Ken Ham’s Kind Provision of Evidence to Support Fred Clark’s Contentions

In a comment on my post in which I shared a quote from Fred Clark about how various leaders of the “Religious Right” are similar to/different from Rev. Sun Myung Moon, I was asked for evidence to support those claims. Fortunately, Ken Ham was kind enough to provide it on his Facebook page. Ham described [Read More…]

The Golden Rule with Error Adjustment

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Evolution: What About God?

This episode from the PBS documentary Evolution is a useful one, and I’ll be having my class on Religion and Science watch it. Since the entire episode is available online, I thought it might be useful to share it here too. [Read more…]

Biblical Studies Around the Blogosphere

There’s a new issue of the open access Biblical studies journal Relegere, featuring several interesting articles, including an article about U2 and the Psalms, one about Genesis 1-3 and evolution, and an essay by James Crossley offering “An Immodest Proposal for Biblical Studies.” There will be a conference about the criteria of authenticity in historical Jesus [Read More…]

From the Moon to Jerusalem

Given my interest in religion and science (I’m even teaching my class on the subject this semester) this quote which Menachem Mendel shared, and which apparently comes from Thomas Friedman’s book, From Beirut to Jerusalem, p.429, seemed worth sharing.   I’ve only been to one of the two – like most human beings, I’ve never [Read More…]

Neil Armstrong RIP

The news just broke that the first man on the moon has passed away. Neil Armstrong, the famous astronaut, died today at the age of 82. We will all, I am sure, remember with gratitude for his role in taking humanity to a world other than our own for the first time.   [Read more…]

The God of the Bible and the Genome

I came across this quote from Francis Collins on Reddit: I am sharing it because I thought it might lead to some interesting discussion. On the one hand, Collins’ perspective is an important and helpful one, since it illustrates that it is possible for people of faith to embrace mainstream science. And yet I don’t [Read More…]

Mined Quote from James Barr

There’s a quote, attributed to James Barr, which is popular among young-earth creationists. Here is the quote: Probably, so far as I know, there is no professor of Hebrew or Old Testament at any world-class university who does not believe that the writer(s) of Genesis 1–11 intended to convey to their readers the ideas that: [Read More…]

The Problem With Reductionism Illustrated

The cartoon is good just for a chuckle, but I think it also illustrates an important point. Using the methods of analysis appropriate in an underlying domain will not produce useful results if applied without modification or addition to a different, overarching one. Organisms need to be approached differently than particles. Minds need to be [Read More…]

Young-Earth Creationists Substitute Words of Men in Place of the Word of God

Time and time again I have heard young-earth creationists say that one has to choose between what humans say about the origins of the cosmos and of human beings on the one hand, and the Word of God on the other. From a Christian perspective, this is exactly right. And young-earth creationists have chosen the [Read More…]