“This is why everyone hates atheists”

I'll be honest: The reaction from ACE's defenders to my last post was not uniformly positive.It began with this: … [Read more...]

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Parents Against Creationism – Two Big Victories in One Scottish Town

This is a guest post by Paul Braterman, Professor Emeritus, University of North Texas and Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Chemistry, University of Glasgow. Paul is a leading member of the British Centre for Science Education and enemy of creationism wherever it arises, and the author of From Stars to Stalagmites. He was the one who sent me the photos for my recent discussion of creationism in a Scottish primary school. Here, he expands on that information to reveal the extent of creationist in … [Read more...]

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A case for banning creationism in schools

Earlier this week I hosted Adam Laats' engaging argument that, while teaching Creationism in schools might be a bad move, it's not something it makes sense to ban.Now Adam has kindly posted my reply on his blog. For those of you that have the patience, there's already a long debate with a committed creationist in the comments.I think my argument is plausible, but at the same time, I don't think that many people agree with me. I welcome your objections. In particular, what would help us … [Read more...]

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Jobs creationists CAN do (Guest post)

David Waldock is one of the most articulate commenters on this blog. His response to Monica Stringer's defence of ACE was so comprehensive I didn't bother to reply myself. David is an ex-ACE student, but he preferred not to write about his own experiences. Instead, here's his analysis of where belief in Creationism will take you...This was originally intended to be a comment on Jonny's post "5 jobs a Creationist can't do", but after an extended conversation on Facebook, we thought my … [Read more...]

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Salvation through faith alone: poison

Everybody who reads this blog knows I am an atheist, but I try to avoid attacking core Christian doctrines. Ultimately, I believe in co-operation. I would like to work with reasonable Christian people to build a model of education which is agreeable for everyone. I don't (usually) see any benefit in attacking beliefs.Yes, I attack Young Earth Creationism, but this is not a core Christian doctrine. It is not even a core fundamentalist doctrine, historically. Fundamentalism was kickstarted … [Read more...]

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Book Review: Believing Bullshit by Stephen Law

I had to read this book because of the subtitle: How Not to Get Sucked into an Intellectual Black Hole. If ever there was an intellectual black hole, it’s my old belief in the Word of Faith.Not all false beliefs are intellectual black holes. To qualify, a belief must be unreasonable. Reason is the mechanism that allows us to see falsehoods for what they are. If a belief stops people from using logical reasoning to examine it, then it is an intellectual black hole. How can you think against s … [Read more...]

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