History is to Mythicism and Science is to Creationism as McDonald’s is to…

In discussing areas related to my teaching and interests lately, whether Biblical studies or biological science, the question has come up whether it might not make sense to actually examine an example of pseudoscholarship or junk science in teaching students to recognize the real thing. It is easy enough to say that young-earth creationism is [Read More...]

If You Can’t Have the Bible You’d Love, Love the Bible You Have

I probably shouldn’t tamper with the wording of a song for the title of this post. Cee Lo Green has sparked a lot of controversy with his New Year’s Eve rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” in which he changed “no religion, too” to “all religion’s true.” But in fact, what Cee Lo did with the [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...]

Creationist Legislation in Indiana

I often try to do what I can to help support those in other states who try to defend science education against those who seek to undermine it, even though state legislators are largely deaf to anyone but their own constituents. Today, news about legislation being proposed here in Indiana came to my attention, via [Read More...]

A Nice Argument for the Age of the Earth

This comes from Geoffrey Pearce by way of PZ Myers: I am regularly approached by young Earth creationists… If I have the time I try to engage them on the age of Earth, since Earth is something whose existence them and I agree upon. They will tell me that Earth is somewhere between 6,000 – [Read More...]

Thor: A World Where Magic and Science are the Same

I finally got around to watching the movie Thor last night and early this morning, and I’m glad I did. Thor has always been an interesting character in the realm of comic book superheroes. Others were godlike or messianic in character, and the lines between sci-fi and the supernatural, always blurry even at the best [Read More...]

How It Happened (Isaac Asimov)

Thanks to Cliff Martin for pointing out this story by Isaac Asimov. It offers yet another slant on the composition of the creation account in Genesis 1: “How It Happened” by Isaac Asimov My brother began to dictate in his best oratorical style, the one which has the tribes hanging on his words. “In the [Read More...]

If God Had Spoken To Moses As Creationists Wish He Had

Brian LePort shared a brilliant comment someone left on the Reclaiming the Mind blog on a post about evolution. I thought I should share it, tweaking it slightly to improve the punctuation, and expanding it to show how it relates not only to the interests of scientists but also (perhaps even more so) to others [Read More...]

The Creationist Vision of Paradise is Like Living Forever on a Crowded Tokyo Subway

I’m grateful to Michael Heiser for highlighting the ridiculousness of a typical creationist claim. According to the Bible, the command to “be fruitful and multiply” was there prior to the Fall. According to young-earth creationists, death was not. And so that means that the vision of “paradise” that young-earth creationists have is of a world [Read More...]

Why We Still Have To Take Creationism Seriously

Eugenie Scott of the National Center for Science Education gives a talk on why, even though creationism itself is not serious in any sort of scientific or academic sense, nevertheless as a phenomenon it is crucial that we take it seriously. [Read more...]

Fundamentalism Meets Sci-Fi: Truth, Falsity and Fiction

The latest in Cake or Death’s series going through the A to Z of modern Christianity is “F” for fundamentalism. I assume the movie the DVD of which is being returned in the cartoon is supposed to be one of the “Planet of the Apes” movies. I’d like to suggest that the underlying reason why [Read More...]


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