Best of NH

Below are some of my most popular and hopefully best articles that I have written for this blog.  Articles are categorized into the following group with some articles cross listed: 1) NH Favorites 2) Popular Series 3) Geological context 4) Natural History 5) Creationism and the Church 6) Young Earth Creationism 7) Philosophy and History of Science 8) Origins and Geological History of Mars 9) Wisdom from the Past 10) Interpreting Genesis and 11) NH Photography

NH Favorites:  My personal favorite writings.  Some of them just because I found the science so interesting and others because I think they are an important contribution to the science/faith discussion

Reflections on a Young Earth Creationist’ Approach to Scientific Apologetics
Trillions of Stone Age Artifacts: A Young Earth Anthropology Paradox
The Toba Super Eruption: A Non-Flood Catastrophe – The Artifacts Say Yes!

The Toba Super Eruption and Polar Ice Cores
The Frequently Overlooked Geological Context of Hominid Fossils
Lake Suigetsu and the 60,000 Year Varve Chronology
Smoking Gun Evidence of an Ancient Earth: GPS Data Confirms Radiometric Dating
An Ancient and Alien Forest Reconstructed: A challenge for young earth creationism
The Prelapsarian Acacia and the Good Creation: On the Origin of Thorns
The “Good Creation” – Mimicry, Design, and the Young Earth Creationists Dilemma
Finding Mars on Earth: A Conversation about Martian Meteorites
My Interview with a Martian: A Story of Origins
Dinosaurs, Dragons and Ken Ham: The Literal Reality of Mythological Creatures
Christian Responses to the Spiritual and Physical Status of Neanderthals
William Buckland: Minister and Geologist Grappling with Fossil Feces, Deep Time and the Age of Reptiles

Popular Serial Articles: 
These are posts that made up several popular series of articles

The Horse Series:  A critique of the creationist’ take on horse evolution
A Horse is a Horse, Unless of Course it Isn’t a Horse
When is a Horse a Horse? The Species Definition Problem
In Search of the Equine Common Ancestor – Horse Series Part III
Horsing Around with Genetic Sorting: Horse Series Part IV
Equines of the Bible: Horse Series Part V
A Horse is a Horse According to Answers in Genesis

Consider the Ostrich:  Flightless birds and creationism
Consider the Ostrich: Job 39 and God’s Commentary on His Creation – Part I
Consider the Ostrich: Job 39 and Creation – Part II
Consider the Ostrich: Adapted for the Present World? – Part III
Consider the Moa: Extinct Flightless Birds of New Zealand
The New Zealand Flora: Flightless Moas as Agents of Natural Selection
When Flightless Birds Ruled the Land: The “Terror” Birds of the New World

The Salty Sea Series:  An examination of levels of salt in the sea as a creationist’ chronometer
The Salty Sea and the Age of the Earth, Part I – Confirmation Bias
The Salty Sea Part II: A Young Earth Salt Chronometer?
The Salty Sea Part III: Are the Oceans Getting Saltier Over Time?
The Salty Sea Part IV: Dr. Wile’s Use of the Salt Chronometer

Bones of Contention:  The Response of Creationists’ to the Homo naledi Fossils in South Africa

Bones of Contention: How Will Creationists Respond To A Huge New Hominid Fossil Find?
Bones of Contention II: Ape, Human or Fraud? Young Earth Creationists Respond to the Dinaledi Chamber Fossil Discovery
Bones of Contention III: ICR Claims Homo naledi Fossils are of an “Imaginary Creature”
Bones of Contention IV: A YEC Homo naledi Fossil Status Scorecard

The Dead Sea and the Age of the Earth

The Origins of the Dead Sea: A Geo-Biblical Exploration – Part I
Origins of the Dead Sea Part II: The Lowest Place on Earth Goes Lower
Origins of the Dead Sea Part III: The Levant – A Land Literally Torn Apart
Origins of the Dead Sea, Part IV: Lake Lisan – The Jordan Valley Under Water
Smoking Gun Evidence of an Ancient Earth: GPS Data Confirms Radiometric Dating
Origins of the Dead Sea, Part V: All Dried Up – No Room for a Dry Dead Sea in the Young Earth Timeline
Sodom, Gomorrah, and the Seismic History of the Dead Sea: Support for Biblical History – Yes! Support for a Young Earth – No! The Origins of the Dead Sea, Part VI
Origins of the Dead Sea, Part VII: Mt. Sodom – A Huge Pile Salt

