Earth's Catastrophic Past

Geology, Creation & the Flood

by Andrew A. Snelling, Ph.D.



The Institute for Creation Research presents the long-awaited update to The Genesis Flood. Written by researcher Andrew Snelling—one of the world’s leading geologists in the creation science movement—Earth’s Catastrophic Past provides up-to-date geological evidence that demonstrates the authority and accuracy of the biblical account of creation and the Flood.

An alarming number of Christian leaders and teachers believe that God “created” through evolutionary processes over millions of years, that Adam and Eve descended from a hominid population, and that there has never been a global flood.

Step by step, Dr. Snelling examines evolutionary interpretations of the geologic record and deconstructs the misplaced assumptions and conclusions on which those interpretations are based. With in-depth scholarly research and insight, he constructs a biblical geologic model for earth history and concludes that the central claims of Genesis 1-11 are true:

  • God created everything in six 24-hour days.
  • Adam and Eve were real people.
  • God cursed a perfect world as a judgment for sin.
  • Noah constructed an Ark by which two of every kind of air-breathing, land-dwelling animal were saved along with Noah’s family from a global flood.
  • The confusion of languages at the Tower of Babel produced the language groups that are found around the world today.

By the end of Earth’s Catastrophic Past, readers will have their faith restored in Genesis as real, literal history, and be convinced that the scientific evidence, correctly discerned and applied, is indeed consistent with God’s record of our origins and history found in Genesis 1-11.



Andrew A. Snelling is a research scientist and technical editor who earned his Ph.D. from the University of Sydney, Australia, in 1982. After working with the Creation Science Foundation of Australia, he joined the Institute for Creation Research in 1998 as Professor of Geology. He was a principal investigator in the 8-year, ICR-led RATE (Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth) research project, to which he made major contributions in rock dating studies using radioisotopes and in studies of radiation halos (radiohalos) and tracks (fission tracks) in various minerals. Dr. Snelling currently resides in Australia and serves as Director of Research at Answers in Genesis, as well as Editor-in-Chief of Answers Research Journal.



Click here to read the Foreword by Dr. John Morris.

Click here to see the Table of Contents.

Click here for the abridged Introduction published in Acts & Facts.



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Earth's Catastrophic Past

Earth’s Catastrophic Past provides up-to-date geological evidence that demonstrates the authority and accuracy of the biblical account of creation and the Flood. Step by step, Dr. Andrew Snelling—a leading creation science geologist—examines evolutionary interpretations of the geologic record and deconstructs the misplaced assumptions and conclusions on which those interpretations are based. With in-depth scholarly research and insight, he constructs a biblical geologic model for earth history and concludes that the central claims of Genesis 1-11 are true.

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