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NH Notes: Mars Takes Another Hit, Wishes it had an Atmosphere Like Earth

There is much interest in determining the likelihood of future asteroid and meteorite impacts on Earth.  It is very difficult to estimate the … [Continue reading...]

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Stone Artifacts From the Deep Sahara: Creating Problems for Young Earth Creationists

In our tour of African stone artifact collections, we now travel to a remote portion of the Sahara Desert in southern Egypt.  Stone artifacts are … [Continue reading...]

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NH Update: Fuzzy Orange Galls on Oak Leaves, 2013-2015

My now 7-year-old daughter is very attentive to the insect population around our house. She spends many hours collecting all sorts of insects and … [Continue reading...]

A small antelope leg bone with cut marks, indicative of early human butchery practices with stone tools. The tools for making these cuts where also found in the same area. (Credit: Image courtesy of Baylor University)

Thousands of Stone Age Artifacts and Fossil Bones: A Story of an Ancient Butcher Shop

I have been writing about the immense number of stone artifacts that are preserved in the sands, soil and rock layers of Africa in response to the … [Continue reading...]

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Billions of Stone Artifacts: Witness to the Ancient Occupation of the Saharan Desert

The Nubian Desert, which encompasses 400,000 square kilometers of the eastern portion of the Sahara Desert, contains a rich assortment of stone tools … [Continue reading...]

A cross section of the ash layer found in a valley in India.  Image credit: http://www.foxnews.com/images/299448/0_22_070709_toba_deposit.jpg

The Toba Super Eruption: A Non-Flood Catastrophe – The Artifacts Say Yes!

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...]

Remains of 15 baby dinosaurs in a nest. Click to enlarge this image. Image credit: Dr. Kh. Tsogtbaatar

Juvenile Dinosaurs Found Huddling in a Nest: A Local or Global Catastrophe?

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...]

Malapa Cave cartoon.  Courtesy Lee R. Berger.  Illustration by Paul Dirks.

The Frequently Overlooked Geological Context of Hominid Fossils

The human fossil record is probably one of these least understood and talked about topics in the church.  I have neither the expertise or desire to stride into the debate over … [Read More...]

An interpretive drawing of William Buckland crawling into Kirkdale Cave where he found extinct cave hyenas and the remains of their prey. Drawn by Buckland’s friend William Conybeare.

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...]

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The YDB Event: The Most Recent Global Catastrophe in Human History?

Remember the meteor that exploded over Russia earlier this year?  A 50 foot diameter object exploded 14 miles above the surface of the earth and created a shock wave that injured … [Read More...]

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Trillions of Stone Artifacts Redux: A South African Test Case of YEC Chronology

Recently, Dr. Terry Mortenson of Answers in Genesis responded to one of my articles (Trillions of … [Read More...]

In Badlands National Park in South Dakota, August 2013. Photo by Joel Duff

Dogmatic Assertions of Expertise: Having Faith in Flood Geology

Everyone is an expert in something but they can’t be an expert in everything.  At some point we all … [Read More...]

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NH Photography: The Beauty of Thistles

Thistles are the common name typically given to members of several genera of sunflowers. These … [Read More...]

Selected artefacts from KAM1. (1) Conjoined Levallois flake with bidirectional flaking pattern; (2) Levallois flake with centripetal flaking pattern; (3) broken Levallois flake,possibly a point, with unidirectional flaking pattern; (4) broken Levallois flake, possibly a point, with bidirectional flaking pattern; (5) Levallois flake with centripetal flaking pattern; (6) centripetally prepared preferential Levallois core; (7) double side retouched point; (8) side retouched flake; (9) refitted single platform core and flake; (10) refitted core management flakes; (11) conjoined blade. Eleanor Scerri in Scerri et al. (2014).

Answers in Genesis Struggles to Make Sense of Vast Numbers of Stone Age Artifacts

How many stone age tools and associated artifacts are there and what are the implications of their … [Read More...]

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NH Notes: A Four-legged Snake – Has the Edenic Serpent been Found?

An exquisitely preserved fossil snake has made its debut on the internet the last couple of days and … [Read More...]

Creationism and the Church

ICR meme more recently published on their Facebook page on August 27, 2015.

When Peer Review Lets You Down: A YEC Quote Problem

Where are the fact checkers in Young Earth Creationist' (YEC) organizations?  And why do simple errors and profound … [Read More...]

In Badlands National Park in South Dakota, August 2013. Photo by Joel Duff

Dogmatic Assertions of Expertise: Having Faith in Flood Geology

Everyone is an expert in something but they can’t be an expert in everything.  At some point we all have to rely on the … [Read More...]

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Is Historical Science Reliable? An Exploration of the AiG “Origins” Science Label

Young earth creationists frequently speak of two kinds of science which they refer to as "origins" and "operational" … [Read More...]

Yours truly looking reflective while a member of a panel discussion at a conference last week in Guatemala. I am probably just having a hard time answering an off-the-wall question posed by an audience member. Fortunately I was allowed to speak at this conference and had a wonderful time with a very engaging audience.

Reflections on a Young Earth Creationist’ Approach to Scientific Apologetics

A few weeks ago I was a scheduled to present several lectures as part of a course offered by Veritas Theological … [Read More...]

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Christian Responses to the Spiritual and Physical Status of Neanderthals

The physical and spiritual status of Neanderthals has been hotly debated since the first fossilize of bones were … [Read More...]

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Hand axe from southern Libya desert

Trillions of Stone Age Artifacts: A Young Earth Anthropology Paradox

Trillions of stone artifacts cover the surface of the African continent. The product of the manufacturing of stone tools by hunters and gathers over long periods of time, these stone artifacts … .

A "young" crater on Mars.  This is a young crater about 30 feet (9 meters) in diameter. How young? The blocks of material ejected from the crater-digging impact sit on top of the sand ripples near the crater. This suggests, from the estimated age of the area's sand ripples, that the crater was formed within the past 100,000 years. The dark sand inside the crater attests to the mobility of fine sand in the recent era in this Meridiani Planum region of Mars.  Image credit NASA/JPL-Caltech

Historical Science and Perceptions of Age: Craters on Mars

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 … .

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The Prelapsarian Acacia and the Good Creation: On the Origin of Thorns

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 … .

Reconstruction of a 300 million year old permian forest found in China. None of the plants in this forest exist today though some fern-like trees have similarities to modern day tree ferns.

An Ancient and Alien Forest Reconstructed: A challenge for young earth creationism

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 … .

Dinosaur eggs found together in what was likely a nest.  Eggs like this have been found in clutches all around the world.

Fossil Eggs, Nests, Floods and Stressed Pregnant Dinosaurs

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

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NH Notes: The Scientific Enterprise and Paradise Gained

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 … .

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Isaac Newton on the Mosaic Account of Creation

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 … .

Hubble telescope image of the Sombrero Galaxy

Ray on the Purpose of Creation in “The Wisdom of God”

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 … .

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Ray to Llwyd: On Formed Stones and Mammalian Fossils

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 … .

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Ray to Lhwyd in 1695 continued: Fossils and the Flood

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 … .

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