Transit of Venus

I went with my wife and son to see Venus as it transits across the sun for the last time in our lifetime (at least from the perspective of our planet), at the Holcomb Observatory on the Butler University campus. We got there a little late, in terms of when first contact was, and those [Read More...]

Teach the Controversy Controversy

SMBC has a great comic strip about “teaching the controversy.” Click through to read it. HT Hemant Mehta [Read more...]

Religion 2.0

Michael Dowd posted on what he calls the “New Theism” (as well as mentioning other terms). I’m not sure that I find that particular label “New Theism” helpful, since “theism” is often associated with precisely what Dowd rejects, the idea of a personal or anthropomorphic deity. I appreciate his comparison of the movement he is [Read More...]

Fringe: For Scientists Playing God, Creating a Universe Can Take Longer Than 6 Days

The season finale of Fringe focused on religious themes from the outset and continued throughout. Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen it yet. William Bell turned out in this timeline to be behind the activities of David Robert Jones and the attempt to collapse the two universes and create a new one. In the season [Read More...]

Review of More Than Matter by Keith Ward

Keith Ward is an author for whom I have a great appreciation. His book What the Bible Really Teaches was and is enormously important to me in helping me become comfortable in my identity as a Liberal Christian. I am thus always eager to read his latest book. But I admit to feeling some trepidation [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Krotons

The Doctor Who episode The Krotons features what to viewers in our time will appear to be quite primitive and poorly-constructed robots as the key villains. If one can get past the appearance – perhaps by keeping in mind that the Krotons are supposed to be not robots but organic crystal-based life forms that are [Read More...]

Outgrowing and Out-learning Young-Earth Creationism

There are a couple of interesting posts around the blogosphere related to young-earth creationism. Fred Clark has a delightful post with the title “Answers in Genesis teaches how not to read a story.” Here’s a sizable sampling: I know, I know, picking on the young-earth creationists is too easy. Fish in a barrel and all [Read More...]

Is the Puddle Half Smart or Half Stupid?

Two posts commenting on the same image with a quote from Douglas Adams from very different perspectives seemed worth sharing and commenting on in turn. First, here’s the image: On the one hand, the point about apparent fine-tuning (emphasized at Open Parachute) is a good one. Regarding the universe’s suitability to the existence of ourselves [Read More...]

Teach the Other Controversy

This is not poking fun at beliefs about creation – we all get to a point where we either posit something that simply is, or say something not all that different from “It’s turtles all the way down.” But those who advocate “teaching the controversy” or “teaching both sides” rarely actually want that to happen. [Read More...]

Scientists, Steves and Evolution

David Bailey posted about project Steve, which seeks to illustrate the overwhelming consensus among scientists – and especially scientists in relevant fields – about evolution. For those who may not be familiar with it, when the Discovery Institute produced a list of people who “dissent from Darwin,” Project Steve was created in response, to illustrate [Read More...]

What Happens When Young-Earth Creationism and Geological Timescales are Combined?

You get this (created by Jolyon Ralph, HT PZ Myers): [Read more...]