Regarding Sean Pitman’s statements: “Since there were no great oceans before …

Comment on New NAD president: ‘I love you’ doesn’t mean we won’t deal with issues by Professor Kent.

Regarding Sean Pitman’s statements:

“Since there were no great oceans before the Flood, the boats in existence during this time would not have been built for rough ocean voyages – but would have been build only for easy going lake, river, and shallow sea voyages. Such vessels would have been no match for the Noachian Deluge.”

I’d like to see the evidence that the majority of the earth’s crust comprised dry land. I’d also love to learn more about antedeluvian boat architecture.

“There were no “continents” before the Flood. There were no great oceans and it never rained either. The Earth was watered by four great rivers and the “fountains” that were broken up during the Flood.”

Okay…so there was a Gondwanaland (a supercontinent), but no ocean? We know that for fact? No rain? Where is the physical evidence for pre-flood rain or its absence? And for four ancient great rivers?

“There were no rough seas before the Flood as the weather was very mild and consistent world wide.”

How rough is “rough” and how would pre-flood waves be recorded in the geological evidence? Do ice data support a mild world-wide pre-flood climate?

” Before the Flood, it never rained and there were no large oceans. The Earth was watered by four great rivers and every morning the surface of the Earth was watered by dew that came up from the ground; with the water being supplied by the extensive underlying network of “fountains”. This mechanism of watering the Earth would have produced an extremely lush planet worldwide. This is consistent with Mrs. White’s claim that there were no extremes of temperature on the pre-Flood Earth – that the entire planet was of a uniform temperature and extremely lush and verdant.”

So Ellen White is consistent with Ellen White. I’d like to see physical evidence consistent with Ellen White.

“All of this changed in one day when catastrophe struck the planet and broke up the Earth, all over the place, in a single day, resulting is massive flooding and rapid continental movements and collisions… ”

I thought the Noachian Flood lasted more than one day. How do we know that rapid continental movements and collisions took place the first day?

I’d like to remind readers that beliefs based on blind faith are as useless as belief in Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, and the Flying Spaghetti Monster. If there is no physical evidence for these beliefs, there should be no place for them in the sincere Christian’s life.

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@ Sean Pitman

As the waters and massive tsunamis covered and reformed the planet during the Flood and subsequent aftermath, flat sedimentary layers would have been deposited which would not resemble the previous “soil” that once covered the Earth. Then, as the surface of the Earth broke up into continents and tectonic activity went into full swing, the newly formed sedimentary layers would themselves have become warped and folded – as well see today even on the tops of the highest mountain ranges in the world…

I think you’re making it quite clear that the majority of tectonic upheavel could not have occurred during the period of the flood while it was raining, as the mountains quickly would have emerged ahead of the rising flood waters. What you’re suggesting, basically, is that the extraordinary uplift of mountains had to have happened after the rain stopped.

My two questions for you:

1. Where are your data?

2. Is it ever okay to say, “we don’t have a lot of information and we don’t have a clear picture of what happened before, during, and after the flood?” Of course, we come across as more intelligent and informed when we claim to have answers. Some of us can’t resist the bait.

New NAD president: ‘I love you’ doesn’t mean we won’t deal with issues
Funny how all those extraordinary tectonic forces during the flood failed to generate a tsunami large enough to roll the ark. Of course, angels probably calmed the water around the ark–though this (among many other miraculous Biblical events) would be difficult to demonstrate using science.

New NAD president: ‘I love you’ doesn’t mean we won’t deal with issues
Fourth, I am bewildered as to why Seventh-day Adventists must be required to believe that reptiles and mammals (not to mention birds, which must surely be grouped with the mammals) at one time could not coexist because of different temperature tolerances. We surely don’t see this today. Mammals (and birds) abound in the hottest and most humid lowlands today, and reptiles currently abound in the cooler mountains. And, of course, to merely survive the flood, they all had to somehow coexist on one big boat called the ark.

