A recent article at PhysOrg reports on some research that is certain to upset creationists. Their headline is New evidence suggests volcanoes caused biggest mass extinction ever. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Researchers say mercury buried in ancient rock provides the strongest evidence yet that volcanoes caused the biggest mass extinction in the history of the Earth. The extinction 252 million years ago was so dramatic and widespread that scientists call it “the Great Dying.” The catastrophe killed off more than 95 percent of life on Earth over the course of hundreds of thousands of years.
Paleontologists with the University of Cincinnati and the China University of Geosciences said they found a spike in mercury in the geologic record at nearly a dozen sites around the world, which provides persuasive evidence that volcanic eruptions were to blame for this global cataclysm. The study was published this month in the journal Nature Communications.
Here’s the paper they’re talking about: Evidence for a prolonged Permian–Triassic extinction interval from global marine mercury records. You can read it online without a subscription.
That sort of thing really upsets 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 the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: Did Volcanoes Cause the Biggest Mass Extinction Ever? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
The fossil record is full of (mostly marine) creatures that are now extinct. In an attempt to explain all this biodiversity that has since vanished, evolutionary scientists [the hell-bound fools!] propose a series of mass extinctions caused by various catastrophes, though they frequently disagree on what those catastrophes were. One supposed extinction event, “the Great Dying,” is the subject of new research that claims volcanoes were responsible for wiping out 95% of life on earth.
Outrageous! There’s nothing like that in the bible. Hambo says:
Now, it’s interesting that secular scientists [Godless idiots!] are willing to accept global catastrophes — as long as it’s not THE global catastrophe: the flood of Noah’s day, as recorded in the Bible! And yet the evidence around the world clearly points to a watery catastrophe! Billions of creatures have been buried in sediments, laid down by water, all over the world. That’s clear evidence for a global flood and yet evolutionary scientists refuse to even consider it because it would wash away the millions of years needed for biological evolution.
Hambo is furious, and rightly so! He tells us:
Yes, there is tremendous evidence for massive volcanism in the past. And this activity was caused by the breaking open of the fountains of the great deep during the global flood (Genesis 7:11).
That explains it! He continues:
You see, the battle between creation and evolution isn’t over the evidence. We can observe that many of the creatures of the past are now extinct. We can see layers of volcanic ash in the rock record. These are observable facts. But how you interpret these facts in relation to the past depends on your starting point of thinking.
Well, what’s the correct starting point? Let’s read on:
Evolutionists start with millions of years of earth’s history, and so they interpret everything through that lens. Creationists start with God’s Word and the history in Genesis, and we interpret the evidence through that lens.
Here’s his powerful conclusion:
We interpret the fossil record as largely a record of the global flood catastrophe as creatures were successively buried as the floodwaters rose and raged about 4,300 years ago. The fossils don’t point to many huge mass extinctions — they point to one judgment by God on the wickedness of man.
So there you are, dear reader. It all depends on your starting point. Fortunately for Hambo, his starting point is the right one. It has all the conclusions built in, so the answers are obvious — and easy. Why don’t you follow his example?
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