Acquiring and Distributing Knowledge Sept 6, 2018
Regarding God's Creation
Isotope Dating and the Flood
Through 2018 we have studied Geology
and the Genesis Flood. First we looked at the physical aspects of geology
and the geologic column where we find horizontally flat and extensive rock layers separated vertically by discontinuities call unconformities. Whatever caused the Great Unconformity seen near
the bottom of the Grand Canyon wiped out more than ten thousand feet of rock strata. This is a worldwide feature. Geologists often organized the rock layers above the Great Unconformity into five groups or "megasequences". It can be well argued that these sequences were laid down by massive surges of water. The lowest of these, the Sauk, was a worldwide deposition still present across the North and South American continents, Europe, the Mid-East and Africa. There are four more megasequences above the Sauk Sequence. Megasequences higher up in the column are more likely to have part of it later removed in various places by erosion.
What could physically energize these megasequences? Geophysicist Dr. John Baumgardner developed the first whole earth mantle computer simulation program
called Terra at Los Alamos
National Laboratories. Terra shows that the Earth's mantle can enter a catastrophic runaway plate subduction mode that will break up the last continental conglomeration called Pangea into the continental fragments we see today and rapidly move them to the positions they occupy on the globe today. These simulations also predict the observed positions of subducted ocean floor slabs that are still cold today. It also correctly predicts very hot bodies of mantle circulated up from the bottom of the mantle. In this catastrophic process giant surges of seawater would be displaced over the moving continents. The simulations indicate that catastrophic process would reach its peak and begin to slow down with continents nearing their present positions in about two months. Energy and motion would decrease and settle toward a new equilibrium over the ten months or so.
In the last few months we have looked at paleontology and the fossil content of the rock layers with Dr. Kurt Wise as our
guide. He points out that only about 5% of the fossils in the geologic column appear in the order one would expect from evolution. Many secular paleontologists agree with this and further point out that the remaining 95% is half stasis (which means essentially no change over time) and half shows only random change without any progress in any particular evolutionary direction. Useful examples of stasis are provided in Wikipedia articles on Living Fossils and Lazarus Fossils. The 5% that is consistent with
evolutionary expectation are organisms that seem to move from sea to land. To become fossilized organisms have to be buried quickly and deeply, otherwise they will be destroyed by forces like predation, decay, weathering, and bioturbation. Another mystery for evolutionists is the fact that the trackways of organisms are always found at lower levels that the body fossils.
All of these things work well with the concept of catastrophic plate tectonics producing giant ocean surges that tear out various segments of the preexisting ecology or biome and deposited these on the continental fragments being driven to the present locations we see today. Dr. Wise presented this diagram to represent the big picture of the fossil distribution in the geologic column of rock layers.
Starting September 6th the GHCA will extend our study to the isotopic content of these rock layers and to radiometric
or radioactive dating. Radioactive elements change or
"decay" to a "daughter" isotope at a steady predictable rate. Some decay quite fast and other extremely slowly. For example, radiocarbon C-14 will decay completely away in a hundred thousand years. Yet C-14 has long been found in all sources of carbon throughout the fossil record! That means that everything above the Great Unconformity is less than 100
thousand years old. In the recent decade or so paleontologists have found that large dinosaur bones still contains some original soft tissue and that also indicates little time since death. Further the Soft tissue also contain C-14 which indicates ages less than 100 thousand years, usually between 20 and 50 thousand years old. This is not anything like the 65 million year conventional date for the demise of the dinosaurs.
Now, what about the slow decaying isotopes like
uranium? They take literally billions of years to decay. These are the isotopes that conventional slow and gradual evolutionary thinking relies upon. We will show that there are three kinds of contamination that cause errors
in even the most sophisticated dating methods. Further, all three of these errors are present in unknown amounts wherever magma rises through rock layers.
One should also ask about possible contamination of C-14 and that can definitely happen anytime rocks, fossils, or living tissue are exposed to the atmosphere. Of course that would naturally be a part of the process of a catastrophic worldwide Flood ripping up thousands of feet of rock layers, sweeping up different parts of the ecological system
living at that time and redepositing it all on a changing configuration of the continents. That material would be expected to contain C-14 only if that event occurred less than a hundred thousand years ago. No one can propose how the entire fossil record could be contaminated with C-14 in the context of slow and gradual processes spread out over hundreds of millions of years.
