Precambrian and Paleozoic Glaciation?
W. W. HughesDepartment of Biology, Andrews University Origins 6(1):49-51 (1979). The slow but powerful action of glaciers has fascinated man for centuries. The work of glaciers and the characteristic landscape features left by the movement of these huge quantities of ice has been the subject of considerable investigation. As a glacier retreats it often leaves a number of tell-tale signs of its past…
The Literary Structure of the Genesis Creation Story
The Documentary hypothesis and the so-called Tatbericht-Wortbericht theory have been the two main starting points of any relevant scholarly study of this text. Recently, under the influence of contemporary literary studies, attention has been drawn to the validity of the synchronic approach, and more and more scholars have thus become aware of the importance of the literary structure of this text.
The Genealogies of Genesis 5 and 11 and Their Alleged Babylonian Background
With the discovery in the early 1870's of the Babylonian flood account, which was recognized to be closely related to the flood story in Genesis, there was opened a new chapter of comparative studies relating the various aspects of the book of Genesis to materials uncovered from ancient Near Eastern civilizations.
Closed Minds and Academic Freedom
Ariel A. RothOrigins 5(2):61-62 (1978).EDITORIAL Education has been described as the process of driving a set of prejudices down one's throat. Unfortunately, there is some basis for this comment. The frequency with which ideas that have been considered true are revised is too great to permit an unqualified negation of this allegation. This matter has also been of importance in the recent controversy…
Footprints in the Grand Canyon
Leonard R. BrandChairman, Department of Biology Loma Linda University Origins 5(2):64-82 (1978). Related page | IN A FEW WORDS | The Coconino Sandstone which is well exposed in the Grand Canyon has traditionally been interpreted as a wind-deposited sediment. In the layers of this formation there are tell-tale tracks that seem to say something else. Read on.... The Grand Canyon…
Some Issues Regarding the Nature and Universality of the Genesis Flood Narrative
The account of the flood as given in Genesis is brief, and many different interpretations have been given to the events described therin. Three expressions used in that narrative will be analyzed below in an attempt to show their original meaning.
How Rapidly Can Wood Petrify?
R. H. Brown, DirectorGeoscience Research Institute Origins 5(2):113-115 (1978). Petrified wood is possibly the fossil type with which most people have greatest familiarity. One of the most frequently expressed questions among a group visiting a petrified wood exposure is "How rapidly does petrification occur?" The answers to such questions have often expressed speculation, but seldom have been…
The Ignorance of Isolation
Ariel A. Roth Origins 5(1):5 (1978). EDITORIAL We don't know how much we don't know. This is one of the tragedies of ignorance its victims are unaware of their plight. This problem has become more apparent in our age of specialization when our limited intellectual capabilities force us into narrow areas of inquiry where we can still make significant contributions. As we specialize, our outlook…
The Unity of the Creation Account
There is a distinct "name" theology involved in the distribution of the different names used for God in Genesis 1 and 2. The author who composed these two narratives as part of a larger whole wished to say something specific about God by using these names this way.
Megabreccias: Evidence for Catastrophism
The presence of various kinds of megabreccias in the geologic column, showing in some cases the transport of extremely large clasts, indicates energy levels on a scale that staggers our imagination.
Introns: New Complexity in the Synthesis of Higher Organism RNA
Berney NeufeldDepartment of Microbiology Loma Linda University Origins 5(1):54-56 (1978). In studies with lower organisms such as bacteria and their viruses, it has been found that when an RNA molecule is made (transcription) it is copied directly from the DNA template (the genetic information source) on a basic unit basis, nucleotide for nucleotide. The final product has the same continuous…
Adam in Ancient Mesopotamian Traditions
Since the recovery and publication of texts from the Ancient Near East is a continuing endeavor, the materials already published need to be reexamined from time to time in the light of more recent information.
Implications of the Spread of Darwinism
Ariel A. RothOrigins 4(2):61-63 (1977).EDITORIAL "Modern critics have often asked themselves how it is that a hypothesis like Darwin's, based on such weak foundations, could all at once win over to its side the greater part of contemporary scientific opinion." This quotation from the pen of the historian Erik Nordenskiöld (1928, p. 477), in his treatise on the history of biology, presents an…
Radiometric Age and the Traditional Hebrew-Christian View of Time
R. H. BrownGeoscience Research Institute Origins 4(2):68-75 (1977). Related page | IN A FEW WORDS | The writer discusses some of the assumptions made in radiometric dating as well as some possible reasons for the sequential order of dates often obtained. The marginal entries in most of the older English Bibles allow less than 6000 years since the Creation described in the first…
The Impact of Tektites upon an Estimated 700,000 Year History of Deep-Sea Deposits
Warren H. JohnsGraduate Student in Paleontology Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan andInstructor in Religion Columbia Union College, Takoma Park, Maryland Origins 4(2):76-92 (1977). Related page | IN A FEW WORDS | The discovery of tektites in situ in recent soil horizons of southeast Australia, which are dated to 5000-6000 radiocarbon years, and the finding of corresponding…
Do Rabbits Chew the Cud?
Leonard R. BrandChairman, Department of Biology Loma Linda University Origins 4(2):102-104 (1977). Related page | IN A FEW WORDS | Leviticus 11:6 is sometimes used as an example of an error in the Bible; it states that hares chew the cud. Hares are not usually known as cud-chewing, or ruminating, animals. Is this really an error in the Bible, or did Moses know what he was talking about? …
Does Evolution Qualify as a Scientific Principle?
Ariel A. Roth Origins 4(1):4-10 (1977). Related page | IN A FEW WORDS | EDITORIAL The Humanist, an official publication of the American Humanist Association and the American Ethical Union, recently (January/February 1977) published a statement affirming evolution as a principle of science. The statement, signed by 163 scholars, most of whom are biologists in leading universities of the…
Organization and the Origin of Life
John C. WaltonLecturer in Chemistry University of St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland Origins 4(1):16-35 (1977). Related page | IN A FEW WORDS | The application of the laws of physics and chemistry to the question of the origin of life poses some very basic questions and answers which are evaluated by the author. MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND THE FUNDAMENTAL LAWS OF PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY Molecular…
Does God Play at Dice?
Albert E. SmithProfessor of Physics, Loma Linda University Origins 4(1):36-45 (1977). Related page | IN A FEW WORDS | How do the concepts of law and order in nature relate to the ideas of novelty and free choice? Does the will of God allow for freedom in the reality about us? INTRODUCTION For most of us there is a tension between the naturalistic and the theistic view of the relations…
Ariel A. RothGeoscience Research Institute Origins 4(1):53-55 (1977). Related page | REACTION | The sediments that cover the surface of the earth are usually laid down in a horizontal or near-horizontal position and frequently remain that way. Occasionally within these layers are somewhat vertical cracks filled with different kinds of sediments. These vertical foreign bodies of sediments…
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