Fake News is Old News in Religious Studies

It was recently drawn to my attention that the fact-checking and debunking website Snopes links to a blog post of mine, on the subject of the hoax that regularly circulates about chariot wheels allegedly being found in the Red Sea. It struck me not long after that that hoax is in fact an example of [Read More…]

After the Monkey Trial

I am grateful to Fordham Press for sending me a gratis review copy of Christopher Rios’ book After the Monkey Trial. The book in fact begins its historical survey before the famous Scopes trial, and offers a survey of fundamentalist, Evangelical, and other Christian responses to Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution and subsequent scientific work on [Read More…]

Happy Darwin Day!

Happy Darwin Day! Thank you to Biologos for sharing the above video on the evidence for evolution. And don’t forget to celebrate Evolution Weekend in your religious community! If you need some inspiration, click through for a Darwin Day/Evolution Weekend reflection from Grace Unlimited, the Lutheran-Episcopal campus ministry organization at Butler University. The image above [Read More…]

Atheism: Good Enough for Some Idiots

When I came across this meme, I simply couldn’t believe my eyes. The image is labeled “ATHEISM: Good enough for these idiots” – yet it includes famous people who were Deists, agnostics, and a pantheist, as well as at least a couple of individuals whose beliefs are simply unclear. I am happy to say that, as far as [Read More…]

God So Loved The World

This came to my attention recently. You can purchase the bumper sticker and other items with this design via CafePress. And along the same lines, there’s this cartoon:   [Read more…]

Five Misconceptions about Evolution

This infographic addresses several widespread misconceptions about evolution in a clear and yet detailed manner, and so I thought it was worth sharing here. [Read more…]

Happy Lincoln and Darwin Day!

Happy Abraham Lincoln’s and Charles Darwin’s Birthday! The image above comes from Newsweek via Playing Chess With Pigeons. Of related interest, don’t miss Dennis Vennema’s series about Adam, Eve, and population genetics on the BioLogos website. Also, remember about Evolution Weekend this coming weekend. Bob Cornwall has shared a number of posts and videos for [Read More…]

“Intelligent Design Research” Means Listening to Elton John

Jerry Coyne has shared a close look at the details of a Discovery Institute promotional video. They have made backgrounds that are supposed to look scientific. But if you take a screenshot and look at the details, you find things like whiteboards filled with nonsense – and the words “Rocket Man.” What else do you [Read More…]

“Just a Theory”

Jerry Coyne shared the above video, which features professor Tim White addressing with what a creationist student probably thought was a clever objection. [Read more…]

Pardoning Galileo

Another cartoon from Once Upon a Saturday. Most of the cartoons in that series don't seem particularly funny to me, but occasionally they are, and manage to make a serious point as well.   [Read more…]