Baumgardner’s Modeling of Rapid Plate Tectonic Motion
To model the motion of Earth's plates, Baumgardner uses a Fortran program he developed called TERRA that must be run on a supercomputer. It is one of four models in the world capable of modeling Earth in a global manner.
Cambrian explosion and Darwin's doubt
The most significant and striking pattern in the fossil record may well be the dramatic change in the types of fossils as one moves upward from the Precambrian layers to the Cambrian. Precambrian rocks have some microfossils, with relatively few that are large enough to see without a microscope. Among the larger fossils are the so-called “Ediacaran Fauna,” a collection of fossil forms so strange that…
In J. R. R. Tolkien’s, The Hobbit, Gollum gives a riddle to Bilbo:This thing all things devours:Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;Gnaws iron, bites steel;Grinds hard stones to meal;Slays kings, ruins town,And beats high mountain down.If Bilbo couldn’t give the right answer, it would lead to grave consequences, so as Gollum was getting impatient, Bilbo tried to say, “Give me more time; give me more time.”…
How do plate tectonics relate to the Bible?
If someone asks you any question about geology and your answer includes the phrase “plate tectonics,” you have a fairly good chance of being correct or at least on track to the right answer. Plate tectonic theory provides an explanation for the formation of volcanic and granitic rocks. It explains why mountains occur in some places and depressions in others; why the continents are above sea level and…
Catastrophic earth science: a realistic science
It is very interesting to note, that during the 18th and 19th centuries, the so-called 'catastrophists' or 'diluvialists' or earth scientists, working under a 'catastrophist' paradigm, conducted their geological science in a most ideal way even though modeled by religious beliefs,: they practiced a natural science, in tune with nature, whereby, in Agassiz’ view, scientists would learn the lesson that…
Catastrophism: Discussion of Its Current Status in Geology, and a Prediction
In the last two centuries catastrophism has had its ups and downs in the scientific world of geology.At the time of Charles Lyell and before, many geologists explained geological history in catastrophist terms: geological processes were often described as rapid and cataclysmic. Some of these geologists derived their catastrophist ideas at least partly from the Bible. Others who did not introduce…
Megabreccia and Catastrophe
This article details examples of megabreccias of truly immense proportions, ranging from car-sized rocks to rocks a hundred kilometers in length. Such phenomena, spectacular as they seem, are not rare.
Flat Gaps Challenge Long Geologic Ages
Did life slowly evolve over billions of years as suggested by evolutionary theory, or was it created recently by God, just a few thousand years ago as indicated in the Bible? The flat gaps in the sedimentary rocks of the earth provide scientific data that favor the biblical model. In the sedimentary layers of the earth, such as those of the Grand Canyon (see fig. 1), there are major gaps between…
What Does the Fossil Record Tell Us?
There is broad agreement among Christian earth scientists who trust the biblical account that the general aspect of the fossil record is catastrophic—one of destruction and death.
Ecological Zonation: Theory, Problems and Perspectives
Ecological Zonation Theory suggests that the order of fossils in sedimentary basins reflects landscapes sequentially eroded by rising Flood waters.
Time, Faith, and Fossil Whales
Currently evolutionary geology explains the fossil record as the result of slow processes and change occurring over long periods of time. However, an increasing number of rock formations and fossil occurrences previously interpreted within such an evolutionary framework must be reinterpreted as the result of rapid, or even catastrophic, processes operating on a different time scale.
The known history of birds appears consistent with the idea that they were created. These new and spectacular avian fossils suggest is that the original creation produced a much greater variety of birds than previously imagined.
Geological Records and Genesis Time Frame
We have much study to do before we will truly understand how to fit together all the evidence into a coherent picture. But I as a Christian and a scientist find a three-step process helpful: trust God's communication to us in Scripture; study carefully and seek to recognize human ideas that we have incorrectly read in between the lines in Scripture; and follow up with careful scientific work.
Implications of Paraconformities
Paraconformities suggest that little time was involved in the deposition of the sedimentary layers, and these are the layers that harbor the fossil record.
Genesis and the Geologic Column
The geological column is not something you can find in the rock layers that form the crust of the Earth. It is more like a map. It is a column-like representation of the general order of the rock layers over the surface of the Earth.
Faith and Science: Can They Coexist?
Many would say scientists must leave all religious influences out of their scholarly pursuits, because to do otherwise would compromise the search for truth. However, I believe the God of the Bible understands the highest levels of scholarship, not just comforting inspirational themes.
The Geology of Mount Carmel, Israel
Most of us are familiar with the story of Elijah standing on a mountain top, calling down fire from heaven. The biblical account states that Elijah’s experience occurred on Mount Carmel.
A Biblical Approach to Geology
Beginning with the authority and historicity of Scripture, this paper outlines the importance of the biblical texts that create guidelines and boundaries for interpretation of nature in general and in the classroom. Application of this approach as a means of bolstering faith in the Christian classroom is presented, followed by evidences from the rock record that seem to me to be consistent with the biblical account of a worldwide flood.
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