A Six-day Evolutionist? It depends on what you mean by evolution

Young-earth creationists like to talk about two types of evolution, one is real (microevolution), and the other is a lie from the pit of hell (macroevolution). They act as if their were a chasm between the two as large as the Grand Canyon. But when their literature is explored identifying where microevolution ends and macroevolution […]

Chimps, Orangutans and Gorillas Evolved from a Common Ancestor on Noah’s Ark

When the Creation Museum in Kentucky opens back up on June 8 they will have a new exhibit on great ape origins.  There you will be able to learn how all gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees and all species of fossil apes including australopiths share a common ancestor no more than 4500 years ago. Ken Ham has […]

Finding Mars on Earth: A Conversation about Martian Meteorites

The evidence continues to accumulate: Mars used to be wet.  It used to have a much more active hydrological cycle. The Mars Couriosity Rover has been revealing the complex geology of Mars including the deposition of sedimentary rocks (Curious Geology: Stunning Images Reveal a Complex Mars) but we have been able to study the watery […]

Dissent with Modification: Young-Earth Creationists Deny and Accept Macroevolutionary Theory

How can a population of organisms reproduce and over some period of time diversify into hundreds of species each of which has its own menagerie of unique characteristics? This is a fundamental biological question for which many different mechanisms have been proposed as solutions over the past 200 years.  Young-earth apologists say they have replaced […]

A Family History of Coronavirus–Origins and Future Prospects

The talk of the world is coronavirus-so many questions. How did it come to infect humans?  How should we go about controlling its spread? Will the virus mutate and become more infectious or deadly? Are there any effective treatments? There is no shortage of speculation and ongoing research hoping to provide answers to these questions.  […]

A Letter of Concern: Thoughts on the Global Coronavirus Crisis

The following is a letter that I wrote and have sent to a few family and friends.  Given the news today I decided to I would post it here for my broader family and because I haven’t had time to write individual messages to all those I intended but know most of them will see […]

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 […]

A Plea to Pastors and Theologians who Preach on Social Media

Many of my Facebook friends and those that follow my blog may not be aware that I am a PK (preacher’s kid). I know how difficult a pastor’s life can be. It’s a tough job with high expectations, where everything said from the pulpit to the Sunday afternoon put-luck (or more theologically accurate, pot-providence:-) lunch […]

Vision 2020: Past, Present and Future of Naturalis Historia

Eight years, 445 published articles, several million page views—what does the future have in store? God-willing, much more but before getting to that future I must express my gratitude for those who have read and shared my writing, provided feedback and challenged my thinking. I began this blog as a way to communicate more effectively […]

The Liturgy of Creation: Reading Genesis 1 as a Festival Calendar Narrative

I own more than 400 books on the topic of origins, broadly speaking. That includes commentaries on the book of Genesis, works on the relationship of science and faith, young-earth creationist textbooks and popular literature and books on the philosophy of science.  I’ve recently finished my most recent purchase The Liturgy of Creation by Dr. […]

Man-made Hunting Structure Discovered Under Lake Huron: A North American Doggerland?

The lost world of North America?  A Great Lakes Doggerland?  Ancient hunting grounds beneath Lake Huron?  Yes, people once lived and moved about on land which is today submerged 120 feet under Lake Huron.  In 2014 O’Shea and colleagues reported the results of their studies confirming this Atlantian-like history underneath the Great Lake Huron.   The […]

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 […]