"Every breaking wave on the shore Tells the next one there'll be one more" Bono and Edge, U2 "Every Breaking Wave" 2014 I was in San Diego a few weeks ago attending the Evangelical Theological Society conference. I will report on that later but today I bring you a few pictures I took before hopping on a plane back to Ohio. Early in the morning … [Read More...]
Hundreds of millions and possibly billions of stone artifacts sit just under parking lots and homes in Kathu, South Africa. Artifacts in this area … [Continue reading...]
A tidal wave of genomic information came ashore this week in the form of 45 new genome sequences of birds. In a series of papers released in Science … [Continue reading...]
Ten years after launching, the European Space Agency Rosetta spacecraft finally caught up to its target, Comet 67P. Rosetta, now 250 million miles … [Continue reading...]
Rising out of the plain at the south end of the Dead Sea Valley is a billion-ton mountain of salt. An eight-mile long, three-mile wide, 742-foot tall … [Continue reading...]
Under nine feet of ice, frozen for 700 years, from DNA extracted from bits of caribou dung, a viral genome has been recovered and brought back to … [Continue reading...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
The Mars Curiosity Rover continues to make its way through the basin of Gale Crater on Mars. I've … [Read More...]
The Ebola virus has captured headlines around the world. One of the big questions that I see being … [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. … [Read More...]
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 … [Read More...]
Today the Dead Sea has shrunk to modern historical lows of 1400 feet below sea level. The Sea of … [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 … .