Creation, Evolution, and Embryology

I was delighted to see David Bailey quote a recent article by Joshua Moritz, in which he points out that the Bible uses the same verb to refer to God creating or making the lightning, or a baby in the womb, as for making sea creatures, and beasts of the field, and human beings, in a [Read More…]

Church Death and Church Evolution

David Hayward's cartoon above is accompanied by a comment acknowledging that the church itself may never die, but churches die all the time. The reason some religious believers sometimes manage to persuade themselves otherwise is much the same reason some manage to persuade themselves that evolution does not occur. When change occurs over generations, it [Read More…]

Deny Evolution, Deny Reality

The above text image seems to manage to address a lot of misconceptions in very few words. What do you think?   [Read more…]

Happy Darwin Day!

I hope you had a Happy Darwin Day! Last Sunday was Evolution Sunday, and so my Sunday school class focused on that topic, spending time clearing up misconceptions about what evolution says, and explaining why evolution is no more incompatible with religious faith than any other area of science. I highlighted that the claim that [Read More…]

A Personal Relationship With Reality

Someone I am connected with on Facebook shared this recently: When I saw the image, I at once had two reactions. The first was to think, yes, of course, the idea that one is the focus of the universe and everything revolves around you is a problematic one, which has more to do with modern [Read More…]

Before Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, What Did Fundamentalists Object To?

Trains. Now you know.   [Read more…]

Around the Blogosphere and Beyond

Several items have come to my attention that are worth sharing, and hopefully no one will mind my lumping them together. Evolution Sunday is coming up soon, February 8-10. Among the helpful resources online is a personal testimony from an Episcopal perspective. The NCSE has asked for input on its new science standards. See also [Read More…]

Do Young-Earth Creationists Proclaim a False Gospel?

The Gospel as it is proclaimed in the New Testament nowhere mentions the process whereby God created. It is never presented as a part of the Gospel message proclaimed by Christians in any way, shape, or form. It isn’t that it is “just a minor tenet” or something like that – it isn’t mentioned at [Read More…]

Agreement in Error and Common Origin

Readers of the Evangelical Textual Criticism blog will have seen the post about how shared transcriptional errors are evidence of two texts having a common ancestor. Given that there is still resistance to the acceptance of mainstream science among some Evangelicals, I thought it appropriate to mention that the exact same reasoning is used in [Read More…]

Mysteries Do Not Invalidate Knowledge

A key point I emphasize in my classes is that, just because a range of views about a topic may be held by experts, that does not mean that all views are compatible with the evidence. Nor is it the case that, just because we are uncertain about the answers to some questions, everything is uncertain. [Read More…]