Evolution Doesn’t Make the Problem of Evil Worse

I continue to encounter – and to find incredibly puzzling – the claim that depicting God creating through evolution portrays God less favorably than depicting God creating directly and instantaneously. Here is why: In either view of creation, the world includes suffering, starvation, carnivores eating other animals, parasites devouring hosts alive, illnesses of a variety [Read More…]

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Fringe: Humans, Animals, and Anomalies

Yesterday’s episode of Fringe, “Anomaly XB-6783746,” had a less explicitly theological focus than the one before it. But it raised crucial questions of another sort: what makes a human being, what does it mean to be an animal, and what does evolution have to do with it – whether evolution that occurs naturally, or resulting [Read More…]

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The Mousetrap Argument and Intelligent Design

The “mousetrap argument” is popular among proponents of Intelligent Design. A mousetrap is supposedly irreducibly complex and thus evidence of direct design by a cosmic Designer. But what we find in real-life organisms is evidence of evolutionary kluges, solutions cobbled together from whatever was already there to work with. The image made me smile as [Read More…]

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Truth in Education

Indiana State Senator Dennis Kruse is the man behind several past attempts to pass creationist legislation in Indiana. Having been unsuccessful, he is trying something else, which ironically highlights the challenges for science educators. He says of his newly proposed “Truth in Education” legislation, “If you’re teaching something, then a student could question that and say, [Read More…]

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Just a Theory

One more meme image that came to my attention on the theme of creationism: To be fair, in popular usage, the word “theory” does indeed get used regularly for a hunch or worse – after all, we talk of “conspiracy theories.” So perhaps we should spend less time blaming people who have little science education [Read More…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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Thanksgiving Evolution

And for a more negative view of the same evolutionary reality:     [Read more…]

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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…]

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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…]

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