Literalists Have a Choice

If the biblical account of creation is literally true, then the creator is maliciously lying in the great book of nature, which plainly says otherwise. If it is not literally true, then literalists are in error in their hermeneutics. So literalists have a choice; admit their hermeneutics are mistaken, or call God a malicious liar. [Read More...]

Ken Ham, Whovian

I learned previously that Ken Ham is a Doctor Who fan. But a photo in a recent article on RawStory made it clear that he is a die-hard Whovian. I find it distressing enough that he is associated with my faith tradition as a Christian. But that he is a Whovian as well seemed too much [Read More...]

Arrogance and Ignorance are an Unpleasant Combination

HT Pharyngula and Crocoduck, and also Hemant Mehta, who has a practical way you can oppose Megan Fox’s crusade for ignorance. The video is incredibly disturbing, an illustration of the willingness of an individual who doesn’t even know how to pronounce words or their meaning to nonetheless make confident assertions about them, which is simply [Read More...]

Geology is the Least of the Flood’s Problems

Someone commented on a post I shared on Facebook, “The Bible gives clear evidence of the dates [of the flood] in Genesis 5 and 11.” Murray Hogg offered the following reply, which I thought was worth sharing as a post on my blog, and so I am doing so with his permission: Yep. It sets [Read More...]

Ahead of its Time Knowledge in the Bible?

Ross MacKenzie has a nice breakdown of what motivates – and what is wrong with – attempts to identify ahead-of-its-time knowledge of science in the Bible. Some of these are very dubious - far from being the idea design for a ship, the box-shaped humongous ark may not have been seaworthy at all. Others are so vague [Read More...]

Creation Science in a Nut Shell

From Pliny the In-Between [Read more...]

Historical Science, Jesus, and Evolution

One popular objection in our time to evolutionary biology is a bogus distinction between observational science and historical science. It is a slightly more elaborate – but no more persuasive – version of Ken Ham’s infamous “Were you there?” The irony is that this approach represents an attack on Christianity even more than it is [Read More...]

Pope Francis, Anti-Science Creationists, and the Gnostic Demiurge

I am grateful to Joel Watts for pointing out the original Italian text of something that the Pope recently said, which had puzzled me in the English translations I had encountered: Dio non è un demiurgo o un mago, ma il Creatore che dà l’essere a tutti gli enti. L’inizio del mondo non è opera del [Read More...]

That’s a Fact

From Joe Heller via Open Parachute. I don’t think the scientist does a good job of conveying scientific knowledge. It is rarely “just the facts.” We sometimes choose to speak that way, but when we do, it is often unhelpful, because denialists regularly think that they are looking at the facts, too. And so one needs [Read More...]

YEC: First Step Towards Atheism

It is entirely possible that Ken Ham genuinely believes that his life’s work is filling holes in the cracks in the dam that he thinks keeps the flood of atheism from sweeping over weak Christians. But as I’ve pointed out here before, the truth is quite different. The flood he fears actually includes much that [Read More...]

Dangerous Debates?

Some predicted that the overall harmful effects of debates such as Bill Nye’s with Ken Ham would outweigh the benefits. What do you think? Hemant Mehta shared a talk Nye gave recently in which he talked about the debate (among other things): IO9 shared a famous example of the danger of engaging a fanatic in debate. The article’s [Read More...]


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