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...]

Intelligent Designer/Underachiever

From People in White Coats via NCSE Just a reminder that tomorrow is Evolution Sunday, an occasion set aside to try to bring serious discussion of evolution, and science more generally, into churches. I always try to do something in my Sunday school class at least this time every year. Why not talk about the [Read More...]

Today on the Drew Marshall Show

Today at 2pm Eastern time I will be a guest on the Canadian radio program, the Drew Marshall Show. Please do tune in to listen, whether on the radio if you are in Canada, or online. The topic will be the recent debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye.  Joel Baden has a great piece [Read More...]

Ken Ham’s Dog Slide

Oops. This is the disadvantage for charlatans in the technological era. Someone can stop the video and zoom in, and track down the source of the image you used. And in this case, Ken Ham’s slide about dogs evolving after coming off the ark actually shows dogs diverging from 400,000 years ago. [Read more...]

More Reflections After #HamOnNye

There has been more discussion of the debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham since I posted my round-up earlier today. And so here is more! Christian pastor Glenn Packiam compares Genesis to other ancient creation accounts. Biologos presents how pre-modern interpreters understood Genesis. The Lead explores what Bill Nye got wrong. Benjamin Corey discusses [Read More...]

What Would Change Your Mind? Exact Quotes from #HamOnNye

I shared an image yesterday that I made, based on the answers Ken Ham and Bill Nye gave to a question about what it would take to change their minds. The image above includes the precise transcripts of their answers, highlighting the beginnings and endings which make the contrast especially clear.   [Read more...]

#HamOnNye Post-Debate Round-Up

Lots of bloggers and news outlets are reflecting on the debate last night, which most agree that Bill Nye won. Below is a collection of what I have come across. But first, here is the debate for those who missed it and want to watch it online: Josh Rosenau of the NCSE reflected in detail [Read More...]

People Who Debate Creation vs. Evolution

Bob Cargill shared the above image on Facebook. It has a point. Ham was untrustworthy on most scientific details he mentioned. Nye was regularly wide of the mark when attempting to deal with the Biblical material (although Ham's treatment of the Bible is no less problematic in many respects). Who would you want to see [Read More...]

Liveblogging the #HamOnNye Debate

FINAL UPDATE 9:31: The live feed ended abruptly with an announcement about the weather. I think the debate went better than I feared it might. While some things that Nye said will have rubbed Ken Ham’s kind of Christians the wrong way, the clear and unambiguous presentation of the fact that Ham is not open [Read More...]

#HamOnNye Games

Joel Watts shared this bingo game to play during tonight’s debate: You would obviously need to print versions with the squares in different places, otherwise all players will win at the same time. Joel also suggests a drinking game that will result in your passing out before the debate is over. [Read more...]

Why Are There Millions Of These?

Someone drew this image to my attention on Facebook: It led me to ask why there are millions of Christians who are so poorly informed about basic science, that they think that evolution is about our having evolved from modern-day monkeys. Why are there millions of Christians who are happy to take an adamant stance [Read More...]


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