Misstatements of faith: How lying is mandatory for white evangelical institutions (part 1)


You can spend thousands of dollars to study biology or biblical studies at Bryan College. They will take your money. But the professors there are not permitted to teach you either biology or biblical studies, so that money will not be well spent. [Read more...]

The tribal trilateral: White, Protestant, anti-abortion.

Danielle Suarez is an agent with the U.S. Border Patrol. Women are not allowed to help patrol the borders of the evangelical tribe. The agents in charge of that -- the tribal gatekeepers -- are all white men.

That’s what all those other tribal signifiers, past and present, tend to be — short-hand substitutes for the clobber-text hermeneutic of white American Christianity. Whether it’s the currently ascendent tribal marker of being anti-gay, or if it’s the tribal marker of young-Earth creationism, or if it’s the rapidly fading tribal marker of teetotalism, all of those things weren’t so much about the things themselves, but were, rather, ways of shouting, “But what about the Bible?” They were ways of demonstrating one’s allegiance to what tribal gatekeepers called “the authority of the scriptures.” Which is to say, really, the authority of the tribal gatekeepers themselves. [Read more...]

Q & A


Richard Feynman answers questions from the audience at the Creation Museum (with some help from Buzzfeed and Zen Pencils). [Read more...]

Why young-Earth creationism needs to be killed with fire (part 2)


The clobber-text hermeneutic is always and everywhere a barrier to love and to justice. That’s what it’s for. That is it’s design, purpose, intention and primary function. Young-Earth creationism is both a product of the clobber-text hermeneutic and a buttress that reinforces it. [Read more...]

People have not always had domesticated camels. Or tomatoes. Or science.

It was a warm summer evening in ancient Greece. ...

Today, we have science. We’re so accustomed to this that we assume we’ve always had science — that we have always referred to and accounted for nature through the lens of science. But we didn’t always do this. We didn’t always have this any more than Italy has always had tomatoes or Israel has always had camels. [Read more...]

Why young-Earth creationism needs to be killed with fire (part 1)

Also too, that's not a brontosaurus. Turns out there's no such thing as a brontosaurus.

Reality still matters, so the proper response to a debate between science and anti-science is not to say that some think the Earth is 4.5 billion years old and some think it is 6,000 years old, so let’s all be reasonable and say it’s 2,250,003,000 years old. [Read more...]

Teaching young-Earth creationism is a sin


A much-publicized “debate” between science advocate Bill Nye (“The Science Guy”) and young-Earth creationist Ken Ham is set for this evening. That’s only half the debate that needs to happen. Yes, Ham’s “scientific creationism” is a wretched counterfeit of real science, so it’s good that he’s being challenged on the facts of science by someone well-versed in those facts. But Ham’s nonsense is even more a wretched counterfeit of Christian theology, and he also needs to be challenged on the facts of theology by someone well-versed in the Bible and in orthodox Christian teaching. [Read more...]

Redistributing falsehoods isn’t the same as finding truth


In the worst-case scenario, the total cumulative level of delusion and deception remains unchanged. You’ve convinced me to abandon one falsehood, but you’ve allowed me to retain the other — and now I’ve convinced you to adopt it with me. All that achieves is a slight redistribution of wrongness. We remain, collectively, just as far from the truth as when we started. [Read more...]