While visiting Niagara Falls in 1840, Charles Lyell was told that the falls were receding at about three feet per year. This was based on what eyewitnesses who lived in that region had reported. But for reasons Lyell did not disclose, this lawyer-turned-geologist concluded that a "much more likely conjecture" – his words, not mine – is that the rate of erosion was only one foot per year. At this rate, it showed that Niagara Falls had been flowing for 35,000 years. Now, why would Lyell make such a conjecture?
Dr. Henry Morris answers that question in his book The Long War Against God. "Lyell's work at Niagara," wrote Morris, "accomplished its main goal – that of calling Scripture into question. For biblical chronology cannot allow 35,000 years since Noah's Flood. And if Genesis is wrong, how can we trust any other portion?"
So how fast is Niagara Falls really receding? Though there is some dispute over this, I believe that the most accurate measurements show the rate of recession to be over six feet per year. This means that the age of Niagara Falls turns out to be less than 6,000 years, a near confirmation of the date proposed by Bishop Ussher for the age of the Earth.
Since Darwin's theory of evolution requires a very ancient Earth – and he used Lyell's writings to support that view – where does that leave evolution? Truly, the more one knows about evolution and its anti-God agenda, the less scientific it appears.
Notes: Henry Morris, The Long War Against God, p. 189 (Master Books, 1989). See also Ian Taylor," The Age of the Earth," http://www.creationmoments.com/content/age-earth. Photo: Uploaded to Wikimedia Commons by Heditor6. (CC BY-SA 4.0). Creation Moments, Inc., P.O. Box 839, Foley, MN 56329 www.creationmoments.com
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