He engaged students in his lab with Socratic dialogue over the issue of the earth’s age based on his and others’ research, he said.In May 2012, Armitage went on a dinosaur dig at the famous fossil site of Hell Creek in Montana, where he unearthed the largest triceratops horn ever found there.
He had published some 30 articles in scientific journals about his specialty.
A graduate of Liberty University, Armitage adheres to the “young earth” view, against the majority of scientists who say our planet is 5 billion years old.
Now California State University at Northridge has paid Armitage a six-figure sum to settle his wrongful termination suit based on religious discrimination.
While the university admits no wrongdoing, Armitage’s attorney said they feared losing a protracted lawsuit because of a “smoking gun” email that backed the plaintiff’s case.
He is president of Answers in Genesis (Ai G), a Creationist apologetics organization that operates the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter.
Ham advocates biblical literalism, believing that the Book of Genesis is historical fact and the universe is approximately 6,000 years old.
His findings seconded groundbreaking discoveries by noted molecular paleontologist Mary Schweitzer, who triggered an earthquake in the world of paleontology when she published about soft tissue in dinosaur bones in 2005.
(Schweitzer subsequently postulated that iron is responsible for preserving the soft tissue.) Armitage’s February 2013 study was published in the peer-reviewed , a journal of cell and tissue research. A biology professor had come into his office and said, “We are not going to tolerate your religion in this department.” Armitage fought back.
“The other pillar is time because you cannot get a man from a frog unless the princess kissed the frog. So in science you have to have deep time to get evolution.” Subsequent to the controversy, Armitage has been on additional digs and found more soft tissue but is finding it difficult to get published.
Kenneth Alfred Ham (born 20 October 1951) is an Australian Christian fundamentalist and young Earth creationist living in the United States.
According to Ham, he was inspired by his father, also a young Earth creationist, to interpret the Book of Genesis as "literal history" and first rejected what he termed "molecules-to-man evolution" during high school.