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Yellowstone Falls in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.  Photo: Joel Duff, June 2016.

Squeezing the Lost Grand Canyon of Egypt into the Young Earth Paradigm: An impossible* Task

In Egypt the Nile River Valley conceals a massive canyon that once was as deep and wide as the Grand Canyon in Arizona.  We have explored the origins … [Continue reading...]

A portion of a jawbone I picked up off a hillside in the badlands of South Dakota. Photo: Joel Duff

Fossil Hunting in the Badlands of South Dakota

So many highlights from our vacation but I am going to hold off on some of my favorites until I am able to work through my images and develop more … [Continue reading...]

Devils Tower in Wyoming. Photo: Joel Duff, June 2016

NH Summer Update: Vacation, Ark Encounter and Coming Attractions

The past month has been quite an adventure.  It has been good to get a break from my job and this blog, which was starting to feel like a job. … [Continue reading...]

Painting, by Carlo Mancini, of the Great Pyramids on the distant shore of the Nile River. By Jean-Marc Pascolo (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.o...], via Wikimedia Commons

The Lost Grand Canyon of Egypt, Part III: A Brief Chronology of Events

A massive canyon lays hidden below the Nile Valley in Egypt.  In Part II we looked as how this massive canyon was formed. Before we go on to look a … [Continue reading...]

That's me on a recent walk near my home in Ohio.  Image: tripod HDR selfie.

Blocked from Facebook – ICR Removes Another Form of Peer-Review

I am now blocked from commenting on the Facebook page of the Institute of Creation Research (ICR).  This was no surprise to me, nonetheless I felt … [Continue reading...]

Malapa Cave cartoon depicting what the caves system might have been like at the time that the animals and primates that fell into the cave and became fossilized by minerals in the water. Courtesy Lee R. Berger. Illustration by Paul Dirks.  Malapa Cave cartoon.  Courtesy Lee R. Berger.  Illustration by Paul Dirks.

The Frequently Overlooked Geological Context of Hominid Fossils

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...]

An interpretive drawing of William Buckland crawling into Kirkdale Cave where he found extinct cave hyenas and the remains of their prey. Drawn by Buckland’s friend William Conybeare.

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...]

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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...]

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The Frequently Overlooked Geological Context of Hominid Fossils

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...]

Remains of 15 baby dinosaurs in a nest. Click to enlarge this image. Image credit: Dr. Kh. Tsogtbaatar

Juvenile Dinosaurs Found Huddling in a Nest: A Local or Global Catastrophe?

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 Meditteranean basin showing where major salt formations are found.  From:  Ryan, W. B. F., Decoding the Mediterranean salinity crisis. Sedimentology 56, 95-136 (2008). doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3091.2008.01031.x

The Lost Grand Canyon of Egypt, Part II: Origins of the Nile River Valley

A meandering river on a wide river plain running through Egypt is the site of one of the … [Read More...]

One "gooseneck" at Goosenecks of the San Juan Sate Park in Utah.  Mid-afternoon late July 2013

The Lost Grand Canyon of Egypt: Another Monument to an Ancient Earth

The Grand Canyon is one of the best-know geological formations on earth.  Today I want to introduce … [Read More...]

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Cave with Structures Made from Stalagmites Another Problem for YEC Chronology

It seems like every month there is an amazing new discovery of ancient human activities.  Last … [Read More...]

An adult 17-year cicada and two nymph exoskeletons. Image: Joel Duff

NH Photography: The 17-Year Cicadas have Emerged in Ohio

Periodical cicadas called Brood V  have emerged from the ground after 17 years of life as a nymphs … [Read More...]

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Oh the Places We Will Not Go: Passing on the Ark Encounter to Encounter God’s Real Creation

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Creationism and the Church

That's me on a recent walk near my home in Ohio.  Image: tripod HDR selfie.

Blocked from Facebook – ICR Removes Another Form of Peer-Review

I am now blocked from commenting on the Facebook page of the Institute of Creation Research (ICR).  This was … [Read More...]

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Oh the Places We Will Not Go: Passing on the Ark Encounter to Encounter God’s Real Creation

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Reflections on the Death of Toads and the Edenic Perfect Paradise

Ecology is the branch of biology that studies the interactions of organisms with each other and their environment. … [Read More...]

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Bones of Contention V: Dr. Wood Weighs in on the Homo naledi Mystery

Two years ago the South African palaeoanthropologist, Dr. Lee Berger, announced that possible ancient hominin remains … [Read More...]

Pictures of most of the living species of penguins. Young earth creationists consider these all to be members of the same "kind" and thus all of these evolved from a common ancestor.  Image credit: Wikipedia.

Invoking Super-Speed Evolution: The YEC Post-Flood Big Bang of Bird Speciation

The diversity of birds on earth is remarkable. There are more than twice as many bird species alive today as there are … [Read More...]

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Dodging Darwin: How Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter is Slowly Embracing Evolution

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," … .

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Bones of Contention II: Ape, Human or Fraud? Young Earth Creationists Respond to the Dinaledi Chamber Fossil Discovery

The largest collection of hominin bones ever found in Africa is causing massive waves in the anthropological world and beyond. When it was first announced, I wrote about how I thought some creationist … .

This photo provided by National Geographic from their October 2015 issue shows a composite skeleton of Homo naledi surrounded by some of the hundreds of other fossil elements recovered from the Rising Star cave in South Africa, photographed at the Evolutionary Studies Institute of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. In an announcement made Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, scientists say the fossils revealed the new member of the human family tree. The expedition team was led by Lee Berger of the university. (Robert Clark/National Geographic, Lee Berger/University of the Witwatersrand via AP) IMAGE MUST INCLUDE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LOGO; CROPPING NOT PERMITTED; MANDATORY CREDIT: "ROBERT CLARK/NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, LEE BERGER/UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND" Photo: Robert Clark, AP

Bones of Contention: How Will Creationists Respond To A Huge New Hominid Fossil Find?

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 … .

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.

Reflections on a Young Earth Creationist’ Approach to Scientific Apologetics

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 … .

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Trillions of Stone Age Artifacts: A Young Earth Anthropology Paradox

Trillions of stone artifacts cover the surface of the African continent. The product of the manufacturing of stone tools by hunters and gathers over long periods of time, these stone artifacts … .

Wisdom from the Past

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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 … .

Snail shell, San Diego CA. Photo: Joel Duff 2014

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 … .

Sunflower struck by the suns rays at sunrise. Late summer in northeast Ohio.  Photo by Joel Duff

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 … .

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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 … .

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Isaac Newton on the Mosaic Account of Creation

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 … .

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