evangelicalism, evolution, and the facts

A recent article in the NYT talks about the collision between “beliefs and facts.” It struck a chord. The author, Brendan Nyhan, argues that simply “knowing” scientific data, for example on evolution or climate change, isn’t as important as one’s beliefs and group identity–be it political or religious. The force that determines where people eventually wind up is their ideology and the [Read More...]

me talking about the Bible and such and indirectly about Bart Ehrman (podcast interview with Randal Rauser)

Over at The Tentative Apologist, Randal Rauser posted a podcast interview with me that, frankly, I forgot I did. But then I remembered. Actually, it’s the second part of an interview we did last November at the annual Bible scholar nerd fest (Society of Biblical Literature) in Baltimore. You can listen to part 1 here, [Read More...]

creationists talking about creation (or, on theological mass re-education)

A friend sent me this short video from the HBO documentary Questioning Darwin. I didn’t see it because I refuse to pay Verizon for premium cable. This short video brought back some thoughts that began brewing while I was working at BioLogos, the science/faith think tank started by Francis Collins in 2009. I was hired to be [Read More...]

the Bible is a human book

I just attended a small conference in Chicago—yes, a conference in Chicago in January, which means I almost didn’t get there, but that’s another story.  The conference was sponsored by Biblica, formerly the International Bible Society. About 20 biblical scholars and theologians were invited to participate in an open conversation about the Bible—or as one [Read More...]

a revealing parallel between Intelligent Design and conservative/evangelical views of the Bible

Here’s an observation I’ve been pondering for a few years but never thought to put it in writing until now. No big reason why. I just never got to it. I’ve observed a revealing parallel between Intelligent Design and conservative/evangelical views of the Bible. In a word, both tend to get nervous about what I will call, simply [Read More...]


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