Torchwood: The Ghost Machine and the Ghost in the Machine

The third episode of the first season of Torchwood is “Ghost Machine,” which focuses on an alien device that allows a person to experience the powerful emotions connected with a particular place and what people have experienced there. I had been meaning to blog about the episode for several days, and felt compelled to finally [Read More...]

Antievolutionism in the Classroom and around the Blogosphere

My freshman “Faith, Doubt and Reason” class yesterday took an unexpected turn, as a discussion of Paul Tillich’s treatment of symbols in his Dynamics of Faith raised the issue of whether faith is necessary in the natural sciences, which led some students (the vast majority, at least of those who spoke) to express a “lack [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (David Miller)

Science was the best vehicle for determining whether Galileo was right. Church leaders who feared the crumbling of their Aristotelian theologies were not the best persons to make such a determination. Likewise, the discipline of history is the best vehicle for determining the historicity of Adam and Eve. Church leaders who fear the crumbling of [Read More...]

No Dinosaurs in Heaven

Here’s the trailer for a new movie focused on the attempt of religious fundamentalists to hijack science education. The film is called “No Dinosaurs in Heaven.” [Read more...]

God and the Evolution Song vs. Rick Perry

Rick Perry offers unimpressive “answers” to a child’s questions to him about the age of the earth and evolution. I bet that the child could answer them! (HT Jim West) Larry Moran shared his explanation of why evolution is a fact and a theory. Irenicum shared the evolution vs. creationism song: See too Tom Verenna’s [Read More...]

The Miss USA Contestants on Evolution

A colleague of mine in biology shared this video, which brings together all the Miss USA contestants’ answers to the question “Should evolution be taught in schools.” The contestant from my own state of Indiana, Jillian Wunderlich, speaks at the 4:25 mark. Although on the one hand I am dismayed by her lack of knowledge [Read More...]

Adam and Eve among Evangelicals and around the Blogosphere

A piece on NPR highlights that even Evangelicals are finding it increasingly untenable to persist in maintaining a literal, historical Adam and Eve. Conservative Christians have made this a central issue, and have brought untold shame on Christianity by insisting on the literal truth of the story. I wonder how long it will be before [Read More...]

Reasons to Buy Religion and Science Fiction: It Is Your Destiny

Lord Vader has been seen reading Religion and Science Fiction on more than one occasion. Why? To settle an old debate. Obi-Wan Kenobi once said of him that he had become “more machine than man.” That had to hurt. But philosophically considered, does that make sense? Or was it simply a cheap shot on the [Read More...]

Why the Scientifically Literate Can Believe Silly Things

Jim Kidder pointed to and quoted from a piece in Discover Magazine by Chris Mooney, and this quote from it is worth circulating widely: If you understand motivated reasoning, then you understand that high levels of knowledge, education, and sophistication are no defense against wrongheaded views like climate change denial and anti-evolutionism.  What I’ll call “sophistication” may [Read More...]

New Web Address for the Clergy Letter Project

In connection with Michael Zimmerman’s move to a new academic home (he has become the academic vice president and provost at the Evergreen State College), the web address for the Clergy Letter Project and Evolution Weekend has changed. The web site can now be reached at http://theclergyletterproject.org/ If you are connected with a religious community [Read More...]

Can An Evangelical Christian Accept Evolution?

The blog Questioning Answers in Genesis posted about the fact that there is a need for presentations of the evidence for evolution which treat those who do not yet accept it with respect, and do not merely present the evidence but also address the objections that circulate among such detractors, patiently explaining why such objections [Read More...]


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