Acquiring and Distributing Knowledge September 5, 2019
Regarding God's Creation
Identifying the Post Babel Dispersion
Last month Dr. Petrovitch's
IGH recorded lecture gave us a general overview of modern archeology and it's basic methods. Following the overview he introduced some problems that lead to differing factions in archaeology. No, it is not true that all experts agree and it is important to understand some of the reasons why.
The Bible has played a very important part
in archaeology because it has an excellent record of providing accurate information that has been verified in archaeological digs at least back to the time of King David around 1000 BC. On the other hand, problems arise when archaeologist consider the conquest of Cannon or the Exodus or earlier events. Many archaeologist associate the pharaoh of the Exodus with Ramses II in Egyptian history but there are many things about that association that does not work very well. Lacking a better answer many archaeologist dismiss the Biblical narrative before David's time as an unreliable mixture of mythology.
Dr. Petrovitch presents a much better approach. First, the fall of Jerusalem can be solidly connected to archaeology dated 587 BC. Second, the Bible gives definite time intervals before the fall of Jerusalem pegging the Exodus at 1446 BC and Jacob's move to Egypt at 1876 BC. These are then cardinal reference dates for Biblical events.
But still the Ussher chronology has many
problems relative to archaeology and the Septuagint is even more problematic. Thiele and Roger Young have followed a method of examining the ancient Jewish rabbinical records of Sabbatical and Jubilee years which is very helpful at clarifying the interpretation of Biblical statements which then begins to make sense in the light of archaeology. Petrovitch adopts this method to extend solid dates back to the Flood.
This table compares Petrovitch's results with the well known Ussher dates.
For reading beyond this very condensed description
, Petrovitch recommends his 2017 book, "
The World's Oldest Alphabet: Hebrew As the Language of the Proto-consonantal Script", $74 at Amazon.
What about radiocarbon C-14 dating? Perhaps half of archaeologist think that radiocarbon C-14 dating is solid science and should be used to settle all questions of when archaeological events
occurred. The other half point to cases where C-14 seems to create as many problems as solutions. That is not always the case but there are always some assumptions involved that are not backed by solid empirical verification. Dr Petrovitch points to the general divergence in the standard calibration or correction line as the dates go further back than 1400 BC or so. Wikipedia has a helpful article here .
The first graph here shows the divergence between approximately 3000 and 25,000 year ago. The second graph between 1000 BC and 1400 BC shows that the wiggles in the curves can be quite a problem. Some of the
divergence and wiggles are physically predictable and some are not. So one can see that C-14 dating is not as certain as one might hope. One should also note that standard C-14 methods assume that there is no such thing as a Genesis Flood. If there was a catastrophic world scale flood and recovery process toward a new equilibrium then we would expect divergences and wiggles that are impractical to anticipate from conventional theory.
Note that the time line presented gives dates back past Babel to the Flood. That is something that has perhaps never been done in an archaeological context with any clarity before. Who were these people and what is the archaeology associated with them. Does it indeed mesh with the Biblical narrative?
On September 5th the IGH lecture by Dr. Petrovitch will provide much more information than just dates.
His lecture will first identify the people dispersion associated with the Babel event. Just who were these people and where did they come from? Next month on 10/3 his lecture will identify Babel itself and its people and development. Come join us and bring some friends. You will all be amazed at the awesome veracity of God's word.
September 5, 2019
Identifying the Post Babel Dispersion
IGH Lecture recorded by Dr. Doug Petrovitch
Houston's First Baptist Church
7401 Katy Freeway at Post Oak
Looking forward to seeing you all,
Join us for the adventure of learning and discovery. We will stop for questions and discussion along the way. Bring you questions and comments and invite some friends too.
More information is always on GHCA website:
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. So, the entire fossil record is less than 100,000 years old.
- 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 galactic 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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Christians around the world are being persecuted and murdered to force them out of their homes or to change their faith. Pray for God's protection for them and support from Christian organizations in the West.
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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.
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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.
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News from Houston, Texas & around the World
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,