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Evolution: Another cheap answer!

Discussion in 'Religious Issues' started by Tilley, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. Then 20 minutes later...

    Your "contribution" to a scientific discussion is citing an article written by Pastor Daniel R. Vess of The Forum Terrace Church of Christ.

    I'm going to suggest that you try reading the text of a researcher in their field of study. This is a pretty well regarded text book on Grand Canyon geology by a... wait for it... professor of geology, Michael Morales.
    [ame=""] Grand Canyon Geology (9780195122992): Stanley S. Beus, Michael Morales: Books@@AMEPARAM@@[/ame]

    Professor Morales as well as sedimentologists who make their living studying sedimentary rock and are responsible for locating the underground water, oil, gas, coal, uranium etc. that powers our world disagree with Pastor Vess.

    A worldwide flood would leave behind a single layer of mudstone. The Grand Canyon has hundreds of layers of shale (which requires burial and compaction over millions of years) layered with sandstone and limestone.

    Through the middle of the canyon is nearly 1000 feet thickness of lava flows created by dozens of separate flows. The flows show evidence of having cooled and been affected by weather between subsequent flows and layers of sediment building on top of them.

    The rocks at the base of the canyon are tilted and eroded with additional layers built on top of them. Had a Great Flood occurred, gravity would have just caused these soupy layers to flow with gravity leaving the slump folds well known to sedimentologists.

    The canyon is full of fossilized tracks from trilobytes and other invertebrates and burrows from worms in layer after layer. When would there be time for this with a great, rapid flood?

    Delicate fossils of bryozoans, sea lilies and lamp shells are intact which would not have survived the energy of a great flood.

    The white band of Coconino Sandstone near the rim of the canyon forms in desert sand dunes, not underwater, and these surfaces are covered with tracks of dry-land reptiles.

    Much of the early fossil record and geologic column was compiled by geologists, who accepted the Creation account, in the early 19th century, years before Darwin's Origin was published, so they were clearly not part of some scientific community wide conspiracy.

  2. douggmc


    Feb 23, 2007
    Orlando, FL
    I'm gonna say .... monkeys. Yes. Monkeys. :wavey:

  3. BTW, I'm going to be traveling for business for 2 days, so please excuse slow replies.


    Oh, and TNTMMTM.

    (Try Not To Miss Me Too Much, of course)
  4. Animal Mother

    Animal Mother Not Enough Gun

    Mar 22, 2004
    I know what he's talking about, but unless he went to school in the 1800s it seems unlikely he had a textbook which presented the pictures as examples of recapitulation theory, which is what the controversy over Haeckel's original drawings involved. There are also a variety of different illustrations, so it would be helpful to know which specific illustrations appeared in the textbook Vic had and in what context they were presented.

    On the other hand, almost every creationist seems to make the claim Vic has made over the last decade since this controversy has been revived, yet none seem to be able to produce the actual texts containing erroneous material.
  5. Animal Mother

    Animal Mother Not Enough Gun

    Mar 22, 2004
    What flaws?
    Clearly, even after that point you still did not question it based on any scientific issue.
    You mean the preconceived belief that there are certain physical laws which govern the universe? Observation gives us a reason to hold that belief. You still haven't posted either the name of the textbook you used or the proof that protein can't survive 70 million years under certain conditions. As for the article you posted, it does speak of soft tissue found in a T.rex bone, but I don't see anything about the impossibility of the preservation of cells, perhaps you could point out that specific passage.
  6. Animal Mother

    Animal Mother Not Enough Gun

    Mar 22, 2004
    I'd love to see that too, simply as a curiosity. However, if that did happen, it wouldn't prove evolution since evolution occurs over generations, not within a single individual.

    On the other hand, experiments such as Lenski's E.coli colonies and the recent studies which observed the development of multi-cellularity in yeast do demonstrate evolution.
  7. Animal Mother

    Animal Mother Not Enough Gun

    Mar 22, 2004
  8. eracer

    eracer Where's my EBT?

