The Creationist Giraffe

On my journey away from young earth creationism, several memories stick out. Today, I want to address three of them. The first has to do with giraffes.Growing up, my father held up that giraffe necks as evidence against evolution. "You can't just grow another neck vertebra," he would say. "No amount of trying to reach higher leaves would result in another vertebra." Now yes, this argument was flawed. A giraffe could in theory obtain an additional vertebra if a portion of its genetic code was … [Read more...]


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Answers in Genesis Says Humans Did Not Come From Africa—And It Gets Weird

In researching a recent article on creationism, I came upon a particularly strange claim. One reason evolutionary scientists believe that humans originated in Africa is the greater diversity within mitochondrial DNA among peoples in Africa than among peoples elsewhere. Of course, creationists claim that humans originated in Turkey, at Ararat, where Noah's Ark landed after the flood, and not in Africa. That means they have to explain the diversity in African mitochondrial DNA.And so they … [Read more...]


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Young Earth Creationism Is Evolving

Despite the overwhelming scientific evidence in favor of evolution, some 40% of Americans reject the theory and adhere to young earth creationism. I have long believed that the most effective way to combat young earth creationism is within religion. Biologos, an organization promoting theistic evolution, is attempting just that---and with some success. Answers in Genesis has recently posted a series of blog posts combatting Biologos' efforts---and making arguments that seem, as someone raised in … [Read more...]


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Evangelicals Who Link Evolution and Racism Forget Christianity Was Used to Defend Slavery and Segregation

David Whitney of the Institute on the Constitution believes he knows why Richard Collins III was murdered on the University of Maryland's campus in May: “Evolution is also the basis of racism, [and] many assert that racism played a role in the motivation for this murder,” Whitney said. “You see, evolution is essentially racist. So where did Sean Urbanski learn racism? He learned it in his classes on evolution at the local public high school that his parents sent him to and his parents funded tha … [Read more...]


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On Presuppositional Creationism

As I read a recent thread of tweets by creationist Ken Ham, my mind was drawn to something called presuppositionalism. In his tweets, Ham repeatedly calls evolution a "belief." I'm not surprised. It's possible, though, that Ham might call creationism a "belief" as well. This is because Ham and his organization, Answers in Genesis, adhere to something called presuppositional apologetics.Have a look at this image, as an illustration:Note that both men are looking at the earth through a … [Read more...]


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Building Reality on Ancient Cosmology

James McGrath just shared this image on his blog:McGrath added this commentary: I might quibble about minor details – for instance, I think that when Genesis talks about the waters gathering together into one place called “seas,” it has in mind the Mediterranean and adjoining seas in the midst of the land, and not oceans as yet unexplored around the edges. I'm sure one could quibble with other details in the artist's representation above, but the point remains---the cosmology of the Anc … [Read more...]


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Ken Ham Has a Serious Lack of Imagination

Last week, Answers in Genesis' Ken Ham created a spot of controversy when he tweeted these pictures from a new exhibit at the Ark Encounter theme park:Naturally, these photos garnered immediate attention. Of particular interest was this one, which shows a dinosaur entering a coliseum filled with humans:My response to these images is likely very different from most others' response. When I saw these images, I was profoundly disappointed in Ham's lack of imagination. Look, I grew up … [Read more...]


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