Creationist Questions, Now in a Handy Translation

A week after the Ken Ham/Bill Nye debate, it’s time to put the topic to bed, along with the viral photos of Creationists at the event holding a sketchpad with scrawled questions.

And we will … just as soon as we’ve pointed you to this imgur page with clever “translations” of those questions.

Here’s a sample:

There, all done now!

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Jerusalem Residents Face Thorny Issue: When the Messiah Returns, Where Will They Live?

When the Jewish mashiach (messiah) finally returns, guess who won’t be overjoyed to see him?

Renters in Jersualem, who fear they will be will be kicked out of their apartments.

The Christian Science Monitor found that

In apartment contracts around the city, there are clauses stipulating what will happen to the apartment if or when the Jewish Messiah, or mashiach, comes. The owners, generally religious Jews living abroad, are concerned that he will arrive, build a third temple, and turn Israel into paradise — and they will be stuck waiting for their apartment tenants’ contracts to run out before they can move back.

It is prophesied in the Jewish scriptures that there will be no more war, murder, or theft, the Jerusalem Temple will be rebuilt (all that remains today is the Western Wall), and all the Jews will return to the land of Israel upon his arrival. This period is known as Olam Haba, or the World to Come.

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Words That Have Never Been Uttered by Anyone, Ever

Well, except for this Onion writer:

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This Kansas Elementary School Has a Cross Atop the Building and Officials Refuse to Take It Down Until Someone Sues

If you were to visit Spearville Elementary School in Dodge City, Kansas and looked up before you entered the building, you’d be in for a bit of a surprise:

That’d be a giant cross welcoming children through the public school’s door.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State sent the district a letter months ago — and another one last month — but the school board didn’t get around to discussing it until this week and they finally came to a decision:

They’re going to pretend nothing happened.

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The New York Times asks: Is Atheism Irrational?

No. No it’s not.

Okay, we got that out of the way.

On The Stone, The New York Times‘ philosophy/opinion blog, Gary Gutting interviewed Alvin Plantinga. The former is a professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame; the latter is a former professor of philosophy and a former president of the Society of Christian Philosophers and the American Philosophical Association. Plantinga also recently wrote a book called Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism.

When I initially read this article, I just skimmed it and rolled my eyes a couple of times. When I began writing something up on it, I read it more thoroughly and had this response:

The conversation between the two philosophers was… interesting. It seems like to be an exercise in various types of bad arguments.

But, here we are. Who’s ready to dive in with me?

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