AAAS Statement About Expelled

The American Association for the Advancement of Science has issued a statement concerning the movie Expelled. Edward W. Lempinen writes: The film, “Expelled,” posits that science is unable to explain crucial gaps in evolution on Earth, and that the intervention of an intelligent designer was necessary to advance the development of life. The film claims [Read More…]

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Review in Reports of the National Center for Science Education

A review I wrote (previously posted on this blog) of God and Evolution: A Reader has now appeared in print in the latest Reports of the National Center for Science Education, Volume 27 Numbers 5-6 (Sep-Dec 2007) pp.53-54. [Read more…]

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Advice for those buying a used religion

This is a repost of something I wrote on my old blog about Carl Sagan’s The Varieties of Scientific Experience, which are essentially a transcript of his Gifford Lectures. Sagan’s approach to religion is so thoughtful, level-headed, and rational that it is tempting to advocate “Saganism”, an approach to truth that is open to both [Read More…]

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Lightweight Atheists Pummeling A Corpse

The new atheists. Others have called them “soft-core atheists” and “amateur atheists”. What follows is a review of two books by theologians critical of the “new atheism”, and one book by an atheist whose writing and vision have more substance than that of the “new atheists”. I love reading books simultaneously that complement or contrast [Read More…]

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Science Fiction News

This post includes a round up of some of today’s blogging about Expelled, a premiering today that claims to be about science and sounds likely to be mostly fiction. Higgaion has several posts about Expelled, as well as one about religion and science in the new X-Files movie, subtitled “I want to believe”. He also [Read More…]

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Earthquake Headline Suggestion

The headlines always say things like “Earthquake Rocks Midwest”. So if you are a journalist, newspaper editor or reporter looking for a more interesting title, remember that it would be equally true to write “Midwest Rock Earthquakes”! [Read more…]

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Earthshaking Event in Indiana

I’m not known for being a literalist, but this morning we did have an earthshaking event. This morning’s earthquake registered 5.4 on the Richter scale, apparently, and the epicenter was in southeast Illinois. The vibrations woke my wife and I up. We both realized it was an earthquake fairly quickly, but she was certain first, [Read More…]

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Yoko Ono as Kali, Stomping on Ben Stein

A student of mine has created an image of Yoko Ono as the Hindu goddess Kali, standing on Ben Stein’s chest: Priceless… [Read more…]

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Around the Evolving Blogosphere

Abnormal Interests and Notes From Off Center respond to a very strange question about evolution asked by Jim West. Jim has moved on to other subjects. Thoughts in a Haystack discusses a Bible-toting science teacher. Amused Muse has an Expelled round up. Further Thoughts covers a news story making the rounds in the blogosphere, which [Read More…]

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Ben Stein: Judged and Expelled

Ben Stein’s worst nightmare… NOTE: Any resemblance to any other photograph of Ben Stein is completely coincidental. [Read more…]

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Around the Blogosphere

The discussion on whether Jesus was wrong, and if so what the implications are, continues at The Busybody. J. C. Baker has a post on blogging and the academic job search. There is an Expelled plagiarism “paternity test” (HT Further Thoughts, Stranger Fruit, ERV, The Austringer and Panda’s Thumb). Open Parachute has a nice round-up [Read More…]

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