Darwin’s Doubt and Ray Comfort’s Certainty

There have been a lot of devastating reviews of Stephen Meyer’s book Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design. One recent one is by Larry Moran, and it sums up one of the problems with the book in a picture: The circle indicates the small moment in the history [Read More…]

Can Young-Earth Creationists and Proponents of Intelligent Design be Christians?

Michael Ruse famously asked the opposite, whether a Darwinian can be a Christian. But the opposite question is the real pressing issue. Here is what I wrote in a comment on Michael Kruger’s blog: I don’t think that any view which misrepresents evidence the way young-earth creationism and Intelligent Design do is compatible with the [Read More…]

God’s Not Happy

Someone using the zip line, a new attraction at the Creation Museum, was struck by lightning. I checked the source, and it isn’t The Onion. Surely, if the core belief of Answers in Genesis is true, namely that removing God from so-called natural phenomena by appealing to scientific explanations is inappropriate, then God is displeased [Read More…]

From Bultmann to Banana Man

Today is the birthday of Rudolf Bultmann, a great New Testament scholar and thinker about the Christian faith. As with most great thinkers, he had ideas that have not stood the test of time. But so much of what he proposed is insightful that he is still very much worth reading. Conservatives have probably heard [Read More…]

Creation and Evolution: The True Stories

I had barely posted on the fact that the story of Noah's ark makes at least slightly more sense when one includes hyper-fast evolution, when the blog The Layman's Answer to Everything posted about the story of Noah's ark being a parable of evolution. When the metaphorical flood comes, the fittest survive. Then Chris Brady [Read More…]

A Better Way to be a Biblical Literalist

If you're determined to be a Biblical literalist, or at least to pretend to be one (since no one is really one), you don't have to deny evolution. Indeed, there is a better option, that accepts that evolution occurred and says that God miraculously does evolution better than natural causes could! Since there is no [Read More…]

A Hebrew Grammarian’s Real Answers in Genesis

Robert Holmstedt normally blogs about Hebrew grammar. But the nonsense Answers in Genesis spouts about the Bible and not just science has irked him enough to comment. Here’s a taste of what he wrote in a recent blog post: If a person’s view of the authority rests on reading Genesis scientifically and so his or her [Read More…]

Rebuttals to Ray Comfort

Hemant Mehta recently shared this video response to Ray Comfort’s deceitful movie about evolution. It makes some excellent points, including highlighting the irony of Comfort saying “Just look at this banana! Proof of God!” and yet complaining, when scientists have so much evidence for evolution they can point to, “Sorry, that’s not good enough!” Mehta [Read More…]

Inerrancy vs. Contradictions

Given the title, this post could easily have been about contradictions within the Bible and whether they disprove Biblical inerrancy, or whether one has to start with the doctrine of inerrancy and insist that anything that appears to be a contradiction isn't really one. And I will come back to that. But the fact is [Read More…]

Answers in Genesis according to the Uncyclopedia

Today I had my attention drawn to the “Answers in Genesis” entry on the Uncyclopedia. It begins as follows: Answers in Genesis is a satirical Christian ministry that parodies the genuine Pastafarian ministry Answers in the Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. It aims to portray Christians as mouth breathing, arm swinging retards who sit on their high horse [Read More…]