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A Strange Testament to an Ancient Earth: Bat Breath Causes Caves to Grow Larger

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...]

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The Naica Cave of Crystals is a Giant Problem for a Young Earth

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...]

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Answers from Genesis: Reclaiming the Biblical Authority of Joseph’s Global Famine

The year was 1700 B.C.  Severe climate change had been engulfing the entire Earth for several years. People from every corner of the globe were … [Continue reading...]

The YEC biblical evolution model.  Screen capture of a slide from Ham's presentation during the Ham/Nye debate Feb 4 2013.

Ken Ham’s Biblical Evolution? I Have a Book That Says Otherwise

Three years ago Ken Ham very publicly promoted what he believes is a biblical model of biological evolution to explain the diversity of life on Earth. … [Continue reading...]

A sampling of some of my recent reading material all of which contain materials written from the reformed theological tradition.

Who Is Our Authority? The Reformed Church Looks Outward for Answers from Genesis

Many American protestants, including those in the reformed tradition, perceive Answers in Genesis (AiG) to be a Christian scientific organization … [Continue reading...]

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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 … .

Geneva reformers Feral, Calvin, Beza, Knox

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 … .

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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 … .

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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," … .

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 … .

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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...]

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...]

Comparison of material emitted for a number of famous volcanic eruptions. All the ones that emitted 100 cubic kilometers or more and considered super-eruptions.    Toba has erupted more than once but the one shown is the youngest.   Image credit: USGS - http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/images/pglossary/eruptionsize.php

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...]

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 chebli9ska meteorite atmospheric explosion as caught on dashcam of truck..

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

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...]

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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 … [Read More...]

A screenshot from Creation Today video posted on Eric Hovind's young earth creation website June 2012.  Here we see Australian McKay showing proof that these fossils were created after Adam's fall. The proof?  There are thorns on this plant fossil.

Adam, Eden, and the Corruption of Nature: A Thorny Young-Earth Assumption

Are the existence of plant thorns and thistles proof that the world can only be a few thousand years … [Read More...]

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Where is the Next Generation of Creation Scientists?

Where is the next generation of creation scientists?   I don't mean the next generation of believers … [Read More...]

By "Mike" Michael L. Baird, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5297461

Mixed Messages: Confusion over the Origin of Sea Otters at Answers in Genesis

Reading young-earth creationist’ literature can be a very confusing experience.   Because they … [Read More...]

Geneva reformers Feral, Calvin, Beza, Knox

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, … [Read More...]

Creationism and the Church

A sampling of some of my recent reading material all of which contain materials written from the reformed theological tradition.

Who Is Our Authority? The Reformed Church Looks Outward for Answers from Genesis

Many American protestants, including those in the reformed tradition, perceive Answers in Genesis (AiG) to be a … [Read More...]

thorns-leaves

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 … [Read More...]

A screenshot from Creation Today video posted on Eric Hovind's young earth creation website June 2012.  Here we see Australian McKay showing proof that these fossils were created after Adam's fall. The proof?  There are thorns on this plant fossil.

Adam, Eden, and the Corruption of Nature: A Thorny Young-Earth Assumption

Are the existence of plant thorns and thistles proof that the world can only be a few thousand years old?  Yes! … [Read More...]

foggymorningbeechnut-photos-rjduff

Where is the Next Generation of Creation Scientists?

Where is the next generation of creation scientists?   I don't mean the next generation of believers in creation science … [Read More...]

Geneva reformers Feral, Calvin, Beza, Knox

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 … [Read More...]

Wisdom from the Past

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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 … .

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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 … .