It’s always so exciting to see a new creationist argument…until you actually look at it and see how silly it is. And they’ve been getting more and more desperately absurd as the years go by and the flaws in the old arguments get harder and harder to support. Once upon a time, they could just say it rained really hard for 40 days to flood the earth. When it was pointed out that you can’t wring that much water out of the atmosphere, they had to contrive all kinds of elaborate conditions for earth prior to the flood, with deep reservoirs and a “vapor canopy” of crystalline hydrogen to keep huge volumes of water under pressure above the earth. That was awfully silly, so now this new argument tries to rescue it with “evidence” for some mighty weird conditions on God’s earth.
The logic is a tortured, to say the least. Here’s a simplified version of the new argument by a creationist called Ikester, and discovered by Pooflinger.
|The water that bubbles up out of deep springs is blue.||
No, it’s not, no more than any other kind of water.
|It’s blue because it contains hydrogen peroxide. This why the water is highly oxygenated.||
Hydrogen peroxide is not blue. Spring water does not contain significant amounts of hydroxen peroxide. Oxygenated water is not the same as hydrogen peroxide.
|The hydrogen peroxide formed by exposing the water to a very high pressure, pure oxygen atmosphere.||
That’s not how hydrogen peroxide is made. If only the chemical engineers knew that H2O2 could be synthesized by putting water and O2 together in a vessel at 2 atmospheres of pressure!
|Therefore, spring water proves that the earth had a pure oxygen atmosphere and seas of concentrated hydrogen peroxide, exactly as the Bible says.||
Seas of a highly reactive oxidizing agent and rocket propellant in a lethally corrosive atmosphere? Sounds like paradise to me, all right.
Poor Mr Ikester got brutally raked over the chemically lethal coals on that whole story, so he modifed his explanation a little bit. It wasn’t H2O2 — the ocean was full of H2O3! Oh, that changes everything! I’m sure the little squidlets would have frolicked happily in that environment.
Somehow, I don’t think this little example of free-associating pseudo-chemistry is going to get much traction in the creationist literature, but you never know … maybe he could write it up and get the ICR to publish it.