Did Life Begin?

The question of how life began (or in more technical terminology, abiogenesis) is one that often comes up in debates between the anti-science young-earth creationists and everyone else. Ricky Carvel has posted some interesting thoughts on the topic on his blog. He suggests that, if one posits a living God as creator of life on [Read More...]

Terry Mortenson at Butler University

I went today to hear the lunchtime talk by Terry Mortenson of Answers in Genesis. The title was “Was Darwin Right?” The title reflects the classic young-earth creationist tactic of focusing attention on individuals and work done in the past – quoting Darwin on gaps in the evidence a century and a half ago, without [Read More...]

Like Shooting Feet in a Barrel

I sometimes wonder whether the key promoters of young-earth creationism are atheists trying to make Christians look foolish, and the key promoters of Jesus-mythicism are Christians trying to make atheists look foolish. If not, then there are a lot of people happy to shoot themselves and their stance in the foot. Examples abound… [Read more...]

Guest Speaker(s) Sought

I had a conversation today with a colleague connected with the campus ministry that extended the invitation to Answers in Genesis to speak at their lunchtime gathering this coming Thursday. He appreciated my concerns and criticisms, and would love to have an alternative perspective represented at a future meeting. And so I am writing this [Read More...]

Literal Genesis Trial Scam

I am grateful to Michael Zimmerman and others who have pointed out that the $10,000 prize offered to someone who proves evolution before a judge is (1) just the same guy who has made this offer in the past, (2) an offer from someone who does not understand what evolution is, (3) an offer that [Read More...]

What I Like About You(ng-Earth Creationists)

Someone asked me if I could do a post indicating what, if anything, I appreciate about young-earth creationists. You may be surprised that this post is not just a blank page. The point of the request was in the spirit of the video that Brian McLaren made called “Reconciliation.” In the video, McLaren says the [Read More...]

Brad Stevens Butler Meme

I thought I’d contribute to the meme that seems to have taken off featuring Brad Stevens’ facial expression at one point during the game against Marquette. For the background, see my earlier post about a campus religious group inviting a representative of the young-earth creationist organization Answers in Genesis to speak at their meeting on [Read More...]

Wanna Make an Easy $10,000?

A young-earth creationist has offered a $10,000 prize to anyone who can demonstrate the scientific case for evolution before a judge. Each side puts up $10,000, and whoever the judge decides in favor of keeps the total. The only question is whether the judge will be well-informed about the methods of the natural sciences. But [Read More...]

Friend Request

I was recently contacted on Facebook by someone I don’t know, but with whom I share mutual Facebook friends. The individual is a young-earth creationist. Since I don’t see it as appropriate or useful to have a conversation with a complete stranger privately on Facebook, I am inviting the individual to interact here if they [Read More...]

Willing to Learn?

The heart of the matter, when it comes to evolution and young-earth creationism, is this: If you think that young-earth creationism offers cogent and insightful criticisms of mainstream science, then you do not know enough about science to evaluate things that you hear. If that is your situation, then I would encourage you to learn [Read More...]

Young-Earth Creationists vs. the Parables of Jesus

A commenter pointed out something which I've also said in the past, but which bears repeating. Young-earth creationists are adamant that there must be one creation story in Genesis, and it must be chronologically coherent and factually, historically, and scientifically true. Ironically, Jesus, the one whom most of them claim to follow, taught primarily in [Read More...]


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