Meteor craters are like dinosaurs — they’re not mentioned in the bible. Although creationists have lately embraced dinosaurs, claiming they were frolicking in the Garden of Eden and were passengers on Noah’s Ark, they never seem to mention meteor craters. A few years ago when we wrote The Scientific Case Against Craterism, we didn’t foresee that creationists would ever get involved. But we were wrong.
The creation scientists at the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the granddaddy of all creationist outfits, the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom — have turned their attention to the godless science of craterism, and the results are beyond our wildest imagining.
ICR’s essay is An Extraterrestrial Cause for the Flood? It’s written by John D. Morris, Ph.D., and that name requires us to consult the ICR begats in order to know who he is.
ICR was founded by Henry Morris (1918-2006), about whom we wrote Henry Morris: the Ultimate Creationist. Together with John Whitcomb, he wrote The Genesis Flood, published in 1961. Morris is regarded as the father of the modern creation science movement. Not only that, but he founded a creationist dynasty.
The founder’s eldest son, Henry Morris III, is carrying on the family business as ICR’s Chief Executive Officer. His son, Henry IV (the grandson of ICR’s founder), is “Director of Donor Relations at the Institute for Creation Research.” He has a degree in Business from Liberty University. Another son of ICR’s founder, John D. Morris, is now president of ICR and is “best known for leading expeditions to Mt. Ararat in search of Noah’s Ark.” Our guess is that he wrote today’s article.
Okay, now we’re ready to begin. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us and ICR’s scripture references omitted:
The Bible mentions the primary physical causes for the great Flood of Noah’s day in Genesis 7:11. First to break loose were “all the fountains of the great deep.” These no doubt brought to the surface enormous volumes of water and magma that had been sequestered beneath earth’s surface. Next, we are told that the “windows of heaven were opened,” pummeling the earth with excessive rainfall. Both “fountains” and “windows” remained open for 150 days [scripture reference], and then God closed them. We observe the results of these geologic processes in the vast amounts of sedimentary and volcanic rock draped over the continents.
We observe the results? Yes, and thanks to scripture, we know the cause. He continues:
Another geologic process may have been involved, although it is not mentioned in Scripture. Large surface features on earth seem to speak of horrific past events that no longer occur. Meteorite impact craters suggest earlier episodes of bombardment not witnessed by man, but recorded in rock.
But, but … those things happened in the past! Hey, Dr. Morris: Were you there? Why are you speculating about events not mentioned in scripture and not witnessed by man, but “recorded in rock”? This is an outrage! Ah well, let’s read on:
The best known crater is the Barringer Meteorite Crater in Arizona. Its sharp edges have not been significantly eroded, indicating that the meteor probably struck ground during post-Flood times.
That’s a crude but almost rational attempt at dating a geological feature. However, it’s based on godless uniformitarian principles — that we can know the past by assuming that physical processes happened then as they do now. This is very strange behavior for a creationist. We continue:
Other craters are too big to see at ground level and can only be detected from a high altitude or on a map. The biggest ones are discerned through sub-surface mapping and the discovery of meteorite fragments in drilling. The underground craters are encased in Flood sediments, leading to the conclusion that meteorites impacted earth during the Flood.
That’s quite a conclusion, and a considerable problem for Noah and his fragile cargo of dinosaurs. Here’s more:
Consider the fact that the nearby moon is literally pockmarked with meteorite craters, as are the nearby rocky planets Mercury, Venus, and Mars. The outer planets, consisting almost entirely of gas, would not preserve such a record of bombardment. However, their moons exhibit abundant cratering. Creation scientists have long speculated that during the Flood the solar system may have passed through a “dirty” place in space or an asteroid swarm.
We don’t understand how creation scientists can entertain such un-scriptural speculations. Moving along:
It may be that the creation week spawned such impacts, but at least the impact craters contained within Flood sediments indicate that meteorites must have hit during the Flood itself, adding to the horrors of the Flood.
Creation week or the Flood — it’s gotta be one or the other; but without scriptural guidance, the creation scientists have no way to figure it out. Another excerpt:
Perhaps bombardment was the God-caused and God-controlled trigger that initiated the Flood, breaking open the “fountains.”
Good theory! It belongs in every geology text. And now we come to the end:
Locked as we are in the present, we can hardly comprehend such a cataclysm and, certainly, cannot reconstruct it — we can only stand in awe of His great power as we study its results.
Yup, we’ll never figure it out, so all we can do is simultaneously wallow in ignorance and stand in awe. Isn’t creation science great?
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