Creationists find inspiration in the example of Alfred Wegener and his theory continental drift. He wasn’t a creationist, but he proposed a theory of continental drift in 1912. At first 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.
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. We discussed all that in Klinghoffer: Intelligent Design & Oogity Boogity.
Creationists like to cite Wegener and his theory, because it gives them hope that their own claims will, one day, be validated by science. A good example of this is Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. At the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry, ol’ Hambo just posted Plate Tectonics: Creationist Idea Still Makes Accurate Predictions. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
An article appeared recently on [He means “in”] Science News titled, “How the Earth-shaking theory of plate tectonics was born.” This article attempts to trace the history of the now well-accepted idea of plate tectonics. But this historical survey forgot one very important person — the nineteenth-century creationist who first proposed the idea!
Ooooooooooooh! They forgot a creationist who had the idea first! Hambo says:
Gramling [Carolyn Gramling, author of the Science News article] starts her story in 1912 with Alfred Wegener, a German meteorologist, who argued that “Earth’s landmasses might be on the move.” He was mocked for his idea, primarily because he had no mechanism that could move the land masses.
Creationists love to identify with Wegener, hoping that all their “theories” will one day be accepted, as his was. Hambo tells us:
It wasn’t until the 1960s when irrefutable evidence forced scientists to change their minds that plate tectonics became widely accepted and geology was revolutionized. Today it’s unquestioned, but scientists still operate from a uniformitarian perspective, believing that the very slow rate the continents move today is how they’ve moved for billions of years.
Then he gives us some information we didn’t know before:
Wegener, however, wasn’t the first person to come up with the idea! Fifty-three years earlier, in 1859 (the same year Darwin published Origin of Species), a creationist named Antonio Snider-Pellegrini suggested that the continents have broken apart from a single landmass. Where did his idea come from? Well, Genesis 1:9-10.
Skipping Hambo’s bible quote, his tale of the pre-Wegener creationist continues:
Snider-Pellegrini noticed that Genesis 1 says that God gathered all the waters into one place, suggesting a single landmass originally. [Brilliant!] He also noticed that the continents seem to fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. Based on this, he proposed that the landmass broke apart during the global flood of Noah’s day when the fountains of the great deep burst forth (Genesis 7:11). He didn’t believe the continents slowly drifted to their current locations — he argued they sprinted there during a global catastrophe! He couldn’t get his work published in English [Hee hee!], so it was originally published in French. This resulted in his ideas not being well known at first, but his ideas were published.
What a great creation scientist! Hambo sermonizes:
The Bible held the clue to revolutionizing our understanding of geology. And if scientists would look to God’s Word — rather than their own fallible understanding — for the true history of the world, think how much further advanced science and knowledge would be! We still understand so much less than we could about this world because the vast majority of geologists (and other scientists) ignore biblical history, believing, instead, in ideas like slow-and-gradual processes over millions of years.
Ooooooooooooh! We’d be so much further ahead if all scientists used the bible. For other great bible science that will one day be accepted by secularists, see The Earth Is Flat! and The Earth Does Not Move!
Hambo babbles on a bit more, but this is already is long enough so we’ll leave him here. However, we won’t forget the lesson of his post: The only true science is bible science. And if you don’t believe that, you’re a Darwinist fool!
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