How Have Young Earth Creationists Responded to Feathered Dinosaurs?

The fossilized remains of feathers attached to a bony tail preserved in a 99 million year old amber fossil has recently captured international attention. This isn’t the first time that feathers have been found in amber but earlier feather finds were found in isolation. This time they are attached to a structure which has been […]

My Letter to the Host of a Local Creation Conference

For many pastors and their congregations, questions about the intersection of science and faith are difficult because of their unfamiliarity with the scientific evidence and the extensive theological literature on Genesis. Hence, they turn to experts to provide answers.  Ken Ham and Answers in Genesis (AiG) seem to provide the answers many Christians wish to […]

Comparing Dinosaur Talks for Kids: Dr. Jack Horner vs Bryan Osborne (Answers in Genesis)

Dinosaurs are fascinating to kids and many adults.  If an organization is looking to generate an audience, bringing in a speaker to lecture about dinosaurs is one sure means to succeed.  This fall I had the opportunity to attend two public lectures about dinosaurs both of which were aimed specifically at kids.  The first, “Dinosaur Accoutrements,” […]

Trillions of Stone Artifacts Redux: A South African Test Case of YEC Chronology

Recently, Dr. Terry Mortenson of Answers in Genesis responded to one of my articles (Trillions of Stone Age Artifacts: A Young Earth Anthropology Paradox) which claimed that the presence of trillions of stone artifacts scattered across Africa is a significant problem for young-earth creationism (YEC).  He questioned the fact that so many artifacts could be produced even […]

Answers in Genesis Struggles to Make Sense of Vast Numbers of Stone Age Artifacts

How many stone age tools and associated artifacts are there and what are the implications of their existence? I raised those questions in a series of posts in the past year (Trillions of Stone Age Artifacts: A Young Earth Anthropology Paradox and How Rare are Stone Age Artifacts? A Visit to a Stone Tool-Making Center […]

Reflections on a Young Earth Creationist’ Approach to Scientific Apologetics

A few weeks ago I was a scheduled to present several lectures as part of a course offered by Veritas Theological Seminary in Santa Ana, California.  The course title was Scientific Apologetics: The Age of the Earth.  The course was split 50/50 between speakers from Solid Rock Lectures including myself, and two prominent employees of the […]

The State of Creationism in the Church Today: Reflections on ETS 2014, Part II

Evangelical Christianity, broadly defined, has seen a number of science and faith battles over the past 50 years.  For most of those years the debate has focused on the age of the earth and the closely – though not universally – associated debate about the extent of Noah’s Flood.  Today, the age of the Earth […]

Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter to Usher in a Modern Day Reformation?

Ken Ham would have us believe that the modern creationist movement, which apparently began only 53 years ago, is the real deal this time. Unlike all the other attempts to create a history of the Earth with a recent global flood as a centerpiece, this time it apparently is going to usher in a real reformation in both science and an appreciation for biblical authority.

The Ark Encounter To Proceed With Construction

Last night in a public broadcast Ken Ham announced that enough funds have been obtained to break ground for the huge “evangelistic project” – the Ark Encounter.  The event was clearly designed to put-to-rest rumors that Answers in Genesis has run into money problems and that the project is in trouble.  I do think they rightly pointed […]

The Answers in Genesis Atheist Billboard Campaign

By now you have either seen or heard about the Answers in Genesis billboard campaign targeting atheists.   In very prominent billboards in major cities including Times Square in New York City, the message is proclaimed to their atheist friends, Thank God Your Wrong.  A considerable amount of digital ink has been spilt on internet discussion […]

Evaluating the State of Creationism: Creationist Finances

Evaluating the state of creationism in the evangelical church today is a difficult task.  Gallop polls suggest little changes among Americans regarding their views of origins but the generic nature of the questions make these results challenging to interpret.   I have looked at web site traffic, publication records and other metrics of the reach […]

The State of Creation Science as Measured by Scholarly Publishing

In two prior posts (Creation Science Organizations: Past, Present and Future and The Next Generation of Creation Scientists) I have raised questions about the viability of the creation science movement as measured by the conversion of new scientists to the movement.   Of course there have been many converts to belief in a young earth or at […]

The Next Generation of Creation Scientists?

I have to believe that when Henry Morris formed ICR he envisioned hundreds of scientists today actively applying the creation model to the historical sciences not just mouthing support for it. That former obviously hasn’t happened despite the proliferation of creation science organizations with their significant financial resources and publishing capacity Creationists list hundreds of PhD scientists who are creation scientists but this is not the same as saying there are hundreds of creation scientists doing creation science.

Creation Science Organizations: Past, Present and Future

ken ham poses with dinosaur at creation museum

Over the years I have maintained an eye on the ever-changing organizational structure of several creation science ministries.  The growth and in some cases retraction of some organizations is not unlike what happens to many non-profit or other para-church organizations.  The growth of para-church organizations is frequently caused by one of two main drivers:  a dynamic personality […]

The Salty Sea Part II: A Young Earth Salt Chronometer?

In Part I of this series I looked briefly at some recent encounters in which the salty sea is being discussed as a chronometer of sorts for determining the age of the earth. But how is this salt chronometer actually claimed to work? An article from ICR entitled, The Ocean’s Salt Clock Shows a Young World and includes the following: