I apologize if this come through twice. I sent it much earlier in the day
but never saw it but have successfully sent messages since that time.
Referring only to the 4000 year old chronology, you don't seem to be
questioning the veracity of that data. I have several questions. First, I
was under the impression that a good portion of the White Mountains were
volcanic in nature. If so are the these trees growing on any volcanic
rocks and further if they are when is it supposed that these volcanoes were
created. I am still having trouble with placing the volcanoes before or
during the flood. If post flood it would seem that it would have been some
time before any of these 4000 year old trees could have become established.
Even if not volcanic all pictures I see of these trees show them growing
on highly weathered rock such that even if these mountains are were the
result of mountain-building post-flood then these trees did not become
established in their present position I would think for hundreds of years.
The end result is that it seems that the presence of even these living
trees on these mountains suggests that more than 4000 years have passed
since a global flood.
Now I know that you may be somewhat sympathetic toward a flood date older
than 4000 years ago but the creationists I know hold tightly to a strict
chronology placing the flood at no more than 4200 years ago. When faced
with tree ring data they can not accept even the 4000 year old date for the
living trees and insist that that date is bogus because "it has been shown
that these trees can grow multiple tree rings in one year." Seeing how you
seem to accept the 4000 year old date I was wonding what you think of such
criticisms. Further, if I might press you on this. Is this a situation,
or is there any other scientific data, that you know of that compells (bad
word because it implies you put science over Scripture) to accept an older
date for the flood than 4000 ybp? It appears this is a sitution where
extraBiblical data has caused creationists to reinterpret the Scriptures.
I don't think the interpretation is wrong, I am just pointing out that all
Christian do interpret the Bible based on external evidences at some point.
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