Michael Barton and John Pieret address some myths about Darwin. Matt addresses some creationist “arguments” that have been refuted over and over again, and yet continue to be used. PZ Myers plays ping-pong with a poorly-informed science teacher. If you don’t want your children to grow up to spout nonsense on the subject of evolution, these resources may help. Creationism makes its mark at Religion Dispatches. Tripp Fuller discusses Whitehead’s notion of religion as world-loyalty. And while Lee Strobel has a guest post about religion and science on the Friendly Atheist blog, Ken Perrott disputes the need for religion in order to have rationality. Julia Duin covers the story of an atheist who appreciates Christianity’s role in Africa.
For those interested in less distressing forms of science fiction than Young Earth Creationism, Buddy TV (HT SF Signal) has some hints about the season premiere of LOST, coming soon (January 21st is already being referred to as “Lostmas”). There’s also a buzz in the blogosphere about the new Doctor on Doctor Who.Other bibliobloggers are making new year’s resolutions. I had already previously made some sabbatical resolutions, which are better, since I only need to stick to them for half a year! Among them are to work on both a scholarly volume on oral tradition in early Christianity, and a book for a general audience about the notion of Biblical literalism (and making the case that there are in fact no genuine Biblical literalists). I’m still looking for a title for the latter – I recently thought of perhaps calling it something like Why Fundamentalism Isn’t Kosher but I’m not sure whether all English-speaking readers will pick up on the meanings: on the one hand, there is indeed something “dubious” about it, but it also alludes to the irony that Christian fundamentalists claim to believe the whole Bible yet don’t observe the food laws. I also hope to spend some time reading works in Greek (not only the New Testament), Syriac and Mandaic during the sabbatical, although I have thus far resisted inserting the word “daily” into that committment.