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What is the creation model?

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In the spring of 1900, a crew of sponge divers returning to their home in the Greek isles happened to take shelter from a storm off the northeastern coast of the tiny island of Antikythera.  After the storm, the divers decided to explore the sea floor beneath them in hopes of finding sponges in the unexplored waters.  They found instead one of the richest and most celebrated shipwrecks from ancient Greece.  Their initial explorations retrieved a bronze arm dislodged from a statue, and subsequent explorations brought to the surface many celebrated statues of bronze and marble.  Along with these artworks came many small fragments of encrusted bronze that were thought to be broken statue pieces that could be used in their reconstruction.  Explorations led by Jacques Cousteau more than 75 years later would uncover coins from the wreck dated to the mid-first century before Christ.  The wreckage and its artifacts are more than 2,000 years old.

Two years after the wreck’s discovery, in May …

My abstract from Reclaiming Wisdom

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I thought some of you might like to read my abstract from the conference last weekend.  So here you go.

After Adam: Thoughts on the Integration of Biblical and Human History Todd Charles Wood
During his lifetime, Leonardo da Vinci witnessed the beginning of a remarkable and ongoing expansion of knowledge about human history.  As Leonardo entered middle age, Christopher Columbus brought the “New World” of the American continents to the permanent attention of western Europe, sparking the Age of Exploration.  These explorations disrupted the European view of the world, as exemplified by the medieval Mappa Mundi (map of the world).  The typical medieval map integrated geography with biblical history, showing the continents of Asia, Africa, and Europe corresponding to the lands settled by Shem, Ham, and Japheth respectively.  Leonardo produced his own Mappa Mundi in 1514, which included representations of the Americas.  The discovery of whole continents inhabited with unique animals, plant…

The Denisovan Mandible and Human Diversity

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Two weeks ago, the world had the first news of a Denisovan fossil found outside of the Denisova Cave in Siberia.  This might not seem like big news to many, but the Xiahe Mandible (as it is known) is yet another intriguing milestone in the mysterious modern history of a human form known primarily from ancient genomics.  The first hint of the Denisovans came in 2010 with the publication of a mitochondrial genome that was by far the most different form of human mtDNA we have seen to date.  The fossils were limited to a few teeth and a portion of a finger bone.  Even though we could discern a great deal about these people from their genomes, there was literally only a handful of fossils that could tell us what they looked like.

This "new" Denisovan fossil, the Xiahe Mandible, is a damaged right portion of a jawbone with two molars that was originally uncovered in a cave on the east end of the Tibetan plateau in 1980.  Only recently did proteomics research reveal that it was ac…

New Philippine Hominin

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You might have heard about the new Philippine hominin Homo luzonensis.  I have a few comments on  the discovery over on Human Genesis.  Check it out!  (Or don't.  Whatever.  It's a free country.)

Asian Diversity and the Seafaring Hominin
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My visit to BioLogos

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As my regular readers know, I recently presented my work with Darrel Falk at the annual BioLogos conference.  Michael Gulker (president of the Colossian Forum) came along to moderate.  My visit was quite short.  I arrived about 10 am on Friday, gave my presentation at 1:30 pm, then hit the road around 3:00 pm.  The brevity of my visit was not due to my disdain of the conference subject.  I simply was attending another conference that weekend, and I needed to drive back to Cleveland.  (More about that in a future post.)

For those of you not familiar with this whole thing, BioLogos is an evangelical organization dedicated to promoting the compatibility of evolution with evangelical Christianity.  I am a young-age creationist, and I reject certain portions of the evolutionary story as entirely incompatible with the Christian faith and identity.  Creationists and evolutionists typically fight like cats and dogs.  At least that's the impression you get on Facebook and internet chat ro…

Origins 2019: Reclaiming Wisdom

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I wanted to make sure everyone reading knew about the Origins 2019 conference coming up July 17-20 at Cedarville University.  I'll be speaking on human origins at the special "Reclaiming Wisdom" conference held in conjunction with Origins 2019.  You can find the call for abstracts at the Creation Biology Society website, and more information about the conference can be found at the Reclaim Wisdom siteAbstract submissions are due May 10, 2019.  I hope to see you there!

Call for Abstracts
Reclaim Wisdom
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I got some 'splainin' to do

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I've got a weird, awkward announcement, so let's just rip it off like a band-aid: I'm going to speak at the BioLogos conference next week.  I'll be appearing with Darrel Falk and Michael Gulker of the Colossian Forum.  We'll be talking about the book The Fool and the Heretic.  Our session is scheduled for Friday afternoon 1:30 to 2:30 in the main plenary room (Constellation AB).

For that small minority of my readers who don't know, BioLogos is an evangelical organization dedicated to promoting evolution to other evangelicals.  I am a young-age creationist, and I have a lot of problems with mixing evolution and Christianity.

Before you ask, no, I have not gone over to the dark side.  I just had an opportunity to speak to a crowd that would normally not listen to any young-age creationists.  Not in person, anyway.  That's a tempting prospect.  Also, Darrel really wanted to go and promote our work together.  So even though I already had plans next weekend, I …