You’ve heard the classic creationist question: Why are there still monkeys? As silly as the question is, we once took the time to deal with it — see If We Evolved From Monkeys, Then Why …?, where we said:
Standard refutations abound — for example: If America was founded by England, why are there still Englishmen? Also: You agree that dogs are descended from wolves, so why doesn’t it bother you that there are still wolves?
In that same post, we informed you that the monkey question is so revealing of creationists’ ignorance that even ol’ Hambo has recommended that it not be used. Nevertheless, it persists. And as you are about to learn, it has evolved!
The creation scientists at the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom — have come up with a brilliant new version. They just posted Rapid Erosion Supports Creation Model.
It’s by Frank Sherwin, M.A. (Note that he touts his Master’s degree.) At the end of the article he’s described as “Research Associate, Senior Lecturer, and Science Writer at the Institute for Creation Research.” Here’s his writeup at the Encyclopedia of American Loons. ICR has a bio page on the guy: Frank Sherwin. They say his MA degree is in zoology from the University of Northern Colorado.
Here are some excerpts from Sherwin’s latest, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Recently in Dorset, England, bad weather washed a massive section of a cliff into the sea revealing scores of ammonite fossils. Creation scientists are interested in this cliff fall because substantial erosion was accomplished in literally seconds. It didn’t take hundreds of thousands to millions of years of slow and gradual erosion.
Ooooooooooooh! Creation scientists are interested in landslides — or rather, rockslides. Why? Let’s read on:
The cliff fall at Dorset isn’t the only recent example of rapid and significant erosion. Uniformitarian geologists claim the famous White Cliffs of Dover, composed of calcium carbonate, were formed in the Cretaceous Period between 65 and 140 million years ago.
That expression, “uniformitarian geologists,” is how creationists sneeringly refer to real geologists, in contrast to young-Earthers who adhere to catastrophism and insist that the world was swiftly transformed by Noah’s Flood. Can you guess which camp Sherwin is in? You’ll soon find out. He continues:
But there is evidence of significant fracturing every decade or so causing authorities to urge visitors to stay far away from the cliff edge lest they topple into the ocean when the rocks give way. In 2001, a huge chunk fell into the English Channel followed by another large section in 2012.
These things happen from time to time. What’s Sherwin trying to tell us? Be patient, dear reader. He’s getting to it. Here’s more:
Uniformitarian geologists estimate 0.39 inches of cliff erosion per year. But we’re seeing a lot — far too much — catastrophic erosion of these cliffs over a short time. At this catastrophic erosion rate, the White Cliffs of Dover would disappear in much less than a million years.
Ooooooooooooh! The uniformitarians are in trouble! Then Sherwin switches to another rockslide:
In July of 2015, a huge sheet of granite roughly 200 by 100 feet (about 2,400 tons) fell from the vertical face of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park in California. Geologists claim rock falls such as this occur about once per year in Yosemite Valley. This is obviously serious annual erosion. What would be the fate of Half Dome in just a million years of “normal” annual erosion?
Okay, that’s his evidence — all of it. Now brace yourself. Here it comes:
The obvious scientific question is: If the Earth is billions of years old, why do we have mountains and cliff faces today?
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! And now for the stunning conclusion:
Such rapid changes as described above backs the catastrophic-biblical model which states there can be much geologic work in a short time.
So there you are, dear reader. In addition to If we evolved from monkeys, why are there still monkeys? we can now expect to hear: If the Earth is old, then why are there still mountains?
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