Quote of the Day (Derek Flood)

We don’t need to fear science — including the social sciences. Science is based on curiosity, hypothesis and observation of the way things are. In other words, it’s about truth, and we should never fear seeking truth — even if that means continually updating and expanding our current level of insight and understanding. We need [Read More...]

Was the Historical Jesus on Facebook?

A piece of news has been getting attention today, about a study of classic myths, some of which we know from archaeological evidence were based on real people or events. The study suggests that the degree to which the relationships in the story mirror real ones – including those one can observe today in social [Read More...]

Evolution and Homicide: A Better Graph

A commenter on this blog, K. L. Onthank, saw some of the problems with the graph I posted previously, comparing acceptance of evolution and homicide rates, and decided to rectify the problem. Here is the chart they kindly came up with and shared! The increased accuracy is worth the price of having Americans who see [Read More...]

Rick Warren Responds

In a comment on my blog post about his recent tweet, Rev. Rick Warren has taken the time to leave a comment, clarifying his meaning. Here is what he wrote: TWITTER'S limit on words allows no context for statements. A lack of contxt causes misinterpretation. So when you tweet what’s on your mind, people preassume [Read More...]

Evolution and Homicide

Someone turned the point I made in my last blog post into an image. I will have to check the figures, but it looks about right. Thoughts? HT Reddit My first instinct is to doubt that there is a connection, that the correlation indicates causation. But it does not seem impossible to me that the [Read More...]

Why Rick Warren Is Wrong Several Times Over to Blame the Aurora Shooting on Evolution

I already posted today on Rick Warren's inaccurate as well as unhelpful tweet, blaming the tragic shooting in Aurora, Colorado on teaching students that they “are no different than animals,” which seems to be a lame jibe at evolution, even though it shows a failure to grasp what biology actually says. Warren is wrong about [Read More...]

Blaming Evolution for Tragedy

I am very disappointed that Rick Warren would use the occasion of the horrible tragedy in Aurora, Colorado to make an inane, stupid swipe at evolution. This poster with his tweet in the middle makes the point well: Humans are observably like other animals on this planet: we are based on the same genetic code, [Read More...]

Review of Tim Stafford’s Miracles

I am grateful to Patheos for the privilege of being part of its book club discussion of Tim Stafford’s recent book, Miracles: A Journalist Looks at Modern Day Experiences of God’s PowerMiracles: A Journalist Looks at Modern Day Experiences of God’s Power (Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2012).  The book offers the perspective of a Christian journalist [Read More...]

How We Know The Earth Is Very Old

The folks at BioLogos shared this infographic which some might find it useful to share with friends and family who don’t get why and how scientists conclude that the earth is so very old: Also at BioLogos, there is an article by Deborah Haarsma on the age of the Earth, plus an announcement that BioLogos [Read More...]

Hello Higgs!

The shower of high velocity subatomic particles produced by particle accelerators can seem like fireworks. And so it is nice that it is on the 4th of July that the official announcement was made by the scientists who have discovered the heaviest boson yet, which will either turn out to be the long sought after [Read More...]

Wait Just a Second!

Most readers will have already heard that a leap second will be inserted just after midnight tonight. If you are someone who obsessively ensures that their clocks are set just right, the thought that you can have it set perfectly when you go to bed, and when you wake up it will be a second [Read More...]


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