Fewer than 10% of Americans are convinced Young Earth creationists, new study shows

Mike edits Jesus & Dawkins, a blog that looks at the intersection of Christianity, science, and atheism. We asked him to highlight the biggest insights from the recent National Study of Religion & Human Origins (NSRHO). The study, funded by The BioLogos Foundation and conducted by Calvin College sociology professor Jonathan P. Hill, has created waves. All citations from the NSRHO report are parenthetical in the text below.1. Many people are less certain about their view of human o … [Read more...]

Richard Dawkins: ‘We need an anti-Darwinian society’

At a  recent event at Kennesaw State University, Richard Dawkins was asked about things like the men's right's movement, of which he seemed surprised to hear such a thing existed, but he was also asked about his support for same-sex marriage even though it violated the evolutionary principle.He answered, “I don’t care what’s against the evolution principle. I’m all for going against the evolution principle.” This answer is important because many religious leaders claim atheists, "evolutioni … [Read more...]

Home-schooling mom thinks she ‘destroys’ evolution at natural history museum

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This is one reason I am against home-schooling.As reported on Raw Story, this fundamentalist Christian home-school mom Megan Fox visits the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and “audits” the museum for its “liberal bias.”The description for Fox's YouTube video says: “In November 2014, Megan Fox toured the Field Museum’s ‘Evolving Earth’ exhibit to audit it for bias. She found many examples of inconsistencies and the Field Museum’s insistence that people support opinion as fact w … [Read more...]

Ken Ham compares abortion to eugenics and blames Planned Parenthood

Creationist Ken Ham has gone from preaching absolute mythology to now spewing vile and absurd remarks about Planned Parenthood, abortion and eugenics.Not unlike most creationists, Ham attempts to blame the theory of evolution for eugenics (the idea of using artificial selection among humans to create a master race, or modifying genes to create certain features in humans), as though science being misused is at all proof that the science must be false.For decades creationists have used … [Read more...]

Video: Interview on Parenting Without God

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I recently took part in a live interview for the San Diego based Parenting Beyond Religion group and the San Diego Humanist Fellowship.Sean Taylor interviewed me on the topics covered in my book Parenting Without God. Check it out below. … [Read more...]

Freedom From Religion Foundation urges IRS to investigate Ark Encounter

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a letter to the IRS urging them to investigate Ken Ham's Ark Encounter. Ham has continuously attempted to run a for-profit business behind his non-profit in order to benefit from as many tax breaks and discriminatory practices as possible.In an email the FFRF states: Answers in Genesis (AiG) is a Christian fundamentalist group that advocates a literal interpretation of the bible, and owns the Creation Museum. Through a subsidiary nonprofit, it … [Read more...]

Bill Nye discusses evolution, climate change and scientific advancements (video)

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Bill Nye paid a visit to CBS to discuss his new book and all things science. Enjoy. … [Read more...]

Ken Ham has an issue with my latest article for American Atheist magazine

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In the latest issue of American Atheist magazine I wrote a piece for my Danthropology column titled, Preferring Fear to Understanding, in which I dissect the weekly reviews of the latest installment of the Cosmos series that was hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, by Ken Ham’s Answers in Genesis and by the intelligent design lobbyists, The Discovery Institute.During the Cosmos series I was doing a weekly piece at AlterNet.org in which I followed these “reviews” of each episode and picked apart the … [Read more...]

Pope Francis urges Christians and Christian scientists to accept evolution

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Once in a great while the Pope actually says something I can agree with.Pope Francis told a plenary assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at a recent Vatican gathering that: “When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything — but that is not so.” Francis went on to say that the Big Bang and evolution are not only consistent with biblical teachings but that they are essential to understanding God. … [Read more...]

Prove to your creationist friends and family that evolution is true

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Have an annoying creationist relative you will be seeing this holiday season?Be sure have this video queued up and ready to go. The video from Stated Clearly shows how we know evolution is true by looking at different observable pieces of evidence about the whale.The whale, which evolved from a four-legged land mammal and whose now closest living relative with the hippopotamus is a perfect example of evolution in action and we have evidence to prove it.(h/t Raw Story) … [Read more...]