The Geological Context of Fossils: An ongoing examination of the geological context of fossil finds and of human fossils in particular and how these fossils impact our views of the origins of fossils.
The Frequently Overlooked Geological Context of Hominid Fossils
Geological Context II: Neanderthals and the Italian Supervolcano
Geological Context III: The Origins of the Dmanisi Skull
Geological Context IV: The Pit of Bones: A Death Chamber Time Capsule

Geological Context V:  Human Fossil Footprints Found Below Ice Age Deposits
Implications of Artifacts and Bones on Ancient Human Butchery Practices

Amazonian Forest Islands: Accidental Products of Ancient Human Occupation
NH Notes: Context is Key For Interpreting Large Fossil Find in Spain

NH Notes: Fossil Wasp Cocoons in Dinosaur Eggs – Evidence of a Complex Ecology
NH Notes: Fossilized Animal Borrows in Argentina
The Toba Super Eruption: A Non-Flood Catastrophe – The Artifacts Say Yes!
Fishing For Fossils In The North Sea:  The Lost World of Doggerland
Rapid Burial Allows Preservation of a Hadrosaur Fleshy Comb

Stone Age Artifacts: A YEC Challenge

Trillions of Stone Age Artifacts: A Young Earth Anthropology Paradox
How Rare are Stone Age Artifacts? A Visit to a Stone Tool-Making Center at Kathu, South Africa
Answers in Genesis Struggles to Make Sense of Vast Numbers of Stone Age Artifacts
Stone Artifacts From the Deep Sahara: Creating Problems for Young Earth Creationists

Thousands of Stone Age Artifacts and Fossil Bones: A Story of an Ancient Butcher Shop
Billions of Stone Artifacts: Witness to the Ancient Occupation of the Saharan Desert
Trillions of Stone Artifacts Redux: A South African Test Case of YEC Chronology

Natural History:  Mostly interesting natural history stories with minimal or no commentary on how they may relate to science/faith questions.
NH Notes: A Fish that Prefers to be on Land – The Pacific Leaping Blenny
Night of the Invasive Earthworms: A Horror Story for Northern Forests
The Sliding Rocks of Racetrack Playa – A Geological Who Done It Mystery
NH Notes: The Mosquito That Produced More Than A Little Buzz
NH Notes: Mysterious Noises in My Attic Finally Explained
NH Notes: Heat Sharing Huddling Penguins – A Benefit of Selfish Behavior?
NH Notes: A Follow-up About Heat Sharing Huddling Penguins
Long Distance Dispersal via Catastrophic Events
NH Notes: Exploding Termites – Sacrifice for the Good of the Whole Organism
The Age of the Reptiles: A New Dinosaur Fossil Trackway Near Moab
Ancient DNA Comes to Life: Giant Virus Resurrected from Siberian Permafrost

Creationism and the Church: My thoughts on the history and impact of creation science in the church and the reformed church in particular.
YEC Biblical Evolution: I Have A Book That Says Otherwise
Testing the Creationist’s Hyper-Evolution Orchard:  Canines, Felines and Elephants
Reflections on ETS 2014, Part I: An Overview of Origins Related Talks
The State of Creationism in the Church Today: Reflections on ETS 2014, Part II
Reflections on the 2013 PCA General Assembly and the Age of the Earth
Dinosaurs and Humans Living Together? The LSDYEC Apologetic of Ken Ham
Where did all the Dinosaurs Go? Ken Ham’s Climate and Human-Induced Dinosaur Extinction Hypothesis
New Creation Museum to Test the Limits of Donors and Attendees?
Reflections on the PCA GA and the Age of the Earth Seminar
The Reformed Church and YEC
Dinosaurs, Dragons and Ken Ham: The Literal Reality of Mythological Creatures
Dragon Tales, UFOs and the Creation Museum
Having Faith in Flood Geology – Dogmatic Assertions of Evidence
The Answers in Genesis Atheist Billboard Campaign
The Next Generation of Creation Scientists?
The Current State of Creationism in the Reformed Church – Part I
State of the Origins Debate – Part II: The Response to Walton’s “Lost World”
State of the Origins Debate – Part III: Recent Genesis Books
Creation Science Organizations: Past, Present and Future
Creation Debate in the Adventist Church
The State of Creation Science as Measured by Scholarly Publishing
Creation on the Internet: Where Do We Go to Learn About Origins?
Web Traffic Data for Reformed and Creationist Sites
Evaluating the State of Creationism: Creationist Finances
Human Fossil Footprints: Exploring the Fringes of Creationism
NH Notes: Can You Find the Dinosaurs in this Image?
NH Notes: A Four-legged Snake – Has the Edenic Serpent been Found?
Christian Responses to the Spiritual and Physical Status of Neanderthals
Ken Ham’s Ark Adventure to Usher in a Modern Day Reformation?

