Dogmatic Assertions of Expertise: Having Faith in Flood Geology

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

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 expertise of others to guide us through our lives.  I am a biologist, however, the vastness of the field of biology leaves me in the position of deferring to the knowledge of […]

Reflections on a Young Earth Creationist’ Approach to Scientific Apologetics

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.

A few weeks ago I was a scheduled to present several lectures as part of a course offered by Veritas Theological Seminary in Santa Ana, California.  The course title was Scientific Apologetics: The Age of the Earth.  The course was split 50/50 between speakers from Solid Rock Lectures including myself, and two prominent employees of Answers […]

Origins of the Dead Sea, Part V: All Dried Up – No Room for a Dry Dead Sea in the Young Earth Timeline

Recent  (ie. couple hundred years) sediments deposited by the Dead Sea but now above water level because of the receding lake.  You can see clear ripples from when the water was fairly shallow forming ripples that were then covered by salts or sediments that covered over the ripples.  This image is from the Wooster College Geology blog.  Other great pictures and descriptions of Dead Sea sediments can be found here:

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 when?   These are crucial and perplexing questions for believers in a global flood 4350 years ago (aka Noah’s Flood). Let’s look at this story more closely. […]

Smoking Gun Evidence of an Ancient Earth: GPS Data Confirms Radiometric Dating


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 evidence for an ancient earth that I am aware of. Take a look at this graph. This graph shows the smoking gun. Smoking gun evidence of what? That […]

Evaluating the State of Creationism: Creationist Finances

T-shirts available for purchase by home schoolers to support Ham after he was dis-invited to speak at a home school conference.

Evaluating the state of creationism in the evangelical church today is a difficult task.  Gallop polls suggest little changes among Americans regarding their views of origins but the generic nature of the questions make these results challenging to interpret.   I have looked at web site traffic, publication records and other metrics of the reach […]

Reflections on the 2013 PCA General Assembly and the Age of the Earth


Dr. Jason Lisle of the Institute of Creation Research (ICR) presented a seminar entitled “Astronomy Reveals Creation” at this year’s PCA (Presbyterian Church in America) General Assembly which took place  two weeks ago.  Some billed this as the young-earth follow-up to a seminar given at last year’s PCA GA by Dr. Greg Davidson who presented […]

The State of Creationism as Viewed by Google Trends

Google trends comparison of search terms "evolution and creation" "creation vs evolution" and "theory of creation."  Image credit: Google trends and

Just how much interest is there in various forms of creationism and has that interest been increasing or decreasing? There have been many polls that that have addressed this question over the past several decades. These polls generally suggest that attitudes toward the age of the earth, the origin of man and evolution have not […]

The State of Creation Science as Measured by Scholarly Publishing


In two prior posts (Creation Science Organizations: Past, Present and Future and The Next Generation of Creation Scientists) I have raised questions about the viability of the creation science movement as measured by the conversion of new scientists to the movement.   Of course there have been many converts to belief in a young earth or at […]

The Next Generation of Creation Scientists?


I have to believe that when Henry Morris formed ICR he envisioned hundreds of scientists today actively applying the creation model to the historical sciences not just mouthing support for it. That former obviously hasn’t happened despite the proliferation of creation science organizations with their significant financial resources and publishing capacity Creationists list hundreds of PhD scientists who are creation scientists but this is not the same as saying there are hundreds of creation scientists doing creation science.

Creation Science Organizations: Past, Present and Future

ken ham poses with dinosaur at creation museum

Over the years I have maintained an eye on the ever-changing organizational structure of several creation science ministries.  The growth and in some cases retraction of some organizations is not unlike what happens to many non-profit or other para-church organizations.  The growth of para-church organizations is frequently caused by one of two main drivers:  a dynamic personality […]


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