Creationism Debate: Ignoring the Ground Rules

Bob Cargill drew attention to this mash-up video, illustrating just how many of the issues raised long before in the Non-Stamp Collector video turned up again in Ken Ham’s part of the recent debate. Some young-earth creationist sites have lists of arguments that their adherents should not use. The problem is that the list of [Read More...]

Noah’s Ark Ant Problems

Via Caitlin Coberly on Facebook. Even seven, were ants kosher, would not have been enough. Anteaters eat thousands a day. Plus ants have lifespans that are much shorter than the duration of the flood. Has any young-earth creationist ever addressed the ant problems with treating the story as a factual account? [Read more...]

Did Bill Nye Help Fund the Ark Park?

Time magazine and Newsweek are reporting that the debate with Bill Nye is a key reason why the Answers in Genesis ark park now has enough funding to proceed. While some may shake their heads and think this means the debate was a bad idea, I am not so sure. It is not clear that [Read More...]

Changing Science

Young-earth creationists often adopt the dogmatic stance that they have unchanging truth, and that somehow the advances of science are something to be rejected rather than appreciated. And so, with some inspiration from Alasdair Crawfish on Facebook, I made the above image. Not all instances of failing to change or refusing change are praiseworthy. [Read more...]

I Have This Book

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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...]


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