The Year of the Flood as Standalone Novel

I mentioned previously that I’ve been reading Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy in order to review them, in particular the forthcoming third book, MaddAddam. I’ll be teaching my class on religion and science fiction this coming semester, and have been debating what novel or novels to include, along with the many short stories and The second [Read More...]

How Would You Try To Get Through?

I received an e-mail recently from someone whom I banned for trollish behavior, which seemed to me to be wasting the time of not only myself, but also other commenters. The individual in question was demonstrably dishonest, and refused to interact with evidence. The e-mail illustrates the same persistent claim or belief that the individual [Read More...]

Hymns of the God’s Gardeners

I’ve been reading Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy, and will be reviewing it in the near future. But I wanted to highlight one component of the second book in the trilogy, The Year of the Flood. The novel includes snippets of sermons as well as a whole set of complete songs reflecting the theology of this [Read More...]

Mars Attacks Young-Earth Creationism

Ian Millington recently drew my attention to an article about NASA’s Mars rover, and pointed out to me an interesting implication for young-earth creationism. If young-earth creationism is correct, and geological strata we see on Earth result from a global flood, then why do we find such strata inĀ rocks on Mars? Of course, one can [Read More...]

Testing Young-Earth Creationism

Cdbren, a young-earth creationist commenter who was caught engaging in dishonest practices on this blog a while back, has made a reappearance, this time to (among other things) complain about my focusing on chalk deposits like the famous White Cliffs of Dover as counter-evidence to young-earth creationism. But as commenter Ian pointed out, it is [Read More...]

Young-Earth Creationists are Full of Hot Air When it Comes to the Flood

Facebook friends have pointed out a few interesting tidbits related to the notion of a global flood in Genesis. One pointed out Genesis 8:1, which says: But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the [Read More...]

Ice Age Creationism

The Answers in Genesis web site has a fascinatingly amusing discussion (previewing an article in their magazine) about the timing of the Ice Age within the framework of their insistence that creation occurred 6,000 years ago. This means that they date the Pleistocene Era after the flood. The article cites evidence from radiometric dating, the [Read More...]

Recycled Stories in the Bible: The Flood

In today’s class, we discussed how awareness of an earlier tradition of telling versions of the same story – as in the case of the Genesis flood story, paralleled in ancient Mesopotamian literature in the Atrahasis and Gilgamesh epics – can be important for understanding the later version of the story in question. [Read more...]

Do Young-Earth Creationists Have a Sense of Humor?

A friend shared this cartoon from the Answers in Genesis web site on Facebook: On the one hand, I don’t find the notion of waiting two millennia to pee funny. On the other hand, I find the idea of Noah’s flood being before the ice age hilarious – but I suspect that the maker of [Read More...]

Literally as Old as Methuselah?

The expression “old as Methuselah” is perhaps not as common now as it once was. Methuselah was famous for his unbelievably long life according to the Bible (969 years), hence the expression. But according to the Septuagint, he managed to survive the Flood without being on the ark! Young earth creationists treat such absurd ages [Read More...]

The Elephant in the Room

Via Danut Manastireanu [Read more...]


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