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Date Monday, February 11, 2019
Time 12pm — 1pm CST

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Henry Center: Ralph Stearley

A Midwestern Paleontological Perspective on the Succession of Life on Earth

Beginning in the middle of the twentieth century, some Christians have advanced a claim that the majority of fossils were deposited into sediments during the catastrophic Flood of Noah. Accompanying this proposal is a correlative claim that the order to fossils within sedimentary layers is a fiction maintained by scientists hostile to religious faith. These claims enjoy widespread popularity among conservative evangelicals and other Christians. However, this narrative does not match the fossil records, which show ascending order within the sedimentary rock layers. In this talk, Stearley makes clear that the evidences for this history are verifiable, even for a nonspecialist. The sedimentary layers and their entombed fossils stand as testimony to a patient and prolific Creator.

This lecture is free and open to the public.


Ralph Stearley (PhD University of Michigan) is Professor in the Department of Geology, Geography and Environmental Studies, and Archaeology at Calvin College. He is the author of The Bible, Rocks, and Time: Geological Evidence for the Age of the Earth (IVP Academic, 2008). He is currently a Henry Resident Fellow at the Henry Center for Theological Understanding.

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