Darwin’s Pious Idea

Conor Cunningham’s book Darwin’s Pious Idea is an impressive effort, aimed at challenging the shared view among fundamentalists (whether religious or atheist) of what the implications are of Darwin’s theory of evolution. I am grateful to Eerdmans for having sent me a gratis review copy. The book begins by problematizing the essentialization of many aspects [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…]

Literalism = Misconception and Incoherence

The quote comes from p. xxiii of Nahum Sarna’s book Understanding Genesis. [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…]

Darwin Didn’t Recant Evolution on His Deathbed

Hemant Mehta provides a nice brief treatment of this hoax that still circulates in our time.   [Read more…]

The Fate of the Dinosaurs

Seems legit – and it dovetails nicely with my post yesterday about photographic evidence. The maker of the cartoon, Carlos Ruas, is not a native English speaker, it would seem, and so I think he deserves to be forgiven for using the wrong spelling of “ark.” From Once Upon a Saturday, via God of Evolution [Read More…]

Darwin’s Witnesses

Whether it is the Christian message or the advances of science, there is always good news and bad news that can be shared. Among science-denying religious people, there is a lot focus on what they consider the “bad news” in evolutionary biology. If you were an evangelist for mainstream science, what would you share as [Read More…]

Happy Darwin Day!

The nit-picker in me wants to point out that people do not evolve, populations do. Evolution occurs over generations, not over silent moments. But having said that, my initial reaction to the cartoon above, shared by P. Z. Myers, was to think “My Sunday school class would totally do that.” Loren Crow wrote on Facebook: [Read More…]

Believing Genesis

The above is based on a Facebook comment I wrote in response to a question that pitted the Biblical creation account against “Darwinism”: It is indeed a false dichotomy. Moreover, if you are talking about the details then you have to believe the order in Genesis 1 and the different order in Genesis 2, and [Read More…]


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