More Planets Than Stars! Exoplanets and Our Little Blue Ball

Artist conception of a few of the probably billions of earth-like planets in the Universe.  Planets very similar to the chemical makeup of Earth are likely to be found but will they have any forms of biological life?  That is the big question.

Our solar system comes with planets of all sorts of sizes and compositions.   Not long ago, it was possible to debate if there were any other planets in the Universe other than those of our solar system.   Now, there doesn’t seem to be any question that other planets, called exoplanets, do exist. The […]

Answers from Genesis: Reclaiming the Biblical Authority of Joseph’s Global Famine

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The year was 1700 B.C.  Severe climate change had been engulfing the entire Earth for several years. People from every corner of the globe were traveling to Egypt to buy grain which Joseph has stored up as a result of a vision that God had given to Pharaoh nearly a decade before.  During this time […]

Ken Ham’s Biblical Evolution? I Have a Book That Says Otherwise

The YEC biblical evolution model.  Screen capture of a slide from Ham's presentation during the Ham/Nye debate Feb 4 2013.

Three years ago Ken Ham very publicly promoted what he believes is a biblical model of biological evolution to explain the diversity of life on Earth.   However, I have a book before me that provides compelling evidence that his model of evolution is wrong. That book is the Bible.  For those that follow young earth creation literature nothing […]

Who Is Our Authority? The Reformed Church Looks Outward for Answers from Genesis

A sampling of some of my recent reading material all of which contain materials written from the reformed theological tradition.

Answers and Genesis finds itself at the epicenter of an evangelical surge, but despite calls by Ken Ham for a modern reformation – including a return to taking the authority of the Bible seriously – it is possible that the calls for reformation are not to a serious exegesis of God’s Word but rather to a trite and superficial saccharine form of evangelicalism. It is a movement that claims to be true to God’s word while suffering the very problems that Luther and the other reformers were so worried about. Acknowledging biblical authority without understanding that authority will not result in true reformation. To make followers of Christ, the foundation must not be only a respect for Biblical authority but a right understanding of His Word.

On the Origin of Thorns: The Prelapsarian Acacia and the Good Creation

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Thorns, prickles, spines and needles provide an effective means of protection for plants against many herbivores which would otherwise find them to be a source of nourishment.   A common perception of the Genesis account of creation is that God created plants with no form of natural protection against herbivores because God pronounced that  (Gen. […]

Adam, Eden, and the Corruption of Nature: A Thorny Young-Earth Assumption

A screenshot from Creation Today video posted on Eric Hovind's young earth creation website June 2012.  Here we see Australian McKay showing proof that these fossils were created after Adam's fall. The proof?  There are thorns on this plant fossil.

Are the existence of plant thorns and thistles proof that the world can only be a few thousand years old?  Yes! according to most young-earth creationists. I’ve written several times about thorns and creation (eg. The Prelapsarian Acacia and the Good Creation:  On the Origin of Thorns) but a video available at creationtoday.org – a small fringe young-earth […]

Where is the Next Generation of Creation Scientists?

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Where is the next generation of creation scientists?   I don’t mean the next generation of believers in creation science but the next generation of young-earth experts who will continue the legacy of Morris, Austin, Humphreys, Woodmorappe, Wood, Bergman, Oarde, Baumgardner, etc… I believe that this has to be a question that many of the first-generation creation […]

Mixed Messages: Confusion over the Origin of Sea Otters at Answers in Genesis

By "Mike" Michael L. Baird, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5297461

Reading young-earth creationist’ literature can be a very confusing experience.   Because they employ so many ad-hoc explanations to tackle specific problems it is not uncommon to find articles that contradict one another.  Sometimes those articles are written by the same author (see: The Dangers of Poor Scholarship). One of the most common mixed-messages can be observed young-earth […]

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

Geneva reformers Feral, Calvin, Beza, Knox

Ken Ham would have us believe that the modern reincarnation of the young-earth creationist movement, which he claims began only 55 years ago, is the real deal this time.  Unlike previous attempts over the past 300 years to create a history of the Earth with a recent global flood as a centerpiece, this time his para-church apologetics […]

The Dangers of Poor Scholarship: A Creationist’ Take on Feathered Dinosaurs

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Every month seems to bring a report of a new fossil from the Jurassic or Cretaceous period rocks that show evidence of feathers.  This deluge of new fossil finds will not end because there are as many fossils under preparation for publication as have already been published.  Just taking into account the fossils already revealed to […]

How Have Young Earth Creationists Responded to Feathered Dinosaurs?

A microscopic look at the dinosaur tail feathers. (Royal Saskatchewan Museum (RSM/ R.C. McKellar)

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

Ken Ham speaks at a conference a few weeks ago in Ohio.

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 […]

A Dinosaur Tale: A Young-Earth Speaker Takes on the Asteroid Extinction Theory

Some of my kids posing in front of dinosaur bones exposed at Dinosaur National Monument more than 10 years ago.

What happens when a speaker gives a talk about dinosaurs but doesn’t have any training in geology or paleontology? You could get a string of distortions of both of these fields of inquiry and even problems keeping facts straight.  A few weeks ago I witnessed just such a talk when I attended an Answers in Genesis […]

Historical Science: How do We Know a Fish Fossil is a Fish Fossil?

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The difference between what young earth creationists like to term “operational” or “observational” science and historical science doesn’t have the sharp distinction they like to project to their audience.  I was reminded of this recently when I had an opportunity to hear Tommy Mitchell speak at a local Answers in Genesis conference a few weeks ago.  One particular talk was […]

John Ray in 1695: The Flood, Fossils, and Extinction

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John Ray, one of England’s greatest 17th century natural theologians, spent much time pondering the meaning of fossils or “formed stones” as they were called then.  I have shared some of his thoughts about fossils and Earth’s history before (See:  John Ray on Flood Geology: Words that Still Apply Today).   In a correspondence with […]