Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham: Continuing Our Long American Tradition of Spectacle and Culture War

Ham vs. Nye

In 1925, the people of Dayton, Tennessee arrested a young science teacher, John Scopes, for teaching the theory of human evolution in public school. They dragged him from his classroom and threw him in jail to await trial. The town leaders called in the well-known biblical literalist and politician William Jennings Bryan to face off against famous (agnostic) defense attorney Clarence Darrow in “the trial of the century,” and to help ensure Scopes’ conviction. The trial created a national fires … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: What Are The Clergy’s Views On Faith And Science?

In 2012, the Barna Group interviewed over 700 pastors from a wide range of churches and denominations regarding their views on creation and evolution, faith and science. The results have recently been posted, and in some ways, they're not surprising (e.g., the majority of clergy subscribed to some version of young earth creationism). There was also considerable agreement on the importance of faith/science questions, and whether pastors should address scientific issues in their ministry. … [Read more...]


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