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Dear friends,

Merry Christmas everyone!  I hope your holidays are off to a great start.  You know I hate writing these letters asking for money, but we need $1,605 today.  Two generous donors have offered to double all gifts up to $4,000, and we've only raised $2,395 so far.  I would very much like you to pray for us today and tomorrow.  For me, $1,605 seems like a big amount, but God knows our needs and has even more in store for us.  Please pray that God will provide these final funds and that God would continue to bless us through the last week of the year (since we will still be $8,000 away from our $25,000 goal for this year).  If you've been thinking about a gift, today's the day, since your gift will be automatically doubled!  Remember that ministries receive a big portion of their annual support in December.  Core Academy typically receives 35% of our annual support between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve.  If you appreciate what Core Academy is doing or you h…

Reflections on 2019

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What a year!  The Core Academy mission is to nurture the next generation of faithful, Christ-like creation researchers to explore the hardest problems in creation.  We accomplish this through workshops and retreats, outreach events, and the Sanders Scholarship program.  At this time of year, I'm already busily planning out next year's ministry work, but it's also important to stop and look back at our accomplishments in 2019.  There are three big ones that I am very thankful for.

First, in February, my book The Fool and the Heretic, written with Darrel Falk and Rob Barrett, was released from Zondervan.  This book was born out of years of discussion with Darrel.  It was a difficult book to write, and a difficult book to read.  Reviews have ranged from unqualified praise to skepticism to outright condemnation.  From both creationists and evolutionists, I've heard the same refrain: "Of course, being kind and loving is important, but the truth is more important."…

Thoughts on Danuvius, that new Miocene ape fossil

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There's a new fossil paper in Nature that's grabbing some headlines, and frankly, it's an odd one.  I'm going to give a few semi-technical thoughts here, and I might write a more general post for Human Genesis some other time (or I might not. Always in motion is the future.).  This post is mostly my gut reaction after reading the paper.

In the paper, the authors B√∂hme et al. describe a group of fossils found in Bavaria, about an hour's drive west of Munich.  Paleomagnetic dating indicate a conventional date of about 11.6 million years ago, making this a Miocene deposit.  The fossils are similar to a group we already knew about: the dryopithecin apes.  What these new fossils do for us is give us a bit more information about the skeletons of these apes.  They call this new fossil ape Danuvius.

Based on the fragmentary remains, we make some really interesting observations about the anatomy of Danuvius.  These apes had strongly opposed big toes, which would allow them…

Fossil Focus: Hominins

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I've started making short videos explaining some of the fossil replicas and models in the Core Academy collection.  Here are the first batch: Kabwe, Nariokotome, and La Chapelle.  I'll probably shoot at least one more over Thanksgiving break.  Let me know if you have a favorite hominin fossil or topic you'd like me to talk about.  Don't look at me like that.  Everyone has a favorite hominin fossil.  (Radiometric dating of the fossils has already been requested.)





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Forbidden fruit was just the beginning

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I had some thoughts over the weekend, and I wanted to get them down before I forgot.  I've been pondering the Fall and the forbidden fruit.  In Genesis 2-3, the forbidden fruit looms almost as large as the serpent, but I suspect it's mostly because of two things: The threat of death, and we know how the story ends.  I suspect that leads us (creationists?  other theologians?) to telescope in on the fruit and the consequences, as if that was all that was going on.  As I ponder this, I'm also thinking about some modern theistic evolution readings of the Fall, where the entire account is rendered a kind of fable for the common human experience of yielding to temptation.  After all, what kind of father curses the entire human race to death because someone ate the wrong piece of fruit?

And that's where I think it's tragically misguided, because by focusing solely on the fruit, we're ignoring the context of God's instructions.  God did not create the universe and…

Reflections on Leithart's A House for My Name

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The other day I asked on Facebook if people could recommend good books on the theology of creation.  I had been looking around on google and Amazon for "creation theology," and frankly I was a bit distraught at the absolute dominance of apologetics in that category.  On Amazon, I even found nonsense like God Delusion when searching for creation theology books.  Computers can be so helpful and so terrible all at once.

Anyway, my friends came through and recommended a rather large stack of books, and I decided to start with this Peter Leithart's A House for My Name.  I'd heard really good things about this book for several years, and I thought it was about time I checked it out.  Now that I've finished reading it, I'm ready to share my thoughts.  They are succinct:

YES.

In my line of work, it's pretty rare that I read a book that I mostly agree with.  It was kind of weird and refreshing.  I admit that were some points where I disagreed with Leithart's s…

Fossil Focus: Kabwe

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I'm trying a new video series.  Let me know what you think.



Feedback? Email me at toddcharleswood [at] gmail [dot] com. If you enjoyed this article, please consider a contribution to Core Academy of Science. Thank you.

Have you read my book?  You should check that out too!