Historical Science, Jesus, and Evolution

One popular objection in our time to evolutionary biology is a bogus distinction between observational science and historical science. It is a slightly more elaborate – but no more persuasive – version of Ken Ham’s infamous “Were you there?” The irony is that this approach represents an attack on Christianity even more than it is [Read More...]

Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)?

I saw the image above on Facebook, and thought that playing on the similarity was a cheap shot. But then someone added the “Were you there…?” quip, and that made it even funnier.   [Read more...]

Historical vs. Observational Theology

Ken Ham has tried to make a distinction between historical and observational science. He ought, therefore, to accept that we must make the same distinction in theology, if he is to be consistent, don’t you think? And yet we find he himself quoting the Bible as though it can simply be assumed to provide evidence [Read More...]

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...]

“So shalt thou put evil away from among you”

P. Z. Myers shared a link to a wonderful account of a science teacher responding effectively to the inane “were you there?” question that Ken Ham and other ignoramuses think are clever. Click through to read it. [Read more...]

Were You There?

The question “Were you there?” probably has two resonances for Christians. It is the title of a famous spiritual. And it is a phrase that Ken Ham encourages people to ask in science classes. One of them is an invitation to bridge the distance between past and present. The other closes that bridge in a [Read More...]