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...]

“Cosmos” and Christianity (or any religion, for that matter)

Like many of you, I watched the entire FOX series Cosmos for the last several weeks and which concluded this past Sunday. More than once I found myself in stunned awe of the incomprehensibly huge and old universe we live in, and how much science has been able to learn about it. I felt the [Read More...]

The Casualty Problem (Hardman, parts 3 of 3)

Today we have the third and final post in Randy Hardman’s 3 part series on his experiences as an official Christian apologist and why he felt he had to move on from that vocation (see part one and part two). (Readers interested in similar posts on this theme can find them beginning here, here and here.) Hardman holds a B.A. [Read More...]

Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham: giving credibility to nonsense (or, walking into an apologetic war machine)

Bill Nye will be debating Ken Ham in a week’s time–inexplicably, on Ham’s home turf, where he controls the terms and the crowd. Nye is either going to get destroyed by Ken Ham or at least grow extremely frustrated with Ham’s tactics. I hope I’m wrong, but I’m not (unless I am, but we’ll need [Read More...]

meteorologists: those godless liberal heathens

I shouldn’t have to say this, but experience suggests I provide the following disclaimer: The following makes a serious point through the use of humor, specifically, it exposes the absurdity of an argument–a literalistic reading of the creation story in Genesis–by applying its logic and premises to an analogous issue covered in Scripture–weather. If you do not [Read More...]


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