Do The Math

I came across this image on Pinterest recently: I think the message is this: don’t be in a hurry to share what you think your faith is, or to adopt what you think is a clever slogan to represent it. Run it by people for feedback. Check your facts and calculations. Take lots of steps [Read More...]

Show Your Work

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Unfalsifiable Inerrancy

When pastor Peter LaRuffa recently said that he would believe the Bible even if it said 2+2=5, he probably thought he was standing up for Biblical inerrancy. In fact, he was undermining it, showing it to be meaningless. It is less obvious for some people to see the problem when fundamentalist Christians dismiss evidence from [Read More...]

If Math Were Debated Like Religion

Not everyone debates religion in the way the Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal cartoon below depicts. And it is problematic when religion tries to be like arithmetic. And yet I wonder how much it is the desire to offer proofs in a manner that only math can, that leads to debates about religion taking the form [Read More...]

Now, There Is This Competing Theory…

It should of course be captioned, “If math was taught likeĀ some people want science to be taught, but thankfully in most cases it isn’t…” [Read more...]

Bias and Bayes’ Theorem in History

Regular commenter Ian has posted two more entries on his blog which relate to the use of Bayes’ Theorem in assessing historical probability, in response to Richard Carrier’s advocacy of the use of Bayesian reasoning. One is entitled “Error in Bayes’ Theorem” and the other “Say What I Want To Hear!“ [Read more...]

The Root of All Evil?

If one’s viewpoint is that 666 represents all that is evil, then it may be useful to know thatĀ 25.80697580112788 is then the root of all evil. HT Jim West   [Read more...]

Proportional Time for Creationism: A Simple Solution to a Science Education Conflict

Many have called for “equal time” for creationism in science classes, while the vast majority of people oppose such measures. But conflicts over this issue appear time and again, wasting valuable time and resources of lawmakers, courts, schoolboards, and everyone else involved. In a comment on Facebook, Ed Babinski suggested a brilliant solution that both [Read More...]


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