Evolution-Accepting Christian Professor Says the Bible Doesn’t Have to Conflict with Scientific Realities

Jeff Hardin (below) is Chairman of the University of Wisconsin’s Zoology Department and a scientist who recognizes the reality of evolution.

He’s also a Christian, who believes in the claims of the Bible.

Hardin’s knowledge of science leads him to reject literalist interpretations of the Bible, like Young Earth Creationism, which make claims about science and nature that are distinctly at odds with the evidence. When the Bible is read in such a fashion as to make it conflict with reality, he believes, it is read wrongly. And he makes it his mission to show that the two, science and religion, are highly compatible.

Hardin calls himself an “Evolutionary Creationist.” Writing for Slate, William Saletan describes Hardin’s brand of Creationism this way:

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A City in the Philippines Requires Taxi Drivers to Paint Bible Verses on Their Vehicles to Curb Crime

The city of Tagbilaran in the Philippines has required taxi drivers to put Bible verses on the back of their vehicles for 22 years now. They say it’s a way to reduce crime:



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God: The Ultimate Supervillain

***Update*** (2/16/15): The image below has been updated since its original posting.

In an interesting infographic (that he says is still a work in progress and may have some mistakes), Jake Vander Ark compares the God of the Bible to other notorious villains:

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Governor Mario Cuomo, Catholic Politician Who Respected Separation of Church and State, Dies at 82

As the stories about former New York Governor Mario Cuomo pour in following his death earlier today, I’m reminded of a speech the famously Catholic politician gave at the University of Notre Dame in 1984.

In it, he reminded the audience that while he might personally adhere to Catholic doctrine, his role as a politician was to secure religious freedoms for everyone and not legislate his personal morality:

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Churches Are Great at Creating Community (Seriously)

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses how churches are great at creating community (seriously):



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