Cain’s wife and Tubal-cain’s sonic screwdriver

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“Who did Cain marry?” you asked back in Sunday school. And what you may have been told was an odd babble of legends, half-remembered allusions to other legends, and improvised-on-the-spot ideas. You were probably given an “explanation” that involved Cain marrying some previously unmentioned sister — followed by some reassurance that this would have been perfectly fine due to some mumbled rehash of a pulpit myth mangling both genetics and Mosaic law. [Read more...]

Manufacturing monsters: When you know you’re lying, you know you’re wrong

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C.S. Lewis warns against the lure of wanting to view those we think of as bad as even worse than they are. That desire is part of the story Doktor Zoom shares there. Exactly the thing that Lewis describes is what makes the audience for Fox News and Bryan Fischer so eager to swallow their mendacious selective editing. It’s what makes them actively refuse to question even the most obviously dubious claims about those they are predisposed to dislike. [Read more...]

The bad faith of climate-deniers cannot be denied

Either this Alaskan permafrost is melting due to climate change, or else it is deliberately choosing to melt as part of the design -- the grand "game plan" of a "global warming fraud" intended to produce the big government secretly desired by the malicious Arctic soil.

If ice and dirt are not capable of willfully acting in bad faith, then the House Republican’s claim that “global warming is a total fraud and it is being designed” cannot be true. Unless inanimate objects are capable of fraud and deliberate dishonesty, the bad faith in this dispute cannot lie on the side of those claiming the reality of climate change. If dirt is not purposeful and evil, then the bad faith must lie on the other side. [Read more...]

1. ‘The Amityville Horror’ is not based on a true story

"The Amityville Horror: A True Story" is not a true story.

I’m sorry if that disappoints anyone, but we’re not free to change what is or is not true based only on what we find to be disappointing. It’s also a bit odd that anyone would be disappointed to learn that a “horror” is not real. That’s like having a horrifying nightmare and then waking up disappointed to realize it was only a dream. You’re not supposed to be disappointed when you wake from a nightmare, you’re supposed to be relieved. [Read more...]

‘Reality is harsh to the feet of shadows’

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“On the biggest political story of the year, the conservative media just got its ass handed to it by the mainstream media. And movement conservatives, who believe the MSM is more biased and less rigorous than their alternatives, have no way to explain how their trusted outlets got it wrong, while the New York Times got it right. Hint: The Times hired the most rigorous forecaster it could find. It ought to be an eye-opening moment.” [Read more...]

Fighting the beast: How can Clifford Russell be saved?

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It cannot be our only response, and it cannot be our primary response, but at least a part of our response to people like Clifford Russell must be to offer them a chance to be saved — to find redemption, liberation and salvation. [Read more...]

We can have political debate or politicized facts, but we can’t have both

This polar bear is neither liberal nor conservative. It's just a polar bear. (Photo by Ansgar Walk via Wikimedia Commons.)

First the bad news. In The New York Times, Leslie Kaufman reports on how zoos and aquariums are struggling to communicate the facts of climate change in a political climate that considers scientific facts to be matters of partisan dispute: American zoos and aquariums enjoy a high level of public trust and are ideally positioned [Read More...]

George Will is running out the clock on climate change

George Will is 71 years old. He’s simply running out the clock. Yes, he’s utterly and ridiculously wrong about climate change, but he’s been denying it for so long that his denial of it has become an essential part of his identity — how he perceives himself, how others perceive him, and how he perceives [Read More...]


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