The ‘biblical science’ of creationism is neither biblical nor science

Young-earth creationist Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis says that his expertise in science is every bit as legitimate as his expertise in biblical interpretation.I agree. You should too.So-called "scientific creationists" like Ham claim that they are doing "biblical science," but what they are doing has just as little to do with the actual Bible as it has to do with actual science.Unlike Ham, I do not claim to be a scientist. He would argue that I therefore ought to defer to him on … [Read more...]

Answers in Genesis teaches how not to read a story

In Nature, Andrew Curry offers a fascinating overview of the recent developments in the study of when humans first came to live in the Americas. The article is titled, "Ancient migration: Coming to America": For most of the past 50 years, archaeologists thought they knew how humans arrived in the New World. The story starts around the end of the last ice age, when sea levels were lower and big-game hunters living in eastern Siberia followed their prey across the Bering land bridge and into … [Read more...]

Three commentaries on N.C. that are far more moral than Billy Graham’s cruel embrace of ignorance

Each of these commentators also offers a far better understanding of the Bible than you'll find in Billy Graham's shameful, pandering advertisements. ...Leonard Pitts Jr.: "Don't Blame the Bible" Sometimes, people hide inside the Bible. That is, they use the Christian holy book as authority and excuse for biases that have nothing to do with God. They did this when women sought to vote and when African Americans sought freedom. They are doing it now, as gay men and lesbians seek the right … [Read more...]

‘You call that worship? As if.’

I am not a fan of having government officials proclaim a "National Day of Prayer."If religious leaders want to proclaim such a day for their followers, that's terrific -- although Isaiah 58 ought to make them a bit cautious about the idea. That passage provides God's sarcastic dismissal of such a proclamation.And, yes, Isaiah 58 presents itself as the verbatim words of God, and God's words there are dripping with sarcasm. You people want to have a special day to honor God? God says. … [Read more...]

Sunday favorites

Jeremiah 2:7 I brought you into a plentiful land to eat its fruits and its good things. But when you entered you defiled my land, and made my heritage an abomination. … [Read more...]

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Luke 3:10-14 And the crowds asked him, "What then should we do?"In reply he said to them, "Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise."Even tax-collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, "Teacher, what should we do?"He said to them, "Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you."Soldiers also asked him, "And we, what should we do?"He said to them, "Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false … [Read more...]

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Romans 13:5-7 Therefore one must be subject, not only because of wrath but also because of conscience. For the same reason you also pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, busy with this very thing. Pay to all what is due to them — taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due. … [Read more...]

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Luke 24:9-10 And returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. … [Read more...]