Young-earth Apologist David Rives and a Tale of Ancient DNA Discovery

I follow a number of apologists who play secondary roles in the young-earth (literal-day) creation universe. These are individuals with ministries that rely on repackaging and reselling ideas generated by the primary young-earth organizations like Answers in Genesis and Institute for Creation Research. One of those is David Rives. One of his many websites under […]

Nectar Robbing Bees, Natural Evil and the Image of God

Cheaters prosper! Yes, they really do. Hundreds of thousands of species are singularly devoted to some form of parasitic life strategy. It’s a strategy that involves one organism deriving all or much of its resources from a host organism to the detriment of that host. Many of these strategies make us cringe. For example the […]

Young-earth Creationism and Biodiversity Loss: Mass Extinction, Disposable Planets and MacArthur

Young age creationists have responded to biodiversity loss (extinction) in a scattershot way in recent years.  So my interest was peaked when the popular journal of Answers in Genesis, Answers Magazine, recently had a issue devoted to “Creation Care.”  One of those articles, Should We Abandon Some Species to Extinction? was featured on the Answers […]

Young-earth Hyper-migration? Drowned Ice Age Caves Contradict Young-Earth Timeline of Human History

During the last Ice Age when the oceans were up to 300 feet lower than they are today, an extensive cave system on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico was exposed, above sea level, allowing it to potentially be occupied by animals and humans.  When the massive ice sheets melted from the Earth’s surface causing the […]

Answers from Jeanson: Revealing the Truth of Joseph’s Global Famine?

A few years ago I wrote a satire piece titled Answers from Genesis: Reclaiming the Biblical Authority of Joseph’s Global Famine. It was meant to call attention to the fact that Hebrew words used in Genesis 41 to describe the severe famine at the time of Joseph are the same as those used in the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]