Reason and the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

The National Park Service of The New Amerika has been gagged. According to a news release from the non-profit service organisation Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), Park Service employees are no longer allowed to state an official estimated age of the Grand Canyon.

The order came from Bush administration officials.

The reason: fear of offending creationists.

“In order to avoid offending religious fundamentalists, our National Park Service is under orders to suspend its belief in geology,” stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch. “It is disconcerting that the official position of a national park as to the geologic age of the Grand Canyon is ‘no comment.’”

But that’s not all. When you visit the Grand Canyon National Park, you can go into any of its three shops and purchase a book entitled Grand Canyon: A Different View by Tom Vail. Mr Vail’s book explains how the Grand Canyon was formed just a few thousand years ago by the Big Flood. You know, the one that prompted Noah to build his ark.

Yes, I know, it boggles the mind.

The good news is that PEER is campaigning to restore rational thought and action to the Grand Canyon. We can only hope that they will be successful.

But you can’t argue with people whose beliefs are based on faith rather than reason.

A Religion News Service article contrasts these two opinions:

“The Grand Canyon was formed millions of years ago.” – William Ausich, president of the Palaeontological Society,


“The canyon was formed as a result of the after effects of Noah’s flood, a worldwide global flood. Most of the canyon was formed by a lot of water over a relatively short period of time.” – Mark Looy, vice president of Answers in Genesis.

And Tom Vail himself:

“For years, as a Colorado River guide I told people how the Grand Canyon was formed over the evolutionary time scale of millions of years. Then I met the Lord. Now, I have ‘a different view’ of the canyon, which, according to a biblical time scale, can’t possibly be more than a few thousand years old.”

According to Wikipedia, the general consensus amongst geologists is that the Grand Canyon is 5 to 6 million years old, whilst the geology exposed by its formation ranges from 230 million to 2 billion years old. Just so you know.


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