Church Professional Blurb Appeal for The Burial of Jesus

Yesterday I issued an appeal for scholars who are willing and able to provide a blurb about my book, written for a general audience, The Burial of Jesus: History and Faith, which will be coming out in a second edition from Patheos Press. Today, I’m asking whether there are any church professionals – pastors, youth [Read More...]

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The Genetic Evidence for Evolution

There is a useful video from BioLogos explaining the genetic evidence for evolution, including the evidence of humans and chimpanzees sharing a common ancestor, with humans having one fewer chromosome as a result of chromosome fusion. Unfortunately embedding is prohibited and so I’ve only been able to link to it. Please share it with people [Read More...]

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Observing Evolution

Creationists regularly claim that evolution is unobservable. This claim is false. To give some examples, just in recent days there have been a few important instances of scientists being able to witness crucial evolutionary transitions as they happen. Here are links to relevant articles: In yeast, scientists have observed the transition from being a single-celled [Read More...]

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Did Jesus Exist? A Place to Discuss without a 500 Character Limit

I made a video some time ago, and it continues to get visits from the occasional mythicist who rejects the argument and wants to be persuaded that Jesus existed in 500 characters or less. I’m sharing the video again here in the hope that perhaps the commenter currently wasting time over there might come here [Read More...]

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Think Outside The Box (The Cutest Response to Creationism Ever!)

From My [confined] Space via PZ Myers [Read more...]

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Religion, Science, and Deduction

I find it bizarre that critics of evolution who claim that science is simply guessing, and that one cannot draw conclusions about past biological evolution based in present evidences, do not see how this undercuts their own claims every bit as much, if not more so. Religious fundamentalists, of the sort that offer pseudoscientific critiques [Read More...]

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Creationists: Postmodernists of Convenience

Although proponents of both young-earth creationism and intelligent design typically show signs of great (and unwarranted) confidence in their viewpoints, when it suits them, some of them will happily say that they are dealing with the same evidence as mainstream science, and it is only their presuppositions (which they assume are correct) and their interpretation [Read More...]

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History: Like a Civil Trial or a Criminal Trial?

As many readers will know, I have in the past compared what historians do to what a jury tries to do in a criminal case: prove matters “beyond reasonable doubt.” Today I reported for jury duty. In the end I wasn’t picked to serve. “Many are called but few are chosen.” During the preliminaries, the [Read More...]

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Can Creationism Be Disproven?

The ideal in science is to come up with testable hypotheses that can be confirmed or proved wrong by evidence, at least in principle. It seems to me that the various forms of pseudoscientific creationisms (young-earth creationism and intelligent design) are inherently unfalsifiable. No evidence is allowed to count against them. If one sees evidence [Read More...]

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Julius Caesar Mythicism vs. Jesus Mythicism: Smackdown!

Tom Verenna shared some thoughts on something I wrote recently, in a comment on the Vridar blog, in which I suggested that it is not harder to be a mythicist about Julius Caesar than about Jesus, and that the same tactics and methods used by Jesus mythicists could be employed for good effect in the [Read More...]

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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...]

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