Mumpsimus

Michael Zimmerman introduced me to the word mumpsimus when he used it in his recent Huffington Post piece to describe Ray Comfort. Michael refers to Anu Garg, who defines the word as “a view stubbornly held in spite of clear evidence that it's wrong; and a person who holds such a view.” Ray Comfort is [Read More...]

Bob Cornwall, Worshiping With Charles Darwin

Bob Cornwall‘s new book, Worshiping With Charles Darwin, offers a compelling account of one Christian and clergymember’s attempt to not let go of either science or faith. Explaining why he thinks Darwin could have sat quite happily alongside him in church (however much he may have had doubts or changed his mind about many point [Read More...]

Seraphosaurus?

I am grateful to Michael Heiser for making me aware of Ben Stanhope's blog, “Remythologized,” and more specifically his post about a visit to the Creation “Museum.” It includes a discussion of Ken Ham's attempt to treat the seraphs of the Bible, winged serpentine beings, as pterosaurs or something similar. Read the entire post. From [Read More...]

No Scientific Revelation in the Bible

As several other bloggers have already mentioned, Jesus Creed featured a post recently about John Walton’s emphasis on the fact that the Bible includes no scientific revelation. Here is a relevant quotation from Walton, a leading Evangelical scholar with particular expertise in Genesis: I just want to make two quick points here. The first one [Read More...]

Do Young-Earth Creationists Worship the Devil?

Young-earth creationists claim that the being who made the Earth and humankind is neither trustworthy nor honest. Their concept is of a God who makes the universe look like it is a particular age, and the Earth look like it is a particular age, even though they were created much more recently, and then condemns [Read More...]

On Having Your PhD and Eating it Too

Young earth creationists are notorious for two things (among others): a handful of them have obtained a PhD in a relevant scientific domain, doing research the legitimacy of and basis for which they intend to repudiate as soon as they have the letters after their name, with the sole aim of adding legitimacy to the [Read More...]

Do You Need a PhD to Understand the Bible?

Do you need a PhD to understand the Bible? Short answer: yes. But a longer answer is called for. And the longer answer includes the fact that you need more than one PhD to understand the Bible. When I say you need a PhD, I don’t necessarily mean that you yourself need to earn a [Read More...]

Imperfect Views of Reality

In a blog post about denialism, Mark Hoofnagle writes: Denialism in most people is a defense mechanism that protects their core values from being undermined by reality. And no matter what your ideology, at some point, you will have a conflict with the facts because no ideology perfectly describes or models all of reality. You are [Read More...]

Testing Evolution vs. Direct Creation

An interesting video, worth sharing with those who claim that evolution is untestable and that the differences between mainstream biology and young-earth creationism are merely due to the same evidence being viewed through different lenses of presuppositions. [Read more...]

Antievolutionism is a Tool of Satan

Someone drew attention to this image which they spotted on a Facebook page, “Evolution's Family Tree”: I tried to respond to it in a manner that the maker of the image might be able to understand. And so I left a comment that it is antievolutionism that is a tool of Satan. It is a [Read More...]

Worst Conspiracy Ever (Dinosaur Skin and Creationism)

Eye on the ICR has a post about the discovery of some soft material from a dead dinosaur that had survived down to the present day. Not surprisingly, some young-earth creationists have tried to misrepresent it in order to imply that it shows that dinosaurs lived more recently. But it does nothing of the sort, [Read More...]


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