Get ready for an adventure in geology and climatology, dear reader. Your guide will be Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. He just posted this at Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: Was There Really an Ice Age?
Our last post about Hambo’s views on this topic was four years ago — see Answers in Genesis — The Ice Age. None of his history was biblical, and we did some simple calculations of the human population after the Flood at the times he was talking about. Nothing made any sense. Maybe this time he’ll do better. Here are some excerpts from his new post, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Glaciers, mammoths, and saber-toothed cats (sometimes called saber-toothed tigers) — those are just some of the things that immediately spring to mind when we think of the Ice Age. But some Christians wonder if there really was an Ice Age. Where does it fit in biblical history?
We’ve been wondering that for a long time. As we wrote in our earlier post on this topic:
We checked with scripture. To our astonishment, we found that the word “ice” appears only three times in the whole bible — and there is no mention at all of any ice age.
We even quoted those three items in scripture. But Hambo is going to explain everything. He says:
Actually, it’s not biblical creationists who have a challenge explaining it. Secular scientists who propose dozens of ice ages throughout the past have some major hurdles to overcome!
You have problems, dear reader. Hambo doesn’t. Let’s read on:
You see, there are many lines of evidence that strongly suggest there was indeed an Ice Age in earth’s history. Now, what you need to form an ice age is much more than just a cold earth. Warm waters are required, so you have excess evaporation and cooler temperatures, especially summers, so this precipitation falls as snow and doesn’t melt.
Whoa — wait a minute! Is Hambo using the methods of secular science? Oh, apparently not. He announces:
And the Flood of Noah’s day provides the key! [Link to an AIG article.]
Ah, the Flood! Hambo explains:
Intense volcanic and tectonic activity during the Flood would significantly warm the ocean waters. This would result in heavy evaporation. The volcanic activity would fill the atmosphere with ash and particles called dioxides, which would block sunlight, dropping the global temperature (we’ve observed this on a small scale with small volcanoes). This would lead to cooler temperatures and summers, allowing snow and ice to accumulate quite quickly without melting. Eventually the Ice Age peaked, and then declined, within several hundred years of the Flood.
Volcanoes aren’t mentioned in the bible, so your Curmudgeon is confused, but we’re near the end now. Here it is:
The Flood, about 4,350 years ago, explains the Ice Age! Evolutionists don’t have a mechanism that would drive such an ice age, but creationists do!
Hambo wasn’t there, and the bible doesn’t talk about an ice age. But somehow, using the methods of creation science, he knows all about that non-scriptural event. Ah well, Hambo is far wiser than we are, so we’ll just have to take it on faith.
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