Young Earth Creationism:  Articles in which I explore scientific and theological aspects of the YEC worldview. In many cases I take current events/research and interpret within the context of a young and old-earth worldview.

Biology and Creationism: Questions about diversity, species, evolution, and genomes mostly
See the Horse Series and Flightless Birds Series above for some of the best analyses
How Similar is Similar? Baramins, Species, and the Identification of Common Ancestors
Canine Transmissible Tumors: Seeking Immortality by Becoming a Parasite
What is a species? Tasmanian Devil Transmissible Tumors
Young Earth Creationism and Ancient DNA
DNA from a Fossil Canine Skull: Confirmation of an Ancient Domesticated Dog
They Have the Gene but Blood is Not Sweet Nectar to the Vampire Bat
Invoking Super-Speed Evolution: How to Squeeze 10,000+ Bird Species onto Noah’s Ark
When Flightless Birds Ruled the Land: The “Terror” Birds of the New World
Of Kinds and Common Ancestors: Comparing Mitochondrial Genomes of Mammals
NH Notes: A Trunk and Tusk-Challenged Fossil Elephant
Progressive Creationism: A Whale of an Inference
Preservation of Behavior: Fossilized Elephant Tracks from the Arabian Peninsula
Of Kinds and Common Ancestors: Comparing Mitochondrial Genomes of Mammals
Thoughts on Baraminology
A Flock of Genomes Reveals the Toothy Ancestry of Birds
The Lost World of South American Ungulates: A YEC Ungulate Problem
We’re Going on a Fossil Hunt to Find a Herpes Virus

Geology/Paleontology and Creationism:

Smoking Gun Evidence of an Ancient Earth: GPS Data Confirms Radiometric Dating
The Worlds Largest Rock Tumbler and the Age of the Earth
The Strange Rubbing Boulders of the Atacama
Lake Suigetsu and the 60,000 Year Varve Chronology
The Toba Super Eruption: A Non-Flood Catastrophe – The Artifacts Say Yes!
The Toba Super Eruption and Polar Ice Cores
The YDB Event: The Most Recent Global Catastrophe in Human History?
Did T. Rex Really Have Tiny Arms? – Historical Science and Creationism
Desert Varnish: A Crude Marker of the Passage of Time
NH Notes:  A Fossil Scallop from Calvert Cliffs
The Peat Bog: Chronicler of Human History
NH Notes: Inverted Valleys – A Question of Age
NH Notes: Ancient Lava Flows and Inverted Valleys in Utah
NH Notes: The Exhumed Paleochannels of Utah and Mars
A Tale of Taphonomy: Clam Shrimp Fossils and the Age of the Earth
NH Notes: Dino Doo-Doo (Coprolites) and the Genesis Flood
The Lake Malawi Sediment Chronometer and the Toba Super Eruption
An Ancient and Alien Forest Reconstructed: A challenge for young earth creationism
The Lost World Of New York: Another Ancient Forest Reconstruction
Forests During the Age of the Dinosaurs – A Cretaceous Reconstruction
Permian Pompeii Challenge Taken Up? ICR’s Brian Thomas Comments on the Fossil Forests
Juvenile Dinosaurs Found Huddling In A Nest:  Testimony to a Global or Local Catastrophe?
Fossil Eggs, Nests, Floods and Stressed Pregnant Dinosaurs
Piles of Fossil Poo: Providing a Peak into the Past
Atacama Whale Fossils – Huge Find of Modern Whale Fossils in Chile
Covered in Shells: How many fossils are there?
Tephra/ash layers as evidence of the passage of time
Tas Walker’s Biblical Geology Model
Rapid Burial Allows Preservation of a Hadrosaur Fleshy Head Comb
My Interview with a Martian: A Story of Origins
The Salty Sea and the Age of the Earth, Part I – Confirmation Bias
The Salty Sea Part II: A Young Earth Salt Chronometer?
The Salty Sea Part III: Are the Oceans Getting Saltier Over Time?
The Salty Sea Part IV: Dr. Wile’s Use of the Salt Chronometer
A Strange Testament to an Ancient Earth: Bat Breath Causes Caves to Grow Larger
Diatoms: Tiny Organisms Highlight Big Inconsistencies in Young Earth Flood Geology Models
NH Notes: Fossilized Animal Burrows in Argentina from the Triassic Period
Local Catastrophes Happen: Mega-Tsunami Moves 700-Ton Boulders Uphill
The Dangers of Poor Scholarship: A Creationists’ Take on Feathered Dinosaurs
Origins of a Tropical Island: Instant Paradise or a Long Chaotic Process?
Origins of a Tropical Island II: The Long Road from Lava to Colonization
Forams and Diatoms: Testing Young Earth Flood Geology Hypotheses
Life in a Glass House: Diatoms Shatter Young Earth Flood Geology
Ancient DNA Redux: 700-Year-Old Virus Resurrected from Frozen Caribou Dung
Fossil Virus Found in Hamsters Points to an Ancient Origin of Ebola Virus
NH Notes: Fossilization Caught in the Act – A Mammoth from Texas
The Age of the Reptiles: A New Dinosaur Fossil Trackway Near Moab
NH Notes: Natural Trap Cave – An Ice Age Fauna Snapshot
NH Notes: Bent Rock on Display – The Sideling Hill Road Cut
Exceptional Dinosaur Tracksite in Denali National Park Reveals Herd of Hadrosaurs
A Diluvialist Response to the Buckland’s Kirkdale Cave Hyena Den
The Earth on Show: Encountering Lost Worlds Through Fossil Displays
When Marine Reptiles Ruled the Sea: Huge Ichthyosaur Fossil Find and the Age of Reptiles
Mary Anning: Plesiosaurs, Pterosaurs and The Age Of Reptiles
NH Notes: Biggest Dinosaur Ever Found But Is It The Largest Animal?
NH Notes: Underwater Cave Yields Fossilized Teenager From the Ice Age
Kirkdale Cave Hyena Den: A Young Earth Puzzle Since 1821
NH Notes: An Ode to Coprology
William Buckland: Minister and Geologist Grappling with Fossil Feces, Deep Time and the Age of Reptiles
Man-made Hunting Structure Under Lake Huron: A North American Doggerland?

