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Notes from the intersection of faith, reason and geology
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An Answers in Genesis chat about the ice age(s)

An Answers in Genesis chat about the ice age(s) | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

Old-earth Christian geologist Kevin Nelstead blogs on an Answers-in-Genesis live chat about YEC ice age theories.  

 

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Six bad answers from Answers in Genesis are still six bad answers

Six bad answers from Answers in Genesis are still six bad answers | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

For contrast with the young earth view. 

 

My short response:  he may not think the evidences presented are proof postive of a global flood, but they are consistent with that hypothesis.  Much geologic data is equivocal, and can be used to support multiple hypotheses.

 

However, there are data presented in AiG's ongoing series on evidences for a young earth that are much less equivocal, especially the presence of C-14 and soft tissues in fossils presumed tens to hundreds of millions of years old by radioactive dating measures.

 

(The humorous image above is from the Geochristian's author information page: http://geochristian.wordpress.com/more-about-the-author/)

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Jesus is for geologists (and other scientists)

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Review of a new book by an old-earth evolutionist Christian geology professor, urging scientists to find meaning in a relationship with the Creator.

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The Geochristian ruminates on the historicity of Adam...

...and appears to accept it (he's a theistic evolutionist).   None of the commenters on this post, however, address what I consider to be the biggest problem with the Real Adam+Evolution  hypothesis:  it would appear to imply that a souled human being was born from the union of non-souled protohumans.  Creation ex nihilo satisfies much more neatly the principle of Occam's razor, which states that complex causes should not be postulated when simpler ones suffice.  Of course, God is under no obligation to be simple, but fiat creation is also the most logical interpretation of Genesis 1.

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Critique of "A young-Earth creationist magmatic model for the origin of evaporites"

Critique of "A young-Earth creationist magmatic model for the origin of evaporites" | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

A Christian evolutionist geologist's critical response to Sjef Heerema's salt formation hypothesis.

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When did “In the beginning” occur?

When did “In the beginning” occur? | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

A theistic evolutionist's take on the first words of Genesis.

 

"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” — Genesis 1:1 One thing that young-Earth creationists and the New Atheists agree on is that if one were to believe the Bible, one would have to believe that the universe, including planet Earth, is only 6000 years old. Of course, both the YECs and the atheists are wrong."

 

 

Image credit: http://www.universetoday.com/97126/what-has-the-kuiper-belt-taught-us-about-the-solar-system/

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Young-Earth creationism and the intensity of volcanism

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In his old age/evolution supportive blog, the Geochristian critiques YEC geologist John Morris' theory of declining intensity of volcanism. I would agree with his comments about selective use of evidence, and that more data needs to be collected if the theory is to be validated.  However, I don't see the  problem that Geochristian has with fitting in the Yellowstone eruptions into a post-Flood time framework.  As the growth of vegetation on Mt. St. Helens  & the colonization of Surtsey show, ecosystems can restore themselves in a startlingly short period of time.

 

I also wouldn't rule out too quickly the possibility that at least some of the Yellowstone volcanism occurred in the flood.  There are at least two large, major water gaps in the area that are hard to explain by any of the conventional mechanisms, and accord more closely with the overtopping dam breach mechanism that would be expected in a receding floodwaters scenario.

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Stegosaurus in Cambodian temple?

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The Geochristian (not a YEC) makes an argument that the Cambodian "stegosaur" carving isn't.  I can see his point.

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