Why Some Students Prefer Creationism

The classes depicted below are shorter and simpler than ones that involve actual scientific information and research. No wonder some students would prefer them… For those actually interested in legitimate science, National Academies Press has a book available that you can download for free: Science, Evolution, and Creationism. The latest issue of Evolution: Education and Outreach [Read More...]

Creationists and Nobel Prizes

I came across this image on Facebook and realized that it manages to sum up a crucial point in few words: When someone offers evidence and does research that radically changes our understanding of the world, or decisively disproves something that was previously accepted, they make news headlines and win science prizes. The next time [Read More...]

A Turning Point for Evangelicalism? Pat Robertson Speaks Out Against Young-Earth Creationism

Look how Pat Robertson responds to a question submitted to him by a concerned parent related to the Bible and dinosaurs. HT Hemant Mehta [Read more...]

From the Dust

I had the movie From the Dust drawn to my attention yesterday. It focuses on the creation-evolution controversy, but with attention primarily focused on how the various viewpoints of our time are reading and interpreting the Bible. The web site for the movie has some bonus clips, including this one with several New Testament scholars talking [Read More...]

Cymothoa Exigua and Creationism

The Evolution Facebook page shared the interesting example of parasite behavior I am quoting in full below. The photo may give you nightmares. The question I want to ask is what young-earth creationists and others who reject evolution say about such organisms. Do they envisage God creating these parasites specifically to do the things that [Read More...]

Ancient Hebrew Cosmology

Nick Norelli shared the image below depicting ancient Hebrew cosmology, i.e. the cosmological assumptions of the authors of the Jewish Scriptures/Christian Old Testament. (It is from the new Logos 5 software which I am looking forward to testing out and blogging about soon.) Nick asks whether those who reconstruct this view of the cosmos based [Read More...]

Biblical Extinction Theory

Today’s Non Sequitur HT The Panda’s Thumb [Read more...]

Heaven is Hotter than Hell (a Cautionary Example)

  I think the graphic above  illustrates very well how approaching the Bible expecting scientifically factual information that is literally true leads to dubious conclusions. Thankfully, most so-called literalists and promoters of creation “science” don’t go to these extremes – but if they would exercise the same common sense more consistently when approaching the Bible, [Read More...]

Jesus is (Sith) Lord? Science Fiction and Theology around the Blogosphere

Over the past day or so, several bloggers have responded to, mentioned, or built upon things I've written here or said elsewhere on the topic of religion and science fiction. At Political Jesus, Rod the Rogue Demon-Hunter shared several tongue-in-cheek explorations of the idea of Jesus as Sith Lord. Below is one of the images [Read More...]

Religion and Science: The Bigger Picture

The blog of the British Center for Science Education shared slides from a recent talk which make a really important point about the way young-earth creationists want people to think about evolution, and a different and arguably more accurate perspective. Here is how young-earth creationists (and some atheists) try to depict the situation: Here is a [Read More...]

Congressman Paul Broun’s Lies from the Pit of Hell

The news has been circulating for several days that congressman Paul Broun described evolution, the big bang theory, and embryology as “lies from the pit of hell.” Here is the video: In terms of initial plausibility, which is more likely: that the vast majority of the world’s scientists (including many Christians among them) who have [Read More...]


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