Answers in Genesis 'hires' Snelling
Well, actually Snelling's been underemployed by Answers in Genesis for a while, but today there was much fanfare about his new position as Research Director. AIG heralds Snelling as a 'renowned rock doctor', but the truth is something less than that. Snelling is known only amongst young earth creationists and perhaps a few mining geologists in Australia. AIG wants us to believe that Snelling:
“Dr. Snelling’s stature among the scientific community should be an unequivocal sign to the academic world and the media that serious research is being conducted at AiG and its museum,” Ham said.Sad to say, but if anyone had any doubts about Ham's knowledge of science, his reference to Snelling as being a serious researcher should tell you all you need to know about Ham's ability to discern quality science from quackery. Snelling has done very little professionally as a geologist. GEOREF lists two publications since 1988. One is a response to Ian Plimer about creationism in Australia and the second is an abstract. It's quite safe to say that Snelling has no stature and if Ham's assessment is accurate, then AIG is not conducting any serious research either.
They should have hired John Baumgardner. At least he has a few professional publications even if they are old earth.