Lorence G. Collins
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Polonium Halos (2000)
Several patrons have made claims or asked questions regarding the use of "Polonium halos" in granites as evidence of instantaneous creation. In response, the Secular Web contacted geologist and petrologist Lorence Collins who had already tackled this complicated issue, and following is his reply for the benefit of our readers.
A natural rock structure near Dogubayazit, Turkey, has been misidentified as Noah's Ark. Microscopic studies of a supposed iron bracket show that it is derived from weathered volcanic minerals. Supposed metal-braced walls are natural concentrations of limonite and magnetite in steeply inclined sedimentary layers in the limbs of a doubly plunging syncline. Supposed fossilized gopherwood bark is crinkled metamorphosed peridotite. Fossiliferous limestone, interpreted as cross cutting the syncline, preclude the structure from being Noah's Ark because these supposed "Flood" deposits are younger than the "Ark." Anchor stones at Kazan (Arzap) are derived from local andesite and not from Mesopotamia.
The Bible contradicts three modern basic biological concepts. The heart is not the source of emotions or the seat of learning, reasoning, and thinking; the brain is. The male does not carry complete miniature human beings in the sperm, as the scripture imply but do not specifically say. And wheat kernels cannot germinate if they "die." Efforts by "creation scientists" to explain these concepts and to make the Bible a perfect science textbook fail because the creation scientists rely on modern science to support their arguments rather than on evidence in the Bible.
Collins explains how he is in fact a Christian, and is not opposed to Creationism because of any atheistic ideology. Rather, as a Christian, he is "concerned that some Christians may be worshiping the Bible rather than worshiping Christ," and "requiring a belief in the Bible as a science textbook causes thinking people to turn away from Christianity."