I love when God sovereignly combines my class subjects with my daily devotionals.
In the last two days I’ve been reading Genesis, and specifically about Noah’s flood. In the same two days, I also started my class in U.S. History reading the first chapter, “A Continent of Villages”, out of my textbook, Out of the Many: A History of the American People.
Because Chapter 1 proposes that people first arrived in North America using a land bridge created by the Ice Age, I wondered how Noah’s flood fit into with Ice Age. I soon found out that from the creationist point of view, Noah’s flood is the only fully explainable reason for the Ice Age.
In reading a couple of chapter excerpts from Michael Oard’s book on answersingenesis.org, I learned the following:
- Scientists early on were reluctant to accept the Ice Age because of its unknown cause
- Scientists couldn’t explain how the Ice Age occurred
- Noah’s flood gives an explanation because it fulfills two requirements for an Ice Age:
- Cool temperatures
- Lots of snow
The cool temperatures came about from a large amount of volcanic activity, during and after the flood. The volcanic ash in the sky cools the temperature. The author argues that this cooling effect by volcanoes is unique because it is problematic for other scientists.
Why? The author contends that because they assume that each ice age lasts several 100,000 years, there wasn’t enough volcanic activity to support a 100,000 year ice age. On the other hand, a “creationist’s time scale is telescoped, putting all these tremendous volcanic eruptions into a relatively short period after the Flood.” Thus, “It is the short time frame,” that sets apart the creationist from a secular scientist’s point of view.
For the requirement of heavy snow, the events causing the Flood would have increased the temperature of the water. In the Noah Flood account, the release of deep (and thus hot) subterranean water would have warmed the ocean. The warmer water means increased evaporation, moisture, and consequently increased precipitation in the middle and higher latitudes.
For citations and more details click the Chapter 7 link below titled, “The Genesis flood caused the Ice Age.”