Creationism, Fossils and the Very-Handy God Effect
Four years ago, I got my very own personally-signed copy of Jim Pinkoski’s book, A Creationist’s View of the Dinosaurs and the Theory of Evolution. This unintentionally hilarious book spins and twists and pirhouettes in an effort to rectify an account of Biblical creation with the observable reality in front of us. Essential to each of these maneuvers is the God Effect:
Notice how on the right, the fossil record is used (rather incorrectly) to try and prove the existence of the Biblical flood, but over on the left, the Biblical character of God is used to explain away the absence of giants in the fossil record? If (as in the panel on the right) the fossil record is to be taken as a dependable indicator of what did and didn’t happen in the past, then the absence of giant humans in the fossil record is a serious problem for people who, like Jim Pinkoski, take the Bible literally. If (as in the panel on the left) the character of God can intervene at any time in any way to accomplish anything, including the selective destruction of the skeletons of giant humans, then observations of the empirical record cannot be relied upon as a valid indicator of what has or has not happened.
Either God can and does erase physical records whenever He wants (making empirical observation an unreliable indicator of reality) or the empirical record is a reliable record of what’s happened in the past (making the Biblical account of creation an unreliable indicator of reality). Only one of these notions can be true, and if one is true the other is not.