Non Christian! Is Noah’s flood an obstacle to your accepting the Christian faith? Christian! Do you assent to the teaching of Noah’s flood in quiet half-embarrassed mumbles?
Did you know, there are many credible scientists today who are of the opinion that the earth’s geology is itself evidence of catastrophic flood activity? They claim that what they see, when they look at the layers of earth in the geological column, is the product of catastrophic upheavals of the earth and flood activity of global proportions1. Some of these geologists even make a living from accurately prospecting for minerals and coal based upon this model. For fossils and coal deposits to form, animals and vegetation require rapid burial and entrapment within the earth. The sheer magnitude and diversity of fossils is evidence of catastrophism of horrific proportions.
This flies in the face of popular opinion. A primary assumption of the theory of evolution is that of ‘uniformitarianism’: a principle which pre-supposes that (by random chance) our world is a product of millennia of very gradual uniform changes. In the context of the earth’s geology, this principle is used to date all the fossils (of notable antiquity) within the fossil record. Current rates of soil deposition and compaction are extrapolated uniformly backwards in order to estimate the time period of a certain layer within the geological column (the Jurassic period will be one familiar to most people). The fossils then receive their age based upon the layer in which they are found. If a fossil associated with a particular layer is found, the surrounding rock is dated based upon the fossil find. So goes the cyclical reasoning; based upon the primary assumption of uniformitarianism.
More recently, rocks are dated using radioactive isotope dating techniques. Yet again, these methods are not as 'absolute' as some would claim. They are formulated upon initial assumptions that are very presumptuous to say the least. But this is another topic.
Interestingly, the Bible has something to say about all this. This extract is taken from 2 Peter 3:
…as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking….First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say , "Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation." But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgement and destruction of ungodly men.
1. It is proposed that the layering is caused by something known as ‘turbidity’ currents (set off by earthquakes and other upheavals). According to this theory, fossils were also laid down in these layers. Marine life being generally found in the lower layers, and terrestrial creatures in the upper layers. This would be synonymous with the progression of the flood.