Transitional Forms as Evidence for Evolution: Tiktaalik and cdesign proponentsists

I just finished watching tonight’s episode of NOVA, “Judgment Day”, about the Dover intelligent design trial. What I liked best about it was the way it highlighted the predictive power of evolutionary theory, something often denied by creationists of various sorts.When we hear about the discovery of a transitional form or ‘missing link’ like Tiktaalik, it would be possible to presume that this discovery came about by accident. In fact, the paleontologists who found the fossil were looking for just… Read more

Quote of the Day (Masahiro Mori)

“I believe robots have the buddha-nature within them – that is, the potential for attaining buddhahood” (Masahiro Mori, The Buddha in the Robot (Tokyo: Kosei Publishing Co., 1981) p.13) Read more

A Blogmentary On Romans

I don’t know if it is a good idea to announce one’s plans before one is really able to tackle them, but I’ve decided to take the risk. For some time I’ve had thoughts about Paul’s letter to the Romans that I’ve wanted to blog about at some length, and occasionally I’ve touched on some topics, but not in any great depth.I know the idea is not new, but I’ve still been thinking what a great thing a blogmentary (does… Read more

Judgment Day

Presumably most readers of this blog will already be aware of this, but tonight on PBS there will be a show about Intelligent Design entitled “Judgment Day”. I’m sharing a copy of the press release in pdf format for those interested.Over the past two days we’ve had John Hart visiting with us from Boston University’s School of Theology. In my religion and science class he talked about terrestrial and extraterrestrial environmental ethics, after sharing with the class a chapter of… Read more

Sterling Who’s Who Update

I am posting this to update readers of this blog on the status of my complaint about Sterling Who’s Who. They have refunded my money, and so I consider the matter closed and have no outstanding or unresolved complaint against the company.They did at one point threaten to sue me for defamation of character because of my earlier posts, although in a fax they sent they referred to having been able to “amicably resolve” my issue, so I hope that… Read more

The Twelve Q-less Days Of Christmas

This is to be sung to the tune of the Twelve Days Of Christmas. All the words fit, provided you sing them fast enough. The next step is for all Bibliobloggers to send me a video of themselves singing the song, and we can put together our first Bibliobloggers YouTube Christmas video…The Twelve Q-less Days Of ChristmasOn the first day of ChristmasMark Goodacre gave you…a Christmas without Q!On the second day of ChristmasMark Goodacre gave you…no two source hypothesisand a… Read more

Synoptic Meme

My post on Q and the follow up post have sparked several responses (at NT Gateway, Dilettante Exegete and Metacatholic, to name a few). One’s view on this, of course, is a paradigm and thus one particular piece of evidence, on its own, is unlikely to result in an immediate paradigm shift.Nevertheless, perhaps it would be helpful to have a Synoptic meme. If you are reading this, and know what the word ‘Synoptic’ refers to, then consider yourself infected. :-)… Read more

Spoiling Christmas vs. Spoiling Q

Blame Mark Goodacre if you must (who replied, as I hoped he might, to my previous post about Q). But I find that I must provide details that would spoil most fundamentalists’ Christmas in order to make my defense of ‘Q’. Let me be clear once again that I am not presupposing that Q was a single written document. I do suspect that at least some of the material common to Matthew and Luke but not in Mark came from… Read more

The Difference Makes Q

The definition of the ‘Q’ source is the source of the material found in both Matthew and Luke, but not in Mark. But while the similarities constitute the substance of Q, the differences between Matthew and Luke provide the strongest argument for the existence of Q.If it were simply a question of similarities, one could account for them reasonably in any number of ways – as evidence that Matthew used Luke (or vice versa), that both knew a common written… Read more

Sterling Who’s Who – More On The “Misunderstanding”

UPDATE: I have received information suggesting that the currently-existing company Sterling Who’s Who is different from the one prosecuted in 1995. I personally have no way of verifying whether any of the same individuals are or are not involved in the company, but my assumption that this was a continuous company was based on the continuity of name and specialty. If I was in error about this, I certainly do apologize. I do not think that this can be constituted… Read more

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