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…]

The Real Difference Between Creationism and Mythicism

Creationists can find 3,000 academics who will sign a statement against evolution. That’s not 3,000 academics in relevant fields, just 3,000 academics, including retired ones. I’ve yet to see mythicism show any sign of even coming close to that. And yet supposedly we are to believe that creationism’s 3,000 are irrelevant, but the 10 or so mythicist [Read More…]

Further History-Denialism from Jerry Coyne

It boggles my mind and frustrates me when anyone engages in denialism, whether in science, history, or any other area. But when someone who has worked hard to combat denialism does it, it can seem downright baffling. But Jerry Coyne has done precisely that in the past, and continues to do so. In a recent blog post [Read More…]

Biblical Scholars Fighting Creationism

Hector Avalos has a new article in The Bible and Interpretation about the need for Biblical scholars to be involved in fighting creationism. Here’s a sample: Scientists are not trained to recognize how creationists are distorting biblical texts. Thus, Jerry Coyne’s Faith v. Fact: Why Science and Religion are Incompatible (2015) does an excellent job of explaining scientific theory [Read More…]

The Argument from Dignity

This Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal cartoon (HT Hemant Mehta) makes a good point that can be taken even further. One could object to any number of things, including things that young-earth creationists claim to be true, on the basis of it supposedly detracting from the value or dignity of human beings. “I didn’t come from [Read More…]

Embarrassed by Mythicism/Antievolutionism

Have you ever wondered why the two New Testament scholars to write books directly tackling mythicist claims are Bart Ehrman and Maurice Casey, both of whom happen to be atheists? I don’t think it is a coincidence. As atheists, Ehrman and Casey have the most to be embarrassed about when fellow atheists uncritically embrace views that [Read More…]

Nothing is Impossible for God, Except Evolution

I always find it ironic when young-earth creationists and other anti-science folks say that biological evolution seems to them too fantastic to believe, despite the strong evidence showing that it occurred – and then proceed to say they believe something even more fantastic and which is at odds with the evidence. If your stance is that nothing [Read More…]

RIP Wolfhart Pannenberg

I thought I would share this to mark the passing of Wolfhart Pannenberg, the famous theologian. The quote image comes from Michael Roberts’ blog.   [Read more…]

Creationist Linguistics

From People in White Coats [Read more…]

New Creationist T-Shirt

Eisenbrauns has announced that they will soon have available for purchase a new t-shirt for that Mesopotamian creationist in your life: one that features an excerpt from the Enuma Elish! For young-earth creationists, however, I recommend getting them something from the National Center for Science Education (which just announced that Ann Reid will be taking [Read More…]