    Apr 5, 2011
    Tampa, FL
    Those lights in the sky at night? Why, they're candles, of course.
  9. GreenDrake

    GreenDrake Rip Lips

    Apr 22, 2007
    North Idaho
    You notice, he doesn't answer the question of universal expansion.
  10. He appears to dodge everything that doesn't have a canned answer.
  11. This question is so elementary I thought you were just blowing a smokescreen. Here are a few answers to that question.

    1. The Bible does not say the earth or the universe is only 6000 years old. People who have taken that position have taken it literally that all of creation was within the 6 days of the 7 day creation week. Genesis says the earth was without form and void. Creation in the Bible could be taken as an observer watching from the surface of the earth as God began step by step to get the earth ready for life and then create the higher forms. This theory makes the universal expansion question moot as it does not even address the rest of the universe.

    2. If indeed God did create the entire universe within creation week He certainly is able to create a bird in flight or the light between the stars along with the stars. This theory would take care of your question handily.

    3. It has been found recently that the speed of light is decreasing. At creation, expansion and the speed of light occurred much faster than they would now. They began decreasing exponentially and now appear almost constant.

    Before you go shooting off your mouth like the scoffing at the Colorado river running uphill to create the Grand Canyon, I can post a link so you can find a site that discusses the decreasing speed of light:

  12. I have found the Bible to be more reliable than human theories. I can give you an example.

    I watched a documentary by a fellow named Leakey suppose to be the foremost authority on the evolution of man.

    After the Hollywood dramatization he declared that while they cannot prove evolution they had so much evidence it must certainly be true.

    His piece of evidence for homo erectus was a jawbone. He said that all they had was the jawbone and that it was the jawbone of an ape. He showed the cover of his book and then said they didn't know for sure if homo erectus walked upright, but it could have. He pointed out the cover of his book that showed homo erectus standing up and pointed out that he was leaning on a branch. That was because they weren't really sure that he walked upright.

    He explained why he thought homo erectus walked upright. The teeth on the evidencuary jawbone were worn more than he thought they should be. This led to the conjecture that the ape was eating fibrous fibrous and tough food. This led to the conjecture that this ape dwelt in the plains rather than the forest. This led to the conjecture that it could have developed upright walking. This led to the conjecture that this was an ancestor of modern man.

    Conjecture upon conjecture upon conjecture. The evidence was the jawbone of an ape with worn teeth.

    I would be a fool not to question this foremost expert on the evolution of man.
  13. Seems pretty blasphemous to me to doubt that the Creator God is the Creator. Perhaps this is one of the reasons they do not celebrate the 7th day Sabbath that the Creator God instituted.
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2012
  14. Geko45

    Geko45 Smartass Pilot CLM

    Nov 1, 2002
    Called it!

  15. Animal Mother

    Animal Mother Not Enough Gun

    Mar 22, 2004
    It's easy to reach that conclusion when you refuse to consider anything else.
    What was the name of this documentary?
  16. Animal Mother

    Animal Mother Not Enough Gun

    Mar 22, 2004
    Posting a link does not equate to the contents of that link having anything to do with observation or the physical realities of the universe. It used to be the whackjobs would mail their revolutionary discoveries in physics to various university physics departments, now they post them on websites devoid of any actual math or supporting evidence.
  17. Did you happen to examine the math in the link?
  18. Animal Mother

    Animal Mother Not Enough Gun

    Mar 22, 2004
    Yes, it's wrong. More to the point, if it were correct and the velocity of light had been decreasing 0.05 m/s per year over even that last thirteen years, scientists would have noticed.
  19. Roering

    Roering Sorting nuts

    Feb 14, 2008
    Costa Mesa
    Not a strawman at all, AM asked what it would take in the realm of proof. Why would scripture show how a combustable engine works???

    And yes, i do know that. I happen to think evolution is quite possible if not probable. Not the point I am making here AG.
  20. MadMonkey

    MadMonkey Spershul Furces

    Aug 18, 2010
    I'm a Christian.

    I believe in evolution.

    I also said I'd stay out of this section. Crap. :rofl: