Wasn't everybody a creationist in 1859? DevonJ 18:22, 5 February 2011 (EST)
- There were more atheists (or Bible deniers) in 1859 than there are today. Darwin, for example.--Andy Schlafly 19:37, 5 February 2011 (EST)
I would think that biblical denial got more more popular when they had something that seemed solid to stand on. Evolution is a fully fledged replacement worldview as much as Christianity is. Plate tectonics and the millions of years it says to work takes flies in the face of all we know about coastal erosion and it makes Genesis 1:1-11 out to be a lies and Jesus Christ references this later in Mark - making him out to be a liar as well. I do think the continents drifted to where they are now during The Great Flood. The Hydroplate Theory answers the problems of tectonics and sticks with the Bible. Allowing both the continents to arrive where they are today quickly, before they are eroded to dust, and synching up with what know about the way plates grind, more than drift, now. Most plates are headed for the Pacific (trenches) and are coming from the Mid-Atlantic. Also the Atlantic is more shallow than the Pacific due to this. The main empirical problem I have with tectonic theory or continental drift is erosion both on the coast and to the continental surfaces. None of them bear millions of years type of erosion. The river deltas have a meaurable rate of increase in size and they are not more than 20,000 years old. And draining from a flood being inserted they could be 4,000 years old. But they are not millions or billions and they should be if they had been drifting for that period of time.
- 1587- From looking at the shape of the continents, Abraham Ortelius, a respected Flemish cartographer, suggests that America may have once been part of Europe and Africa and had been torn apart by earthquakes and floods. 
I found the above quote on a website that exalts the early scientific work of Catholic priests, and denies the modern notion that religion and science are (necessarily) at odds. --Ed Poor Talk 19:30, 5 February 2011 (EST)