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Ken Ham Has Proof of the Flood

You may have heard of the Channeled Scablands, about which Wikipedia says:

The Channeled Scablands are a relatively barren and soil-free landscape on the eastern side of the U.S. state of Washington that was scoured by a single cataclysmic flood which was unleashed when a large glacial lake drained. … Geologist J Harlen Bretz coined the term “channeled scablands” in a series of papers written in the 1920s. The debate on the origin of the Scablands that ensued for four decades became one of the great controversies in the history of earth science. …

Bretz conducted research and published many papers during the 1920s describing the Channeled Scablands. His theories of how they were formed required short but immense floods -500 cubic miles (2,100 km3) – for which Bretz had no explanation. Bretz’s theories met with vehement opposition from geologists of the day, who tried to explain the features with uniformitarian theories.

J.T. Pardee first suggested in 1925 to Bretz that the draining of a glacial lake could account for flows of the magnitude needed. Pardee continued his research over the next 30 years, collecting and analyzing evidence that eventually identified Lake Missoula as the source of the Missoula Floods and creator of the Channeled Scablands.

Pardee’s and Bretz’s theories were accepted only after decades of painstaking work and fierce scientific debate. Research on open-channel hydraulics in the 1970s put Bretz’s theories on solid scientific ground. In 1979 Bretz received the highest medal of the Geological Society of America, the Penrose Medal, to recognize that he had developed one of the great ideas in the earth sciences.

It’s a great example how a scientific hypothesis, although initially greeted with skepticism, can eventually be accepted as a well supported theory. Another example is the long struggle of Alfred Wegener to establish the theory of Continental drift.

Creationists like to delude their drooling followers by claiming that one day they too will be vindicated. Unfortunately, they use what we call the Creationist Scientific Method:

1. Select a conclusion which you hope is true.
2. Find one piece of evidence that possibly might fit.
3. Ignore all other evidence.
4. That’s it.

We see a good example today from 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 Mega Floods Are No Longer “Geological Heresy” to Science. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

National Geographic recently ran an interesting story about the scablands in Washington State. The subtitle reads, “Geologists couldn’t account for the strange landforms of eastern Washington State. Then a high school teacher dared to question the scientific dogma of his day.”

In 1909, high-school-teacher-turned-geologist J. Harlen Bretz noticed that the features of the scablands couldn’t be the result of slow and gradual processes over millions of years as was commonly believed at the time. He proposed that a massive flood carved out these startling features. But this “was geological heresy,” and his ideas were dismissed. And it wasn’t because he didn’t have evidence — he did, and what he proposed is accepted as fact today (with a few modifications).

Here’s the magazine article that inspired Hambo: Formed by Megafloods, This Place Fooled Scientists for Decades. You know where Hambo is going with this. He says:

The geologists of his [Bretz] day rejected his proposal because they were locked into the mindset of millions of years of slow processes and didn’t want to consider anything that sounded like it could have been related to the biblical Flood of Noah’s day. It’s the same sort of bias we currently see secularists exhibiting.

This is so predictable. Hambo tells us:

From a biblical perspective, what we see in Washington State, and other places, makes sense. There was a global Flood [Hee hee!] that ripped up miles of sediment and redeposited it in layers.

He continues:

Geologists today miss the overwhelming evidence of a global Flood (that’s staring at them all across the earth) because they are blinded by the idea of millions of years of slow and gradual processes. Many geologists won’t even consider the history in the Bible because of their naturalistic assumptions about the history of the earth. But it’s the Bible that provides the true history of the universe, and this has been confirmed over and over again as we study the world around us.

Those geologists are fools! Here’s the end of Hambo’s post:

Why won’t secular geologists consider the Bible’s history? Because if the Bible is right in its history, then they would be challenged to consider the Bible’s morality — and the gospel message that is based on that history!

Yes, that’s the reason. It’s all about avoiding morality. Hambo is so wise!

