Fifty years ago Old Testament theologian Dr John C. Whitcomb and hydraulics engineer the late Dr Henry M. Morris published The Genesis Flood. No other single work before or since has so effectively encouraged Christians’ belief in the historicity of Genesis, and the divine inspiration, scientific accuracy, and authority of the Bible as a whole.

The Genesis Flood challenged the key principle of the atheistic theory of evolution—long ages—meaning that the earth and most of the fossils in it were millions of years old. Combining what the Bible actually said with scientific data from hydrology, geology and archaeology, Whitcomb and Morris showed that the biblical text required there to have been a world-wide Flood (not just a local or a tranquil one), and that true science substantiated this. Furthermore, they showed that this was recent (i.e. during the days of Noah, some 4,500 years ago), and that it could account for the fossils in the so-called ‘geological column’.

All this of course was totally contrary to the slow-and-gradual processes over millions of years that 20th-century geologists taught, emanating from Charles Lyell’s Principles of Geology (1830–33)—the textbook which had so greatly influenced Charles Darwin.

The Genesis Flood also exposed the scientific and biblical falsity of day-age and gap theories, and theistic evolution, as well as ‘progressive creation’—particularly that proposed by theologian Bernard Ramm.1 Morris applied laws and principles such as thermodynamics, stratigraphy, hydraulics, etc., to Creation Week and/or the Flood. He also exposed deficiencies in radiometric dating methods, while providing many real natural evidences for a short age to the earth….

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