Carbon dating geology
Some weakening of one or the other is the logically necessary outcome.
Literalism is forced the least by holding to actualism in the garden geography, but then the negative impact on the Flood geology paradigm is severe. Geological observations of Mesopotamia show that the area has been buried by 5-6 miles of rock.
Appropriate observational evidence must include all relevant data from the Bible and from archaeology, geography, and geology.
Toward satisfying the old-earth geologist, data must be used in a way free of a young-earth perspective.
There are other ways beside geological ones for exploring the Flood geology question.
For Flood geologists, the literal interpretation of Scripture is of first-rank importance.
In response, conventionally-persuaded geologists, some Christian and others not, have variously criticized (and in some cases ridiculed) the Flood geology position.
When forced to choose between the Bible and the young earth paradigm, young earth ministries reject biblical teaching in favor of their sacrosanct paradigm.In brief, a literal garden geography undermines Flood geology's principal claim of Flood-induced deposition of the Geologic Column, hence the term "erodes" in this article's title.The geography of Eden has never been known precisely.However, for the test per se a coarse temporal order of events implied by the Biblical record will be adopted.To be comprehensive, the study will include a brief look at the significance, for the Flood-geology debate and the test here, of interpretations of the Bible based on conventional archaeology and source-critical methods.