The Walls Again Collapse, With A Deafening Roar.

The Bible talks about a worldwide flood;
Could the fossils be the proof we see?
If there really was a worldwide flood,
What would the evidence be?

Billions of dead things buried in rock layers laid down by water all over the earth….
Well there really was a worldwide flood;
Just look at the stony curse,
With billions of dead things buried in rock layers laid down by water all over the earth!

Buddy Davis

Note:  This blog post has been a month in the making, mainly because every time I browse websites to glean addresses I intend to include in my links, I become distracted by an overwhelming deluge of information.  I feel like a kid in a candy store.  So I’ve been taking my time, savoring the information, enjoying the learning experience as I’ve slowly formed this post.

Under each of the bullet points below is a Creationist claim with links to multiple Creationist sources promoting that claim.  Each point is followed by a brief handful of links to sources that clearly, rationally, and in detail, expose the (often ludicrous) invalidity of the claim.

One of the greatest inhibitors to my moving away from Christianity has been a deeply grounded belief in creationism. Thanks to ICR, AIG, ApologiaMorris, Behe, and many other sources, I was convinced that the earth was likely only a few thousand years old, that Noah’s flood created most or all of the fossils and geological strata we see today, and that evolution was absurd, impossible, or at the very least impractical and highly unlikely.

Thanks to a blog post made by a friend of mine, I discovered a site that addresses many Creationist claims from a scientific (not atheistic) perspective. I’ve been sitting here in horror, with four words echoing in my mind as my universe crumbles around me:

I’ve been lied to.

I sit here, shaking my head in disbelief.

Disbelief at how quickly my entire perception on the world can change.

Disbelief that I could have possibly believed those outrageous claims (though creationists do their darnedest to package it all up in Bible-based, scientific-sounding lingo that can easily fool laymen).

And disbelief that anyone could so callously tell bald-faced lies — which they know are lies — and be lauded for it, rather than derided.

On the positive side of things, I finally, for the first time in my life, get to marvel at the vastness of history. A planet nearly five billion years old (can one even conceive of the magnitude defined by a billion?!) … yet our earth is young in the timeframe of the universe! Dinosaurs went extinct millions of years ago — try to wrap my mind around that figure — and those millions of years are just a brief moment in the span of earth’s history.

Ah, moments of childlike wonderment I thought had died forever….

It’s as if I just discovered color.
And I love it.
And I’m still furious at those who insist that the world is 8-bit grayscale.

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  1. shadowspring
    Posted October 3, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    I understand your anger and your wonder both.

    I apologize for my own hippy-dippy live-and-let-live attitude toward YEC. I always figured the facts would speak for themselves, and never took it too seriously, though it began to be ubiquitous in the ’90s. I never foresaw that the day would come in Christianity that YEC would be taught as a fact, and an essential of the faith. Sorry for letting people lie to you without a challenge. Peace and good will, SS

  2. Posted October 4, 2011 at 2:23 am | Permalink

    @ quietpanther

    You mention noah and his ark. It is a common fairytale, told in similar versions all over the world. I commented on a Chinese version of the story a while back on Science blogs. Linky.

    This Noah character reminds me of a story that is told by the Dai people of Xishuangbanna in South Western China. They also have a character called (Hen) Sang Mudi that saved all the animals from a giant flood. As an architect he built a giant raft and scooped the animals up to save them all from drowning. As the animals where so pleased at being saved, they helped him to restore the lands of the Dai. The tortoise became (inspired?) a stair, two female dragons became banisters, a monkey helped him put the beams in place… etc. He could thus design the Dais’ timber stilt houses that we know today.

    I’ll keep you posted when I write a more extensive blog post about this.

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