In Defense of Theistic Evolution

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Last week, Greta Christina wrote a post titled "Why You Can't Reconcile God and Evolution." It was this piece that inspired yesterday's post, in which I argued that Christianity is a complex and varied tradition that does in fact leave room for reconciling God and evolution, Christian faith and feminism, and the Bible and LGTBTQ rights. I also argued that trying to winnow away at that middle ground---those who embrace faith but also acceptance, equality, and the scientific method---runs the risk … [Read more...]

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...]

How (Not) to Challenge a Creationist

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I've seen Buzzfeed's 22 messages from creationists to people who believe in evolution floating around facebook and the blogosphere for a couple of days now. It features pictures of individuals who attended the Ken Ham / Bill Nye debate holding messages written on notebooks. I've seen lots of people talking about how ridiculous the messages are, and I've seen some people talking about how stupid and profoundly ignorant those people must be. And in all of this, I almost missed that Buzzfeed also … [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 Politics 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...]

A Taxonomy of Creationists

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There was a post on the Friendly Atheist a while back which got me thinking about the reasons people embrace creationism. I had thought that there were two types, in a sense - those who were misled, and those who were intentionally doing the misleading.See, being raised a young earth creationist I grew up trusting what my parents, my church, and organizations like Answers in Genesis told me. It wasn't until, as an adult, I examined the issue for myself and found that not only was young earth … [Read more...]


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