Christian Explains How Young Earth Creationists Are Wrong… Because the Earth is Actually Younger Than They Think

Appearing on Creationist Eric Hovind‘s show Creation Today, Jeff Swanson explained how the earth wasn’t created in 4004 BC as Archbishop James Ussher calculated hundreds of years ago and as Young Earth Creationists believe today.

No. That would be crazy!

The universe (i.e. “Adam”) was actually created in 3960 BC.

Which means he thinks our universe is less than 6,000 years old.

And the show’s hosts just accept that without question.

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How to Discipline Your Children Without God

When Deborah Mitchell posted an article on iCNN about why she doesn’t raise her children with religion, it became a viral sensation.

Now, she’s written a complete guide to atheist parenting. It’s called Growing Up Godless and it’s full of nearly 100 short essays on tackling the various obstacles atheist parents face in a predominantly religious world.

In the excerpt below, Mitchell talks about how to discipline your children when they’re not raised to believe God is watching over them:

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With Help of Atheists, Mormons Will Resign from Church En Masse This Weekend

This Sunday, as the 184th Annual General Conference of the (Mormon) Church takes place in Salt Lake City, two atheist groups will be leading a mass resignation nearby for Mormons who wish to leave the Church for good.

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Brunei Embraces Sharia Law, Including Dismemberment and Stoning to Death

Allah, it seems, is cool with brutal human-rights violations. Or at least the Sultan of Brunei is.

The Sultan of Brunei, one of the world’s wealthiest rulers and a close ally of Britain, will this week oversee his country’s transition to a system of Islamic law with punishments that include flogging, the dismemberment of limbs and stoning to death.

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This Conservative Thinks the Left Has an Unnecessary ‘Obsession’ with Creationism. Here’s Why He’s Completely Wrong

David French, a conservative commenter who also blogs here at Patheos, thinks we (“the secular Left”) pay waaaaaay too much attention to Creationists:

I look at this obsession as a symbol of leftist ignorance of Evangelical culture. Yes, if you ask most Evangelicals what they believe about the age of the earth and the origin of the universe, they’re going to side with the more literal interpretation of the Genesis story. But I would describe this as a “soft” or low-priority belief. Whether the Earth is a few thousand years old or several billion isn’t fundamental to their understanding of the Bible, the world, or their faith. It’s simply their default position.

French thinks we should ignore Creationism because most Christians just don’t think very much about it. But there are many, many problems with that:

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