The Geology Book -- study guide: Lesson 1

of Contents

Lesson 1
Planet Earth
Lesson 2
The Ground We Stand Upon
Lesson 3
The Earth’s Surface
Lesson 4
Lesson 5
Lesson 6
Deformation of rocks
Lesson 7
Radioisotope Decay
Lesson 8
Ways to date the Earth
Lesson 9
Great geologic events of the past
Lesson 10
Questions people ask

The Geology Book

The Geology Book
by Dr John D Morris

Lesson 1

Planet Earth


The Geology Book


pp. 4-10


Genesis 1:1-31
Genesis 3:17-21
Romans 6:23
Romans 8:22

Vocabulary Words

  • Principle of uniformity
  • Principle of catastrophe
  • Asthenosphere
  • Basaltic rock
  • Sedimentary rock


  1. What is the difference between “origins” and “operational” science? See Q&A: Science.
  2. There are two ways of thinking about the unobserved past. What are they?
  3. Where is the true history of the earth found?
  4. In what order did God create the heaven and earth? (E.g., describe what He created on Day 1, Day 2, etc.)
  5. What are some “not so good” things that were not part of the original creation?
  6. Write a short paragraph answering the question “What is sin?”
  7. There are nine planets circling the sun. Name them in order starting with the one closest to the sun.
  8. List 5 things that confirm that the earth was designed for life by a wise and powerful God.
  9. What are the main “zones” into which the Earth is divided?
  10. What is the earth’s crust composed of? What are the two categories into which it is divided?
  11. What is the purpose of the earth’s atmosphere?


Throughout the text, two views of Earth history will be compared. Keep a chart of the comparisons. (See page 4.)

Additional resources:


  1. Operational science is the science that deals with repeatable, observable experiments in the present. Origins science deals with reconstructing events that have happened in the past.
  2. Uniformity (the present is the key to the past) and catastrophe (rapid, highly energetic events operated over short periods of time and did much geologic work rapidly)
  3. In the Bible
  4. Day 1: Earth, space, time, light; Day 2: Atmosphere; Day 3: dry land, plants; Day 4: sun, moon, stars, planets; Day 5: sea and flying creatures; Day 6: land animals, people
  5. Death, disease, suffering, catastrophes, earthquakes, hurricanes
  6. Sin can be defined as rebellion against God
  7. Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto
  8. Magnetic field shields the earth from harmful radiation from the sun; earth is perfect distance from the sun; atmosphere provides air for breathing; earth has liquid water, which is necessary for life; moon’s gravity causes tides, which helps prevent the ocean water from becoming stagnant (accept other reasonable answers)
  9. Crust, mantle, outer core, inner core
  10. Continental crust (composed of granitic rock covered by sedimentary rock); oceanic crust (composed primarily of basaltic rock)
  11. Provides the air we breath and protects us from harmful cosmic radiation