Review by Greg Neyman
© Old Earth Ministries
First Published 7 September 2005
I think the more important question is, “Does the Bible mention the ice age?” It does not…there is no Biblical evidence for it. Oard claims there would not be any, since man was still living in the Middle East, which was not affected by the Ice Age. However, it should have been! Even if it didn’t have an ice sheet, it would have been colder, and the volcanic ash in the atmosphere would have cooled the Middle East also. Plants would not be as prosperous, and animals would suffer.
Oard mentions Job, who probably lived at this time. We all know God blessed Job, with thousands of cattle, sheep, etc. Apparently, this was a time the land could support such vast herds of animals…it doesn’t sound like the Ice Age affected Job! Even in Oard’s creation science ice age model, the plants would not have been there in such lush conditions as to permit such vast herds. Thus, Job did not live through an ice age.
Dispersion South (Page 128)
Not much of interest here.
Dispersion Northwest (Page 128)
In his model, Neanderthal moved from Babel to the caves of Europe, and he was a normal human. Unfortunately, scientific DNA analysis of Neanderthal shows they were distinct from modern humans, and did not contribute to today’s gene pool. If the young earth theory were correct, modern Europeans were descended in-part from Neanderthal. DNA studies disprove this. For more, see www.answersincreation.org/neanderthal.htm and http://www.nature.com/nsu/000330/000330-8.html.
Oard actually claims on page 129, “The Cro-Magnon and Neanderthals very likely intermarried and are included within the European and Asians of today.” DNA flat-out disproves this.
Origins of the Native Americans (Page 130)
Interestingly, his theory is they walked across a dry Bering Strait, as opposed to a land bridge made by ice. Other than this, there is not much of interest here. His model of spreading from the Tower of Babel is rough around the edges, but since progressive creationists also accept Babel, we also believe in this spreading of mankind.
Was There a Purpose to the Ice Age (Page 132)
Oard mentions nothing of significance related to the age of the earth. At the end of the chapter, he uses a text box to discuss missing links between man and apes. Since progressive creationists do not believe in evolution, it presents no problems. If you are a theistic evolutionist, it still presents no problems, since evolutionists have a fairly accurate description through many fossils of the transition. True, more fossils would be better, but the model is fleshed-out well enough with the current fossils to provide a workable solution. Oard mentions the young earth book Bones of Contention. You can check out a rebuttal for this book at http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/homs/a_lubenow.html.
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