A while back we wrote The Law of Diminishing Consequences, in which we compiled data showing the steep decline in divine punishment for sin. We started with the sin of Adam & Eve, and progressed though the Flood, the Tower of Babel, then Sodom and Gomorrah, etc. We even included a nifty graph.
That was, perhaps, our only attempt at creation science. Imagine our surprise when we saw our methodology being used at the website of the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the granddaddy of all creationist outfits — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom. Their latest article is Did Adam Really Live 930 Years?
It’s written by Brian Thomas, described at the end as “Science Writer at the Institute for Creation Research.” He has MS after his name, which is very impressive. This is ICR’s biographical information about him. Here are some excerpts from what he says, with bold font added by us:
Genesis 5:5 says Adam lived for 930 years. Judging by today’s standards, this sounds impossible. Many contemporary readers of Genesis balk at such numbers and some end up rejecting the whole Bible. But a few researchers have found reasons to believe it.
Ooooooooh — “researchers” have found reasons to believe it. This is big news indeed! We can’t wait to learn about their research. We’re told:
Plant geneticist Dr. John Sanford and his colleagues plotted the ages of the biblical patriarchs listed in Genesis. The result shows a systematic drop-off in lifespans after 950-year-old Noah, “in a way that could never happen by chance,” according to an online post showing their results.
Wowie — they actually plotted the ages of the biblical patriarchs! That’s so … scientific! The ICR article has a crude graph, something like the one we used in our earlier post on divine punishment, but if you visit the blog post of the “researchers,” Genetic Entropy Recorded in the Bible?, they’ve got data and graphs up the wazoo, starting with Adam’s lifespan (930 years) and ending with David (70 years). Let’s read on:
The researchers’ post points out how the biological decay curve found in these biblical texts matches biological decay curves known from the science of mutation accumulation. As mutations add up after every generation, they constantly erode genetic information.
This is so exciting! It’s a clear application of what we call the Creationists’ Scientific Method, which is this:
Then ICR asks this powerful question:
Did early mutations damage genes that once enabled human bodies to live for hundreds of years?
And here’s the thrilling answer:
The authors of the post wrote, “The lifespan data indicates [sic] that the extreme longevity of the early Patriarchs was real, and that the rapid decline of longevity after the Flood was real.”
Hey — don’t be so automatically dismissive. They plotted the data. Good data, good conclusion. There’s no way to avoid it. Here’s the inescapable conclusion:
And if the patriarch’s lifespans were real, then the verses that record and refer to them accurately describe real history.
Well, dear reader, whatcha gonna do now? All your life you’ve been a skeptic. But now that’s no longer possible. ICR has data. They’ve got graphs. Their conclusions are rock solid! Isn’t it time you stopped your foolishness and became a believer?
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