Answers in Racketeering (Does Ken Ham Think Noah Was a Millionaire?)

P. Z. Myers drew attention to the fact that the infamous Answers in Genesis has hit a snag in their plans for an “ark park.” They aimed to raise $24.5 million for the project, and have stalled at around $4 million. Why does one need even 4 million dollars to demonstrate the literal truthfulness of an ancient [Read More…]

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The Creationist Vision of Paradise is Like Living Forever on a Crowded Tokyo Subway

I’m grateful to Michael Heiser for highlighting the ridiculousness of a typical creationist claim. According to the Bible, the command to “be fruitful and multiply” was there prior to the Fall. According to young-earth creationists, death was not. And so that means that the vision of “paradise” that young-earth creationists have is of a world [Read More…]

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Review of John Walton, Genesis 1 as Ancient Cosmology

I am grateful to Eisenbrauns for sending me a free review copy of John H. Walton’s book Genesis 1 as Ancient Cosmology. This is the most recent of several books Walton has written which relate in some way to this topic. I wrote a multi-post review of Walton’s book The Lost World of Genesis One [Read More…]

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If Young Earth Creationists are Right, then Young Earth Creationism is False!

I’ve been attempting to have a conversation with a young-earth creationist, and the interaction has once again reached the point where he makes a false dichotomy regarding the Bible: either the Bible is 100% true and reliable, or it is 100% false and completely lies. If these are the only two options, and if fallible [Read More…]

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Intelligent Design is Counter-Evidence to Intelligent Design

This XKCD cartoon is not new, but seeing it again after a commenter shared a link to it, it struck me in a new way. Read the comic, then see my thoughts below it… The Intelligent Design movement, like young-earth creationism, mythicism, moon landing hoaxers, 9/11 conspiracy theorists and so many others, illustrate the way [Read More…]

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Why We Still Have To Take Creationism Seriously

Eugenie Scott of the National Center for Science Education gives a talk on why, even though creationism itself is not serious in any sort of scientific or academic sense, nevertheless as a phenomenon it is crucial that we take it seriously. [Read more…]

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Science’s Anti-Rock Ogre Bias

This comes from commenter Darren Pardee: BELIEVER: I believe the Earth was created by giant Rock Ogres not too long ago. Since it’s historical science, and not observational, my theory is just as valid as yours. More so, in fact, because I have a Holy Book the Rock Ogres wrote for mankind before leaving the [Read More…]

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Fundamentalism Meets Sci-Fi: Truth, Falsity and Fiction

The latest in Cake or Death’s series going through the A to Z of modern Christianity is “F” for fundamentalism. I assume the movie the DVD of which is being returned in the cartoon is supposed to be one of the “Planet of the Apes” movies. I’d like to suggest that the underlying reason why [Read More…]

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You Should Definitely Listen to Ken Ham and Philip Johnson – Carefully!

You should never listen to anyone uncritically, without looking into questions such as their relevant expertise and qualifications, their biases and assumptions, and looking to see whether they are treating the subject they are talking about fairly or are engaging in spin in an attempt to dupe you. But you should indeed listen to them. [Read More…]

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An Example of How Answers in Genesis Does Violence to the Bible, and Not Just Science

Recent discussions with young-earth creationists have illustrated well how young-earth creationists do serious harm to the Bible, and not only science, in their bizarre attempts to treat the Bible as though it were a scientific textbook and science textbooks as though they were someone’s Bible. Take, for instance, the parallels that scholars have identified between [Read More…]

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The Difference Between Creationism and Science is Like the Difference Between Chicken and…

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