Creationism in the news

Big news for the battle against creationism in Britain: Professor Alice Roberts has thrown her weight behind getting creationism out of school science lessons. That's what my New Statesman article was in response to. This is awesome because Alice is both a TV star and an academic with relevant expertise – she is one of two people I can think of who could say this and be taken seriously (the other is Brian Cox). At this point, I think Richard Dawkins coming out with a statement to this effect wou … [Read more...]

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33 jaw-droppingly bad multiple-choice questions from Accelerated Christian Education

"It's the crapness!" yelled my mother, who almost never says anything more offensive than 'oh blow'."It's not the doctrine or the terrible science or the politics. It's the... CRAPNESS!"In hindsight, leaving three boxes of Packets of Accelerated Christian Education (PACEs) at her house was perhaps not the kindest thing I could have done."It's a bubble!" she continued, warming to her rant. "It's stuck in a 1950s timewarp and it's all so twee. Do you know what I read in a science PACE e … [Read more...]

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Back on The Pod Delusion

I am once more on the superb Pod Delusion podcast this week, and once more in esteemed company: Dan Dennett, Richard Dawkins, and former government chief science adviser Sir David King are all on the same show.Unlike my past appearances, this time I'm talking about something I've never blogged about: the phenomenon of "Jesus is my Boyfriend." It seems that large numbers of evangelical women really do fantasise that Jesus is their lover, and... you'll have to listen to it. It's awesome, and … [Read more...]

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