In reading about the transformation of Creation Science Foundation into Creation Ministries International (there site can be found at: www.creationontheweb.com/ ) I happened onto one of their affiliated sites which is Tas Walker’s Biblical Geology web page (www.biblicalgeology.net). I had forgotten about his particular model of all of earth’s geological history which he presented in the mid-90s. I don’t know how widespread his particular views are today, but one aspect of his view I don’t think gets enough critical attention. By attention I mean that, to me, Walker is an example of creationist consistently applying the YEC hermeneutic to all of history not just the Flood period.
If you look at the two PDF files at the bottom of the page (Charts of Biblical Geologic Models)
These charts clearly portray even the 6 day creation as being periods in which geological processes were active and produced features of today’s geological column. He appears to expect that the activities of each of the days of creation will have left recognizable features in the geological column. I was wondering if anyone had any further information regarding the following observations from these figures:
1) Given Walker seems to expect that the separation of the earth from the sea resulted in particular geological features does he also expect that these processes could somehow be explained by ordinary means like the Flood (of course God did it, but in the case of the Flood he seems to have used primary secondary causes)? He does refer to the events of the 3rd day as “a geological action”.. “setting in train processes which either formed or modified the geological structures of the earth”
2) I notice that Walker notes that during the “Biotic” stage which corresponds to the 5th and 6th days that there could be “possible evidence of terrestrial life and death” in the sedimentary rocks formed on those days. I’m assuming then, that he would except that some biotic death occurred and that he then believes that death as a result of Adam’s sin resulted in the death of organism with breath. Is this the consensus of the YEC community now or is Walker going moving beyond the older views?
To me, I would think that this attempt to bring the entire geological column under a model that attempts to posit the formation of vast portions of the geological column in a matter of days, compared to the hundreds of days potentially during the flood to produce a fraction of the geological column, seems highly unlikely. In fact, I have asked some lay Christians about their views of geology and many will comment that flood geology seems to make sense but when I then ask if they think it is reasonable that extensive portions of the geological column formed on the third day of creation even that sounds like too much and they say that God just did it. Of course I’ve asked how, and the response always is that it was all supernatural. I think Walker is just providing a natural extension of where YEC though leads. To me it is just another case of showing how untenable the whole edifice is. TNH