If there’s one issue that really divides old-earth and young-earth creationism, it’s animal death before the Fall. For many, the idea of an ancient Earth is unacceptable because such a time frame would necessitate animal death prior to Adam and Eve’s sin—a scenario often viewed as incompatible with the loving and benevolent God of the Bible. (more…)

Animal Death before the Fall

Remember when March of the Penguins hit theatres? Though family-friendly, the documentary doesn’t shy away from the perils of an emperor penguin’s life. One scene shows a leopard seal snatching up a mother penguin on her way to deliver food to her mate and chick. Her death meant the demise of the chick because starvation would force the father to abandon it.

Life is harsh in the animal kingdom. (more…)

Animal Death Before the Fall

As little girls, my sisters and I deeply mourned our pets’ deaths, be they lizard, fish, bird, or other. But no pet of ours experienced a demise as gruesome as did our lop-eared rabbit, Chewy. We allowed Chewy free reign of the backyard. But one afternoon it dawned on us that we hadn’t seen her for a few days. Had she escaped? Was she hiding? My youngest sister solved the mystery of Chewy’s disappearance when she visited the nearby field. Around the base of a eucalyptus tree known for housing red-tailed hawks and owls she found tufts of soft, white fur. Poor Chewy, it seemed, had become some creature’s lunch. (more…)