ERIC Number: EJ855134
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
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Recent Developments in Young-Earth Creationist Geology
Heaton, Timothy H.
Science & Education, v18 n10 p1341-1358 Oct 2009
Young-earth creationism has undergone a shift in emphasis toward building of historical models that incorporate Biblical and scientific evidence and the acceptance of scientific conclusions that were formerly rejected. The RATE Group admitted that massive amounts of radioactive decay occurred during earth history but proposed a period of accelerated decay during Noah's Flood to fit the resulting history into a young-earth timeframe. Finding a mechanism for the acceleration and dealing with the excessive heat and radiation it would generate posed major problems for the project. Catastrophic plate tectonics was proposed to explain continental movements in a short timeframe and serve as a trigger for Noah's Flood, but other creationists rejected the idea citing hopeless chronological problems. Creationists have also sought to explain the order of the fossil record and the Ice Age in a young-earth timeframe. An examination of these efforts demonstrates the anti-scientific nature of using the Bible as a non-negotiable framework for earth history.
Descriptors: Creationism, Geology, Interdisciplinary Approach, Plate Tectonics, Radiation, Paleontology, Biblical Literature, Models
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