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Dating after Forty Years: Do Creationists See it as Supporting the Biblical
Creation and Flood?
Review and Critique of Pertinent Creationist Writing, 1950-1990
Robert L. Whitelaw, M.S.
Some 30 papers by creationists
on various aspects of radiocarbon dating have appeared since the definitive
work by Willard F. Libby appeared 40 years ago. During that time over
50,000 published dates, using the Libby Method have appeared in the
annual journal Radiocarbon. This paper surveys and compares the
views expressed by creationists in these papers, mostly in CRSQ, and
summarizes the points on which they agree and differ. The objective
is two fold, (1) to show that a substantial body of creationists perceive
that the radiocarbon dating method, properly screened and corrected,
dramatically supports both the biblical Creation and Flood, and (2)
to establish a basis for harmony among creationists in asserting such
support so as to confront evolutionists with this biblical witness and
evoke a response.
By biblical creation is
meant a sudden appearance of the entire natural universe by divine fiat
within six Earth days; and by the biblical Flood is meant worldwide
catastrophic inundation and destruction of all terrestrial life as described
in Genesis 6-8.
Dating and Multiple Ring Growth Per Year
Gerald E. Aardsma, Ph.D.
There presently exist several
long dendrochronologies, each comprised of about 10,000 individual growth-rings.
These are examined for the possibility of multiple ring growth per year
in their earliest portions due to unusual climatic conditions following
the Flood. It is found that the tree-ring/radiocarbon data are contrary
to the suggestion of multiple ring growth. Since it seems that the Flood
must have occurred before the oldest rings of these series grew, the
implication is that the Flood must have occurred more than 10,000 years
Forests of the Canadian Arctic
Charles Felix, Ph.D.
Large accumulations of desiccated
wood exist in Tertiary age sediments of the Canadian Arctic islands.
It would have been physiologically impossible for such forests to survive
under present polar environmental conditions, and plate tectonics is
considered an explanation for the existence of such forests. However,
the preservation and the type of plant populations suggest a catastrophic
origin for such deposits.
Man: Pre-Adamite, Co-Adamite, or Adamite?
Thomas Mary Sennott
There are currently two
competing theories concerning the evolution of "anatomically modern
man" called popularly the Candelabra Theory and Noah's Ark Theory.
This paper examines whether it is possible to accommodate either or
both of these theories to the biblical account of Adam and Eve.
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