Geocentrism is Better than Young-Earth Creationism

I recently had a comment left on my blog by what appears to be a bona fide geocentrist. I had been planning on blogging about the topic, since it had come up on a couple of other blogs I read. Brandon Withrow blogged about a movie called “The Principle” which promotes geocentrism. It appears to [Read More...]

The Relativity of Wrong

“[W]hen people thought the earth was flat, they were wrong. When people thought the earth was spherical, they were wrong. But if you think that thinking the earth is spherical is just as wrong as thinking the earth is flat, then your view is wronger than both of them put together.”  – Isaac Asimov, “The [Read More...]

The Experts Can Be Wrong

The inanity of the frequent refrain of peddlers of pseudoscience and pseudoscholarship that “Even the experts can be wrong” is perhaps best illustrated be comparison with expertise in another domain. Even professional musicians can play wrong notes. But that doesn’t make all players of instruments equal, nor does it make it equally or more likely [Read More...]

Five Awful Reasons to Teach Creationism in Schools

Jack Wellman has posted five really awful reasons to teach creationism in schools. He doesn’t seem to know that they are awful, and so let me briefly explain. 1) There are no criticisms of evolution: Wellman complains that there are no criticisms of evolution in textbooks even though it is (in scientific technical terminology he [Read More...]

How We Found Out Evolution is True

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Spruce Treeeeeeee!

Fred Clark has offered a characteristically witty post that builds on my recent one about an ancient spruce tree in Sweden. He suggests that “spruce tree” can become the standard response to any young-earth creationist nonsense one is presented with (much like the YEC phrase “were you there” except that in this case the response [Read More...]

Tree of Knowledge

This image came my way on Facebook. There is more information about the tree on the National Geograohic website. Of course, by calling this post “tree of knowledge” I will be setting some readers on edge because of the allusion to Genesis. But that reaction itself reflects a problematic understanding of the passage. I doubt [Read More...]


Maybe this is why young-earth creationism is so disturbing and offensive. Young-earth creationists will pretend that mainstream science journals are not filled with abundant evidence for evolution – the course it has taken, the processes involved, and the genetic changes that underpin it. They will point to the things that scientists do not yet know, [Read More...]

Another Way Young-Earth Creationism is Unbiblical

Young-earth creationism takes it upon itself to do something that none of the Biblical authors does. Even though there were lots of different views in Mesopotamia and Egypt, and later in Greece and Rome, about the processes involved in nature, we never see a Biblical author challenge any of those views. Not one. Sometimes, however, [Read More...]

Young-Earth Creationists Make God Out to Be a Liar

This comment was left on Facebook in response to a blog post of mine that someone shared: What’s especially ironic is the contrast between the young-earth creationist approaches to scripture, and to the natural world. They insist that the Bible must be literally true in every word, because God does not lie. And yet in [Read More...]

Touching Earth

A blog post by Jericho Brisance, “Christian Agnosticism and Touching Earth,” was drawn to my attention. It emphasizes that it is unacceptable to use history and science in an attempt to justify the Bible without being open to the disconfirmation of the Bible through the use of those same methods. Here is a taste: We [Read More...]