Thursday, 4 August 2016

Naturalis Historia| The Ark Encounter: Depicting a Real Flood with Unrealistic Images

Naturalis Historia| The Ark Encounter: Depicting a Real Flood with Unrealistic Images

"Where is the sediment? This image depicts a tranquil sea. Nothing in the young-earth flood geology literature suggests a placid flood covering the earth. If the Ark has already been raised above the mountain tops, as shown in the image, how could 20,000 feet of sediment be deposited onto the pre-flood land from clear water? Small particulates in the water column could not have settled out in enough time for the waters to ever have been clear during the Flood.

Am I making a mountain out of a molehill here? Well, maybe a bit but stick with me because I think this image provides an illustration of a problem that is found throughout the Ark Encounter.

I recognize the clarity of the water is not as important as getting the dimensions of the ark right in the mind of the AiG staff. In addition, they acknowledge that they have used creative and artistic license to depict some aspects of the Noahic account. I believe the artistic license is in reference to giving names to wives of Noah and what their living quarters may have looked like and other such clearly speculative information provided at the Ark Encounter. But, couldn’t this image of the Flood waters covering the earth be just an artistic way of depicting the events of the Flood and therefore not objectionable? No, I don’t think so. I think it presents an inconsistent message and that inconsistently hits right at the core of what the presumed educational value of the Ark is.

The problem is that young-earth creationists would not consider the geological consequences of Noah’s flood as being subject to speculation and thus artistic license. There is a well-established base of creationist’ literature which purports to account for how the Flood was initiated, was sustained and subsided on the Earth resulting in all of the sedimentary rock and fossils found in those rocks. A calm sediment-free ocean as depicted here is a direct contradiction to all of their published literature.

I understand that showing a murky-brown sediment-filled ocean below the Ark would not be especially pleasing to the eye. It also raises even more questions such as how would filter feeding whales survive in muddy water? However, around the corner they weren’t afraid to get real about the devastation of the Flood by showing a heathen teenager girl who missed the boat being eaten by a shark. I will grant that the latter is artistic license but it doesn’t violate any of the young-earth creationist predictions of what could have happened at the onset of the Flood. Showing clear blue seas, on the other hand, is a depiction of a history they believe to be false."

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