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Rev. David Rives — Problems with the Big Bang

It’s been a while since we posted one of these. Google seems to have an admirer of the rev, because one of our posts about him from two months ago — Rev. David Rives — New Stars Are Never Seen — has never been indexed. Nevertheless, we couldn’t ignore this one.

Drool-o-tron™ alerted us to it with its sirens and flashing lights. The blinking letters of its wall display said WorldNetDaily (WND). The Drool-o-tron™ had once again found the latest video by the brilliant and articulate leader of David Rives Ministries.

Our computer was locked onto this headline at WND: Let’s talk about the Big Bang for a moment. We couldn’t resist that! The actual title of the rev’s video is “Big Bang Problems.”

The rev tells us that — gasp! — contrary to the bible, there’s a theory claiming that the universe started by accident 14 billion years ago. But how did stars form if everything was moving apart? Great question, huh? And where did the matter come from? Now there’s a new theory that magnetic fields around planets show they were formed only thousands of years ago — maybe on Day Four of Creation Week! There are big holes in the Big Bang theory!

The rev is once again wearing his new outfit — a blue bible-boy blazer and a bright red shirt! He’s the cutest rev you’ve ever seen! The video is surprisingly brief — less than a minute and a half long before the commercial at the end. Go ahead, click over to WND and watch it.

As we always do with the rev’s videos, we dedicate the comments section for your use as an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. You know the rules. Okay, the comments are open. Go for it!

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Creationist Wisdom #769: Science Confirms Bible

Today’s letter-to-the-editor (it’s actually a guest column) appears in the Christian Post, which describes itself as “the nation’s most comprehensive Christian news website.” They don’t have a comments feature. The title is Does Science Confirm the Bible?

Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name — but today we’ve got a preacher. It’s Shane Idleman, founder and pastor of the Westside Christian Fellowship in Lancaster, California. We’ll give you a few excerpts from rev’s column, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Okay, here we go:

The uniformity, the consistency, the stability, and the harmony of the universe declares that there is a Creator.

Yeah. Galaxies are colliding, stars are exploding, and the surface of every planet and moon we can see is covered with impact craters. Very harmonious. Great beginning. Then the rev says:

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). Science teaches that time, space, and matter must occur simultaneously — Genesis confirms it.

We’ll let that pass without comment. In fact, there’s no need to comment about anything the rev says. Here’s more:

The fine tuning of the universe is impossible without a Creator — from the perfect distance of the sun from the earth at 93-million miles, to the atmospheres perfect balance, we see that only a Designer could design such a complex structure to produce and sustain life.

Yes, the designer got at least one planet right — out of billions that exist out there. The rev continues:

Evolution is not a fact; it’s a theory. Charles Darwin, the main proponent for evolution, basically said, “I think this is what happened,” when he wrote, On The Origin of Species. Even though there is no fossil support, DNA confirmation, or any physical evidence anywhere, it is taught in our school system as fact and creation is viewed as a myth. How ironic — a theory without evidence is taught as fact, and an explanation of creation (backed by science) is taught as a myth.

This guy is amazing! Let’s read on:

It actually takes more “faith” to believe that everything came from nothing. Additionally, the science of Biogenesis [Huh?] discredits evolution. It says that living things come from other living things, thus answering the age old question: “What came first, the chicken or the egg?” According to the science of Biogenesis and God’s Word, the chicken did.

If you’re curious about the so-called Law of Biogenesis, which the rev has promoted to a “science,” we discuss it in Common Creationist Claims Confuted. Another excerpt from the rev’s column:

This is why many scientists from NASA Langley research center, as well as PhDs from Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and so on, all signed a statement that said the following, “We are skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutations and natural selection to account for the complexity of life. Careful examination of the evidence for the Darwinian theory should be encouraged.”

He’s referring to the Scientific Dissent From Darwinism. We’ve discussed it a few times — see Discoveroids’ “Scientific Dissent from Darwinism”.

