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October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

Noemí Durán – Journey Talk 2017

European Adventist Youth Congress 2017

Faith & Science Conference July 6-13, 2017

The General Conference Faith and Science Committee and the North American Division Office of Education presented an 8-day conference of “Affirming Creation”, July 6-14, 2017 in St. George Utah.

Homo naledi: An update

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This blog post complements a piece written for the GRI blog on October 2015, linked here.

June 2017

May 2017

“The earth was without form, and void” (Gen 1:2). The account of creation illustrates how specific conditions (the “forming” of the Earth) were needed for life to be possible on the planet (the “filling” of the Earth). Understanding what makes a planet habitable is a subject that has attracted a lot of scientific interest. This month we will be looking at some of the findings of astrobiology explaining why the Earth is well suited to be home to so many living creatures.

April 2017

This month we will have a look at the geology of Cuba and learn that this island has much to contribute to the discussion about origins models.
Image Credit: Google Maps

March 2017

There are so many stories in biology of struggle, predation and competition. This month however, we’ll look at some different narratives where organisms cooperate and support each other. Mutualism is the technical term used to describe some of these beneficial interactions. Perhaps, creation can still teach us that there is great good in sharing…

ORIGIN – Design, Chance and the First Life on Earth This long awaited sequel to UNLOCKING THE MYSTERY OF LIFE explores one of the most important and challenging questions faced by science: How did life on Earth begin? ORIGIN effectively confronts scientific materialism and the belief that life is the product of undirected processes, matter and energy. .

February 2017

This month, members of the GRI staff will share some pictures they took that are particularly meaningful to them because they illustrate some aspects of the faith and science interface. We will also release an exciting new video series produced by GRI on the ALPS, GEOLOGY and SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTIONS! Stay tuned…

January 2017

Happy New Year from GRI! This month we’ll share a selection of quotes from the book “Undeniable,” by Douglas Axe, one the most compelling readings in origins published in 2016. This book presents the thinking of a talented scientist who is also a person of faith willing to recognize the inference of design in biological systems.…/…/0062349589

December 2016

It’s hard to believe, but year 2016 is almost over…This month, we’ll share a GRI selection of some of the most important papers published in 2016 that were significant for the origins discussion. Let’s see if your favorites make our final cut!

November 2016

“You are dust, and to dust you shall return.” This verse from Genesis 3 captures very well the fate of beautifully designed organisms after the entrance of sin into this world. But how long does it take for the organic molecules we are made of to break down after death? This month, we will look at fascinating discoveries showing that ancient biomolecules are still present in fossils and rocks where they would not be expected in models involving millions of years of death on Earth.

October 2016

How can we savor the gift of creation if we don’t take time to celebrate it? Every year, the General Conference @TheAdventistChurch designates a Sabbath in October as “Creation Sabbath,” when churches and individuals are encouraged to live a special worship experience with an emphasis on creation and the Creator. This year, Creation Sabbath falls on October 22, and this month our FB posts @GeoscienecResearchInstitute will offer links and suggestions in preparation for this day. Most excitingly, we will be releasing a new GRI production on the eve of Creation Sabbath. Keep us posted on your initiatives for this special day using the hashtag #CreationSabbath.

September 2016

We are thrilled to share a new video produced by GRI and just released on our website
Faith and science are often portrayed as in conflict. “Seeking Understanding” is an exciting series that features the personal experience of individuals who came to a different conclusion. Their journey of discovery successfully balanced trust in the Word of God with the practice of science.

August 2016

When studying nature, our inquisitive minds are very active in generating questions. How does this system work? Why do such phenomena occur? When did that feature form? Questions are at the heart of research and discovery. However, in the pursuit of answers it is sometimes possible to grow tired and discouraged when realizing our limitations. What is the best attitude when facing the unknown? This month we will discuss the subject of the search for answers, taking inspiration from some biblical passages.

July 2016

The European Alps have attracted the interest of naturalists for centuries. This month we will look at some geologic features discovered in the Alps that helped modify our understanding of how mountains form. Considering how past scientific concepts were superseded by new theories will help us understand that changes should also be expected for models now in vogue.

