British Scientist Challenges Geologists Who Doubt Story of Flood
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British Scientist Challenges Geologists Who Doubt Story of Flood

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Evidence in support of the Bible story of a universal flood was adduced by Dr. Philip J. Le Riche, who challenged Orthodox geologists in a paper read before the Victoria Institute at the Central Buildings, Westminster on “Scientific Proofs of a Universal Deluge.”

His contention was that the stratified layers of the earth’s crust had been laid down comparatively suddenly by means of sub-marine and subterranean volcanic explosions and that the strata represented only the graveyard of a past marine and terrestrial flora and fauna. Among the arguments he adduced was the remarkable state of preservation in which plant and fish remains have been found fossilized. Something sudden, he said, must have taken place to preserve them.

The lecturer assumed that huge rifts or fissures had on one occasion taken place in the ocean bed and that the waters came in contact with the internal fires of the earth, producing huge volumes of steam. When the pressure of the steam reached a critical point, a sub-marine volcanic explosion took place which dislocated the ocean bed and re-deposited the sediments, according to their specific gravities, in water, either on the ocean bed, or if land were in the vicinity, over the surface of that land.

In supporting the Biblical statement as to there having been one universal flood, Dr. Le Riche referred to the case of a mammoth found perfectly preserved in Siberia, at the mouth of the Lena. Here, he said, we have an extraordinary condition of things, differing from that of other animals. The mammoth met its death in the plenitude of its strength, suddenly, while browsing on the thick grasses at the mouth of the Lena, and the remains of these grasses were found still between its teeth and its last meal was found undigested in its stomach. Its skin and hair were in a perfect condition, as when alive. How came this about?

According to the Biblical account of the deluge, it took place in the second month of the year, on the seventeenth day of the month. This corresponds to November and in November the gravels at the mouth of the Lena were frozen. The first sub-marine explosion which took place at the mouth of the Lena threw over that mammoth the frozen gravels, and embedded it in those gravels; and from that day to the time that mammoth was freed from its icy bed, its body had not come into contact with the germs of decomposition because the putrefying bacteria are inert at freezing point. It might have happened that other mammoths, close by and also feeding, escaped being buried under those frozen gravels and were drowned; their bodies would float on and finally become interred in the Pyrenees or even in England, wherever the floating carcass might burst its skin through putrefaction and finally sink.

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