pauluc: @Bob Helm: I have cited Leonard Brands work …

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@Bob Helm:

I have cited Leonard Brands work already. His work on animal tracks in the coconino is fine but as I have pointed out he makes no claim in the literature about a global flood precipitated by a flood of a year or so despite what he may publish in the church press. For some of the considerations I have indicated if he did he would not at all be considered geologically sound.

Because of prejudice, the concept of a global flood cannot be discussed in mainstream scientific forums, even if no references to the Bible or God are included. J Harlan Bretz faced this same kind of prejudice when he tried to talk about the regional ice age flood or floods in eastern Washington, even though the evidence for such was overwhelming. Fortunately, the door of geology has since been cracked open slightly to catastrophism, and Bretz’ theory has been accepted. But Lyell still has too big a stranglehold on this discipline for a global flood to be considered at the present time.

With that said, those in the geological community who know Brand personally are well aware of the implications he was conveying in those articles.

Ariel Roth published proliferically in church publicationand in Origins (not indexed by pubmed or scopus as a peer reviewed publication) and of which he was a long term editor and as history has shown its existence depended on his enthusiasm. He has 6 peer reviewed publications from 1975-1986 listed in Scopus.His most recent paper in Journal of Paleontology on fossil coral orientation is extremely subtle in its creationist implications if any.

Roth’s work also dealt with growth rates in coral, which does have creationist implications, because it has been claimed that certain coral reefs are too old for the creationist time scale. Considering the rates at which corals grow, this is not true – especially if we are not rigid about 6,000 years.

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