Brace Yourselves: Evolution Weekend is Coming

  If you don’t know what this meme is about, Michael Zimmerman’s recent article in the Huffington Post might help. [Read more…]

A Personal Relationship With Reality

Someone I am connected with on Facebook shared this recently: When I saw the image, I at once had two reactions. The first was to think, yes, of course, the idea that one is the focus of the universe and everything revolves around you is a problematic one, which has more to do with modern [Read More…]

Even Ken Ham Doesn’t Believe in his own Saddled Dinosaurs

Ken Ham is apparently willing to compromise about more than geocentrism and the firmament. Now he is backtracking on the claim that people rode on saddled dinosaurs. That is something depicted in Ham’s own book, Dinosaurs of Eden: Tracing the Mystery Through History. Just take a look at the sample page on Amazon.com: I still [Read More…]

Before Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, What Did Fundamentalists Object To?

Trains. Now you know.   [Read more…]

Mad Engineers

A friend shared this cartoon on Facebook. Given the importance of the caricature of the mad scientist in a lot of science fiction, often used to warn of the dangers of scientists “playing God,” the cartoon usefully highlights that the caricature does not fit well with the description of the individuals as scientists. Some fit, [Read More…]

Around the Blogosphere and Beyond

Several items have come to my attention that are worth sharing, and hopefully no one will mind my lumping them together. Evolution Sunday is coming up soon, February 8-10. Among the helpful resources online is a personal testimony from an Episcopal perspective. The NCSE has asked for input on its new science standards. See also [Read More…]

Do Young-Earth Creationists Proclaim a False Gospel?

The Gospel as it is proclaimed in the New Testament nowhere mentions the process whereby God created. It is never presented as a part of the Gospel message proclaimed by Christians in any way, shape, or form. It isn’t that it is “just a minor tenet” or something like that – it isn’t mentioned at [Read More…]

Agreement in Error and Common Origin

Readers of the Evangelical Textual Criticism blog will have seen the post about how shared transcriptional errors are evidence of two texts having a common ancestor. Given that there is still resistance to the acceptance of mainstream science among some Evangelicals, I thought it appropriate to mention that the exact same reasoning is used in [Read More…]

Adding to the Mystery

One reason that some religious believers feel threatened by scientific advances is the belief that, as the mysterious becomes less mysterious, God’s existence or at least God’s involvement in the universe is disproved. But as those who’ve dug deeply into the mysteries of the universe, as we find answers, they lead on to new mysteries which [Read More…]

Mysteries Do Not Invalidate Knowledge

A key point I emphasize in my classes is that, just because a range of views about a topic may be held by experts, that does not mean that all views are compatible with the evidence. Nor is it the case that, just because we are uncertain about the answers to some questions, everything is uncertain. [Read More…]