Jefferson Center Summer Institute

Matt Young has a report on Panda's Thumb about the Jefferson Center's Summer Institute this year -- an event where I appeared as the "skeptical scientist" representative. It was fun, and I was impressed with the Jefferson Center. I'd urge anyone interested in a humanistic viewpoint that's about more than religion-bashing to get involved, especially if you live in Oregon or northern California.One observation. Usually the creation/evolution issue stands out as the main area of friction between … [Read more...]

Evolutionary Biology Major Dropped From DOE Approved List

The New York Times is reporting that the evolutionary biology major has been dropped from the U.S. Department of Education's list of eligible majors for educational grants. So if you're a low-income student applying for a Pell or other federal grant and you want to study evolutionary biology, the feds won't pay for it. When contacted, a Department of Education spokesperson claimed that it was a "clerical error" and would be fixed right away. That was last Tuesday. I just checked out the official … [Read more...]

Religious fraud increasing

Continuing on the theme of Christianity and giving away wealth, the Associated Press notes that religious fraud is on the increase:Billions of dollars has been stolen in religion-related fraud in recent years, according to the North American Securities Administrators Association, a group of state officials who work to protect investors. Between 1984 and 1989, about $450 million was stolen in religion-related scams, the association says. In its latest count — from 1998 to 2001 — the toll had ris … [Read more...]

The Needle’s Eye

Jesus famously said: "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." (Matthew 19:24) In the previous post with the video about selling everything a reader interpreted this to mean that the "rich man can enter heaven (with his riches which is what Jesus implies), but it is difficult." Variants on this apology include the mistaken notion that there was a gate in Jerusalem called the "Needle's Eye" that was narrow but still … [Read more...]

The eight things you must do to get into heaven

A little bit of entertainment from YouTube: … [Read more...]

Kansas Course Correction

In December 2005, Judge Jones struck a blow against the Intelligent Design (ID) movement in Dover, PA (Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District). Perhaps just as important as the decision itself was the public reaction to it at the polling booth. Locals in Dover overwhelming "threw out the bums" and voted in moderate school board members who had promised to restore science to the classroom. And that they did.Not all districts have reported in yet, but it looks like the same thing is … [Read more...]


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