John Morris, son of the late champion of early earth creation Henry M. Morris, and Steven A. Austin have given the public some serious food for thought in the creation/evolution discussion. Footprints in the Ash is a look at the catastrophic volcanic eruption of Mt. St. Helens on May 18, 1980, the damage done, and the amazing recovery of the surrounding landscape.
The eruption of Mt. St. Helens not only resulted in an incredible amount of destruction, it also gave scientists much evidence that features of our earthly landscape, which secular scientists claim took million (or billions) of years to produce, can be produced in a much shorter time span. This eruption produced layers of earth, in a single day, that look exactly like layers which secular science says took millions or billions of years.
Secular theories explaining the condition of the earth today are based on the concept of uniformity. This theory, whose catchphrase is “the present is the key to the past”, postulates that the processes that produced the land features we see today have always operated at the same speed at which we see currently them operating. In other words, all the rivers, valleys, mountains, and other natural features we observe today came about by very slow processes that took millions or billions of years.
Morris and Austin, and many other biblical creationists, believe that God created the world in six literal days only thousands of years ago. The evidence left behind from the explosive eruption of Mt. St. Helens supports the creationist's viewpoint, and proves that land features we see around us can be produced in a very short time, hours and days instead of years, decades, millennia, or more.
Morris and Austin present a compelling amount of physical evidence in support of the biblical record of creation. While the explanation of godless men and women would have us believe that everything we see came about by a plodding process of chance over an incredibly long period of time, these authors show irrefutable physical facts proving that the secular theory is not the only game in town. Naturalist scientists can refuse to accept the creationist's interpretation of the evidence, but they cannot say the evidence does not exist.
With Footprints in the Ash, comes more evidence confirming the Bible's account of creation to be true. The evidence coming from the eruption of Mt. St. Helens in 1980 furnishes prove that long periods of time are not necessary to form the earth we live on today. There is much to learn from the study of this catastrophe and this book is a great place to start.
Footprints in the Ash. John Morris and Steven A. Austin. Masterbooks, 2003.