Does good exegesis require training in geology?

The same geologist [Wayne U. Ault] goes on to say: “It is very significant that Christian geologists have not praised The Genesis Flood as have other Christians.” But what does that imply? That only Christian geologists possess the key of knowledge by which every Biblical truth must be judged?

Should every large church and every Christian institution of higher learning have a geologist on its staff in order to expedite the all-important task of expounding those many portions of Scripture that deal with origins and pre-Abrahamic history? In addition to the illuminating work of the Holy Spirit (1 John 2:27), persistent prayer (Psalm 119:18), and interpretive skill that come through a patient comparison of Scripture with Scripture (Acts 17:11, 1 Corinthians 2:12-16, 2 Timothy 2:15), must all true Bible students add one additional qualification, namely official approval from professional geologists for all interpretations that touch on pre-Abrahamic history?

Few Christian geologists seem to have though through the full implications of such a development. We would, first of all, need to provide for all Christians a new “amplified version” of some of the most familiar statements of our Lord, so that they might read as follows:

Ye do err, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God, nor the general consensus of mid-twentieth century geological opinion concerning earth history (Matthew 22:29 “amplified”)

Quote source

Whitcomb, J.C. (1973). The World that Perished. Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, pp. 106-107

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Flooding, Genesis-style: unfeasible on Earth, but not Mars?

More evidence has been presented for a “voluminous” flood on Mars, where there is no water today. So why is a comparable flood disfavored for Earth, where water covers 70% of the surface?…

A press release from the European Space Agency shows an image from their Mars Express spacecraft suggesting a megaflood created channels measuring 1.55 million kilometers.  By contrast, Earth’s Grand Canyon covers less than 5,000 square kilometers…

The irony is that they can look at dry Mars and imagine catastrophes orders of magnitude larger!… They can even imagine huge lakes approaching ocean depth, and dam breach events there the likes of which they cannot imagine on Earth. But propose a “Noachian” epoch (lasting one year) on Earth, and they say, Bosh, thatʼs religious myth. As usual, creationists present scientific arguments, and the secular evolutionists respond with religious arguments. Learn to brush away epithets and follow the evidence where it leads. Ask yourself if it is plausible to propose that “giant” and “extensive” deep lakes on Mars sat there undisturbed for millions of years, only to breach their dams and create gigantic canyon systems in a few days of outflow. If global catastrophism is good for Venus or Mars where no water is found, itʼs good for Earth where water is plentiful.

My two cents

I hadn’t realised that Mars was a candidate for large-scale flooding (on a scale presumably larger than a presumed local Mesopotamian flood).

I like the reference to “As usual, creationists present scientific arguments, and the secular evolutionists respond with religious arguments.” Maybe there’s a webpage that indexes more examples like this, because I’d like to read more of them. A while back, I found a quote on that point on much more abstract terms (albeit not with any case studies).

Quote source

Creation Evolution Headlines. (2013). Big Flood on Mars; Why Not on Earth?. Available: http://crev.info/2013/06/big-flood-on-mars-why-not-on-earth/. Last accessed 26th Dec 2013.

The Genesis Flood read aloud for salvation

I was the only Christian in my family. Everyone else were evolutionists. I challenged my dad to read The Genesis Flood by Morris and Whitcomb. He told me it wouldn’t make any difference, but boy did it ever. Before he got half way through it, he was reading it to the whole family. That book was responsible for saving my dad, mom and two older brothers. Next to my Bible, that is the most important book in my life.

My two cents

Flood in Znojmo (2006) 1
Flood in Znojmo (2006) 1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Of course the Bible has primacy, but I think it’s great when Bible-based publications can lead to conversion and salvation in that manner. I wouldn’t have expected a book like The Genesis Flood to lead unbelievers to Christ, but I’m glad that it did. I really like the idea of a family being together and the father reading out aloud religious books like that to the whole family. I’d take that over a family watching evening TV any day.

It would be interesting to know if all of the family members converted at the same moment, or if some converted after a certain chapter in the book. It would be good to document that and compare it against other possibly converted families to see at what point they had converted.

I heard there was a sequel to The Genesis Flood, which I’ll have to check out some time. I also heard that Andrew Snelling has written an updated/expanded equivalent of his own, entitled Earth’s Catastrophic Past.

Quote source

Johnstone, S. cited in Anon. (2012). Dr John Whitcomb: 88 Years and Going Strong for Jesus. Available: http://creationrevolution.com/2012/06/dr-john-whitcomb-88-years-and-going-strong-for-jesus/. Last accessed 14th Aug 2013.

God blessing those who support creationism

Soon after the publication of The Genesis Flood in 1961, he [Duane Gish] joined with other creation-minded scientists to found the Creation Research Society in 1963 and served on their governing board until 1997. As his opportunities for creation ministry grew, he joined Dr. Henry Morris at the newly formed Institute for Creation Research. This was a true step of faith as he left a secure, well-paying position for a very uncertain future. But God blessed both his faith and his efforts.

My two cents

Duane T. Gish
Duane T. Gish (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Those last two sentences in particular are great and I hope a similar thing can happen to me. The other day my manager asked me about my career goals. I gave an answer that was limited to the current field I work in. As I said that (and afterward) I was thinking how much more I’d like to leave that workplace and work for some kind of theocratic or religious organisation. That way I could put my efforts into something more rewarding and get some job satisfaction.

I wonder what it would have been like to be an academic in the 1960s and go against the grain by supporting study into creationism (beyond the walls of a seminary). I like how Duane Gish was called Creation’s Bulldog.

Quote source

Institute for Creation Research. (2013). Remembering Dr. Duane T. Gish, Creation’s ‘Bulldog’. Available: http://www.icr.org/article/7318/. Last accessed 21st Jun 2013.

R.J. Rushdoony’s critical contribution to creationism

One of the reviewers [of The Genesis Flood manuscript] had been Rev. Rousas J. Rushdoony, an Orthodox Presbyterian Church pastor in California. He was quite enthusiastic about the book and wanted us to get it published in its entirety as soon as possible. He was a friend of Charles Craig, owner of a small, non-profit publishing concern called the Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., in Philadelphia. Rushdoony’s connection at P&R paid off for [Henry] Morris and [John] Whitcomb and The Genesis Flood was released in 1961. Rushdoony was able to see through the Dispensationalism of the authors and see the value of the book that they had written…

Rushdoony and Craig both understood that much of the battle for biblical authority is won or lost in the first several chapters of the Bible. Morris’s scientific expertise made the Flood much more than a simple theological concept. It had far-reaching implications and the shock waves are still being felt today. While Dispensational publisher Moody was dragging its feet and playing politics, P&R was willing to take the risk and cast their eschatological differences to the wind.

My two cents

Cover of
Cover of Genesis Flood

This is an important part of Christian theological history from the 20th century. When most people think of R.J. Rushdoony, they think of Biblical law, but it is equally important to see his crucial role in biblical creationism as well.

I find a lot of books on Presbyterian & Reformed’s website interesting. I was glad to hear that The Genesis Flood has been reprinted as a 50th anniversary edition, and I enjoyed the video made in celebration of its release. Imagine how great it would be to marry girls who like things like this as well!

I also have a DVD of Dr. John Whitcomb, in which I liked his delivery and exposition on the book of Genesis. If it ever happened, I wish I could have been in the same room as Whitcomb, Morris and Rushdoony—three giants against humanism.

Source

The American Vision. (2006). The Recovery of Biblical Creationism. Available: http://americanvision.org/1037/recovery-of-biblical-creationism/. Last accessed 16th May 2013.