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Origin by Design [Paperback]

By Harold G. Coffin (Author), Robert H. Brown (Author) & R. James Gibson (Author)
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In search of evidence for design, the authors leave no stone unturned. After surveying the Genesis creation and flood narratives, they examine coal beds, fossil tracks, mass extinctions, glaciation, volcanism, carbon-14 dating, rates of mutation, and Neanderthal man, looking for clues to the age and origin of life on earth. Analysis of the geologic column reveals anomalies that suggest a catastrophic flood. Thin, flat -lying beds extend without erosion for hundreds of miles. Thick layers supposedly laid down over millions of years are inexplicably graded, bottom to top, from coarse to fine. Beds of perfectly preserved freshwater and saltwater fish lie buried together. What does it mean? What caused giant ripple marks in the sediments 30 feet high with wave lengths of 200 feet? What buried vast fields of dinosaurs in place rapidly enough to avoid disintegration? Why are the world''s major river deltas only 5,000 years old? Why have the continents not eroded to sea level many times over? With copious illustrations this updated revision of a standard work incorporates new advances in plate tectonics, turbidity currents, and recent geological catastrophes. Data from the 1980 Mount Saint Helens eruption suggests new interpretations of the fossil forests of Yellowstone. Recent analysis of layered varves shows they were laid down daily-by the ebb and flow of tides-not annually, as thought. Origin by Design is an impressive catalog of evidence for creation, a short chronology, and a titanic deluge that once reshaped our planet.

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In search of evidence for design, the authors leave no stone unturned. After surveying the Genesis creation and flood narratives, they examine coal beds, fossil tracks, mass extinctions, glaciation, volcanism, carbon 14 dating, rates of mutation, and Neanderthal man, looking for clues to the age and origin of life on earth. With copius illustrations this updated revision incorporates new advances in plate tectonics, turbidity currents, and recent geological catastrophes. A wonderful science-based textbook and reference for the question of our beginnings.

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Studio: Review & Herald Publishing
Pages   464
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.56" Width: 6.6" Height: 1.19"
Weight:   2.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2005
Publisher   Review & Herald Publishing
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  082801776X  
ISBN13  9780828017763  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Coffin has a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. After teaching on the college level, he served for 27 years as senior research scientist with the Geoscience Research Institute. Since his retirement in 1991 he has continued to work in the areas of creation and evolution

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Cute but wrong  Apr 3, 2007
I will come clean at the outset. As a geologists, I am a critic of young earth creationism. In the patheon of YEC organizations though, I can at least hold the "researchers" from the Geoscience Research Institute with a little higher esteam than I can hold for representatives from Answers in Genesis, the Institute for Creation Research, Creation Science Research and many more. However, my purchase of Origins in Design has more to do with my preperation in debates against young-earth creationists, than out of general interest or respect for the man or the science.

Harold Coffin maybe not as well known as a Steve Austin with ICR or a Jonathan Sarafarti with Answers in Genesis, but at least I hold some degree of respect for Coffin because at least he tries to have his work appear scientifically based. Coffin has played at the YEC game for since the 1960's, but he does have the ability to cross over into the realm of more respective scientific work, with articles appearing in the GSA Bulletin, Geology and Palios. This more than what can be said for Austin or Sarafarti, who seems more interested with talking the talk, but incapable of walking the walk.

Origin by Design, is essentially the culmination of work performed by Coffin for the past forty or so years. Of particular interest for me, is his attempt to associate upright insitu fossilized trees - like those found in Nova Scotia and Yellowstone to a flood event. As well as his work during the early 1980's on blown down trees that are floating in Spirit Lake, Washington, after the eruption of Mount St Helens.

Coffin spends several chapters in Origins, addressing what is essentially had been, his life work.

However, even as Coffin is a higher grade of scientist then your average YEC "researcher." Coffin still falls into many of the same pitfuls that plague the other YECers.

That is, in order to claim a geologic area as the product of a global flood event, Coffin must ignore or omit some fundamental data to the matrix. I will not accuse Coffin of misrepresenting data, which is a common flaw I find with many of his fellow YEC "researchers."

As an example, Coffin proposed (and the book dedicated a full chapter) that petrified trees found in Yellowstone National Park, including Specimen Ridge, were displaced logs that floated to their current location on a large body of water and subsequently buried under mud and other volcanic debris from an erupting Yellowstone. As proof, he used the trees that were washed into Spirit Lake during the May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St Helens.

While Coffin's work at Spirit Lake was interesting and the results of his studies did find there way into mainstream journals, utimately there was little comparison between the landslide debris field of Mount St Helens and Yellowstone National Park. More to the point, if parts of Yellowstone was covered by water - 50 million years ago - the era when the trees at Yellowstone were buried, there would be evidence to support that view. The fact is, there is little evidence of lake deposits at or around the fossilized tree sites.

However, Coffin biggest error was his omission of the entire volcanic history of Yellowstone.

Most people know and recognize Yellowstone as the site of three massive volcanic eruptions that reshaped the area and serves as the driving engine of the parks geothermal wonders. Yellowstone involvement with volcanoes goes beyond the recent 2.1 million years. Near the location of the petrified trees of Yellowstone are the remnents of volcanoes - the Southern Gallitan and Absoraka Ranges - that date to 50 million years ago, which were in many respect, similar to the modern Cascade Range, including Mount St Helens.

Coffin admits that the deposits that entombed the petrified forest of Yellowstone were volcanic. He does not address though, the volcanic source and he ignores completely, the contribution of the Absoraka volcanoes. This omission of facts, killed the legitimacy of Coffin's work and his book.Origin by Design
Solid Science for Creation  Jun 25, 2000
This book is basically a college level geology text book written from the point of view of Creation Science instead of evolutionary science. One of the best I have ever read. Excellently written, it is easy but not light reading. The science is solid. This book would make an excellent reference text even if you are not a Creationist. I do highly recommend it.

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