It’s not rocket science: Why at first I thought Ben Carson was like ‘Good Jackie’

As Ben Carson began repeating the urban legends and folklore of his religious community, I was hearing “stuff that I long ago forgot isn’t general public knowledge.” I remember that stuff, and I remember what it was like to be surrounded almost entirely by others for whom it seemed like “general public knowledge.” And so I assumed that poor Ben Carson was just innocently misinformed. [Read more…]

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I’m glad Westboro Baptist is protesting meteorology

Our imagined “biblical stance” on meteorology changed in exactly the way that, for many American Christians, our “biblical stance” on biology never did. We Christians easily, almost imperceptibly, changed the way we understood all those Bible passages about the weather. But for many American Christians, doing the very same thing with all those Bible passages about the origins of life is portrayed as a grave and dangerous sin. [Read more…]

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Me and Bill Nye … and one of those Heaven tourist guys

“Long March of the Koalas” is near the top today in Amazon’s list of best-selling books about “Science and Religion.” It has some good company in that category, and it’s an honor to see something I wrote listed alongside the latest book from Bill Nye (the Science Guy). On the other hand, seeing my handiwork listed alongside “Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife” isn’t quite as cool. [Read more…]

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New e-booklet: ‘Long March of the Koalas (And other creationist adventures)’

It’s just 99 cents, and compiles many of the posts here addressing, assessing, unpacking, or just straight-up mocking, the pernicious ideology of young-Earth creationism. Yet somehow it only comes out to about 84 pages. That’s pretty succinct, considering just LISTING all the things that are wrong with young-Earth creationism would take thousands of pages more. [Read more…]

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White evangelical church-goers think their ‘science’ is better than the science those stupid scientists say is science

The Pew Research Center says a new survey shows “Highly religious Americans are less likely than others to see conflict between faith and science.” But the survey doesn’t show that at all. What it shows, rather, is that Real, True Christians also imagine they alone possess the Real, True Science. [Read more…]

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We laid ourselves the best of plans

In theater, you never use a prop gun that’s capable of shooting live ammo, you never allow live ammo anywhere near your prop gun, and you never stage a scene so that even a prop gun loaded with blanks is pointing directly at any actor or audience member. An Arizona troupe just got all three of those things wrong. Plus: Reading the Bible as it is; young-Earth creationism and pool filters; and my state’s awkward practice of electing its Supreme Court justices. [Read more…]

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Sunshine don’t hold up to dark

“After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages … eating delicious pancakes.” Remembering the I in IHOP. Plus: The Stone Age lasted longer than a few generations; Alabama police should choose a more honest Beatitude; and say hello to the Gerry Adams of Operation Rescue. [Read more…]

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We dig our heels in and wonder who’s gonna win

“He was anti-abortion. … Rusty had an issue with feminine rights. He was opposed to women having a say in anything.” Or, in other words, the pattern continues. Also: Still calling bal tashhit on an illegal occupation; Operation Rescue liars make up quotes from RBG; and a fossil from the Garden of Eden. [Read more…]

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