Though creationists carefully avoid stating their model in debates, thereby
keeping themselves off the defensive, they have one nonetheless. Here it is in
bold outline as extracted from their books and publications.
Accomplished by a supernatural being
Everything created from nothing relatively recently.
The Earth was perfectly designed for life:
Protected by a vapor layer:
Uniform warm climate
Cosmic radiation could not penetrate
No wind or rain.
The land irrigated by water from underground.
All kinds created separately:
Each kind is unique and fixed.
Each kind is genetically highly variable.
Humans were uniquely created.
No decay occurred.
The Second Law of Thermodynamics invoked:
Perfect order began to degenerate.
Death, decay, and disorder began.
People began to populate the Earth.
All humans descended from the original couple.
The vapor barrier enabled great longevity.
Simultaneous, worldwide cataclysm.
All land was covered within 40 days.
Flood water had two sources:
The vapor barrier.
The Flood began 1656 years after creation.
The Flood formed and deposited the geologic column.
The Flood split the land mass into the present continents.
The only survivors were aboard one boat:
One pair of most kinds of animals.
Aboard boat for 371 days.
The Post Flood Period
Left over flood energy caused the ice ages.
Flood survivors repopulated the Earth.
All living species are descendants of the survivors:
They were modified by horizontal change to fill the Earth.
The animals had original genetic variability.
The vapor barrier was destroyed - longevity decreased.
All species degenerate since disorder must increase.
Present geological processes are different from those of the Flood.
Yes, Virginia, There is a Creation Model
About the Author(s):
Dr. Awbrey is a professor of biology at San Diego State University. He and his colleague William Thwaites teach a special course, Evolution and Creation - Contrasting the Two Models. They present the evidence for evolution in half the course time, and prominent creationists use the other half.
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