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March 8, 2014

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Q: Do plate tectonics confirm the Bible?

A: Investigations of the earth’s surface have revealed that it has been divided globally by past geologic processes into what today is a mosaic of rigid blocks called “plates.” Observations indicate that these plates have moved large distances relative to one another in the past and that they are still moving very slowly today. The word “tectonics” has to do with earth movements; so the study of the movements and interactions among these plates is called “plate tectonics.”

Many creationist geologists now believe a catastrophic plate tectonics concept is very useful as the best explanation for how the Flood event occurred within the biblical framework for earth’s history. Even though the Bible does not specifically mention this concept, it is consistent with the biblical account, which implies an original supercontinent that broke up during the Flood, with the resultant continents obviously then having to move rapidly (“sprint”) into their present positions.

Additional work is now being done to further detail this geologic model for the Flood event, especially to show that it provides a better explanation for the order and distribution of the fossils and strata globally than the failed slow-and-gradual belief. Of course, future discoveries may require adjustments in our thinking and understanding, but such is the nature of the human scientific enterprise. In contrast, “the word of the Lord endures forever” (1 Peter 1:25).

Bill Nye claimed sea-floor spreading shows long ages, but catastrophic plate tectonics and rapid reversals fit the data better and confirm the biblical account. Read the whole article by AiG staff geologist Dr. Andrew Snelling.

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Dr. John Baumgardner examines how catastrophic plate tectonics could have been a major mechanism in the Genesis Flood model. He shows how this massive upheaval of the earth’s surface may have helped create the conditions necessary for such a devastating worldwide event.

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Canada’s New Cambrian Explosion: Burgess Shale Chapter Two: Rich new fossil bed promises to revolutionize evolutionary understanding of the Cambrian explosion.

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