The Ebola virus has captured headlines around the world. One of the big questions that I see being asked frequently is - where did it come from? Does it have a recent origin or has the virus been with us for a long time but simply not recognized? Clearly it didn't come into existence in 1976 when it was first identified. So how long has it been … [Read More...]
Sodom, Gomorrah, and the Seismic History of the Dead Sea: Support for Biblical History – Yes! Support for a Young Earth – No! The Origins of the Dead Sea, Part VI
The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is a vividly recorded event in the early chapters of Genesis. Estimated to have occurred about 4050 years ago … [Continue reading...]
Origins of the Dead Sea, Part V: All Dried Up – No Room for a Dry Dead Sea in the Young Earth Timeline
Previously we saw that the Jordan Valley once was full of water. Now we ask, has the Dead Sea ever dried up completely? It appears that is has, but … [Continue reading...]
Today the Dead Sea has shrunk to modern historical lows of 1400 feet below sea level. The Sea of Galilee is itself 700 feet below sea level. … [Continue reading...]
My last post, on the tectonic origins of the Dead Sea and Jordan Valley, brought me face-to-face once again with one of the most striking pieces of … [Continue reading...]
When Abraham and Lot looked out over the Valley of Siddim, what did they see? According to Genesis 13, “Lot looked around and saw that the whole … [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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
Most people know that the Dead Sea is a very salty place. And they are right, though there’s much … [Read More...]
Just 50 miles from the eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea is a deep scar in the face of the … [Read More...]
Does fossilization require rapid burial as the result of catastrophic global flooding? Literalist … [Read More...]
Moab will have yet another dinosaur attraction coming this fall. More than 200 reptilian footprints … [Read More...]
A 15-foot-wide metal grate covers a hole in a bare rock outcrop in the high desert of the Bighorn … [Read More...]
Creationism and the Church
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...]
Are plants alive? Ken Ham seems to think so since he refers to “animal or plant life in outer space.” But what does he … [Read More...]
Is a "kind" defined by a common gene pool? Is a "behemoth" a reference to a dinosaur? You might think so based on a … [Read More...]
Ken Ham recently proclaimed that he thought it was highly unlikely that “plant life” would be found on other planets. I … [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 … .
Natural History Notes
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 … .