Tuesday, April 3, 2012

When Mammoths Roamed the Earth

Perhaps you've thought extensively on the proofs for creation to be found in Siberian woolly mammoths.

I admit, I hadn't.

But it's never too late to learn. Today's review: Frozen In Time: Woolly Mammoths, the Ice Age, and the Biblical Key to Their Secrets, by Michael Oard.

Frozen in Time: The Woolly Mammoth, the Ice Age, and the Bible

Read, if you will, the following synopsis provided by Amazon.com

Earth's past is littered with the mysterious and unexplained: the pyramids, Easter Island, Stonehenge, dinosaurs, and the list goes on and on as science looks for clues to decipher these puzzles. One such mystery surrounds the now-extinct creature called the woolly mammoth. Author and meteorologist Michael Oard has studied the mammoth and its equally mysterious time period, the Ice Age, for many years and has come to some fascinating conclusions to help lift the fog engulfing the facts. Some of the questions he addresses include: What would cause the summer temperatures of the northern United States and Europe  to plummet more than 50 degrees Fahrenheit? Why did mammoths become extinct across the entire earth at the same time as many other large mammals? Why are the mammoth carcasses found generally in standing positions? How could large lakes exist in what are today very dry, desert-like places? What was the source of the abnormal moisture necessary for heavy snow? What caused the cold summer temperatures and heavy snowfall to persist for hundreds of years?
In logical progression many other Ice Age topics are explained including super Ice Age floods, ice cores, man in the Ice Age, and the number of ice ages. This is one of the most difficult eras in geological history for a uniformitarian scientist (one who believes the earth evolved by slow processes over millions of years) to explain, simply because long ages of evolution cannot explain it. Provided here are plausible explanations of the seemingly unsolvable mysteries about the Ice Age and the woolly mammoths - Frozen in Time.

A Few Notes:
I originally purchased this book on a very thrilling visit to the Creation Museum to learn more about the Ice Age, and after reading three chapters on woolly mammoths, I realized that this book was a little more specialized than the whole Ice Age in general. And I went around saying "This is a really easy read."

Enter chapter 6.

For the first five chapters, Oard discusses the multiple theories of how wooly mammoths could have lived in Siberia (when it is so cold in today's climate). Then in chapters 6 through 12 he immerses the reader in technical explanations of what could have caused the Ice Age (from a Creationist perspective) and how the ramifications of Noah's Flood beautifully answer the time difficulties and ice sheet formation problems of evolutionary scientists. In chapter 13 he touches on man during the Ice Age, and why this event plays such a minor role in Biblical history. And finally, he brings us to a clear and logical conclusion on how the woolly mammoths could have lived in Siberia, and what caused their rapid extinction. In the appendices, he adds the bonus feature of mammoth classification, and how it fits into the Biblical "kind" of Genesis one.

My Thoughts:
The middle chapters of this book took a strong pull to get through, but the excellent charts and illustrations that Oard provides help explain the more technical bits of the Ice Age. I have to admit, whenever anyone said "Ice Age" before, my mind conjured up a picture of huge drifts of snow and ice over the entire earth. Needless to say, it wasn't like that at all. :) He even touches on the issue of cave men and Neanderthals, as these people groups would have lived in this time period. (If you're looking for an answer on cave men, think: men who live in caves. Just like some of us are condo men, and some of us are apartment men, and--well, you get the idea.)

If you ever need a rest from deeds of derring-do, Frozen in Time would be an excellent choice. If you want a general education on the Ice Age, woolly mammoths, moraines, ice cores, and other technical subjects, this book will give you a non-threatening introduction to them, with just a little perseverance. I give five stars to Oard for his well-written presentation on why a young earth view concerning the Ice Age is Biblical and defendable.

Our faith has a foundation, and we can stand on it. Questions on carbon dating? How could a loving God allow suffering? What about those cave men? Or the issues of starlight and time? Send me an email using the address on the sidebar, or visit Answers in Genesis to find out how God has provided abundant proof for a young earth.

"But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,  keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander."
-1 Peter 3:15-16

Have a lovely day defending your faith.

Lady Bibliophile


  1. Dear Lady B.
    Let me make a small note. While you were reading this book it seemed like you were eager to be finished. Is this true or did I somehow get the wrong immpression?
    Confused Sister :p

    1. Dear Sister,
      I will admit (ahem!) that I was eager to return to my deeds of derring-do. Though there were some tough spots, I enjoyed learning about the subject. But I'm always eager to finish a book and move on to the next one. :P

      Love and cuddles,

    2. Dear Sister,
      What can I say?


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