Neopilina: A Living Fossil
Conrad D. ClausenBiology Department Loma Linda University Origins 3(1):56-59 (1976). GENERAL SCIENCE NOTE On May 6, 1952, ten living specimens of an extraordinary mollusc were discovered. While trawling off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, the Danish deep-sea "Galathea" expedition hauled these specimens to the ocean surface from a depth of 3590 meters. They were given the name Neopolina galathea…
Equality from the Start: Woman in the Creation Story
The first three chapters of Genesis are of crucial importance for both the origins of our world and for determining relationships between man and woman. Without these chapters, any understanding of the mutuality between man and woman is impaired and one-sided.
The Meaning of “Let Us” in Genesis 1:26
The plural "let us" in the phrase "let us make man" in Gn 1:26 has a long history of interpretation, reaching into pre-Christian times. What does the plural "us" in this enigmatic phrase indicate?
The Pervasiveness of the Paradigm
Ariel A. RothOrigins 2(2):55-57 (1975). editorial During the 18th century a number of museums of Europe discarded their meteorite specimens because they were considered to be relics from a superstitious past when people believed that rocks fell out of the sky. The embarrassment of being associated with such unscientific samples was more than some curators were willing to bear. At that time…
Oxygen and Evolution
G. E. SnowAssociate Professor of Biology, Andrews University and G. T. JavorAssociate Professor of Chemistry, Andrews University Origins 2(2):59-63 (1975). Related page | REACTION | Evolutionary theory proposes a chemically reducing atmosphere during the early history of this earth. This is considered necessary for the production and survival of many necessary compounds associated…
Dinosaur Tracks and Giant Men
The Glen Rose region of the Paluxy River does not provide good evidence for the past existence of giant men, nor does it provide evidence for the coexistence of such men and the giant dinosaurs.
The Biblical View of the Extent of the Flood
There are two conflicting schools of interpretation regarding the extent of the Genesis flood. Traditionally the Biblical flood narrative has been understood to refer to a universal catastrophe, but on the basis of considerations from the natural sciences, commentators and interpreters began to seek for a limited flood theory or relative view of the Genesis flood.
Since the advent of the turbidite concept, there has been a significant revolution in the interpretation of a large number of sedimentary deposits.
A Matter of Fairness
Ariel A. Roth Origins 2(1):3-4 (1975). editorial The various lines of argumentation which have been presented in recent years by those who have been promoting the teaching of either the general theory of evolution or creation in public schools reveal some significant inconsistencies. These seem to tell us that we need to do more careful reasoning regarding the premises which guide our thinking…
C-14 Age Profiles for Ancient Sediments and Peat Bogs
R. H. BrownDirector, Geoscience Research Institute Berrien Springs, Michigan Origins 2(1):6-18 (1975). It is sometimes proposed that the correlation between C-14 ages and depth as found in peat bogs and sediments demonstrates the validity of the C-14 dating technique. The comprehensive study presented below shows that such a conclusion is not warranted, since, in the great majority of…
Man: Creature and Explorer
J. Mailen KootseyAssistant Adjunct Professor of Physiology Department of Physiology and Pharmacology Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina Origins 2(1):19-31 (1975). Is your brain the same as a computer? What is the hope of reality being fully understood? How does creativity fit into the scheme of physical laws? In answer to these questions, the author raises some thought-provoking…
The Cruelty of Nature
Gerald WheelerAssistant Book Editor Southern Publishing Association, Nashville, Tennessee Origins 2(1):32-41 (1975). Related page | REACTION | Many who look at the suffering in nature find it difficult to believe that an intelligent designer is the creator of life. Some reflections on this conclusion are presented below. 1. The sea wasp, a small, fragile jellyfish of the South…
The Spirorbis Problem
Harold G. CoffinGeoscience Research Institute Origins 2(1):51-52 (1975). A marine spiral tubeworm, called Spirorbis, is usually overlooked by beachcombers and collectors because it is only about 3 mm in diameter. This worm secretes a hard tube of calcium carbonate around its body which is coiled like a miniature snail and could easily be mistaken for one. It does not crawl around in mud, but attaches…
Science Against God?
Ariel A. RothOrigins 1(2):52-55 (1974). editorial Many scientists sincerely feel that there is a serious conflict between scientific methodology involving ideas of natural cause and effect, repeatability and predictability, and the concept of a God who can overrule in nature and thus negate these ideas. This conflict is considered so serious that at times the statement is made that a scientist…
An Evaluation of the Use of Growth Lines in Geochronometry, Geophysics, and Paleoecology
Conrad D. ClausenAssistant Professor of Biology Loma Linda University Origins 1(2):58-66 (1974). Related page | REACTION | Growth lines found in several invertebrates show promise of serving as a basis for many avenues of investigation. Their value as an independent method for geochronometry is presently questioned, while other methods of using them are being developed. INTRODUCTION…
The Fountains of the Great Deep
The words "burst forth" correspond to the words "were opened" and the expression "the fountains of the great deep" corresponds to the "windows of the heavens." This chiastic parallelism indicates that the waters below the ground came forth as the waters above the ground broke loose.
A Philosophic Rationale for a Creation-Flood Model
Leonard R. BrandChairman, Department of Biology Loma Linda University Origins 1(2):73-83 (1974). Related page | REACTION | Patterns in the progress of science provide a sound basis for the need to develop new ideas. The application of this principle to the development of a creation-flood model is elucidated. All too often science is viewed as a collection of objective scientists:…
The Ginkgo Petrified Forest
Harold G. CoffinGeoscience Research Institute Origins 1(2):101-103 (1974). Related page | UPDATE | Along the western edge of the Columbia River Plateau, next to the Cascade Mountains, a unique state park has been created. The Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park, located in the State of Washington, is found in a panorama of hills and plains gashed by dry canyons and watercourses. The dark…
The Genesis Genealogies as an Index of Time
The age of the earth and the antiquity of man are of no particular theological import in and of themselves, though theologians have become interested in the subject because of the purported discrepancy between the biblical view of these periods and that now held by most modern scientists.
Why a Publication on Origins?
Ariel A. Roth Origins 1(1):4-5 (1974). EDITORIAL Another new journal? Why? The presentation of a new publication can evoke a multitude of reactions ranging from admiration to disdain. It may raise questions regarding purpose, philosophy and usefulness. It can create a degree of suspicion which may be mingled with the fear that man's already vast fund of information is being recast into a different…
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