How Can We Know That The Dashka Stone Has A Map Of The Urals From 120 Million Years Ago?
In recent debates here at Irregular Times it has been suggested that it’s important to make a distinction between schools of thought within Creationist theology. We have been told that, while Young Earth Creationists, who believe that the Earth is only about 6,000 years old, are superstitious and unscientific, Old Earth Creationists, who concede that the Earth is much older than 6,000 years, are scientifically disciplined in the construction of their theories and should be taken seriously by academics.
To test this assertion, let’s take a look at one of the pieces of evidence often cited by Old Earth Creationists: The Dashka Stone – also called by them The Stone Of The Creator.
Old Earth Creationists claim that the Earth was populated with human beings and animals before the time of the flood described in the Book of Genesis in the Bible, but that these early human beings and animals were ruled by Lucifer, and were wicked, and so were all killed by God before the new creation that is described in the Book of Genesis. They claim that fossils and other odd bits of stone are evidence of this early Lucifer-ruled Earth.
One of these odd bits of stone is the Dashka Stone. It was unearthed, by Russian professor Alexander Chuvyrov, and has been studied subsequently by many Old Earth Creationist enthusiasts.
What makes the Dashka Stone so special? One source tells us that, “The Dashka Stone is a unique artifact of unknown origin that allegedly has a three-dimensional map of the Ural region. The stone map referenced a the [sic] presence of an advanced civilization on Earth that dated back 120 million years.”
Another source tells us, that the stone’s age has been dated to the broad range of between 100 million and 500 million years ago. Anyway, the point is that the Dashka Stone is very, very old, definitely older than the purported time of the killer flood that the prophet Noah supposedly rode out in a gigantic boat filled with two of every single species of animal alive at the time. If the described range of dating is accurate, the Dashka Stone would also be much, much older than the fossilized remains of any human being ever found.
And yet, say the believers in the Dashka Stone’s Old Earth Creationist fable, this stone is a map of a section of the Ural mountains – as observed from the air. They take this as proof that Lucifer-ruled people who lived over 100 million years ago had the power of flight.
Is the Dashka Stone a map? Does it really show a particular region of the Ural Mountains? The following is an image showing the Dashka Stone and the section of the Urals that they say it shows:
Do you see the similarity in the crack in the stone and the course of that river in the Ural Mountains? The Old Earth Creationists say that crack was made, on purpose, to represent that river.
First of all, that crack doesn’t match the river very well. Secondly, it’s not plausible to think that people who had the technology necessary to fly over areas of the Earth to map them would resort to the crude technique of making maps using cracks in stones.
Well, you might say, the courses of rivers change over time. That’s true, but they change so much over time, that it’s not reasonable to think that a particular river we know today in the Ural Mountains existed at all 100 million years ago, much less that it follows anything at all like the path it did long, long ago. Over 100 million years, many rivers have appeared and disappeared. The Mississippi is thought to have formed within the last couple of million years. If a river did survive as a waterway for so long as 100 million years, it wouldn’t have a recognizable shape. So, even if we accept that there were people living on Earth 100 million years ago, and that they made the Dashka Stone as a map of an area with a river in it, the map could be of any any river anywhere, but not of a particular river in the Ural Mountains we know today.
In short, the argument that the Dashka Stone is an ancient map of a certain river, proving that there was an ancient human civilization on Earth 100 million years ago, ruled by Lucifer, has nothing close to any scientific merit. It’s an absurd conspiracy theory that wouldn’t be believed by any serious scientist, or even any serious person with more than an elementary school education.
The Dashka Stone looks like a rock with a big crack in it, and some interesting natural texture. That’s all.
The Old Earth Creationists look as gullible as Young Earth Creationists, with a bigger time scale. That’s all.