Question: I recently visited Devils Tower in the Black Hills of Wyoming. It is amazing. Geologists don’t seem to have a good explanation for it’s existence. What is the biblical view on this beautiful formation?
As is always the case, it is not a matter of who has the facts, as we all have the same facts to observe. The issue is the worldview through which the facts get interpreted.
The facts here are that Devils Tower formed when molten magma was pushed up at a time when the surrounding area had an additional 3,000 feet of sediments resting atop the current region. Once the magma began to harden the 3,000 feet of sediments above it were eroded away.
Modern day geologists have been trained to see everything through the Secular worldview of “millions of years of time.” Part of that belief system is to deny the global flood as such an event would destroy old earth beliefs. Thus they interpret Devils Tower and the surrounding area as proof for millions of years of gradual erosion.
One huge problem for the Secular interpretation is that, had the Tower been exposed slowly, it should have been broken apart by the constant freezing and thawing that would have occurred over time. That is, it should have eroded away with the 3,000 feet of missing sediments.
A biblical interpretation is that toward the end of the global flood tremendous volcanic activity occurred as the mountains arose and the valleys sank down. This is when the intrusion of hot magma formed the Tower. Then, as the waters rushed off the land masses at the end of the worldwide flood, rapid erosion removed those 3,000 feet of sediments, exposing the Tower.
As usual, the biblical interpretation best fits the evidences we all have to review.