Walter Brown and the Origin of Asteroids and Impact Craters on other Planets

Meteor Crater in Arizona

Sometimes you run across an article so ridiculous you can hardly believe you just read it.  Such is the case with a chapter of Walter Brown’s book “In the Beginning.”    The whole book has significant problems but while I was delving a bit deeper into the origins of meteorites and asteroids and the appearance of […]

A Young Mercury? Apparent Age Redux

The Planet Mercury

Another blog brought to my attention a recent daily news update from ICR that comments on the origins of Mercury.  The latter article comments on recently published results of the MESSENGER spacecraft that is now orbiting the planet Mercury (Science abstract).  That spacecraft is mapping the surface of Mercury with several instruments including  X-ray fluorescence […]

Historical Creation of Sailhamer – Part 6: Relationship of Genesis 1 and 2

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What about the links between Genesis 1 and 2?  Where was the Garden of Eden and how is it related to Genesis 1? Brief summary:  Sailhamer argues that we should read Genesis 1 in terms of its connections to Genesis 2. By reading these together we can identify the “land” in Genesis 1 as the […]

Ray to Lhwyd in 1695 continued: Fossils and the Flood

Nodule containing fern fossil (click for larger image)

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 fossils.    The letter reveals Ray’s reading of the prevailing interpretation of the flood narratives of Genesis in his day.  […]

John Ray on Woodward in 1695: Words that still apply today

Illustration of the building of Noah's Ark from The Nuremberg Chronicle by Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514)

The following quote is by John Ray from a correspondence with Mr. Edward Lhwyd on April 8 1695.   The quote is from a publication of Ray’s letters called the Further Correspondence of John Ray Edited by Robert W. T. Gunther and printed for the Ray Society in 1928. I need to set the scene for […]

John Walton, Genesis 1 as Ancient Cosmology: Review at Theological Sushi blog

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I am working my way through John Walton’s Genesis 1 as Ancient Cosmology and really enjoying it.  I would say that if you are already familiar with his writing this book may leave you wishing for more as I was hoping for a greater expansion of his ideas outlined in The Lost World of Genesis […]

Rediscovering the Science of the Middle Ages

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Here at Naturalis Historia we hope to bring a greater awareness of the importance of science and religion in the 17th and 18th century.  A time when many discoveries were being made that impacted our views of the earth and its history.   Such an emphasis may unintentionally perpetuate the myth that the Middle Ages where […]

The Strange Rubbing Boulders of the Atacama

Rounded Boulder of the Atacama Desert

The worlds largest rock tumbler? This story  caught my eye this morning.   GSA press release – The Strange Rubbing Boulders of the Atacama.  It seems that every other day I read about some place on earth that has a strange story to tell and usually that story is difficult to understand without an earth that […]

What is a species? Tasmanian Devil Transmissible Tumors

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BBC News – Cull ‘cannot save’ Tasmanian devil. Above is a link to a story on the sad case of one of the strangest diseases known.   Tasmanian facial tumor disease is called a disease and it is an infectious agent but what exactly is it.   Usually we think of communicable diseases as being caused by […]

Mather on Genesis 1:21: What is the great sea creature?

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A note on Genesis 1:21 and the creation of the great sea creature  From page 328 of the 2011 translation of Cotton Mather’s Biblia Americana vol 1 we find the following question and answer: “Q.  What are the Creatures intended in the Original, where our Translation reads, Great Whales?  V.21. A.  Job Ludolphus ha’s demonstrated, […]

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