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 […]

Natural Pitfall Traps: Preserving a History of Unfortunate Events

You can learn a lot from a series of unfortunate events.  Collapsed caves can leave entry holes on the surface that become hazards to local fauna.  The image below is from inside a famous natural pitfall trap in Wyoming. The surface above is rather flat and prey running from a predator sometimes fall into this hole […]

Ancient Genomes Reveal Horses have been Horses for a Long Time

In 2013 a remarkable DNA sequence was reported by geneticists studying ancient DNA.  It was a nearly complete genome extracted and decoded from the remains of a tooth of a horse preserved in permafrost sediments in Alaska.  This partially-fossilized horse was dated to more than 500,000 years old and is the most complete sequence of […]

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 […]

Lab-Grown Diamonds are not Ken Ham’s Best Friend

They say diamonds are forever, but for geologists this saying doesn’t make much sense.  They would agree that diamonds are for a long time—hundreds of millions if not billions of years—but not forever.  Many lines of evidence reveal that one must go deep (more than 150 km) into the mantle of the Earth to find […]

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, […]

Are Differences more than Skin Deep? Ken Ham’s Confusing Message about Biological Variation  

It is said that beauty is only skin deep and that you can’t judge a book by its cover.  These sayings seek to communicate our understanding that the exterior of an object often presents a false picture of the true nature of what is inside. If we were to ask how might we measure the […]