The Flood and Subsequent Civilization -- By: David Livingston
BSP 11:3 (Summer 1998) p. 69
The Flood and Subsequent Civilization
Terra Is Truely Firma
An article in US News & World Report told a marvelous story about “Terra,” the supercomputer program at Los Alamos NM which was designed “to prove that the story of Noah and the flood of Genesis 7:18. .. happened exactly as the Bible tells it.”
It seems that John Baumgardner, who designed it, is the world’s pre-eminent expert in the design of computer models for geophysical convection, the process by which the earth develops volcanoes, earthquakes, and the movement of the continental plates. He is also a fundamentalist Christian “who believes, in accordance with the Bible, that the earth was created by God less than 10, 000 years ago.” Terra is an attempt to reconcile the most literal reading of Scripture with the most advanced science in existence.
Some time went by after his conversion before evolutionist Baumgardner gave much thought to the creation of the universe by God. But as his walk with the Lord deepened he became convinced that “indeed there had been a major catastrophe in the Earth’s past that accounts for a large fraction of the geological features we observe at the earth’s surface today.” And this catastrophe was the Flood of Noah’s day.
The enormous significance of this is seen, for instance, in that the 100 mile-an-hour runoff of the water covering the earth back into the oceans could easily create the Grand Canyon “in about a week!”
Most physicists “believe” the earth is 4.5 billion years old. And the results of Terra, run with that assumption, works out OK. On the other hand, run the program assuming the earth is less than 10, 000 years old, and that there was a catastrophic universal Flood, and all the geology works out OK that way also! But, as Baumgardner points out, scientists wrongly take for granted that geology happens consistently, without catastrophes. “If you look at the geological record,” he insists, “there are fingerprints of catastrophe everywhere one looks.”
Details of the Terra program and
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how it works, as well as more of Baumgardner’s evidences for a young earth, make the article well-worth looking up.
(US News & World Report 6/16/97:55–58.)
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