It is less than a week into the month of October and we have already reached the end of the articles worth analysing in any depth in the latest edition of Acts & Facts. It’s time then to take a look at all of the articles in context. For future reference the pdf of this months newsletter is located here.
The gist of the editor’s column this month, after you get past the story about her great grandmother going into a retirement home, is that the ICR plans to release two new books this season. One is by Brad Forlow, and will be called Biology and the Bible – my guess is that this will most likely be pamphlet sized, and even that will be pushing it. The other is by John Morris, called The Global Flood: Unlocking Earth’s Geologic History. While most likely just have more of the same kind of stuff found in other young Earth creationist geology-related books, as I haven’t read any of those before it might be interesting to get my hands on. I still need to do Tomkins’ book, however, so it would have to be added to the end of an ever-lengthening queue.
I don’t think it’s a trend (I can’t even give you other specific examples, my archives are a little too long to quickly search), but I feel like non-YEC forms of creationism are being targeted by the ICR of late. Today we have gap creationism, which claims a significant temporal “gap” between the creation of the universe in Genesis 1:1 and the creation story that continues beyond it. James J. S. Johnson calls this idea a “Trojan Horse.”
I don’t know anything about gap theory beyond what I’ve read in Johnson’s article, information that I naturally hold as suspect. I get the impression that you can have a good argument over whether the scriptures do or don’t support the idea, while from a purely scientific standpoint it seems like a very strange thing to believe. So I really make no comment here, and I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether or not this attack on one creationist belief by another is a fair criticism. It’s all the same to me, really. Continue reading →