Cosmology and creationism:
More Planets Than Stars – Exoplanets and Our Little Blue Ball
NH Notes: More Planets Than Stars Update
Cosmogenic Dating Methods Allow Estimates of Erosion Rates on Mars
Bring Out Your Dust: The YEC Moon Dust Argument
The Case of the Shrinking Comet and the Age of the Universe
Meteorite Impact Craters and Apparent Age – An Addendum

Walter Brown and the Origin of Asteroids and Impact Craters on other Planets
NH Notes: Snapshot of a Chaotic Tumbler – Asteroid Toutatis
As The Asteroid Tumbles: Asteroids and the Age of the Solar System
Kamil Meteorite Crater: A “Young” Impact on Earth Compared to Craters on Mars
A Young Mercury? Apparent Age Redux
Mercury follow-up: A watery beginning?
Dating the Earth: Amino Acid Racemization
The History of an Asteroid Family
Perceptions of Age: Craters on Mars
Apparent Age: Craters on Mars
On the Fringes of the YEC Movement: The Creation Ministry of Philip Stott
Ken Ham’s Aversion to ‘Life’ on Other Planets, Part I – What is Life?

YEC Theological/Biblical Interpretation Issues:
More Planets Than Stars – Exoplanets and Our Little Blue Ball
The Prelapsarian Acacia and the Good Creation: On the Origin of Thorns
Origins Science and Misconceptions of Historical Science
The “Good Creation” – Mimicry, Design, and the Young Earth Creationists Dilemma
Adam and The Fall: A Thorny Young Earth Assumption
When Peer Review Lets You Down: A YEC Quote Problem
Reflections on a Young Earth Creationist’ Approach to Scientific Apologetics
Ken Ham’s Aversion to ‘Life’ on Other Planets, Part I – What is Life?
Plants and the Biblical Definition of Life: What is Life – Part II
NH Notes: Creationist Influence on Biblical Study Tools

Philosophy and History of Science:  General articles on how science works and how science has been viewed over time.
NH Notes: The Scientific Enterprise and Paradise Gained
Dogmatic Assertions of Expertise: Having Faith in Flood Geology
Is Historical Science Reliable? An Exploration of the AiG “Origins” Science Label
Origins Science and Misconceptions of Historical Science
Historical Science and the Case of T. rex’s Puny Arms and Dinosaur Diets
The Salty Sea and the Age of the Earth, Part I – Confirmation Bias
Historical Science and Perceptions of Age:  Craters on Mars

