6 March 2001

POINTS OF ORIGINS: John Baumgardner

by Dr. Glenn Jackson

There is a research scientist named John Baumgardner, who works at the famous Los Alamos National Laboratories. His Terra computer simulation of continental drift is considered the world’s best. He is also a creationist. In a year when federal grants were scarce for geologic research, Dr. Baumgardner received 120% of his proposed budget. (Terra has implications for continental ballistic missile trajectories.) He is allowed to spend up to 50% of his time on creation research. His model for Noah’s Flood based on Terra involves the volcanic undersea ridge erupting all around the world at once. It predicted the presence of huge "cool" spots at the boundary of the earth’s core, years before new tomagraphic imaging techniques discovered them.

There was one problem. Creationists could not prove how this eruption could have been triggered. We believed that an asteroid or comet hit the earth … maybe several at once. This is not too far-fetched, when you remember the multiple impacts we observed on Jupiter recently.

Last month, while trying to figure out an evolutionary explanation for the Permian extinctions, evolution scientists decided that impacts from space can set off worldwide eruptions. This conclusion appeared in Science 2/23, Science News 2/24, USA Today 2/23, and most of the general media.

Robert Poreda of the University of Rochester in New York says, "We’re suggesting the impact triggered the volcanism." Paul Renne of the Berkeley Geochronology Center in California says that the eruptions lasted for one million years. Our creationary time scale would be different … 40 days and 40 nights, to be exact. That would be sufficient time for Baumgardner’s theory to work, and for the creationary Ice Age (about 300 years) to be triggered by the volcanic ash and superheated water ejected into the atmosphere (see Genesis 7:11).

Evolutionists say that the extinctions occurred over a period of 8000 years. Why so long? This is because evolutionists believe that the rock layers in the earth’s crust each formed slowly over vast periods of time. Creationists believe that the layers formed in different regions of the earth, during different stages of the Flood.

In the Permian layer of rock we find many ocean fossils. More than 90% of these species are not found in the Triassic layer, which is just above it. More than 70% of the Permian land species are also missing from the Triassic. Something big happened to the earth at the time when this layer formed. Something big must have happened to the earth at the time when the Cretaceous layer formed, too. Above that layer, there are no more dinosaur fossils. Could this have happened at the same time, even though these are different layers? Hmm.

Remember, if the layers were formed in different regions and at different stages of the Flood, then they don't represent long periods … probably only weeks or months. If this is true, then it completely throws off the "millions of years" stories that we constantly hear from evolutionists. Creationists do not believe that all of the layers formed during the Flood, but that most of them probably did.

Whatever science says about the past is completely hypothetical. These are different conclusions based on the same evidence. That doesn't stop us from talking about it. Will Rogers once said, "Scientists get bigger and bigger reputations, the more they talk about things you can't check on." I guess that’s really true. When all’s said and done, you’re your viewpoint about the data that determines how you will interpret it. Keep thinking.


Dr. Glenn Jackson holds four degrees in science and education from George Mason University and University of Virginia. He has taught elementary through college level sciences for over twenty years and in four states. He is a lifetime member of both American Mensa and the Creation Research Society.


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