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Originally published in Journal of Creation 14(3):79-80, December 2000
We did not, and do not, propose that 'most of the fossils found on the earth were buried by post-Flood catastrophes'.
In their peer-reviewed article ‘Flood Models: The Need for an Integrated Approach’, Andy McIntosh, Tom Edmonson and Steven Taylor concluded that ‘only as there is greater interaction between the relevant scientific disciplines will some of the unanswered problems of the biblical Flood models be solved’.1 Readers might suppose from this, and from the concluding acknowledgments at the end of their paper in the same volume,2 that the undersigned had had meaningful discussions with the authors; also, that we had seen the works before they went into print. Neither supposition would be correct. Had we had a chance to review them, we would have pointed out that our contributions to the CEN Technical Journal [TJ]3,4,5,6,7 had been badly misconstrued. We highlight the following in particular:
In principle, we agree that there should be interaction between the relevant scientific disciplines in discussing how Genesis relates to the geological record. We do not, however, believe that McIntosh et al. have identified the essential problems of the proposals currently on offer, nor that there is much value in criticism that fails both to understand and to address basic geological data.
None of us is satisfied with the model that we proposed in 1996. In the light of the problems encountered, our thinking has moved on, albeit not in a direction that McIntosh et al. would approve of. On the other hand, we remain convinced that Genesis preserves a trustworthy historical record of a global Flood.
McIntosh, Taylor and Edmondson reply to Flood Models
TJ 14:3 (December 2000)
Flood models: the need for an integrated approach
TJ 14:1 (April 2000)
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