When is a Column NOT a Column?- Confessions of a YEC part 20

Welcome to Earth! Under your feet is a whole mess of rocks- layer after layer of rocks of different kinds, MILES deep. We’re told by various school books and PBS Kids cartoons that these layers tell us the history of the Earth, and that its history is DEEP! BILLIONS of years deep. In short, each of these thin layers supposedly takes a thousand years to form, and thus it would take several BILLION years to form all of the layers we have on Earth. But is it science? Or DARK MAGIC….? Uh, or something else? Let’s find out.


The font of knowledge, Wikipedia, says this about Stratigraphy, “Stratigraphy is a branch of geology which studies rock layers and layering. It is primarily used in the study of sedimentary and layered volcanic rocks.” Your school books will show you a picture of the entire column, from the start of the Darwinian Tree of life, with layers representing vast ages of time, until we get to the moose and oak trees of today.

Here’s the joke:

The geologic column you see in text books representing the alleged billions of years does not exist ANYWHERE in the world.

Dig as far as you want in the neighbor’s back yard and the only thing you’ll find is what it’s like to get arrested. You’ll find rock layers everywhere. You’ll find different rock layers in different places. But the complete list of rock layers as found in your 5th grade science text book will elude you like a good Adam Sandler movie and for the same reason. It doesn’t exist.

Except Hotel Transylvania. I actually liked that quite a bit.

You may have heard that there are places on earth where ALL of the needed rock layers are found. When you take a look at the numbers, I think you’ll see that “found” is the wrong word. It’s more accurate to say all the layers are “claimed” to exist in these locations, but when you take a closer look, you’ll see it doesn’t change anything. But don’t take my word for it- here’s an actual Geologist:

There are a number of locations on the earth where all ten periods of the Phanerozoic geologic column have been assigned. However, this does not mean that the geological column is real. Firstly, the presence or absence of all ten periods is not the issue, because the thickness of the sediment pile, even in those locations, is only a small fraction (8–16% or less) of the total thickness of the hypothetical geologic column. Without question, most of the column is missing in the field.

Secondly, those locations where it has been possible to assign all ten periods represent less than 0.4% of the earth’s surface, or 1% if the ocean basins are excluded. Obviously it is the exception, rather than the rule, to be able to assign all of the ten Phanerozoic periods to the sedimentary pile in any one location on the earth. It does not engender confidence in the reality of the geological column when it is absent 99% of the time.

-John Woodmorappe, MA Geology-

Imagine someone trying to claim that Green Eggs and Ham is actually a multi-volume epic the size of Lord of the Rings. Originally it was 2,400 pages long, but somehow some of the chapters between “In a house with a mouse” and “In a box with a fox” have been eroded away. But ALL of the chapters are represented, and thus the original mega epic can be said to exist in libraries all over the earth.

I do not like it, Sam-I-Am, son of Catus in Hatus, keeper of the flame of Whooville.


Cited by many as the best example of the geologic record on earth, the Grand Canyon is a mile deep collection of layers which is MISSING 90+% of the alleged time of evolutionary history. The excuse will be that erosion took away the missing layers, but then the layers which remain have been UNTOUCHED by erosion of any kind for the thousands of years they supposedly took to form. They are horizontal, flat, and extend for hundreds or even thousands of miles across the continent, yet somehow formed without being burrowed into by plants or animals, or dug into by sun, rain, and wind, or rivers and streams. A far more reasonable explanation would be that the layers aren’t missing- the millions of years are missing. Like Big Foot. It just ain’t there people. You can stop looking now.

What your textbooks aren’t telling you is not merely my opinion, nor is it new. Here’s a great quote from another professional paleontologist admitting that the uniformitarian assumptions have been abandoned by the actual scientists, even though it’s still taught to you in your school books:

A great deal has changed, however, and contemporary geologists and paleontologists now generally accept catastrophe as a ‘way of life’ although they may avoid the word catastrophe… The periods of relative quiet contribute only a small part of the record. The days are almost gone when a geologist looks at such a sequence, measures its thickness, estimates the total amount of elapsed time, and then divides one by the other to compute the rate of deposition in centimeters per thousand years. The nineteenth century idea of uniformitarianism and gradualism still exist in popular treatments of geology, in some museum exhibits, and in lower level textbooks….one can hardly blame the creationists for having the idea that the conventional wisdom in geology is still a noncatastrophic one.
David M. Raup, Field Museum of Natural History Bulletin (Vol.54, March 1983), p.21

In short, the uniformitarian assumptions don’t work out in the real world, but many people are afraid to say “Catastrophe” because once you abandon the SLOW, GRADUAL accumulation of layers, Noah’s Flood is right around the corner, and the atheist assumptions hate that possibility more than anything else. What’s sad is that there are STILL Christians who will argue that Noah’s Flood was a small, local flood, when MAJOR catastrophe has become the most widely accepted explanation of so many major geological features. Granted, they still assume each is it’s own GIANT, continental sized watery catastrophe, but they are admitting that the geological features, large and small, are best explained by MAJOR flooding.

The scientists which digs those rocks are moving toward the Biblical account. I wish the church would do the same.

There are many reasons why uniformitarianism fails, and unlike the deep time proponents, we have observable evidence for quick rock layer formation. In the video below you will see Geologist Steve Austin in a canyon near Mt. St. Helens, with major rock formations made of thousands of layers which we KNOW formed in roughly three days because we WATCHED it form in three days. The assumptions of deep time would have looked at those rocks and said THOUSANDS or MILLIONS or years, but we know they are wrong. Events like this are many and well documented. That Canyon is 1/40 the size of the Grand Canyon and formed in three days. If it’s any indication, Grand Canyon could have formed in a few weeks. It just takes the right amount of water moving fast enough. The next video is Ian Juby with another list of observable evidence which shows the geological column of your school books to be inventions of fancy, and not science.

Dig those crazy rocks! And as always, remember #JesuLovesYou.

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