This brilliant article just appeared at the website of the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the granddaddy of all creationist outfits, the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom. It’s titled Ancient Rivers on Mars.
It was written by one of ICR’s top creation scientists — Jake Hebert. They say he has a Ph.D. in physics, and joined ICR as a research associate the same year that degree was awarded. Here are some excerpts from Jake’s article, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Geologists have used high-resolution images obtained by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to infer the existence of past rivers on the Martian surface. Geologist Francesco Salese of Ultrecht University in the Netherlands led the team that analyzed the images of a sedimentary outcrop in the northwest rim of Hellas Planitia, an impact basin in Mars’s southern hemisphere.
A couple of months ago, PhysOrg had an article about the discovery of those old rivers — see Ancient river systems on Mars seen in unparalleled detail. Here’s one brief excerpt:
A high-resolution satellite has captured detailed images of a rocky Martian cliff face revealing that it was formed by rivers more than 3.7 billion years ago. That is roughly the same time that life was starting to begin on Earth.
Okay, let’s get back to Jake. He says:
Geologists and planetary scientists have long believed that liquid water existed on Mars in the past, and that Mars even shows evidence of catastrophic flooding. However, the team of scientists said this is the first time that they have been able to infer the date and duration for which this river system existed. They said this river system flowed for hundreds of thousands of years about 3.7 billion years ago.
Egad — how can that be? Every creation scientist knows the universe began only 6,000 years ago. Jake tackles the issue head-on. He tells us:
Of course, creation scientists reject this “deep time” age estimate. [Right!] Relative dates are often inferred from the number of craters on a planetary surface. However, radioisotope dating methods for meteorite, Earth, and lunar rocks are used to translate these relative dates into absolute ones. Although uniformitarian scientists [who think the laws of nature don’t change] had already accepted the idea of “millions of years” before the invention of radioisotope dating methods, radioisotope dating is arguably the main “proof” for deep time.
Jake explains why creationists reject radioisotope dating methods:
But creation scientists have found good reasons to question the method’s underlying assumptions, including the assumption that radio-decay rates have always been slow. For instance, different radioisotope dating methods used on the same rock unit give different age estimates, even when analytical uncertainties are taken into account. [Egad! Age estimates bounce around all over the place!] Interestingly, creationists have noticed a pattern: the heavier the particular radioisotope being used for the dating process, the larger the age estimate. [Huh?] This discrepancy can be explained if something caused different radioisotopes to decay at different rates at some time or times in the past. [It was Adam’s sin, and then the Flood!] Creation scientists are still working to resolve unanswered questions involving accelerated nuclear decay (mainly concerning the safe removal of the excess heat generated) [Hee hee!], but the evidence for past accelerated nuclear decay is strong, which invalidates the ages calculated from those nuclear decay rates.
It’s not easy, making all the evidence point to a 6,000 year-old universe, but creationists are working on it. Jake continues:
Creationists have long noted the irony in the fact that uniformitarian geologists have no problem with catastrophic flooding on Mars, a world which today has no liquid water on its surface, yet reject that possibility for Earth! [Maybe it’s because they see flood evidence on Mars?] Unlike Mars, the Earth is a watery world, with more than seventy percent of its surface still submerged. [“Still” submerged!] Most of the land surface is covered by water-deposited sedimentary rocks that contain the remains of billions of fossilized plants and animals. Moreover, many cultures throughout the world have recollections of a cataclysmic Flood like the one described in the Bible, precisely what one would expect if the Flood were a real historical event. Yet uniformitarian scientists say that there’s “no evidence” for a global Flood on this planet!
We don’t want to interrupt Jake’s argument, but later on you may want to look at our Top Ten Reasons Noah’s Flood is Mythology. Meanwhile, let’s return to Jake’s article:
It is also striking that uniformitarian geologists [The hell-bound fools!] think canyons on Mars were carved extremely rapidly by water. Even though scientists have observed water rapidly carve canyons here on Earth, and even though the field evidence strongly favors a rapid origin for the Grand Canyon, secular scientists insist on claiming that the Grand Canyon was slowly carved out over millions of years!
Jake is right. If one canyon got carved out rapidly, then they all did. Now brace yourself, because the conclusion of Jake’s article is absolutely crushing! Here it comes:
If it weren’t for the fact that the Bible testifies of the global Flood in the days of Noah, would uniformitarian scientists have any objection to the idea of a global Flood here on Earth? Probably not. There is an old saying, “People will believe anything so long as it’s not in the Bible.”
Are you one of those crazy people, dear reader? Then study Jake’s article carefully. It’s just what you need to make you accept The Truth™.
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