The March 2012 edition of Evangelical Times landed on my doormat this morning and it includes an article I wrote entitled ‘Fossils and the Flood’. The opening paragraph reads:
Ever since I was a boy I have loved fossils – collecting them, handling them, studying them. There is something magical about splitting open a rock on the beach to find a beautifully preserved ammonite inside.
Fossils are the remains or traces of animals and plants that lived in the past. They are preserved in rock layers that accumulated as sediments like sand or mud. Fossils have a story to tell – but what story?
Most scientists think that the fossil-bearing rock layers were deposited over a time span measuring hundreds of millions of years. But creationists think the fossil-bearing rock layers accumulated over a much shorter time period – the thousands of years of biblical history.
From this perspective, much of the fossil record was probably formed during the year-long global Flood in the days of Noah. In this article we will consider various features of the fossil record consistent with the creationist explanation.
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