Wikipedia-Geologic Column Chart

The Geologic Column

Geologic time scale covering the Precambrian a...

Geologic time scale

If you’ve ever looked at a book about geology at a public school or the library, you probably ran into one of these charts.  Ever since Charles Lyell made Uniformitarianism popular, many people have looked at the order of the sedimentary rocks as “proof” that the earth is millions of years old and that Evolution is true.  But, is that what the rocks really show?

First, we have to remember that we cannot actually ‘see’ the past in the rocks. Every scientist makes guesses about what the things we find in the rocks actually mean. What we do see is layers of sedimentary rocks where we find different types of animals and plants preserved as fossils.

People claim there are 26 places in the world that contain all the layers a chart like this one shows.  (I’ll put up a link at the end to an Evolutionist saying this.)  Interestingly, they are all in a basin (a bowl-like valley).  Since this would have protected the sand and other things that dropped out of the water when the waves calmed down, it makes a lot of sense that these places would have such neat layering.  (I’m going to post later about other interesting things that happen in some of these basins (ever heard of Ayer’s Rock?).

Everywhere else in the world we find missing layers (called Unconformities), out of order layering, which would mean (if the timeline idea was correct) that millions of years vanished from most places and sometimes earlier times happened after later times!

So, since we have decided to believe the only eye witnesses there were of these events (Noah’s family and God), what do we actually see in the fossil layers?  We see that the lowest rocks contain tiny sea creatures.  The next layers up have larger sea creatures.  As you get closer to the surface, lizards, then really big lizards (aka Dragons), then little mammals, then big mammals were buried.

This fits in nicely with a Global Flood that took five months (Genesis 7:24) to completely bury the highest points on earth at the time.  Things that were near the bottom of the water got buried first, then larger fish and sea creatures, then finally land animals that lived near the water and that weren’t fast enough to run away.  Last to be buried were the quick creatures, far from the old oceans, whose bodies took longer to sink after drowning.  Check out this PDF with cool pictures of Pre-Flood environments from Answers in Genesis.  And two more from Biblical that explain how the Geologic Column fits in with the Flood:  Page 1 and Page 2.

Just thinking about the billions of dead things the rocks have preserved for us to find is sad and scary.  When God said He was going to start over again, He meant it!

Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,  And saying, Where is the promise of his [Jesus’] coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation[uniformitarianism].   For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:  Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:  But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. II Peter 3:3-7

Praise our powerful, just, and merciful Creator for the protection we can have in Jesus’ blood!!

The Entire Geologic Column in North Dakota by an Evolutionist (scroll to the end of the article to read about the other places in the world with all the layers)

Creation Ministries International’s response to this claim

Geologic Column is a General Flood Order with many exceptions CMI

Institute for Creation Research: Understanding Evidence for the Biblical Timescale     

Really long, big-word-using fossil layer article from Answers in Genesis

description of the Layers in the Grand Canyon Region from Answers in Genesis

Marsh Blooms

Are Your Kids Ready for Science Class This Year?

Bake a Cake for Darwin 2012

Bake a Cake for Darwin 2012 (Photo credit: Beaty Biodiversity Museum)

In this post I’m going to talk straight to all of us parents out there, although you kids are welcome to listen in.

Yesterday, I ran into a page that didn’t surprise me but rather made me sad and excited at the same time.  It so clearly shows what is going on in a typical science classroom that I thought I would take today’s post to forewarn and forearm all you parents who will be sending their kids out the door to school in a month or so.Today’s text to check out is on Miss Barbara’s Montessori teacher guide to “The Time Line of Life.”

It’s a long page, but just reading the opening paragraphs on Setup and Presentation will give you a feel for what your child is going to be exposed to.  I found the product page for the timeline she uses, but it didn’t have a good picture of the details they cover. I did find that this same teacher is very pleased with the webpage from Berkeley, so if you want to see what she’s showing her kids you can follow the link there.

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Geological time spiral

The first thing that caught my eye on Miss Barbara’s page was her complete comfort with presenting a lesson that she is well aware is full of errors.  It doesn’t seem to bother her conscience at all that she is leading the children to wonder and be amazed at something that she knows isn’t true.

Personally, I never present an idea to children as fact if I have any doubts about it.  My kids know the story of St. Nicolas and watch Christmas specials with flying reindeer, but they’ve never believed that you could go visit them if you travelled far enough north.  Interestingly, this is the same tack that many people in Montessori also take on Santa Claus.  Yet, they have no problem presenting the Evolutionary story of spontaneous generation as truth.

I’m not going to go through her whole long page, but it doesn’t take long to get the idea of what she is expecting the children to believe:

  • Animals knew what they needed to develop and had the ability to change themselves to meet that need
  • Extinct animals show how needs change and leave some behind
  • Living things spontaneously become larger and more complicated given enough time
  • Animals buried at different levels in the fossil record must have lived at very different times

EvolutionThe first point is the most mind-blowing for me. I noticed the same thing happening with the story of plant development last week. Living things knew what they needed and how to meet that need and changed themselves to accomplish their pre-planned goal. That is one tall tale! See if it works for your little Superhero wannabe. You just will yourself to develop some new desirable ability and presto you can do it. NOT!

Points one and two cannot both be true.  If some animals can will themselves to change, why can’t the rest (considering they believe all animals have a single ancestor)?  As we look around the world we can easily discover which of these two ideas matches the reality we see.  This morning on facebook I shared a picture that said, “beware the half truth, you may have gotten hold of the wrong half.”  It is rare for any falsehood to be presented in a completely invented framework, it would be too obvious.

Giant prehistoric shark jawNumber three is also quickly falsifiable. I’ve discussed this briefly in posts on all kinds of animals and in more detail about human beings. There is an organization called Greater Ancestors who’s whole focus is on this subject. They’ve collected enough fossils, photos and stories just on this topic to be planning to open a museum shortly. People and animals can be shown over and over again to be Devolving into smaller, less capable forms.

As for point number 4, you can have a look at what’s really going on by beginning with my post on the Geologic Column and checking out the links to even more evidence.

UHA PterygotusOne last area stood out to me from Miss Barbara’s page: the power of really cool animals to capture our imaginations. Remember God’s technique for reminding Job of His power and authority? The Creator pointed to natural processes and lots of animals. I remember reading Job’s response for the first time as an adult and being stunned at his complete humility and acceptance of God’s Lordship from this line of reasoning alone. Now I understand better the potency acknowledging the Creator has.

We can just as easily, and with more authority, show how all the amazing creatures of the past and present show the mind and majesty of God to our children.  Let us not be fearful or naive, but wise and proactive as God-fearing parents of tomorrow’s Christian leaders!

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.  Matthew 10:16

For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.  Luke 21:15 

Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.  I Corinthians 14:20 

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. II Corinthians 11:3 

That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;  Philippians 2:15 

For more ways to help your kids check out the resources being offered by Creation Today