The Clergy Climate Letter

Readers of this blog will be familiar with the Clergy Letter Project, which gathered signatures from clergy indicating that they do not oppose the teaching of evolution or find science in conflict with their faith. There is a new letter project along similar lines, developed by Peter Hess for the National Center for Science Education, focused [Read More...]

Evolution and the Environment

Josh Rosenau took the Pew data on churches’ acceptance of evolutionary biology and of climate science, and made a chart. The correlation is clear and striking. Jim Kidder also shared it, together with some thoughts of his own. [Read more...]

Myth and Memory

On his blog Genealogy of Religion, Cris Campbell talks about reading Colin Calloway’s book One Vast Winter Count: The Native American West before Lewis and Clark. The crux of the post can be summed up by quoting Campbell: I have no doubt that indigenous oral traditions are remarkable repositories of deep history and ancient knowledge. They are [Read More...]

Tomorrow and The Day After Tomorrow

As weather forecasters are warning of a “polar vortex” set to bring record low temperatures in many areas, is anyone besides me thinking back to the apocalyptic movie “The Day After Tomorrow,” which envisaged global warming disrupting weather patterns, leading to a new ice age? The movie's scenario is obviously ridiculously extreme, but it is [Read More...]

Drought, Earthquake, and the Emergence of Israel

Eric Cline has made the case that an earthquake storm in the Eastern Mediterranean region and Anatolia may have created the context in which early Israel emerged, as the resulting cutting of trade routes and system collapse brought about the demise of Canaanite civilization – and others – as they had existed up to this [Read More...]


Hurricane Sandy has been called “Frankenstorm” and this photo of Grand Central Station will communicate to any New Yorker how seriously it is being taken: If everyone comes out of this OK, I predict that someone will name their newly-founded heavy metal band Fränkenstörm… To everyone I know in the path of the storm, stay [Read More...]

Palin Revere Rides Again: Is Christianity About Learning the Truth or Making What You Already Believe “The Truth”?

In the hullabaloo about Sarah Palin’s lack of familiarity with Paul Revere, some of the attention seems to me to focus on what is a less important point. Everyone flubs historical details at some point, even major ones. The bigger issue is one that I highlighted in another post recently, and which Scott Bailey also [Read More...]