Unearthing the Flood: Evaluating Geological Flood Theory and Its Use in Christian Lives
Due to the work of creation science organizations such as the Answers in Genesis apologetics ministry, the possible geologic effects of the Genesis Flood have once again become a popular topic in both scientific and Christian circles. In light of Scripture's account of the Flood and of modern scientific evidence, how valid are the theories of creation scientists in comparison with the theories of mainstream geology? And what is the value of Flood theory to pastors and lay Christians for pre-evangelism and personal use? The phrases from the Flood account itself commonly used in creationist literature provide little scientific support for any theory. The scientific evidence often provided by creation science and mainstream geology concerning the sedimentary strata, the fossil record, and radiometric dating were evaluated. It seems that both sides are able to present reasonable support for their theories, but both are greatly influenced by their preconceptions and biases. While creation science may provide biblical theories for geologic phenomena, its use in pre-evangelism and in Christian lives presents certain dangers to a Christian's faith that would best be avoided. Therefore, wise pastors will stress the gospel and a loving approach to those who discuss topics like the Genesis Flood.