According to David-Constantine Wright:
Using the natural processes of evolution doesn’t make God any less God…. To force the belief in literal six-day creationism as one of the criteria of Orthodoxy one still has to deal with all that pesky fossil evidence … the record of millions of years in sedimentary rock…
According to Gordon Howard, Wright has put too much faith in the ‘pesky’ fossil evidence (and the epistemology of evolutionists, which depends on numerous assumptions):
Evolutionary paleontologists use ‘index fossils’ to assign an age to a layer of sedimentary rock and its associated fossils. When they are interpreting the fossils, evolutionary geologists assume that animals evolved over millions of years, and that fossils buried together, (that is, in the same layer of rock) lived together at the same time. They assume that layers in different parts of the world containing the same fossils are the same age. This is the whole idea behind using index fossils to relate rocks around the world.
But suppose there was a world-wide flood. Then the vast majority of fossils would all have been buried during that Flood year. Different layers would contain fossils transported from different ecosystems rather than different evolutionary time periods, completely destroying the idea that index fossils represent different evolutionary ‘ages’.
With the global Flood we would expect particular fossils to sometimes be present and sometimes absent from layers of the same ‘age’ in different parts of the world, as well as ‘index fossils’ to be found in rocks of supposedly ‘wrong’ age.
- Wright, D. (n.d.). The Wonder of God’s Working in Creation: Orthodox Catholic Theistic Evolution. Orthodox Thoughtful and Progressive. Available http://constans_wright.tripod.com/evolution.html. Last accessed 16th Aug 2014
- Howard, G. (2012). Index Fossils—Really? Creation Ministries International. Available http://creation.com/index-fossils. Last accessed 16th Aug 2014.