The Glacial Period And Noah’s Deluge -- By: G. Frederick Wright

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 046:183 (Jul 1889)
Article: The Glacial Period And Noah’s Deluge
Author: G. Frederick Wright


The Glacial Period And Noah’s Deluge

Rev. G. Frederick Wright

References to a possible connection between the Noachian deluge and the glacial period have not been infrequent of late. If we mistake not, President Warren, in his “Paradise Found,” would attribute the flood, as well as the dispersion of nations, to that comprehensive cause; and in a thoughtful volume, published a few years ago by Rev. Edson L. Clark, entitled ‘‘Fundamental Questions,” the theory was distinctly propounded that the “Flood was the last throe of the glacial period. . . . Toward the close of the glacial period the weight of the enormous accumulations of ice and snow had become so great over vast regions in the higher latitudes of the northern hemisphere that the crust of the earth at last gave way, and great depressions of the surface occurred over widely extended areas. These depressions at the north caused, of necessity, an equally extensive unheaval of the land in other regions farther south. . . . This elevation seems to have taken place along a broad belt of the earth’s surface in the lower half of the north temperate zone.”

This certainly is quite possible; for upon the melting away of the ice at the north, at the close of the glacial period, the way was, very likely, prepared in the eastern hemisphere for the sudden subsidence of a vast tract, including northern Africa, southern Europe, and western Asia. With this subsidence Mr. Clark would connect the Noachian flood, supposing that at first the earth in that

region was depressed below the normal amount, and soon regained the natural elevation which it still maintains. More recently, Sir William Dawson has dwelt upon the possible connection between these oscillations of level at the close of the glacial period and the deluge of Noah; Professor Claypole, also, in a paper read before the Edin-

burgh Geological Society in 1S87, has made similar suggestions.

I have myself been slow to accept any hypothesis of this nature. But I must confess that the prolonged study which I have devoted to the subject in connection with the publication of my recent volume upon “The Ice Age in North America, in its Bearings upon the Antiquity of Man,”1 has forced upon me the conviction that the theories above mentioned cannot be wholly set aside, but are deserving of careful attention.

In the accompanying map of North America during the ice period, taken from Professor Newberry for my volume, the glaciated portion of North ...

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