The Bible Best Explains the Ice Age

The Bible Best Explains the Ice Age

Secular Ice Age Theories Are Inadequate

Jake Hebert, Ph.D

Many Christians are convinced that scientific data demand millions of years for Earth’s history and are therefore dissuaded from believing the Bible’s doctrine of a recent creation. Yet a belief in millions of years actually prevents secular scientists from finding solutions for many mysteries of Earth history—solutions that can be found in the pages of God’s Word. For instance, the Bible, with its short 6,000-year timescale and account of a global flood, is the key to explaining the Ice Age.

Secular scientists do not have a good explanation for what causes an ice age. In 1997, U.S. News & World Report described this as one of the “great mysteries of science,” stating:

Yet despite the efforts of marine geologists, atmospheric chemists, oceanographers, and more, no one knows what caused the ice ages. “We’ve been chewing on this problem for 30 or 40 years,” says Alan Mix, an oceanographer at Oregon State University. “It’s a killer.” Adds Ralph Cicerone, dean of physical sciences at the University of California–Irvine, “It’s embarrassing.”

Not much has changed since then. The precise causes of ice ages “remain controversial” and are “not completely understood.” Secular scientists continue to propose new explanations, which is an indication that none of the current ones are very convincing…


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