Marcus R. Ross, Ph.D.

Speaker Information

 

Contact Information

Marcus R. Ross

Cornerstone Educational Supply

1423 Edley Place, Lynchburg, VA  24502

Website: www.cornerstone-edsupply.com

Email: info@cornerstone-edsupply.com

Phone: (434) 509-1010

 

Biography

Marcus Ross has loved paleontology (especially dinosaurs) since he was a kid growing up in Rhode Island. After earning a B.S. in Earth Science from the Pennsylvania State University, he continued his studies with a M.S. in Vertebrate Paleontology from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science (Geoscience) from the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Ross is an active researcher and publisher in creationism at both the technical and popular levels, and as Associate Professor of Geology at Liberty University he teaches courses on creation studies, geology, paleontology, and other topics.  He and his wife Corinna live in Lynchburg, Virginia and home school their four children.

 

Workshop Titles and Descriptions

Noah’s Flood: Creation Undone-- Noah’s Flood well-known as a pivotal event in the Book of Genesis, but its connections to Genesis 1-3 often go unnoticed to the modern reader. Dr. Marcus Ross traces these connections in the biblical text by looking closer at the scope and purpose of the Flood, the linguistic and literary commonalities of the two accounts and the parallelisms among Adam and Noah. You’ll see God’s Word at a whole new level!

Noah’s Flood: Where Genesis Meets Geology—How does the biblical account of the great flood in Genesis connect to geology? How do modern young-Earth creationists think that this happened? What about plate tectonics and Pangaea? Here you’ll encounter at both the scriptural and geologic record of Noah’s flood and get put on course for an up-to-date understanding of this fascinating time in Earth and human history.

Fuzzy, with a Chance of Feathers—Dinosaurs have captured the public’s imagination since they were first recognized as distinct creatures in the mid-1800s. But things have changed A LOT about how we view dinosaurs since then. Scientists talk of birds as being dinosaurs and dinosaurs with feathers, and things can get confusing. Creationist paleontologist Dr. Marcus Ross will walk you through the evidence and inference towards a creationist view of dinosaurs and birds.

Dinosaurs Demystified—Claws, clubs, spikes, and shields! There are so many dinosaurs and so much diversity in this amazing group of God’s creations. Join creation paleontologist Dr. Marcus Ross in this wild ride through the lost world of dinosaurs.

Twelve Years in Athens: A Creationist’s Odyssey in Geological Education—Navigating a secular university as a Christian is not a simple task, and it is even more complicated when your worldview contrasts sharply with the dominant worldview in your field of study. Lean how to engage the modern-day Athens and build your faith in the midst of challenge from a young-Earth creationist who studied evolution-based geology and paleontology all the way through a Ph.D.

Creation and Evolution: Where we stand today—Debate over creation and evolution continues to dominate headlines and web pages every year. From scientific discoveries and family attractions to debates and movies, the topic persists because it roots us into the issues of our own origins. Come get the current view of the field from an expert in the topic who will bring you up to speed, but without the rancor and name-calling that is sadly common to this hot-button topic.

Who Believes What?—Christians hold a wide variety of views about creation and evolution, and beyond Christianity there are still more. If we aren’t careful we can find ourselves communicating poorly. Here we’ll untangle many of these views and see how they relate to one another. Along the way we’ll discover better who believes what about young-Earth creation, old-Earth creation, theistic evolution, intelligent design, and more.

Monstrous Mosasaurs—Come learn about the biggest, baddest carnivores that ever roamed the oceans! Mosasaurs are large- to giant-sized marine reptiles found as fossils on every single continent. Take a tour of these (thankfully) extinct sea monsters with mosasaur expert Dr. Marcus Ross to learn what they were, where they are found, and what happened to them during Noah’s Flood.

Geological Dating, Relatively Speaking—Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous, oh my! What do these and the other strange names in geology really mean? Can Christians agree with them or not? Dr. Marcus Ross will walk you through the relative dating methods in geology, which in most cases are ones on which BOTH young-Earth creationist geologists AND old-Earth geologists actually agree!

Rocks as Clocks—When geologists say that a fossil or rock is millions of years old, how do they come to this conclusion? Come learn how geologists use radioactive materials to date rocks to numerical ages as well as the assumptions and limitations to those methods. Creationist have some interesting research on these as well that you’ll want to see.

 

Attendance Requirements

Contact to discuss number of presentations, travel, honorarium, etc.

 

References

     Available upon request

 

Speaking Engagements

Dr. Ross is a professor at Liberty University and teaches science to classes ranging from 10-250 students. With most of his classes dedicated to non-science majors, Dr. Ross is at ease speaking about scientific topics to lay audiences. Lectures and presentations are highly visual (geology is better seen through images than described in words), and his presentation style is very active, with some lectures including audience participation.

Previous homeschool convention lectures include:

HEAV 2015: “How to Date Like a Geologist”

NCHE’s THRIVE! 2015: “Noah’s Flood: Where Scripture Meets Geology”.


In addition to conventions, Dr. Ross has been invited to speak at events hosted by Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum, the Institute for Creation Research, The Master’s College, Southern Adventist University, Cedarville University, Liberty University, three documentaries, local homeschooling co-ops, churches, television and radio appearances, and numerous other professional and lay-audience venues.