Bad Calculation: The Case of the Shrinking Comet and the Age of Solar System

Ten years after launching, the European Space Agency Rosetta spacecraft caught up to its target: Comet 67P.   In 2014, Rosetta, now 250 million miles from Earth, traveled along with the comet while it made its way around the Sun measuring its increased activity including classic comet tail formation as it approached the sun.  At one […]

Responding to the False Dichotomy on the Age of the Earth

“My Christian school taught that the earth is 6,000 years old but what’s taught in public schools is that the earth is millions of years old. How do I reconcile the two? Is it a matter of choosing science over the Bible?” These are a few of the questions posed to me a few months […]

A Tale of Taphonomy: Clam Shrimp Fossils and the Age of the Earth

One of the great privileges of my job is that I get to participate on graduate student committees.  Many times this allows me to get up close and personal with data sub-disciplines extend far from those of my particular expertise.  You know that I have a fondness for fossils and the stories they tell.  So […]

The Lake Malawi Sediment Chronometer and the Toba Super Eruption

One of the largest volcanic eruptions in earth’s history, the Toba super eruption has been a special interest to anthropologists and climatologists because of its potential impacts on past human populations.   I have explored the implications of the Toba eruption on human history in previous posts (See: The Toba Super Eruption: A Global Catastrophe that […]

The Toba Super Eruption, Polar Ice Cores, and Climate Change

I recently discussed how the catastrophic Toba super-eruption in Indonesia is a serious challenge to the young-earth model of earth’s history (The Toba Super Eruption: A Global Catastrophe that Creationists Ignore). Briefly,  I explained that the Toba volcano caldera produced the largest eruption in the past 100,000 years releasing an estimated 2800 cubic kilometers of […]

A Walk on the Beach Preserved in Stone–How Fossilized Turtle Tracks Refute Young-Earth Fossil Dogma 

Baby sea turtles emerge from their sandy nest and quickly make their way down the beach and into the sea. As they do so they leave tiny footprints in the sand, but the tracks are short-lived.  Blown away or destroyed by the next large wave, they are lost forever. Imagine the footprints you leave during […]

Ignoring the Plank: A Young-Earth Apologist Inadvertently Writes a Brilliant Critique of Young-Earth Creationism

How should a movement dedicated to science denial warn its adherents against the evils of science denial? Young-earth creationism finds itself faced with just this problem as some of its followers slip toward the flat-earth fringe. Answers in Genesis, the leading young-earth apologetics ministry, has responded by critiquing the flat-earth movement in a series of […]

Fossilized Rivers? The Exhumed Palaeochannels of Utah and Mars

Here is a puzzle:  Where can you stand on dry ground and look up to see a river channel above you? Yes, New Orleans is a good answer.   However, I’m talking about looking up 100 feet from a non man-made location.   There are many places on Earth and possibly on Mars where such […]

The Appearance of Age and the Origin of the Hawaiian Islands

What is the origin of the Hawaiian Islands?  The exploration of that question consumed my attention for several years.  At that time—way back in the 1990s—I was a post-doctoral researcher at Southern Illinois University sequencing chloroplast genes from holoparasitic plants. At the same time I discovered list-serve discussion groups, I was given creation science literature […]

Faith in Flood Geology? Dogmatic Assertions of Expertise

Everyone is an expert in something but they can’t be an expert in everything.  At some point we all have to rely on the expertise of others to guide us through our lives.  I am a biologist, however, the vastness of the field of biology leaves me in the position of deferring to the knowledge of […]

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 but the next generation of young-earth experts who will continue the legacy of Morris, Austin, Humphreys, Woodmorappe, Wood, Bergman, Oard, Baumgardner, etc… I have to believe that this has to be a question that many of the […]

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 bit deeper into this canyon and how it fits into Biblical chronology lets look at the chronological sequence of historical events—according to the consensus of geological experts—that must […]

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 source of one of the best-known ancient civilizations.  But the Nile Valley has a deep secret.  A huge canyon lies buried underneath the Nile Valley attesting to an ancient history of events that took place long before the Egyptians came to inhabit […]

Snakes Preserved in Dinosaur Nests – Another Problem for Creationist’ Flood Geology

An eleven-foot snake slithers among a cache of eggs and a sauropod dinosaur hatchling.  Before it can grab the hatchling a landslide or windstorm buries the eggs, hatchling and snake.  This is the scene preserved in Late Cretaceous deposits in India (Wilson et al. 2010).  These same rocks have yielded thousands of sauropod eggs, hatchlings, […]

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 you to another geological formation you have probably never heard of.   I call this canyon the lost grand canyon of Egypt.  Through a series of four posts I will introduce you to this amazing canyon and demonstrate that […]