Volume 6, Number 2
Eight Years After: Effect of The Genesis Flood
Because the book, The Genesis Flood, by Whitcomb and Morris has been such an outstandingly controversial call for Biblically-based historical science, criticism against it since its publication in 1961 is of direct interest to believers in the Flood as "an historic event world wide in its extent and effect." Study of its main points and logical development versus negative criticism reveals that it remains unscathed by eight years of controversy. The Christian camp is more clearly divided than before in the face of the realization that only two options are left: altering present geology or totally removing the Bible from history.
Creationistic Botany Today:
A Progress Report
The field of creationistic botany is like a stately forest that long ago experienced fire and now has begun to sprout again. The fire in this analogy is a destructive blaze that was ignited by Charles Darwin and others over 100 years ago. In the wake of this ideological holocaust, only a few lonely voices were heard to speak a message different than the monotonous cracklings of "natural selection" and "survival of the fittest." These creationistic botanists stood something like thick-bark trees that escaped the raging of the flames. Now the fire has flickered and the air has begun to clear so that a regrowth of a new and better concept is seen upon the scientific horizon.
This article is presented as a survey of the creationistic revival in scientific botany. It is like a field trip into the present landscape of theoretical science. It is intended to show at once the vigor of various research avenues, and to designate the areas that yet need to be replanted if a balanced forest of creationistic concepts is to flourish. If this essay encourages only one new person to embark upon a creationistic study of plants (to sow new seeds where soil has long lain fallow) it will have been written to some avail.
The Lewis Overthrust
The Lewis Overthrust, famous structural geological feature, extends from Glacier National Park in Montana some 350 miles north into Alberta, Canada; is from 15 to 30 miles wide; and is believed to have been thrust eastward some 35 miles. This is often referred to in texts as a classic example of a large overthrust, but only one of many such observed throughout the world. Evidence for such overthrusting usually offered, is the inverted order of the fossil sequence in the strata, according to the assumed evolutionary advance of biological life during the geological ages, and so contained in the time-stratigraphic rock sequences from older to younger rocks.
In the case of the Lewis Overthrust rock formations, the so-called "older" algal fossils are confined to the Precambrian Belt series of rocks, which lie above the so-called younger Cretaceous rocks, so correlated because of the index Cretaceous fossils they contain.
Such confidence have paleontologists and stratigraphers had in the correctness of their evolutionary hypothesis that in many cases little effort has been spent in examining the physical evidences accompanying such overthrusting.
Some field work has been
performed during the summer of 1968 in attempting to overcome this deficit.
So far such investigations have failed to turn up any pronounced evidence
to uphold the hypothesis of a Lewis Overthrust. Photographs of contact
lines indicate that the Precambrian strata were water deposited on top
of the Cretaceous.