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American Scientist Review (March/April 1998)

By Dawn Huxley and Tommy Huxley
Posted on: 4/20/2002

American Scientist magazine rips into flood geology with a detailed and scathing review of the evidence.

As a public service, I would like to inform everyone interested in the creationist controversy to pick up a copy of this month’s American Scientist (not to be confused with the magazine Scientific American). AS contains a long article about the Institute for Creation Research (ICR). The article has one of the most thorough critiques of Flood Geology that I’ve ever read, and it keeps up with the latest developments of that ever-changing pseudoscience. (Most critiques are years old and out-of-date with the ICR’s new line of aberrant thinking.)

For instance, I learned of a 1978 book called The Remarkable Birth of Planet Earth, where our creationist hero Henry Morris claimed that during the 1,500 year time span between “Creation Week” and the Noachian Flood, lunar craters on the moon were formed as collateral damage in cosmic battles between Satan’s angels and those of the Archangel Michael. Is this comic (or should I say cosmic?) material or what?

All in all, the AS article is an extremely technical critique written by a geology professor named Donald U. Wise (no relation to the ICR geologist Kurt Wise). But if you can toil through all its pedantic geological critiques, you’ll find some nuggets of humor inside.

For example, here’s a snippet from the article with a quote from Henry Morris at a 1986 Creation Science seminar describing Hell’s location:
Henry Morris was asked about the bottomless pit of Revelation 9:1-11. [Morris] answered, “Whenever Hades or Sheol is referred to in the Bible, it’s always down in the earth, the depths of the earth. So right there in the center of the earth, apparently there’s a great opening that we can’t really deal with in terms of our seismic instruments or other instrumentation. But apparently, it is there. You can take the Bible to mean what it says.”
In other words, geologists are dead wrong when they claim that our planet has a liquid mantle. Instead, it has a hollow spherical core where Satan tortures the condemned. But we can’t detect it due to the limitations of our seismic instruments. (The magazine includes a color illustration of this concealed basin.)

And this is the type of horse hockey they want to teach in the public schools? Why don’t we just include courses in astrology, oracles and flat-Earth science, too?

More from Wise — expanded from American Scientist, March/April 1998

Illustration by John Holden

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