Review by Greg Neyman
© Old Earth Ministries
First Published 6 March 2003
He states that if the logs at the bottom of Spirit Lake were found thousands of years later, we would probably interpret them as multiple forests buried in place. Let's see...the Yellowstone formation has 3,400 feet of sediment, and Spirit Lake has less than a hundred feet of sediment…there is no comparison between Spirit Lake and Yellowstone. Here, the author is referring to a common ploy used by young-earth scientists...if it is true on a small scale, then it must be true on a larger scale. While interesting, it proves nothing.
In the section "Why does it matter?" the author gives the example of a person who fell away from the faith, because he realized that the world had to be older than 6,000 years, because of the Yellowstone trees. However, he did not fall away from the faith because of the trees. He fell away because he apparently did not try to reconcile the Bible with an old earth. He was probably raised to believe in a young earth, and this narrow-minded teaching doomed him (I have not read his book, thus cannot discuss the details of this case).
Just because you believe in an old earth, does not mean that God does not exist. You can still be a Christian (see link below). We should not take the example of a man who lost faith to mean that all old-earth Christians are apostates. On the contrary, we have outgrown the narrow-mindedness of the past, when we let our church leaders do our thinking for us.
The author ends with a large cop-out. He states, "We now have answers to both the Piltdown and Yellowstone challenges. We should remember, if confronted with other ‘unanswerable’ challenges to the biblical world view, that even if we don’t have all the answers, God does. And He, in His good time, may raise up godly scientists to discover them." In other words, if it doesn't fit the young-earth model, then it must be flawed, and re-evaluated until it does agree. Therefore, using this assumption, it is impossible to prove an old earth from their perspective. But, as I’ve said elsewhere, the purpose of Old Earth Ministries is not to convert the young-earth believer into an old-earth believer, but to provide support and evangelistic tools for the old-earth creationist. Young-earth creationists should continue defending the faith as they see it.
Footnote: The author also states that it only takes a year to petrify a tree. He makes the same mistake that Tas Walker makes in his article about petrified flour.
1 Creation Magazine, Volume 21, Issue 2. Published on the web at answersingenesis.org/creation/v21/i2/yellowstone.asp
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