The Origin and Geological History of Mars: I have been fascinated by the study of Mars and have written many articles about that work and how much of it is a serious challenge to the young earth creationist worldview.
My Interview with a Martian: A Story of Origins
The Mars Curiosity Rover: A Geological History Detective
Diverse Geological Landscapes Found on Mars
Curious Geology: Stunning Images Reveal a Complex Mars
NH Notes: Curiosity Update – Scenes on the Way to Mt. Sharp
Curiouser and Curiouser: A Mars Curiosity Update
Cosmogenic Dating Methods Allow Estimates of Erosion Rates on Mars
NH Notes: Answers in Genesis and a Mountain of Extraterrestrial Dust
NH Notes: Did Wind and Dust Create a 15,000 Foot Mountain in Gale Crater?
Non-Martian Rocks on Mars: Finding Small Meteorites on another Planet
Finding Mars on Earth: A Conversation about Martian Meteorites
Curiosity Rover Update: Diverse Geological Formations on Mars
Global Flood on Mars: Where Did the Water Go?
Can You Spot the Difference? The Slowly Changing Surface of Mars
NH Notes: Mars Takes Another Hit, Wishes it had an Atmosphere Like Earth
Curiosity Rover Update: Driving into a Sedimentary Wonderland on Mars
The Little Rover that Could: Opportunity Thinks it Can for 11 Years on Mars

Wisdom from the Past: Quotes and commentary about natural historians from the past and what they can teach us today.  This blog is dedicated to one such natural historian, John Ray.
Ray on the Purpose of Creation in “The Wisdom of God”
Ray to Llwyd: On Formed Stones and Mammalian Fossils
Ray to Lhwyd in 1695 continued: Fossils and the Flood
John Ray: Testing Knowledge with Observation
John Ray on Woodward in 1695: Words that still apply today
John Calvin on the Ancients Ability to Divine Truth
Mather on Genesis 1:21: What is the great sea creature?
Isaac Newton on the Mosaic Account of Creation
Rediscovering the Science of the Middle Ages
A Diluvialist Response to the Buckland’s Kirkdale Cave Hyena Den
Mary Anning: Plesiosaurs, Pterosaurs and The Age Of Reptiles

Interpreting Genesis:  Articles that address particular interpretive issues with Genesis and the question of origins in general.
Adam and The Fall: A Thorny Young Earth Assumption
Psalm 104 – Evidence of Post-Flood Plate Tectonics?
The Garden Temple: A Framework for a Biblical Worldview
NH Notes: Exploding Termites – Sacrifice for the Good of the Whole Organism
The “Good Creation” – Mimicry, Design, and the Young Earth Creationists Dilemma
The Historical Creation View of Sailhamer in “Genesis Unbound” Part 1
Historical Creation View of Sailhamer – Part 2: The Issues
Historical Creation View of Sailhamer – Part 3. Summary
Historical Creation View – Part 4: The Meaning of Formless and Void
Historical Creation View of Sailhamer – Part 5
Historical Creation of Sailhamer – Part 6: Relationship of Genesis 1 and 2
Thoughts on John Walton’s “The Lost World of Genesis One”
A New Old Genesis Commentary – The Mather Project

Natural History Photography: Mostly pictures that I have taken with some commentary.
NH Photography: Goosenecks of the San Juan River
NH Photography: Upheaval Dome – Canyonlands National Park
NH Photography: Critters Around Our House This Fall
NH Notes: Fuzzy Orange Galls on Oak Leave
NH Photography: Gnats Swarming Above Grass
A Tour of The Dinosaur Trail of Mill Canyon (Moab, UT)
NH Photography: Petrified Sand Dunes Near Moab UT
A Trip to the Joggins Fossil Cliffs in Nova Scotia
NH Notes: A Diverse Array of Mushrooms in the Backyard
Fossil Field Trip: Fossil Reefs Under the Feet of the PCA GA
NH Photography:  Badlands National Park, South Dakota
NH Photography:  Revisiting the Colorado of My Youth
NH Photography: Desert Southwest Scenes
NH Photography:  Desert Varnish  Around Moab
NH Photography:  Morning Snow on Patio Stones
NH Photography:  Frosty Window
NH Photography:  Badlands National Park, South Dakota
NH Photography: The Beauty of Thistles
NH Photography: Summer Nature Pictures from Northeast Ohio
NH Photography: Fall Insects from Northeast Ohio

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