that many animals migrated over the arctic circle over time and that this accounts for the majority of animals in the Western hemisphere. However, I am conflicted with the notion that some animals migrated via flotation or riding on floating objects that ended up drifting to other continents. What is the stand of AIG on how animals ended up on other continents post-ark-resting on Ararat.
Good question, and it’s one that usually occurs to every reasonably-bright 12-year-old who is being taught about the Flood. AIG’s answer is far too long, so we’ll give you only a few excerpts. You can click over there for the whole thing if you like. Here we go, with bold font added by us and scripture references omitted:
As animals migrated from the Ark landing site in the mountains of Ararat, they surely took a variety of routes initially. Obviously, they could progress throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa rather easily, since those areas are connected by land. Of course, they would have had hurdles such as mountains and rivers to go around or cross, among other issues with terrain
Well, duh! Let’s read on:
Of course, these obstacles would not be such a hindrance for birds and other flying creatures.
AIG spends three whole paragraphs on birds, presumably because their typical reader doesn’t know they can fly around. We’ll skip that stuff and continue to their section on land animals:
Some may have migrated to certain areas but not to others. In other instances, some of these animals may have made it to a particular area and became extinct. One objection to this is that we should find fossils of them if they lived in an area, but this is fallacious.
Then, to our amazement, they explain how rare fossilization is, and that the lack of Ark-migration fossils is understandable. Tomorrow they’ll resume complaining that evolution is false because the fossil record is incomplete. Oh, wait — here’s why they brought up the sketchy nature of the fossil record:
Is it possible that kangaroos made it to Europe and died out? It is possible, and I would leave open such an option. What we do know is that kangaroos have thrived in Australia, where they currently live.
Neat, huh? The lack of migratory fossils is no problem for the Flood, but the alleged lack of transitional fossils is an insurmountable problem for Darwin. Don’t worry about it, just accept it.
Now they have a section called “Land Bridges to the Americas and Australia”:
But how did they get to Australia? How did animals get to the Americas or remote islands? Most creationists believe there was an Ice Age. …Most believe the Ice Age was triggered by the Flood of Noah. … So it is easily feasible for animals to have walked from Asia to North and South America.
Other land bridges could also have connected the British Isles to the mainland, Japan to Korea, and potentially Japan to the mainland as well; it is possible that Australia could have been connected to Southeast Asia, although today this route is much deeper and may not have been open as long.
Truly ingenious! They provide many other details, which you will surely want to read and memorize, so we’ll skip to the end:
The Bible gives us a framework in which to interpret this topic even though little is given by way of specifics. When it comes to answering questions like this, it is always best to uphold the Bible as our authority and reject ideas that are inconsistent with God’s Word.
So there you are. The next time some smarty-pants evolutionist asks you about how the animals dispersed after the Flood, you now have an authoritative answer from the creation scientists at AIG.
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