Defender's Guide to Science and Creationism

Mark Vuletic

Assertion

Noah's Flood was caused by the condensation of a vapor canopy which also enabled people to live hundreds of years by screening out UV rays.

Analysis

I. A vapor canopy would have been deadly

 A vapor canopy capable of containing a fair share of the water allegedly present in Noah's Flood would increase the pressure and temperature beneath it to deadly levels. Paul D. Farrar has calculated that the environment beneath such a canopy would be equivalent to a "13,000 psi boiler."

II. No evidence for humans who lived hundreds of years

As Farrell Till points out, there is no archaeological evidence to back up the idea that people lived for hundreds of years in the times and areas described by the Bible:

Probably more archaeological digging has taken place in that part of the world than anywhere else, yet no one has ever found human remains that expert examination has determined to be anywhere close to the ages that the Bible attributes to the antediluvian patriarchs, yet if the Bible is true, there had to have been thousands of people buried in the silt of the flood who were several centuries old. Why haven't we found these people? ... The truth is that evidence unearthed so far indicates that prehistoric man had a very short li[f]e span compared to ours. The consensus of experts who have examined prehistoric human remains is that 40 was a ripe old age. (Till 1995: 1)

III. Bible places celestial objects below firmament

 Some creationists interpret Genesis 1:7 as having God divide the waters into the earth below and a water-laden atmosphere above. However, Genesis 1:14-16 has God placing the Sun, the Moon, and the stars in the firmament of heaven, and Genesis 1:7 locates the firmament of heaven between the two layers of water. I presume that not even modern creationists want to argue that the Sun, Moon, and stars are in the Earth's atmosphere, so the only way they can save the notion of "waters above" is by locating them outside of the visible universe. These waters, then, cannot be a vapor canopy.

IV. Credit where it is due

The young-earth creationist organization Creation Ministries International advises against using this argument (CMI n.d.).

References

CMI. n.d. Arguments we think creationists should NOT use. creation.com/arguments-we-think-creationists-should-not-use. Spotted 21 Nov 2014.

Till F. 1995. What about their missing links? The Skeptical Review 6(3).

Last updated: 21 Nov 2014

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