Come join us on September 6th for a study of some of the isotope dating details. We will be viewing and discussing recorded lectures by geologist Dr. Andrew Snelling and others.
September 6, 2018
Isotope Dating and the Flood
IGHC lectures by Dr. Andrew Snelling
Meeting space kindly provided at:
Houston's First Baptist Church
7401 Katy Freeway at Post Oak
Blessings to all,
Come and bring your students, friends, skeptics, or pastors! All are welcome to bring their questions and join the discussion.
There will be great fellowship, snacks, and array of creation books and DVDs as well.
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Examples of Important YEC Scientific Evidences
Some major examples of physical evidence we point to include:
- Remains of original soft tissue still found in dinosaur bones. Along with that tissue is C-14 that would decay completely away in less than a hundred thousand years, a tiny fraction of the dinosaur fossil's supposed age.
- For many years geologists have found C-14 in fossil carbon throughout the fossil record.
- The origin of the information and molecular machinery in the first living self-reproducing cell remains a complete enigma for biologist and biochemists.
- In the origin of the universe, big bang theory is being recognized as a dead end by increasing numbers of secular scientists. The hypothesized inflation has nothing to start it, drive it forward, or stop it. Without inflation fatal flaws appear with the absence of predicted antimatter, magnetic monopoles, or any means for the whole universe to come to the same precise background temperature. Then the formation of the first stars is as enigmatic as the origin of the first biological cell. Dark matter and dark energy are as enigmatic as the deep space motions they are needed to explain.
At the root of all standard science are many assumptions that may be quite incorrect. At the top is that there is no God. Another is that present process can be used to explain everything in the past. When we look at a canyon we are taught to assume the river at the bottom cut the canyon. But perhaps tectonic events made the canyon and there is a river at the bottom because water always flows downhill. At the root of big bang theory is a pure assumption that has been named the "Cosmological Principle". Perhaps inaccuracies there are responsible for the big bang's multitude of problems.
There is more about the role of assumptions in science found on our website here. There are many more resources on young earth and young universe evidences here.
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Ongoing Prayer Needs and Praises!
Among these is our own bookseller Tom Henderson. Pray for God's provision, enabling, and protection as they make recovery efforts.
Christians around the world are being persecuted and murdered to force them out of their homes or to change their faith. Pray for protection for and support from Christian organizations in the West.
is said to be recovering well now. But continue to pray for John and all the leaders, researchers, and writers in the YEC community.
AIG, CMI, CRS, ICR, and LRA (Logos Research Ass.)
the big five YEC creation organizations doing active research, publication and speaking. Pray for inspiration, enabling and financing.
GHCA and Roger Sigler, Fred Bauhof, Tony Comeaux, Pete Moore, Frank Mayo a
other GHCA members working to do research, publication, or local teaching ministries in creation science. We all need the Lord's guidance, enabling and funding.
Jobe and Jenna Dee Martin:
Give thanks for continued good health and continued production of great creation DVDs and speaking tours.
David and Mary Jo Nutting, f
ounders of Alpha Omega Institute. Pray for their speaking staff and continued training young speakers.
John and Eileen Pendleton doing creation and gospel ministry in Zacatecas Mexico, Central and South America, and Cuba! Pray for support and funds.
News from Houston, Texas & around the World
Let us know of events in Houston (just reply to this email newsletter).
Houston Science & Culture Network
Houston chapter of the Discovery Institute's division of Science and Culture.
The San Antonio Bible Based Science Association (SABBSA) usually meets the second Tuesday of each month, 7:00 p.m., at Jim's Restaurant located on the corner of Ramsey and San Pedro, approximately 1 mile outside Loop 410 across from Hovey's Motor Cars. More info is at
The Metroplex Institute of Origin Science (MIOS) meets at the Dr. Pepper Starcenter, 12700 N. Stemmons Fwy, Farmers Branch, TX, usually at 7:30 pm on the first Tuesday of each month.
Lubbock Area (Crosbyton):
All year: Consider a visit to the
Mt. Blanco Fossil Museum
, directed by Joe Taylor. The Museum is definitely worth the visit if you live near or are traveling through the Panhandle near Lubbock. If you call ahead and time permitting, Joe has been known to give personal tours, especially to groups. For more information, visit
Also see the nearby Dinosaur Valley State Park with many dino tracks, although presented with secular view of evolution,