Henry M. Morris Dr.
Henry M. Morris, now in his eighties, is still active in defending
the Christian faith. This invited article is a synopsis of a chapter,
"The Wild Blue Yonder", in his new book, Defending the Faith.
The author discusses in his usual crystal clear manner, the abject foolishness
of atheistic scientists trying to account for the physical universe
without the benefit of a creator. He touches on the so-called Big Bang
theory, hydrogen as the father and mother of all things physical and
the even more esoteric concepts of the universe generating itself. A
sense of realism prevails as one reads the author's arguments contrasted
against the mathematical "fog-bound" mazes that brilliant
scientists construct to free themselves from God.
Assessing Creationist Stratigraphy with Evidence from the Gulf of
Carl R. Froede Jr. and John K. Reed
We believe that the thirty-eight years of creationist stratigraphy
that have followed the publication of The Genesis Flood have demonstrated
a fundamental incompatibility between the global uniformitarian stratigraphic
column and biblical history (i.e., Flood-based stratigraphy). Whitcomb
and Morris advocated a refashioning of stratigraphy starting with actual
data. Unfortunately, their advice was not heeded and instead creationists
have attempted to leverage limited resources and accommodate the global
uniformitarian column in a biblical framework. None of these efforts
have succeeded in unifying creationists. We evaluate several of these
strategies by comparison to the Northern Gulf of Mexico Basin in an
effort to consider an alternate conclusion: The absence of profit in
continuing to follow the route of uniformitarian-based stratigraphy.
We believe that future profitable efforts in creationist stratigraphy
will require a different conceptual framework. Unfortunately, this conclusion
forces creationists to pursue stratigraphy at a fundamental level; the
reintegration of field data absent the "plug-and play" uniformitarian
column. There is no denying that this redirection will require significant
effort, and will not generate a global synthesis in a short time. But
it is just as obvious to us that additional time and resources spent
on any attempted synthesis with the uniformitarian column will be wasted.
Embryology and Evolution
Some teachers and textbooks still are presenting a simplistic nineteenth
century Darwinian hypothesis that a developing embryo summarizes the
evolutionary history of that organism. Mainstream embryologists have
rejected this view, called recapitulation, for more than one-half century.
The main promoter of recapitulation was anti-theistic Ernst Haeckel
who was guilty of falsifying illustrations in order to support his views.
Even today some authors unwisely continue to use some of these misrepresentations
in evolution sections of textbooks. Because of studies on developmental
processes including homeotic genes, our understanding of the origin
of life forms is changing rapidly. Design with Divine creation of unrelated
types is becoming an increasingly more viable option.
The Philosophy of Sequence Stratigraphy
Part I- Philosophic Background
Sequence stratigraphy has, to a notable extent, supplanted traditional
uniformitarian stratigraphy. Some creationist geologists have embraced
sequence stratigraphy as a singular opportunity for the redemption of
the science of geology, while others have rejected it as the latest
mutation in uniformitarian thinking. Still others remain unaware of
the principles of this approach or undecided as to its merits. To properly
evaluate the scientific validity of sequence stratigraphy and its applicability
to geologic research within the context of a Biblical worldview one
must have a basic understanding of the philosophy of science.
An Introduction to the Geology of Verde Valley, A Different Perspective
Emmett L. Williams, George F. Howe, and John R. Meyer
The geology of Verde Valley in central Arizona near the Van Andel Creation
Research Center is introduced. Characteristics of the Verde Formation
are discussed along with the possibilities that it may have been deposited
either from water being ponded by a lava dam blocking water flow out
of the valley or from water being ponded in a closed graben. The development
of the Mogollon Rim and the various gravel beds near or on the Rim are
presented from the aspect of Flood geology. A monoclinal fold feature
within the valley is examined. The many volcanic formations within the
valley need to be studied to determine if they were deposited either
subaqueously or subaerially. Suggestions are offered for possible creationist
field work in Verde Valley.