Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Another Book Review Blocked by Amazon.com

Amazon.com has readers to "moderate" the reviews submitted by the public. I have had reviews critical of creationist twaddle blocked. Here is an example below. I plan to edit it a bit and resubmit.

I was urged to read Carle R. Froede's “Geology by Design” by a young earth creationist who assured me that all my doubts about a young earth would be removed, and that all the physical evidence of an ancient earth would be refuted. Well, that did not happen. Instead I found another book that misrepresented geology, failed to account for the known data, and casually invoked miracles to patch-over internal failings of his proposed creationist scenarios.

The first, and most critical mistake made by Froede was that the science of geology was initiated as an effort to discredit biblical literalism. The founders of geology were certain that the rocks and surface features of our planet were largely the result of the Noachian Flood. Only after decades of accumulated evidence that could not be resolved into a flood event, did the prevailing scientific conclusion that there could never have been a global flood prevail. It is not at all as Froede declared that, “uniformitarianism was established precisely to rid history of the Genesis flood (pg. 12).” The actual history of flood geology is presented honestly and in great detail by Davis A. Young, an evangelical Christian and Professor of Geology at Calvin College, in his 1995 book “The Biblical Flood: A case study of the Church’s Response to extrabiblical evidence” (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, Paternoster Press). Wrapped in Froede’s error is the further false notion that his biblical interpretation is the “Truth,” and that if his understanding of Genesis 6:9-8 is not supported by science, then science is wrong. For a superior point of view, read David Snoke’s 2006 book, “A Biblical Case for an Old Earth” (Grand Rapids: Baker Press), which if nothing else will dispel the notion that only a young earth, and global flood can be reconciled with the Bible.

But what of the “science” to be found in Froede’s geology? It is as weak as his history and theology. Just one example will be sufficient. The first chapter of Froede’s book presents the organization of the scientific geological column which he contrasts with his proposed “biblical geological time scale.” Froede falsely claims that the scientific geological column is “more gaps than record.” My colleague Glenn Morton, a former young earth author who turned away YEC because he saw the field evidence with his own eyes, has compiled a list of locations around the world where the entire geological column, in its proper order is substantiated. Here is his list;

The Ghadames Basin in Libya
The Beni Mellal Basin in Morocco
The Essaouira Basin in Morocco(Broughton and Trepanier, 1993)
The Tunisian Basin in Tunisia
The Oman Interior Basin in Oman
The Western Desert Basin in Egypt
The Adana Basin in Turkey
The Iskenderun Basin in Turkey
The Moesian Platform in Bulgaria
The Carpathian Basin in Poland
The Baltic Basin in the USSR
The Yeniseiy-Khatanga Basin in the USSR
The Farah Basin in Afghanistan
The Helmand Basin in Afghanistan
The Yazd-Kerman-Tabas Basin in Iran
The Manhai-Subei Basin in China
The Jiuxi Basin China
The Tung t'in - Yuan Shui Basin China
The Tarim Basin China
The Szechwan Basin China
The Yukon-Porcupine Province Alaska
The Williston Basin in North Dakota (Haimla et al, 1990, p. 517)
The Tampico Embayment Mexico
The Bogata Basin Colombia
The Bonaparte Basin, Australia (above this basin sources are Roberston Group, 1989)
The Beaufort Sea Basin/McKenzie River Delta(Trendall 1990)
The Parana Basin North, Paraguay and Brazil( (Wiens, 1995, p. 192)
The Cape Karroo Basin (Tankard, 1995, p. 21)
The Argentina Precordillera Basin (Franca et al, 1995, p. 136)
The Chilean Antofagosta Basin (Franca et al, 1995, p. 134)
The Pricaspian Basin (Volozh et al, 2003)

See “The Geologic Column and Its Implications to the Flood” http://home.entouch.net/dmd/geo.htm for more information.


Gary S. Hurd said...
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Gary S. Hurd said...

Amazon posted a nearly identical review I submitted on Wednesday. Clearly there is a range of people "moderating" at Amazon.com and some are blocking items critical of creationism.