We found this at the Baptist Press website — the Southern Baptist Convention’s news service. Their headline is Ancient extinction: Climate change or Noah’s flood?, and they don’t have a comments feature. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Research published in the journal Science ties an ancient mass extinction to global warming and predicts a similar doomsday scenario for modern humans if they don’t curb climate change.
PhysOrg wrote about that recently — see Biggest mass extinction caused by global warming leaving ocean animals gasping for breath, and they link to the paper in Science, which you can’t read without a subscription: Temperature-dependent hypoxia explains biogeography and severity of end-Permian marine mass extinction.
The Baptist Press (which doesn’t italicize publication names) says:
But an evangelical paleontologist [Ooooooooooooh!] says the data researchers examined actually evidences Noah’s flood. [Hee hee!] There was an ancient mass extinction, said Kurt Wise, a paleontologist who teaches at Truett McConnell University in Cleveland, Ga. “But it was not only millions of times worse and quicker than [secular researchers] have modeled, it was an event God promised never to repeat.” The fossil records under consideration “do not in any way carry a warning about global warming, but they do carry a warning about forgetting God.”
Here’s Wikipedia’s write-up on Kurt Wise. With our bracketed inserts, they say he’s “an American young earth creationist who serves as the Director of Creation Research Center at Truett McConnell University [a bible college]. He has a PhD in paleontology from Harvard University. He writes in support of creationism and works for the Creation Museum [Hambo’s enterprise].”
His name has popped up a couple of times around here — see, e.g.: AIG: Transitional Species Are Really “Mosaics”. Okay, we know what we’re dealing with. The Baptist Press tells us:
Researchers at the University of Washington and Stanford University used a computer model in an attempt to establish the cause of a mass extinction indicated in the fossil record and dated by secular scientists at some 252 million years ago. [Gasp!] The computer model hypothesized that volcanic eruptions flooded the atmosphere with carbon dioxide, which trapped heat and consequently warmed the oceans. Warmer oceans meant less oxygen in the water, and many species went extinct as a result, according to a Dec. 7 article in Science. … The computer model also suggested doom in humanity’s future, the researchers wrote, if climate change continues at its present rate.
But that’s secular science, so it must be wrong. The Baptist Press reveals The Truth™:
Wise, however, said the fossil layer dated by the Science authors at 252 million years ago actually was “laid down across this planet in a few days about 4,500 years ago during the flood in the days of Noah,” described in Genesis 6-9. The flood first “wiped out most of the species of the pre-flood seas,” Wise told Baptist Press in written comments, then began “burying animals on the land.” At the same time, “huge outpourings of lava were warming the waters of the flood.”
Lava isn’t mentioned in the bible’s description of the flood, but let’s not worry about that. What about the huge difference in the date of these events? The godless scientists say the extinction event was 252 million years ago, and Wise says it was only 4,500 years ago. No problem! The Baptist Press explains:
Amid such events, “radiometric decay was occurring millions of times faster than it’s occurring today,” said Wise, a Harvard-trained paleontologist. [Yes, a flood will do that!] Radiometric decay is the process by which radioactive isotopes lose energy in geologic and archaeological materials. Scientists attempt to date specimens by determining the proportions within them of radioactive isotopes and the products of their decay, then comparing that with the known rate of decay.
Because scientists without a Christian worldview [the fools!] assume radiometric decay always has occurred at the same rate, Wise said, their use of radiometric dating wrongly concludes sediments from Noah’s time “were laid down a quarter billion years ago, over the course of millions of years.”
That makes sense. Let’s read on:
Wise agreed with the Science authors that life was “snuffed out” and global warming occurred in the process. But humans should not worry about such global warming repeating, he said.
We shouldn’t worry? Why not? That’s explained at the end:
“The rainbow reminds us of God’s promise never again to destroy the world with a flood,” Wise said. “However, it is also a reminder that God judges sin, and He will again destroy the world because of human sin — although this time He will destroy it by fire.”
So there you are, dear reader. You can forget about global warming. The world will be destroyed again, of course, but not by a flood. And as long as you’re not one of those hell-bound secularists, you have nothing to fear.
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