Looks like the folks who keep reason neatly tucked away in a dusty corner of their mind are at it again.
The National Park service, Grand Caynon visitor center, is selling a book purporting that the canyon was formed by Noah's flood and that the structure is only about 4500 years old. Never mind that the canyon exposes layers of rock dated to more than 2 billion years ago.
I really don't care that they sell such a book. What's amazing is that it actually sells... that there is a market for such incredibly bad ideas.
What's truly amazing (i.e. irrational) is that the creationists -- while "standing firm" on the authority of the biblical account of creation -- try to have it both ways. From the oped:
So, essentially they use bits and pieces of scientific research when it (vaguely) supports their position. As for the consensus of scientific conclusions on the topic -- well, better to go back to the bible than trust those conclusions.
But here's the rub: Wise acknowledges that nothing can convince him that Earth is older than five or six thousand years. Why? Because the Bible is his ultimate authority. "The most important thing," he says, "is that you ought to be able to trust your God and the claims the Bible makes."
Given their rock-solid religious convictions, creationists such as Wise ultimately are not interested in science, in setting aside preconceptions and following trails of observable evidence to logical, testable conclusions.
Why, then, are they bothering with fossils and geology and quasi-scientific exhibitions that purport to prove that the Bible "can be trusted," as the organizers of the Creation Museum phrase it? No doubt, concern for the public credibility of their faith has a lot to do with it. They appear to have accepted that we live in a rational age, one that will not abide propositions that lack objective evidence to back them.
How ironic, then, that by dabbling in science to promote their beliefs, anti-science creationists are more likely eroding the very credibility they aim to bolster.
Why are people like this even considered in the public debate? They should be laughed off the stage as idiots. They are no more rational than the man who claims to have been abducted by aliens...