Whoa — we just noticed that we’re only halfway through this thing, so we’ll have to be very selective from now on. Ah, we couldn’t leave this out:

Christianity looks at the evidence, compares it with science, and confirms it with God’s truth. Job said that the earth free floats in space. Isaiah declared that the earth is a sphere. Hebrews talks about tiny unseen particles that appear in the creation of life. Leviticus encourages us to wash with running water to prevent disease and that the life of the body is in the blood. Job knew that springs were at the bottom of the ocean. Genesis disclosed that our bodies are made from the earth (28 base and trace elements). Psalms mentions the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics — “The universe will perish; they will all wear out like a garment.” Jeremiah said that stars are innumerable but scientists as early as 1600 said that there are about 1,005.

What an ark-load! And there’s so much more! We gotta stop somewhere, so here’s one last excerpt:

So yes, science confirms, verifies, and supports the Bible. But how can people look at the exact same evidence and come to different conclusions? It’s an issue of the heart. Many “worship the creature rather than the Creator” (cf. Romans 1). To say that we evolved from primordial ooze gives us an “out” that there is no God.

Okay, that’s enough. Click over there and read it all. The rev thinks it’s a real mind-changer. If you read it and your mind is changed, let us know.

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Dinosaurs on Mars!

Take a look at this press release: New Species of Dinosaur Unearthed on Mars, issued by Press Release Rocket, which describes itself as “an independent news agency that specializes in bringing a fresh perspective to finance from around the world.” We’ve encountered them before because they also promote creationist books.

A quick Google search reveals that this “news” is already showing up in some newspapers. It says, with some bold font added by us for emphasis:

A NASA JPL employee, Dr. Douglas A. O’ Handley, informed us that not only is there life on Mars, but there’s also dinosaurs still living on there.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Then the press release says:

When Dr. Douglas A. O’ Handley told us that there’s Life on Mars while we were standing in his backyard, we had no idea that large primordial animals would be there. Initially he mentioned that we could find insects and water on Mars, but the evidence shows we found a small dinosaur with a unique set of prehensile hands; four of them to be precise. It possesses a phenotype like a large lizard with a stegosaurus fin and a platypus tail. Its eyes are symmetrical in shape and have no visible pupils, while its visual acuity must be vast due to the size. It’s big black right eye can clearly be seen on our website Mars Life HD even with our watermark in place. Having an elongated bill with nostrils close to its eyes will allow it to breathe while being almost completely submerged. Wide, small footed, and three-toed, it’s like most smaller bipedal dinosaurs that were here on Earth.

Here’s a link to the website the press release is promoting: Mars Life HD. We haven’t spent any time there, but they seem to be selling photos. Back to the press release:

Paleontologists have been digging on Earth since the beginning of time and they still don’t know where the fin and the bipedal stance originated. Obviously, our findings, which are clearly evident in our photographs, answer this longstanding quandary. Leading with an unprecedented find on Mars, we also can determine that the Life denotes intelligence, by slightly turning and lowering its head to the left while the rover photographs it.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Let’s read on:

It seems Darwin’s theory of evolution, which has been largely undisputed, requires a NASA scientist and a rover, things that weren’t afforded to him during his lifetime. Ultimately his theory will have to expand to make room in the evolution of Interplanetary Science and Life on Earth.

The press release continues:

This picture is currently on sale in our membership area for $149.99. We will also feature this new find of a Small Dinosaur Standing in the Field at our Origins of Interplanetary Science and Life on Mars Symposium on June 8th at The Rio Theatre located in Santa Cruz, CA.

That’s an event you can’t afford to miss. The last paragraph is a bold invitation:

We’d like to extend a special invitation to Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson, Dr. Stephen Hawking, and the deans of science and department chairs at the following institutions: Oxford University, Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, Harvard University, Yale University, Brown University, University of Las Vegas, University of Iowa, Cal-tech, George Washington University, University of Michigan, Arizona State University, University California at Santa Cruz, and University of Naples.

No doubt they’ll all be at the symposium. The only question is: Will you be there, dear reader?

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