Perhaps someone could explain to me the physiological systems of these long-extinct animals that rendered small and large birds and mammals alike (some fast, some slow) unable to live in the lowlands, and the small and large amphibians and reptiles alike (some fast, some slow) unable to live at the higher elevations (that weren’t even very high, apparently).

Fifth, I can’t help but wonder whether someone could get fired at Southern Adventist University for questioning their apparently official position. Anyone got an answer?

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Nic&#032Samojluk: No wonder most creationist writers do not even try to submit their papers to such organizations.
Who wants to waste his/her time trying to enter through a door that is closed to him/her a priori?

You have no idea what you’re writing about, Nic. As it turns out, there are in fact many of us Adventists who “waste” our time publishing articles through doors that open to us a priori. Even Leonard Brand at Loma Linda, a widely recognized creationist, has published in the top geology journals. I mean the top journals in the discipline.

The myth that creationists cannot publish in mainstream science is perpetuated by people who simply do not understand the culture of science–and will remain clueless that they do not understand it even when confronted with their misunderstandings. Such is human nature.

Southern Adventist University opens Origins Exhibit

Your questions about conservation genetics are very insightful. I don’t understand how all these life forms were able to greatly increase in genetic diversity while simultaneously winding down and losing genetic information to mutations. Sean seems to insist that both processes happen simultaneously. I had the impression he has insisted all along that the former cannot overcome the latter. But I think you must be right: God had to intervene to alter the course of nature. However, we can probably test this empirically because there must be a signature of evidence available in the DNA. I’ll bet Sean can find the evidence for this.

I’m also glad the predators (just 2 of most such species) in the ark had enough clean animals (14 of each such species) to eat during the deluge and in the months and years after they emerged from the ark that they didn’t wipe out the vast majority of animal species through predation. Maybe they all consumed manna while in the ark and during the first few months or years afterward. Perhaps Sean can find in the literature a gene for a single digestive enzyme that is common to all predatory animals, from the lowest invertebrate to the highest vertebrate. Now that would be amazing.

Wait a minute–I remember once being told that SDA biologists like Art Chadwick believe that some animals survived on floating vegetation outside the ark. Now that would solve some of these very real problems! I wonder whether readers here would allow for this possibility. Multiple arks without walls, roof, and human caretakers.

Southern Adventist University opens Origins Exhibit

Ellen White said, “In the days of Noah, men…many times larger than now exist, were buried, and thus preserved as an evidence to later generations that the antediluvians [presumably referring to humans] perished by a flood. God designed that the discovery of these things should establish faith in inspired history…”

Sean Pitman said, “All human fossils discovered so far are Tertiary or post-Flood fossils. There are no known antediluvian human fossils.”

Ellen White tells us that humans and dinosaurs (presumably referred to in the statement, “a class of very large animals which perished at the flood… mammoth animals”) lived together before the flood. Evolutionary biologists tell us that dinosaurs and humans never lived together. You’re telling us, Sean, that the fossil record supports the conclusion of evolutionists rather than that of Ellen White and the SDA Church. Many of the “very large animals which perished at the flood” are found only in fossil deposits prior to or attributed to the flood, whereas hunans occur in fossil deposits only after the flood (when their numbers were most scarce).

Should the SDA biologists, who are supposed to teach “creation science,” be fired if they teach what you have just conceded?

La Sierra Univeristy Fires Dr. Lee Greer; Signs anti-Creation Bond
For those aghast about the LSU situation and wondering what other SDA institutions have taken out bonds, hold on to your britches. You’ll be stunned when you learn (soon) how many of our other schools, and which ones in particular, have taken out these bonds. You will be amazed to learn just how many other administrators have deliberately secularized their institutions besides Randal Wisbey, presumably because they too hate the SDA Church (as David Read has put it so tactfully).

Be sure to protest equally loudly.

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@Sean Pitman:

So clearly you believe that science can explain supernatural events. Congratulations on that.