The creation scientists at Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia — are giving us a geology lesson today. Their new post is titled Plate Tectonics — The Reality Behind a Theory.
It was written by Andrew Snelling, described as “Geologist, Speaker, Author, Researcher, Editor-in-chief of Answers Research Journal.” They say he’s AIG’s director of research. Very impressive! AIG’s biography page on him says his PhD is in Geology from the University of Sydney, in Australia.
Andy’s knowledge of geology is extensive, as we would expect of a young-Earth creationist. The last time we wrote about one of his essays was Earthquakes Are Caused by Sin. Here are some excerpts from Andy’s new article, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
One of the most incredible claims of modern science is that continents move. When Alfred Wegener proposed a version of this theory in 1912, fellow scientists accused him of “pseudoscience,” “delirious ravings,” and suffering from “moving crust disease.” Now that his theory is widely accepted, most schoolbooks and museums present it simply as fact, without detailed justification.
Creationists sometimes use Alfred Wegener and continental drift as justification for the life of rejection and ridicule they endure. Wegener proposed his theory of continental drift in 1912. Alas, he had no supporting evidence — other than the easily observable fact that the continents seem to fit together like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. Wegener was never regarded as a kook, however. He later provided evidence of similar geological structures and fossils on opposite oceanic coastlines, which supported his hypothesis that the land masses has once been joined; but he needed a mechanism that could cause the continents to move around, and without that his idea didn’t go anywhere. Unfortunately, he died before his hypothesis was accepted in the 1950s, after the discovery of evidence like seafloor spreading and mid-ocean ridges.
Creationists dream that like Wegener — they too will one day be vindicated. Andy is probably one of those. He says:
Christians need to be careful of both extremes [reflexive rejection or blind acceptance], especially on a topic so central to our understanding of earth history. Just because evolutionists developed a theory doesn’t make it wrong, but scientific “consensus” doesn’t mean we should blindly accept everything they say without some fact-checking.
Andy works for ol’ Hambo, so you know he’s going to check his facts. He tells us:
No one wants to sound like Wegener’s original close-minded, shrill opponents. If we’re not careful, educated people may ignore anything we say, including what we say about the Bible’s history, Christ, and the gospel.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Creationists do sound like Wegener’s close-minded, shrill opponents — with one difference. Creationists persist in their denial even after the facts support the theory.
Most of Andy’s article is a discussion of the facts that support the theory of plate tectonics. We have no problem with that material, so we’ll skip it. But then things get interesting. Andy says:
These are only a few of the many features plate tectonics explains. Just as exciting, it gives us insights into what likely happened during the global Flood judgment of Noah’s day.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Andy continues:
Genesis 7:11 says the Flood began with the breaking up of “the fountains of the great deep.” This catastrophic bursting of hot waters and upwelling molten rock would have caused a massive rift in the seafloor (“the great deep”). Such rifting would have rapidly spread around the globe, including across the pre-Flood supercontinent, tearing it apart to make today’s continents.
Makes perfect sense. Let’s read on:
Shortly thereafter, the cold pre-Flood ocean crust would have started to sink, being subducted under the less dense continental crust, which continued to “float.” Creation scientist John Baumgardner has shown that plate movements would have been extremely fast during the Flood event, compared to what we observe today. [Hee hee!] Most of the continents were moved by seafloor spreading and runaway subduction during the Flood year. Today, we merely see residual movements of the plates, but enough to powerfully explain where all the earthquakes, active volcanoes, mid-ocean ridges, and deep-sea trenches occur on earth.
That’s the classic creationists view of things. Another excerpt:
As we share the warnings of God’s Word with a skeptical generation, we have no reason to fear we will sound pseudoscientific.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! And now we come to the end:
Plate movements, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions are still occurring today and remind us that we suffer under the aftereffects of God’s global Flood judgment on human wickedness. People need to hear Jesus’ warning that, as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the day of His second coming, when He will judge the earth a second time, not by water but by fire [scripture reference].
So there you are, dear reader. According to Andy, plate tectonics are evidence of the Flood. You heard it from Hambo’s top geologist, so you know it’s true.
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