Nice find! And frankly, I think the writer of the Linebacker essay is unusually articulate in Geology. How many YEC’s have we seen here on the BioLogos pages who wouldn’t have a chance of understanding what he was saying - - other than to chime in: “Yeah, what he said!”
But I was on the hunt for the “doozy” paragraph … the paragraph that simply cannot be defended by most any competent scientist. I think I found the top contender! The paragraph is based on a well-worded paragraph that outlines the Evolutionary position. This prelimnary paragraph is provided below (for context):
The Evolutionary View:
On top of all those Precambrian rocks are many layers of sedimentary rocks called the Phanerozoic. These contain all kinds of complex fossils, with different fossils in different layers of rock. In the Grand Canyon . . . the lower part of the Phanerozoic can be seen… starting at the Cambrian layers and going up through the Permian layers. If one is an evolutionist, these Phanerozoic layers were formed over 540 million years by the slow transgression and regression of epicontinental seas. During that time, life evolved from marine creatures to amphibians (paleozoic life), then eventually to gymnosperms [proto-seeded plants like conifers], dinosaurs, and birds (mesozoic life), then finally to flowering plants and mammals (cenozoic life). The fossil record is therefore just a series of snapshots of evolution occurring over long ages."
Then the “doozy” narrative begins! To aid in comprehension, I have divided it into a few sections:
“If one is a creationist, these layers were formed as a result of the global Flood. They represent different sediment types that were deposited during the Flood as well as during the centuries of geologic recovery after the Flood.”
“The marine creatures, amphibians, dinosaurs, gymnosperms were all living at the same time in the Pre-Flood world, just not in the same places.”
“Mammals and flowering plants that we see in the upper layers were captured after the Flood during the centuries of recovery and diversification. The fossil record is therefore a series of ecosystems representing different created kinds living at different places on the earth, some before the Flood and some after.”
[End of Wopper Paragraph]
Wow… this writer has spent quite a bit of attention to making the geological record understandable to the average American… and yet, with so much attention invested, the writer finds no bitter irony in his words!
A. He has no explanation for fossilized rain drops found in layers of rock within the multiple layers of all that rock which was supposedly left by the flood.
B. He has no explanation for why no vegetarian dinosaurs are found with any of the larger vegetarian mammals - - ever (even when comparing one global region to another).
C. He has no explanation for why no meat-eating dinosaurs are found with the bones of any large vegetarian mammals - - ever (even when comparing one global region to another).
D. He has no explanation for why air-breathing marine reptiles and air-breathing marine mammals are never found in the same levels of rock - - ever (even when comparing one global region to another).
E. He has no explanation for how so many fossils can be found in hard-as-rock rocks in layers that in his view were clearly laid down less than 3000 years ago?! Mammoths lived at the same time as Dinosaurs he says (or implies!) … but we frequently find mammoth carcasses with meat still on them … yet we have yet to find any dinosaurs with obvious flesh. He does mention the relatively recent discoveries of dinosaur soft-tissues, but he refuses to explain why we find only these specific kinds of soft tissues, and never a muscular rack of T-Rex ribs buried in a dune or in a peat bog.
There are dozens of detectable distinctions between Dinosaur rocks and post-Dinosaur rocks, but the writer just cruises over these distinctions, as though they had no value to note.
We have ice cores from the arctic regions, with detectable seasonal variations, seamlessly extending back from the historic period of humanity to more than 100,000 years ago! And the epochs of of high and low sea levels with high and low levels of plant pollen, syncrhonize with the climate changes the Earth has experienced in the last 100,000 years, as indicated by converging lines of several different methods of investigation!
No global flood can be found in these ice cores… just the passing of seasons … and the years these seasons comprise.
What a doozy …