Every once in a while, some poor fool creationist gets trapped in precisely this quandary,
Every once in a while, some poor fool creationist gets trapped in
precisely this quandary, and shoots himself squarely in the foot.
From "Science and Creationism," the chapter "Repealing the Enlightenment,"
Gene Lyons describes an incident at the 1982 Arkansas creationism
"The trial's only poignant moment came during cross-examination of
Harold Coffin, a dreadfully earnest Seventh-Day Adventist who spends
his time floating horsetail ferns in tanks of water to demonstrate
that their fossilized ancestors found standing upright in coal seams
could have floated to that position during Noah's Flood. Coffin was
asked to say how old the earth would seem to a person unaided by
Scripture, and considering only the available scientific evidence.
Coffin paused for what seemed five minutes before answering, so it
must have been at least 15 seconds. As old as evolutionists claim,
he said, about 4.5 billion years."
Amazing the admissions you can get when you're under oath :-)
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