June 2016

“He spoke and it was”

Recent publication on Creation: He spoke and it was

With the impending prospect of a hot summer, we’d like to cover a refreshing topic. Nothing better than ice! This substance is a common part of our daily life (if you like your beverages American style…). More importantly, ice is an essential component in the water cycle and plays a big role in earth surface processes. Follow us this month, as we learn more about ice in the universe and on our planet.


May 2016

Galápagos! One of the first things that this archipelago in the Pacific Ocean brings to mind is Charles Darwin and the development of the theory of evolution. However, life forms in the islands also tell a story of design, complexity, and beauty of the creation. To capture this alternative story, a team of GRI members recently traveled to the Galápagos. This month we will look at some of the natural wonders they encountered and little lessons we can learn from them.
Caption “the GRI team ready for a new adventure”


April 2016

Cenozoic “fossil forests.” One of the sites where GRI was involved in scientific research happens to be in Cenozoic strata! You might have heard of the Yellowstone fossils forests, in Wyoming (USA). Here, several layers containing erect petrified tree stumps are found stacked above each other. A traditional model, envisaging cyclical slow growth and sudden in place burial of successive forests, was challenged by our research. An alternative model of formation was developed, involving mass-transport or flotation of the logs during or after catastrophic events. You can see a direct account of this fascinating study in the words of the late Harold Coffin, one of the main GRI investigators in this project.

The fossil forests of Yellowstone National Park are both fascinating and puzzling. How did multiple layers of vertical petrified trees form? Harold Coffin spent years studying this question and arrived at a remarkable theory, but it would not be shown to be reasonable and probably true until the eruption of Mt. St. Helens.

The Cenozoic: This month we will complete our review of the major subdivisions of the geologic column by focusing on the Cenozoic. Among the iconic landscapes formed by Cenozoic rocks, perhaps one of the most spectacular is the display of spires and sculpted hoodoos seen at Bryce Canyon National Park. Follow our posts, as we discuss of glaciations, megafloods, human fossils, and petrified forests!

March 2016

This month we will continue to ascend the geologic column, looking at the next major interval: the Mesozoic. Mesozoic rocks are probably best known for preserving fossils of the “terrible lizards,” the dinosaurs. However, some of the most amazing mountain scenery on Earth, such as the Dolomites of northern Italy or Yosemite National Park in California, consist of Mesozoic rocks. Follow us in the next days as we learn about fascinating fossils, huge outpourings of lava, anomalies in the Earth’s magnetic field, and, of course, a catastrophic meteoritic impact!

February 2016

The Paleozoic: this month we will explore this major subdivision of the geologic record. Paleozoic rocks form the background of some of the most amazing scenery in the world, like the layers exposed in the Grand Canyon and the majestic cliffs surrounding Lake Louise and Lake Moraine in Alberta, Canada. They also display some of the most amazing patterns in the fossil record, such as the Cambrian explosion. Follow us in the next days as we learn about widespread layers, gigantic volcanic eruptions, sudden appearances of fossils, large-scale erosion, and formation of a supercontinent!

January 2016

Precambrian rocks preserve the oldest record of physical processes on our planet. However, what has amazed researchers in the past few decades is the discovery in Precambrian rocks of fossil evidence for high biological complexity. Proteins that are structurally similar to modern ones, complex embryos, multi-celled organisms and all of them without any of the ancestors expected of evolution. Join us this month at we look at the amazing fossil record of the Precambrian.

December 2015

Have you ever heard of the Christmas Bird Count?

The great Christmas Bird Count (CBC) story – Once upon a time, people would go out in teams on Christmas day and hunt as many birds and animals as they could. The team with the highest number won. However, in 1900 Frank Chapman an officer of the early Audubon Society noticed a decline in bird populations and suggested that instead of hunting the birds, people should count them. Thus began the CBC. That first year, 25 counts were done with a total of 89 species counted.

Interested in seeing what birds were counted? You can see the list at the link below:


November 2015

October 2015


Hear Dr. Tim Standish talk about his involvement with making the Illustra Media documentary Living Waters on this podcast from the Discovery Institute:

October 1st Blog –Homo naledi

September 2015

View the new Design Of Life Collection From Illustra Media

July 2015

Check out what GRI was up to in San Antonio!