Stranger Things–Creationist’ Views of Speciation and Natural Selection in the 1980s

Today, young-earth creationists are actively promoting a new model of the origin of the diversity of life on Earth.  This speculative view borrows a number of elements found in any typical evolutionary biology textbook. For example, modern YECs claim that most and possibly all species alive today—except humans—are related to numerous other, though not all, […]

Glyptodonts, Armadillos and Ken Ham’s Hyper-Speciation Model

Armadillos are curious little animals but were all of them as small as they are today?  DNA extracted from a 12,000 year old bone of an extinct glyptodont the size of a small car revealed a genetic code that clearly places this huge animal inside the group (clade) of diverse animals we collectively call armadillos. These DNA results (see […]

Another Young-Earth Puzzle–Fossilized Moa Footprints in New Zealand

Everyday a new piece of earth’s history is uncovered. And everyday those discoveries add a new puzzle piece for young-earth creationists to try to fit into their 6000-year picture of earth’s biological and geology history. Yesterday’s new puzzle piece comes in the form of seven large footprints on a slab of rock. They were found […]

The Ark Encounter’s Hyper-evolutionary Model Underestimates Speciation Rates

How many animals did Noah preserve on the Ark?  I often see critics of young-earth creationists (YECs) challenge Noah’s Ark with the question, how could Noah have fit all two million species on the ark?   When I see this challenge posed on Facebook or Twitter it is invariably coming from an individual that knows very […]

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, spend time with each other.  At first both are suspicious of the other’s Christian credentials. One feels like he is thought to be a fool the other is concerned that he is looked down upon as a heretic. Through […]

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 difficulty of defining the boundaries of species of modern horses.   We have observed that evolutionary theory and most modern young earth creationists propose that the domestic horse, the donkey […]

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, this dichotomous choice may sound like a setup to test if a person is an atheist evolutionist or a bible believing Christian.  However, we previously noted that this is a question that literal […]

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 species of equines (horses, zebras, donkeys etc..) represent groups of genetically divergent individuals that naturally do not interbreed on a regular basis.  Each of these lineages of equines is behaving as a species as defined by the biological species concept.  This raises the […]

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 course it isn’t a horse. But that begs the question, how do we know what the boundaries are of what constitutes a horse?  Although I suggested that young-earth creationists (YECs) have diverse views of what […]

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 course, the horse, of course, is the famous Mr. Ed!”  From the introduction to the 1960s TV show “Mr Ed” No one disputes that Mr. Ed was a horse but what about the plains […]

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 ever-accelerating pace. It is striking that not long ago the idea that any species could go extinct was unthinkable.  Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (1707-1788) was one of the first to suggest that extinction was a possibility. But during Leclerc’s […]

What is a “Kind”? Fox News Article Quoted by AiG Speakers Contradicts their own Definition

I have said before that reading young-earth literature or attending one of their seminars can be a confusing experience.  Many times they present internally inconsistent arguments seemingly unaware of how one thing they say contradicts something another creationist has said or even what they have said themselves.  For example, on the November 29th edition of […]

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.  Do you know which models each of these letter combinations refer to? If so, do you know which one best characterizes your view? If you don’t—or if you don’t know, or are not sure, into […]

What is a Perfect Trait? The Prelapsarian Paradise in Our Own Eyes

Creationist’ literature can be baffling to read at times. It isn’t just common misunderstandings of science and theology but sometimes it’s the feeling you get that they haven’t thought through the implications of what they have written.  One article frequently contradicts the thesis, or even the facts, of another.  Today’s example come from Dr. David […]

What has the Response been to “Replacing Darwin: The New Origin of Species”?  

One year ago witnessed the publication of what Ken Ham and others at the young-earth ministry, Answer in Genesis (AiG), clearly hoped would provide a comprehensive, alternative approach to explaining the origin of species and, more generally, biological diversity within a 6000-year time-frame.  As the bold title, “Replacing Darwin: The New Origin of Species,” proclaims, […]