Dinosaur tracks and eggshells are found in great abundance in the geological column. Many paleontologists have devoted their careers to finding, characterizing and interpreting these remains of these extinct organisms. But is all their work to put these fossils into a historical context simply a fantasy? If the young-earth view of earth's … [Read More...]
Mars once had a thicker atmosphere and liquid water on its surface. Nearly every month data from satellites and multiple ground-based systems … [Continue reading...]
Is Natural and Biological Diversity A Testament of God’s Creative Power or a Consequence of Sin? Reflections on “Is Genesis History?”
In my reflections on the recent film "Is Genesis History?" which appeared on the Biologos website yesterday I made the following … [Continue reading...]
Our solar system comes with planets of all sorts of sizes and compositions. Not long ago, it was possible to debate if there were any other planets … [Continue reading...]
Can the act of breathing in a cave cause it to grow larger? Limestone caves are usually formed by dissolution of limestone as the result of the … [Continue reading...]
Nine hundred feet below a Mexican desert hundreds of giant white crystals, some more than 90 feet long and 13 feet wide, fill a hot (137 F) and humid … [Continue reading...]
Thorns, prickles, spines and needles provide an effective means of protection for plants against many herbivores which would otherwise find them to be a source of nourishment. A common perception of … .
Ken Ham would have us believe that the modern reincarnation of the young-earth creationist movement, which he claims began only 55 years ago, is the real deal this time. Unlike previous attempts over … .
Do places on Earth exist where annual records have been stored for tens of thousands of years and can be accessed today? Ice-cores and tree rings can preserve long records of yearly events but some … .
Please welcome David MacMillan* as a guest author today on Naturalis Historia.** As the strict young-earth creationists at Answers in Genesis work to complete their Ark Encounter "theme park," … .
Where no animal except a lost owl and rodent has ever found themselves, through skinny passages that I could not fit through, laying on or just under fine sediments, the partially fossilized bones of … .
The human fossil record is probably one of these least understood yet frequently discussed topics in the Christian church. I have neither the expertise nor the desire to attempt … [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...]
Sudden catastrophic events are not unknown in Earth’s history. Large craters are evidence of past cosmic impacts. Widespread layers of volcanic ash are a testimony of massive … [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...]
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...]
The year was 1700 B.C. Severe climate change had been engulfing the entire Earth for several years. … [Read More...]
Three years ago Ken Ham very publicly promoted what he believes is a biblical model of biological … [Read More...]
Many American protestants, including those in the reformed tradition, perceive Answers in Genesis … [Read More...]
Thorns, prickles, spines and needles provide an effective means of protection for plants against … [Read More...]
Are the existence of plant thorns and thistles proof that the world can only be a few thousand years … [Read More...]
Creationism and the Church
Many American protestants, including those in the reformed tradition, perceive Answers in Genesis (AiG) to be a … [Read More...]
Thorns, prickles, spines and needles provide an effective means of protection for plants against many herbivores which … [Read More...]
Are the existence of plant thorns and thistles proof that the world can only be a few thousand years old? Yes! … [Read More...]
Where is the next generation of creation scientists? I don't mean the next generation of believers in creation science … [Read More...]
Ken Ham would have us believe that the modern reincarnation of the young-earth creationist movement, which he claims … [Read More...]
Natural History Notes
Wisdom from the Past
John Ray, one of England's greatest 17th century natural theologians, spent much time pondering the meaning of fossils or "formed stones" as they were called then. I have shared some of his thoughts … .
Should professors at Universities be active participants in generating and testing ideas or should they be content to be teachers of what is already known? Most higher educational institutions, such … .
Modern young-earth creationism has deep roots. The essential elements of flood geology were established in the 1600s though much of what passed as flood geology at that time might be difficult to … .
The Englishman and natural historian John Ray is best known for his book, The Wisdom of God. Like many other books of the 18th century, he continually revised and reissued his book until the time of … .
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 … .