The Dalai Lama on Buddhism and Science

As if in answer to my earlier question, George Takei posted this on Facebook: That is also the attitude of progressive Christians, and many others, despite the existence of a vociferous minority who thinks that they can use ancient human texts to deny the realities before our eyes, or under our microscopes, or glimpsed through [Read More…]

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Mythicism, Creationism, Science and Faith

Where do mythicism, young-earth creationism, mainstream biology and mainstream historical study (including but not limited to the study of the historical Jesus) fit in the diagram below, in the view of readers of this blog? Even though one cannot run “history experiments,” are historians not doing something similar when they take their ideas about the [Read More…]

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Fundamentalists Lacking Conviction

Robin Parry has a post on the blog Running Heads entitled “Fundamentalists – Have the Courage of Your Convictions.” In it he writes, I wonder why fundamentalists are so keen to believe in a literal seven-day creation and yet do not campaign against space flight (in case someone crashes into the sky-dome and cracks it) [Read More…]

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Young-Earth Creationists Don’t Believe That Creation Was Finished in Six Days

I have been having an interesting conversation on Facebook with someone who describes himself as a young-earth creationist. I was surprised when this individual said that it is a problem for Christians who accept evolution that God is said thereby to have made diseases and other things which Christ fought against. It seems to me [Read More…]

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Rotating Earth vs. Biblical Literalism

This is what Ken Ham and other young-earth creationists would stand for if they were at least trying to be consistent Biblical literalists. This is not a parody, it is a genuine argument for the flat and fixed Earth viewpoint. To any young-earth creationist reading this, I would like to know whether or not you accept [Read More…]

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Ken Ham’s Kind Provision of Evidence to Support Fred Clark’s Contentions

In a comment on my post in which I shared a quote from Fred Clark about how various leaders of the “Religious Right” are similar to/different from Rev. Sun Myung Moon, I was asked for evidence to support those claims. Fortunately, Ken Ham was kind enough to provide it on his Facebook page. Ham described [Read More…]

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The Golden Rule with Error Adjustment

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Evolution: What About God?

This episode from the PBS documentary Evolution is a useful one, and I’ll be having my class on Religion and Science watch it. Since the entire episode is available online, I thought it might be useful to share it here too. [Read more…]

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Biblical Studies Around the Blogosphere

There’s a new issue of the open access Biblical studies journal Relegere, featuring several interesting articles, including an article about U2 and the Psalms, one about Genesis 1-3 and evolution, and an essay by James Crossley offering “An Immodest Proposal for Biblical Studies.” There will be a conference about the criteria of authenticity in historical Jesus [Read More…]

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From the Moon to Jerusalem

Given my interest in religion and science (I’m even teaching my class on the subject this semester) this quote which Menachem Mendel shared, and which apparently comes from Thomas Friedman’s book, From Beirut to Jerusalem, p.429, seemed worth sharing.   I’ve only been to one of the two – like most human beings, I’ve never [Read More…]

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Neil Armstrong RIP

The news just broke that the first man on the moon has passed away. Neil Armstrong, the famous astronaut, died today at the age of 82. We will all, I am sure, remember with gratitude for his role in taking humanity to a world other than our own for the first time.   [Read more…]

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