Making the World a Better Place

This New Yorker cartoon came to my attention via Hemant Mehta on Facebook. It often strikes me how few people notice the horror and brutality of the flood story in Genesis. It depicts God acting like an immature human being, one who would happily wipe out everyone else in order to have a bit of peace and quiet, or [Read More...]

Ridiculously Complicated

Presumably there is a logical explanation for this, although it is one that is often overlooked by religious believers. The Biblical authors didn’t think of God as omnipotent. They had eliminated other gods by rolling them all into one. But God was still one who acted through flood and storm, earthquake and lightning, plague and famine. [Read More...]

The Other Arks

Hemant Mehta shared the above cartoon. It is always good to ask about things a story doesn’t mention, but which perhaps it should. Gavin Rumney shared an older cartoon that explores a similar idea: [Read more...]

When God Closes a Door

When I saw this quip that Phillip shared on Facebook, I immediately thought that it deserved to become a meme, on the sort of demotivational poster I’ve made above. If you like it, please share it! [Read more...]

Proof Young-Earth Creationists Don’t Care What the Bible Says

The Institute for Creation Research recently shared the above image on Facebook, claiming that Jesus quotes from Genesis more often than any other book in the Old Testament. That claim is verifiably false. This is a clear example of them (1) assuming that what is central to them simply must have been important to Jesus, (2) not [Read More...]

The Tower of Bible

Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved southward, they found papyrus in Egypt and settled there. They said to each other, “Come, let’s make paper sheets, and bind them into scrolls and books.” They used paper instead of stone, and charcoal for ink. Then they said, “Come, let us write ourselves a book, with a theology that reaches [Read More...]

Literalism = Misconception and Incoherence

The quote comes from p. xxiii of Nahum Sarna’s book Understanding Genesis. [Read more...]

Cain the Drama Queen (YEC Version of Genesis 4)

The image comes from God of Evolution on Facebook. Obviously young-earth creationists can explain away such details as Cain’s concern for his safety in all sorts of creative ways. That is precisely the point – rather than embrace the problematic character of what the text actually says, they find ways to avoid taking seriously what [Read More...]

Science and Christianity in the U. S.

I’ve been meaning for a while to share this visual depiction of the stance of various religious groups in the United States when it comes to evolution: See also Mark Noll’s article on the history of science and Christianity, Karl Giberson’s on why losing Adam and Eve is so hard, and Zack Kopplin on the [Read More...]

Sacred Selfies

I learned that the last supper selfie I shared recently is by artist Gunduz Agayev, who has created other images of religious people taking selfies. The Akedah selfie below is the one that seemed most striking and disturbing to me. Click through to see the others. [Read more...]

Biblical Scholars Fighting Creationism

Hector Avalos has a new article in The Bible and Interpretation about the need for Biblical scholars to be involved in fighting creationism. Here’s a sample: Scientists are not trained to recognize how creationists are distorting biblical texts. Thus, Jerry Coyne’s Faith v. Fact: Why Science and Religion are Incompatible (2015) does an excellent job of explaining scientific theory [Read More...]


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