Creationists often imply that to accept science (especially evolution) is to reject God. In line with this spurious way of thinking, they argue that having National Park Service rangers give talks to visitors about the Grand Canyon in terms of millions of years is an infringement of religious rights. Not being allowed to have bronze plaques on the South Rim quoting biblical verses is viewed an assault on their liberty. In a strange twist, the park association bookstores are forced to carry Tom Vail's creationist coffee-table book about the Grand Canyon, over the objections of many scientific groups.This is an odd position for creationists to take, given that Vail's book expressly argues that modern science can explain that the canyon was produced in a calendar year, world-wide flood. Why wouldn't creationists simply argue that mainstream science presents an alternative geologic view? Nothing like painting a bull's-eye on your forehead. This is the first of Newton's proposed five-part series.
Monday, August 10, 2015
Creationism in the Grand Canyon
Steven Newton wrote a piece for HuffPo a week or so back on Creationism in the Grand Canyon. He notes: