Geologist Andrew Snelling sued US Department of the Interior when it initially turned down his plan to prove the Bibles great deluge story is true
An Australian geologist who is trying to prove the existence of the biblical great deluge will be allowed to collect boulder samples from the Grand Canyon.
Andrew Snelling was awarded a PhD by the University of Sydney in 1982 and is the director of research at Answers in Genesis, a Christian science group that believes in the literal interpreting of the Bible.
On Friday, News Corp reported that Snellings Grand Canyon research project had been approved after he agreed to drop-off a suit against the national parks administrators.
Snelling had sued the US Department of the Interior in May alleging religion discrimination after his proposal to remove 50 to 60 fist-sized boulder samples had initially been rejected for absence scientific merit.
His lawyers argued the park infringed a recent Donald Trump executive order expanding religion freedom, while Snelling told the Australian that the administrators turned me down because they didnt like the issues to I was asking.
However, Dr Gilles Brocard, a postdoctoral research fellow in geology at the University of Sydney, said the scientific proof was incompatible with Snellings hypothesis.
We know what the impact of extremely large floods on Earth are, he said. We know they happen sometimes, we have glaciers that have big ice dams that have a very distinct signature on the landscape. It creates highly special features that youre able to identify.
These are just normal rocks, they are mundane. They do not show traces of catastrophe.
Brocard said nuclear dating had find stones in the Grand Canyon that were 2bn years old, and that the age of the Ground was between 4.45 bn or 4.47 bn years old.
All the methods are concurrent, there are no contradictions. The only contradictions have been in the age of the canyon itself. Twenty years ago, people had the view that it formed around 20 million years ago, but more recently they think it may have formed in the past 5 million.
But this is a debate that is completely distinct from[ Snellings] debate, which is to say it formed in the past 20,000 years.
Brocard said he could not comment on the full value of Snellings study until he released more details, but that the possibility of a great inundation had been discussed before.
Until the 19 th century there was a debate on whether the great inundation passed. I did my PhD in the Alps, and in the 19 th century they discovered all these big erratic boulders. Geologists asked if they were the result of a great deluge, but they soon realised the latter are the result of glaciers.
From what I understand[ Snelling] is trying to show that these stones didnt sort slowly over geographical hours, but that they formed very quickly. I suppose he wants to show that the rocks formed over the past 10,000 years, with some kind of deluge.
Snelling told the Australian that he would make the results of his analyse public, and that even if I dont find the evidence I guess I will find, it wouldnt assault my core beliefs.
The Australian Aborigines have narratives about a great inundation. You find similar narratives in China. Its all circumstantial but I believe the Bible is a record given to us by God and what I read in the Bible truly occurred.
Snelling and Answers in Genesis have been approached for comment.