That Time I Took Sean to an Answers in Genesis Conference

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When I was in college I began dating (we called it "courting") a young man who believed that God created the world through evolution. His name was Sean. I had been taught young earth creationism, and it would be hard to find a young earth creationist more ardent than I was. Sean and I spent a good deal of time arguing this point through. We both enjoyed debate and we were both passionate (Sean had been a young earth creationist himself before spending time in the creation/evolution wars … [Read more...]

Young Earth Creationism Isn’t Science

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Seven years ago, I left young earth creationism. Three years ago, I blogged about the reasons I left. What stunned me most, at the time, was just how unscientific creationist claims were. I felt conned. When I actually looked at the science, and not just by reading Answers in Genesis and other creationist literature, the entire thing just fell apart. The rock layers don't look like they were laid down by a global flood. There are transitional fossils between humans and our … [Read more...]

Dear Ken Ham: You Can’t Have It Both Ways

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PZ recently wrote about Ken Ham's attempt to discredit opposition to creationism being taught in Louisiana schools. While biblical creation may not be provable through tests and observation, neither is molecules-to-man evolution (or astronomical evolution). And in fact, the evidence that is available to us concerning our origins makes sense in the biblical creation-based worldview, not the evolutionary one. That seems . . . contradictory. Let's look again: While biblical creation may not be … [Read more...]

Is Creationism Racist?

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I grew up reading copious amounts of literature from Answers in Genesis and attending conferences where Ken Ham and other leading creationists were speakers. I've been to the Creation Museum, and I've been reading Answers in Genesis' Answers Magazine for close to a decade now. And one thing that was drilled into me over and over again is that racism is rooted in the theory of evolution and that creationism, which teaches that all humans are descended from Adam and Eve, is the antidote to … [Read more...]

Why You Need to Read Jonathan Dudley’s Broken Words

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Jonathan Dudley sent me a copy of his Broken Words: The Abuse of Science and Faith in American PoliticsĀ over a month ago, and I have been remiss in my promise to review it. But now that I've read it, let me put it this way: This is the book you need to read so that you can effectively counter evangelical Christians' opposition to abortion, marriage equality, and evolution. This is the book you need to give to every one of your evangelical friends and relatives.Jonathan Dudley and I have a … [Read more...]

Creationists Embrace “Truth in Education” in Indiana

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Many of evangelicals' attempts to insert creationism into the classroom over the past half decade or so have actually been based in the rhetoric of progressive education. The latest development in Indiana's nascent creationist wars is just one more example of this. Confused? Let me explain.After laws banning the teaching of evolution in public schools were struck down in the 1960s creationists began arguing that schools should teach both creation and evolution and then let students make up … [Read more...]

Worthwhile Reads: The Bible, Inerrancy, and Interpretation

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In case you've missed it, there has been some excellent discussion of the Bible, inerrancy, and doctrines like creationism on several patheos blogs over the past couple of weeks. I may post some of my thoughts in response at some point, but for the moment I thought I'd pull together some of the posts I've been enjoying and list them here, with excerpts.One Text, Many Bibles, on Unreasonable Faith This is exactly the type of historical criticism we give to the annals of the Assyrians or the … [Read more...]


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