Anti-Evolutionism: Now With Ultra-Fast Evolution

The Natural Historian blog recently focused on one of the more bizarre aspects of Ken Ham's variety of young-earth creationism: it says evolution as mainstream biology understands it is wrong and impossible, and yet claims that evolution worked much faster than mainstream biology posits, in order to get from the small number of “kinds” in [Read More...]

Creationists and Carbon 14

The quotation comes from a comment on Facebook, and is used with permission. The comment was on this post from “Questioning Answers in Genesis” which I shared, which addresses a specific claim that Ken Ham made in his debate with Bill Nye, as well as the broader issue of what young-earth creationists say about radiometric [Read More...]

How Creationism Imprisons the Mind

The quotation is taken from Mark Joseph Stern’s recent Slate article “The Cruelty of Creationism” or “How Creationism Imprisons the Mind.” Click through to read more of it. Creationism…isn’t a harmless, compartmentalized fantasy. It’s a suffocating, oppressive worldview through which believers must interpret reality—and its primary target is children. For creationists, intellectual inquiry is a sin, and [Read More...]

Young-Earth Creationism vs. Love

Fred Clark posted about young-earth creationism’s approach to the Bible and its historical connection to the hermeneutic used in defense of slavery. Here is a diagram that he shared, with a quote from the post superimposed: See too Arni Zachariassen’s post objecting to Ken Ham’s claim that Darwin was a racist, and Pete Lefevre’s post [Read More...]

Happy Darwin Day!

The nit-picker in me wants to point out that people do not evolve, populations do. Evolution occurs over generations, not over silent moments. But having said that, my initial reaction to the cartoon above, shared by P. Z. Myers, was to think “My Sunday school class would totally do that.” Loren Crow wrote on Facebook: [Read More...]

Hector Avalos to Debate a Young-Earth Creationist

If you haven’t had your fill of debates about creationism, Hector Avalos (a scholar of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament who happens to be an atheist) will be debating someone named Juan Valdez on the topic “Is Genesis 1-3 a scientifically reasonable account of the origin of our world?” The debate will take place on February 16th, [Read More...]

The Wall Between Creationism and Science

“The scientific problem with creationism has nothing to do with God. You can believe in one or another kind of God while being part of the scientific quest. You just have to keep asking how God creates life and the cosmos, and you have to subject your answers to the tests of evidence. Creationists say [Read More...]