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Book Review: “The Fool and The Heretic” by Todd Charles Wood and Darrel R. Falk

Have you ever wanted to get inside the head of a young-earth creationist or an evolutionary creationist and hear what they are thinking about each … [Continue reading...]

Natural Pitfall Traps: Preserving a History of Unfortunate Events

You can learn a lot from a series of unfortunate events.  Collapsed caves can leave entry holes on the surface that become hazards to local fauna.  … [Continue reading...]

Ancient Genomes Reveal Horses have been Horses for a Long Time

In 2013 a remarkable DNA sequence was reported by geneticists studying ancient DNA.  It was a nearly complete genome extracted and decoded from the … [Continue reading...]

Horses in the Bible Contradict Ken Ham’s Hyper-evolution Narrative

Thus far in this series  about horses we have we have explored some of the  interpretations of the fossil record of horses and demonstrated the … [Continue reading...]

Horsing Around with Genetic Sorting: Horse Series Part IV

Are modern horse species descendants of a small dog-sized common ancestor or do all fossil horse-like species represent unique creations? For many, … [Continue reading...]

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An Ancient and Alien Forest Reconstructed: A Fossil Challenge for Young-earth Creationists

Fossils often provide us with only a fragmentary view of the distant past but sometimes collections of fossils record ancient and seemingly alien worlds in stunning clarity.   In the past decade … .

On the Origin of Thorns: The Prelapsarian Acacia and the Good Creation

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’s Ark Encounter to Usher in a Modern Day Reformation?

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 … .

My Letter to the Host of a Local Creation Conference

For many pastors and their congregations, questions about the intersection of science and faith are difficult because of their unfamiliarity with the scientific evidence and the extensive theological … .

A 60,000 Year Varve Record from Japan Refutes the Young-Earth Interpretation of Earth’s History

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 … .

The YDB Event: The Most Recent Global Catastrophe in Human History?

In 2013 a 50-foot meteor  streaked across the Russian sky exploding 14 miles above the surface of the earth creating a shock wave that injured 1500 people and damaged more than … [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...]

A 60,000 Year Varve Record from Japan Refutes the Young-Earth Interpretation of Earth’s History

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 … [Read More...]

The Toba Super-Eruption: The Global Catastrophe that Creationists Ignore

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...]

Finding Mars on Earth: A Conversation about Martian Meteorites

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...]

In Search of the Equine Common Ancestor: Horse Series Part III

In our last installment of this series, When is a Horse a Horse? we recognized that the living … [Read More...]

When is a Horse a Horse? The Species Definition Problem

In my introduction to the origin of horses I suggested that a horse is a horse of course, unless of … [Read More...]

What is a Horse? A Horse is a Horse, Unless of Course it isn’t a Horse

"A horse is a horse, of course, of course, and no one can talk to a horse, of course, unless, of … [Read More...]

Lab-Grown Diamonds are not Ken Ham’s Best Friend

They say diamonds are forever, but for geologists this saying doesn’t make much sense.  They would … [Read More...]

Pterosaurs and the Inevitable Road to Extinction–A Young-Earth Creationist’ View of the Rapid Loss of Biodiversity on Earth

We are currently in the midst of an extinction crisis.  Species are disappearing at an … [Read More...]

Creationism and the Church

Committed to Conversation–Finding Fellowship in the Face of Conflict

A committed young-earth creationist, Dr. Todd Wood, and an equally committed evolutionary creationist, Dr. Darrel Falk, … [Read More...]

Book Review: “The Fool and The Heretic” by Todd Charles Wood and Darrel R. Falk

Have you ever wanted to get inside the head of a young-earth creationist or an evolutionary creationist and hear what … [Read More...]

Horses in the Bible Contradict Ken Ham’s Hyper-evolution Narrative

Thus far in this series  about horses we have we have explored some of the  interpretations of the fossil record of … [Read More...]

The Polar Bear Test—An Identification Key of Christian Views of Origins

YEC, GT, AoA, OEC, ID, PC, EC, TE? These acronyms refer to theistic models of earth’s biological and physical history. … [Read More...]

God’s Knitting Needles Revealed in the Creation of Mike Trout?

The satire site, The Babylon Bee, published a fiction piece earlier this year in which Ken Ham claimed that Mike Trout's … [Read More...]

Wisdom from the Past

John Ray in 1695: The Flood, Fossils, and Extinction

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 … .

Testing Book-smarts with Observation: John Ray (1735) on the Value of Knowledge Creation

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 … .

John Ray on Flood Geology in 1695: Words that Still Apply Today

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 … .

NH Notes: John Ray on the Purpose of Creation in “The Wisdom of God”

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 … .

NH Notes: The Scientific Enterprise and Paradise Gained

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 … .