It’s Wisdom

The quote from Rachel Held Evans (“It’s not capitulating to culture to change your mind based on new information. It’s wisdom.”) was a Facebook status update. The background image comes from the Archaeology News Network. It seemed to me an appropriate image to go with the quote – people unearthing new data. Of related interest, [Read More...]

Defending Science Has Cost Me a Friend

Apparently my criticisms of Intelligent Design and defense of mainstream science has cost me a friend. Yes, the individual in question did unfriend me on Facebook. But this is someone I know in real life. And I’ve never unfriended on Facebook someone I know in real life. I am connected on Facebook to all sorts [Read More...]

Intelligent Designer/Underachiever

From People in White Coats via NCSE Just a reminder that tomorrow is Evolution Sunday, an occasion set aside to try to bring serious discussion of evolution, and science more generally, into churches. I always try to do something in my Sunday school class at least this time every year. Why not talk about the [Read More...]

Responding to Intelligent Design

There have been a lot of scientific responses to Intelligent Design. But it is important to articulate theological objections as well. The quote above is based on a comment I made here on this blog. The point is a simple one: Either God can create a universe that can organize itself, in which case the [Read More...]

The Jesus Way or the YEC Way?

I took some words I wrote last year in a comment on another blog and turned them into an image. [Read more...]

Contracted-Out Creation?

I made the image above based on a comment Kenneth Gilmore made on Facebook. In the background is a sketch of the recurrent laryngeal nerve in the giraffe. The fact that it takes such an indirect route is strong evidence that giraffes evolved from beings with shorter necks, with the laryngeal nerve lengthening along the [Read More...]

Creationist Quote Mining

This demotivational poster about young-earth creationist and Intelligent Design proponent quote-mining was inspired (or perhaps I should say demotivated?) by recent discussions here on the blog. [Read more...]

Different Design Arguments

The major difference between the kinds of design arguments one encounters in cosmology and biology is this: The design argument in physics involves accepting what the majority of scientists in that field conclude, while the design argument in biology involves rejecting what the majority of scientists in that field conclude. And conversely, the objections to [Read More...]

Machine-Making Minds Made by Mind-Making Machines

I happened across another iteration of the design argument in its modern-day form, the essence of which can be boiled down to the following: All machines we know of are made by minds; DNA is like a machine; Therefore DNA was intelligently designed. The person who made the argument said they thought this worked with [Read More...]

Creationism and Religious Freedom

Today my class on “Religion and Freedom of Expression” met for the first time. It is a class with a non-traditional format – we meet a few Saturday mornings for a few hours, plus also four evenings when students attend lectures in our public lecture series and have dinner and a Q&A time with the [Read More...]

Pick Your Design Argument

I recently mentioned the contrast between two very different sorts of “design argument.” Now another Patheos blog, The Secular Outpost, has gone even further, suggesting that the addition of additional design arguments undercuts others. The point of that post in a nutshell is this: If one argues for evidence of design in biology, brought about [Read More...]


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