The last major section (“WHAT WERE THEY THINKING”) deals with the emotional issues and Bible interpretation regarding creation – some readers may want to go right to that section. To put it into Word for reading or printing out, copy and paste (as HTML) into Word.
To see what other essays are in this blog, go to README. INTRODUCTION AND OUTLINE The Grand Canyon in Arizona is a natural wonder, up to a mile deep and eighteen miles across.
The flats on either side are mainly the Tapeats Sandstone layer, with a gray slope of soft Bright Angel Shale showing at upper right.
Note the side canyons coming in at roughly right angles to the main Canyon.
These students have been taught that their faith requires a literal interpretation of Bible passages which portray both a young earth and a world-wide deluge that reshaped the earth’s surface.
Further, they have been taught that the facts of nature actually support Flood geology.
Atop that are a series of mainly sedimentary layers (Bass Limestone, Hakatai Shale, etc), along with the igneous Cardenas basalt.
These now-tilted layers, collectively termed the Grand Canyon Supergroup, have a total thickness up to 12,000 ft.
These tilted layers were raised above sea level and eroded to a nearly flat surface before sinking beneath the waters again to receive further deposition.There is a cadre of YE creationists with scientific credentials who publish articles which claim that mainstream science is mistaken on matters such as the age of the earth.As a window into current YE creationist thinking on the subject, we use a recent (September 11, 2010) article in WORLD magazine.We march through this article, note the points made by the creationists, and show them to be at odds with reality.Finally, we attempt to understand how intelligent, good-willed folks like these YE creationists can continue to believe that they are right and the rest of the world is wrong in interpreting the geology of the Grand Canyon.