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It Is Written and Rewritten

Bruce Gerencser shared another Answers in Genesis cartoon that seems to get things backwards. The Bible has been written and rewritten. There is evidence that individual texts made use of earlier sources, and that authors like the Chronicler or Luke used one or more texts now included in the Bible as sources. The texts were [Read More...]

Unicorn Museum

There is a parody site for a “Unicorn Museum” which includes images such as those above and below. One thing that makes this parody particularly useful is that it is liable to be met with objections that it is unfair ridicule. But why is taking fire breathing dragons or the ark as museum-worthy less ridiculous [Read More...]

YUCH

Young-earth creationism does not merely posit a young Earth, but a young universe. And its view of both the Bible and of nature is heretical. And so Peter Kirk has suggested that we refer to it as “young universe creationism heresy.” Or “YUCH” for short. The acronym for “young-universe creationist kookiness” works even better… [Read more...]

Recording Of My Drew Marshall Show Appearance

The recording from the episode of the Drew Marshall show that I was on is now available online on the radio show’s website. You can stream it, or download the mp3. Have a listen and let me know what you think! As a reminder, it was me and Jonathan Ryan (of the blog Geek Goes [Read More...]

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...]


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