The online home of Dr. John Baumgardner's
work related to the Genesis flood.
(28 July 03) What conceivable mechanism could have produced the vast geological transformation of the earth evident all around us in a single year-long Flood event? Answering this question correctly has been a major focus of mine for the past 25 years.
My conclusion is that the Flood was one facet of a larger global-scale tectonic cataclysm. A key aspect of this catastrophe was the rapid sinking, in conveyor belt fashion, of the pre-Flood ocean tectonic plates into the earth's interior. The energy required for the process was derived from the earth's gravity acting on the excess weight of these cold ocean plates relative to the hotter and less dense mantle rock into which they slid. Decades of laboratory experiments attest to the fact that, under stress, mantle rock, at temperatures estimated for the earth's interior, can weaken by factors of billions or more. My work on this problem has primarily involved computer experiments that apply the properties of silicate rock, as measured in these laboratory experiments, to the setting of the earth's mantle. These calculations demonstrate that a catastrophic instability can indeed occur in a planet with the size and structure of the earth. This mechanism for the Flood cataclysm has become known as catastrophic plate tectonics. My latest modeling results are described in a paper presented at the Fifth International Conference on Creationism in August 2003.
The purpose of this website
is to collect into one place
It is true
that evolutionists generally feel secure today, even in the face of compelling
creationist arguments, because of their utter confidence in the geological
time scale. Even if they cannot provide a naturalistic mechanism for macroevolution,
they appeal to the 'fact of evolution,' by which they mean an interpretation
of earth history in which they believe there has been a succession of
different types of plants and animals in a drama spanning many hundreds
of millions of years. The Bible, by contrast, paints a radically different
picture of our planet's history. In particular, it describes a point in
time when God catastrophically destroyed the earth with essentially all
its life. The only consistent way to interpret the geological record in
light of this event described so vividly in the Biblical texts is to understand
that the fossil-bearing rocks are the result of a massive global cataclysm
that occurred only a few thousand years ago and lasted but a year. This
Biblical interpretation of the rock record implies the animals and plants
preserved as fossils were all contemporaries, all living on earth at the
same time prior to the cataclysm. This means trilobites, dinosaurs, and
mammals all dwelled on the planet at once, and they all perished together
in this world-destroying cataclysm. Since the time scale is such a key
issue in the interpretation of the geological record, this site also gives
considerable emphasis to compelling new radioisotope evidence for the
planet's young age.
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