An Ancient and Alien Forest Reconstructed: A Fossil Challenge for Young-earth Creationists

Fossils often provide us with only a fragmentary view of the distant past but sometimes collections of fossils record ancient and seemingly alien worlds in stunning clarity.   In the past decade several notable fossil discoveries have permitted the reconstruction of entire forest ecosystems that existed at various points in time and space in earth history.   Today, […]

Fossil Footprints on Crete – First Evidence of Humans Killed by Noah’s Flood or Another Young-Earth Mystery?

If a global Flood destroyed all humans except Noah and his family just 4350 years ago, where are all the human fossils? This is a question that any young-earth apologist must be prepared to answer. It’s a perfectly natural and appropriate question. After all, according to young-earth creationists (YECs), nearly all fossil remains of dinosaurs, […]

Xenarthrans (Armadillos, Anteaters and Sloths): Another Biogeographic Puzzle for Young Earth Creationists

The Xenarthrans include the armadillos, anteaters and sloths.  What makes these animals different from other mammals? They all have a unique projections on their vertebral (back) bones; the ischium and sacrum bones of the hip are fused, unlike all other mammals; the males have internal testicles (no external scrotum) located near the bladder and they experience […]

Thousands of Fossilized Elephant Footprints Preserved in the Arabian Desert

Thousands of footprints preserved in a windswept eroded rock surface deep in an isolated desert region of the Arabian peninsula tell the story of an ancient herd of elephants walking across an ancient muddy landscape.   These are possibly the longest continuous set of footprints in the world and have been described in an article in the journal, […]

NH Notes: Fossil Wasp Cocoons in Dinosaur Eggs – Evidence of a Complex Ecology

What happened to huge dinosaur eggs that were either abandoned or broke prematurely?  You might think that this is a question that is impossible to answer, but dinosaur eggs have been discovered with intriguing evidence of scavenging of various forms.   I recently came across a report from 2011 that I thought was especially interesting […]

Lake Suigetsu and the 60,000 Year Varve Chronology

Do places on Earth exist where annual records have been stored for tens of thousands of years and can be accessed today? Ice-cores and tree rings can preserve long records of yearly events but some of the best records come from layers of sediment underlying some lakes which,  if formed under the right conditions, can be read like the annual rings of […]

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 […]

Creation Science Organizations: Past, Present and Future

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 and the Age of the Earth, Part I – Confirmation Bias

According to young earth creationists, there isn’t enough salt in the oceans if the earth is old. Recent references to this argument have spurred me to look a little closer at how it is being used today. What I find is that it appears to have only a purely rhetorical use as the actual data about the ocean’salinity suggests that the amount of salt in the sea is a useless tool for indicating the earth is old or young.

Geological Context II: Neanderthals and the Italian Supervolcano

There are thousands of sites with either human remains or artifacts (stone tools usually) that are known across southern Europe and many are found in locations where they are found in layers stacked on top of each other like in caves or flood plain locations along rivers. But, the exact pattern of Neanderthal and modern human population migrations and changes is not my main interest.

The Toba Super Eruption: A Non-Flood Catastrophe – The Artifacts Say Yes!

The Toba volcano is found near the center of Sumatra, Indonesia. It has been estimated that at least 2800 cubic kilometers of material was thrown into the air during the explosion or series of explosions. To put that in perspective the Krakatoa volcano threw just over 2 cubic kilometers of material into the air some of which circled the globe causing dazzling sunsets in Europe.

The “Good Creation” – Mimicry, Design, and the Young Earth Creationists Dilemma

Can you find the gecko in the picture to the right?  Yeah, it is that brown leaf-like things toward the top of the image.    I saw this image being used as the profile image for the facebook page “we  CAN and we WILL find 1,000,000 Creationists.”     The suggestion of course is that such an amazing […]

An Ancient and Alien Forest Reconstructed: A challenge for young earth creationism

Recent studies of multiple intact fossilized forests provide a very detailed account of the presence of an seemingly alien forest that was found multiple locations across the entire globe at some point in the past.  A forest completely devoid of the presence of any flowering plants such as oaks, maples and beech trees  or even […]

On the Fringes of the YEC Movement: The Creation Ministry of Philip Stott

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All movements have extremist and young earth creationism also has its own extremists that work on the fringes of the movement. In 1997 I had an experience that strongly effected my view of the age of the earth debate within evangelical Christianity and the reformed church in particular.

The Current State of Creationism in the Reformed Church – Part I

After a mental break on the issues revolving around reading Genesis 1-11 for about year the topic moved back to the front of my mind again about six months ago as I prepared to get back to a couple of larger writing projects that will focus on the age of the earth.   As a way […]