Imagine a tropic island paradise with beautiful beaches and thousands of plants and birds. Chances are you are imagining an island that formed as the result of volcanic activity. Examples would include the Caribbean islands, the Polynesian islands, and the Hawaiian Islands. But imagine what those islands looked like when they first formed. Rather … [Read More...]
Have you even wondered what students at a public university are taught in a general education biology class about the diversity of life? I can't … [Continue reading...]
The Amazon basin isn't all a lush tropical forest. In large portions of western Amazonian wet seasonally flooded grasslands - not trees - are the … [Continue reading...]
Imagine a tropic island paradise with beautiful beaches and thousands of plants and birds. Chances are you are imagining an island that formed as the … [Continue reading...]
Trillions of stone artifacts cover the surface of the African continent. The product of the manufacturing of stone tools by hunters and gathers over … [Continue reading...]
Maybe you missed it last week with all the excitement of the pictures from Curiosity and its analysis of the rocks on Mars (See my last post: Curious Geology: Stunning Images … [Read More...]
We live in a new golden age of fossil discoveries. It seems that every week a new and dramatic fossil find is revealed. This fossil renaissance can be attributed to the opening … [Read More...]
Layers of sediment underlying some lakes can be read like rings in a tree. These layers called varves (alternating layers of sediments and/or organic material) and the precise … [Read More...]
William Buckland: Minister and Geologist Grappling with Fossil Feces, Deep Time and the Age of Reptiles
The Reverend William Buckland (1784-1856) was one of the last in a line of influential natural theologians following in the footsteps of John Ray (late 1600s) and William Paley … [Read More...]
I was intrigued by several articles that were just published this month in the journal Quaternary International . The entire May issue is devoted to research devoted to … [Read More...]
In November of 2013, over 600 miles south of Tokyo, a volcanic eruption formed a new island. That … [Read More...]
Diatoms with their symmetrical highly-photogenic glass houses may get most of the attention but the … [Read More...]
Recently, while researching the diversity of life found in the fossil record for a seminar I will be … [Read More...]
Eleven years into a three-month primary mission the Opportunity rover is still making discoveries on … [Read More...]
The physical and spiritual status of Neanderthals has been hotly debated since the first fossilize … [Read More...]
Creationism and the Church
The physical and spiritual status of Neanderthals has been hotly debated since the first fossilize of bones were … [Read More...]
Evangelical Christianity, broadly defined, has seen a number of science and faith battles over the past 50 years. For … [Read More...]
The landscape of science and faith discussions within conservative evangelical Christianity has shifted noticeably over … [Read More...]
Do you remember the debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham back in February? Probably, but if it is becoming a hazy memory … [Read More...]
A 15-foot-wide metal grate covers a hole in a bare rock outcrop in the high desert of the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming. … [Read More...]
Our perceptions of the age of an object are frequently based on our common experience but I have found that for many people those common experiences are of little help when it comes to examining … .
I've been thinking about acacia plants ever since I showed some pictures of them while leading a Sunday School class a few weeks back. The point at the time was just to present some of the salient … .
Recent studies (see references below) of multiple intact fossilized forests provide a very detailed account of the presence of an seemingly alien forest that was found multiple locations across the … .
This is a follow-up to my previous post on the 15 juvenile dinosaur fossils found in a nest. In that post I mentioned one of the explanations by flood geologists (ie. young earth creationists) for … .
Wisdom from the Past
I’m sitting in the Boston Airport on my way to a conference at Gordon College but I have enough time for a natural history note while I wait for a colleague to arrive. On my flight from Ohio I read … .
In Cotton Mather’s Biblical commentary Biblia Americana Mather spends considerable time discussing the issues raised by science especially geology with respect to the Mosaic account of Genesis. I … .
John Ray's most famous work is The Wisdom of God which, like many books at the time, he continually revised and reissued until the time of his death and then even after his death edits he had made to … .
This is part of a continuing a series of posts on John Ray's correspondences. Quotes are from the publication of Ray’s letters (Further Correspondence of John Ray) edited by Robert W. T. Gunther … .
The same letter of Ray's to Lhwyd in 1695 that I posted recently goes on to explain Ray's feelings about the new flood theories that were being promoted in the late 1600s and some observations on … .