7 things that are older than Ken Ham’s universe


Young-earth creationists say that the universe is 6,000 years old. Scientists say the universe is around 14 billion years old. Young-earth creationists say this is because scientists are part of a vast, nefarious conspiracy designed to cast doubt on the literal words of a literal Bible by the evil practice of measuring and counting things. [Read more...]

Another ‘Noah’s Ark,’ but this one might be OK

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The story of Noah is particularly tempting for a certain kind of illiteralist reader. The book of Genesis doesn’t just tell us that Noah built an ark, it gives us specs for the project. For the sort of person who reads the Bible with an utter lack of concern for meaning, that passage presents an irresistible temptation. [Read more...]

Please stop looking for the ‘original sin’ gene


We can only make sense out of the idea that sin is “genetic” if we’re also willing to make nonsense out of the ideas of justice, mercy, redemption, atonement, and forgiveness. And I’m rather fond of those. [Read more...]

Geocentrism and a historical Adam


This is a fact: the geocentric model of the universe is not true. That fact must inform our choice between the two possible readings of those potentially geocentrist biblical passages. Yes, one way to read those passages suggests a geocentrist teaching. But another way to read those passages does not. Given that geocentrism is, in fact, not true, it makes more sense to prefer the non-geocentrist reading. [Read more...]

A grove of aspen trees that proves Ken Ham is full of it


You can study legitimate biblical scholars and learn from them that Ken Ham is full of crap and that his “Answers in Genesis” are based on recent, illiterate misreadings of the Bible. Or you can go to Utah and stand in the shade of trees that prove it. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things

Uwe Reinhardt says Europeans visiting the U.S. marvel at infrastructure that reminds them of the 1960s; Alex Knapp points out that if the Earth is only 9,000 years old, then none of our technology should work; Rachel Held Evans discusses her least-favorite adjective; and Richard Beck discusses the economy of submission. [Read more...]

Bulgarian town survived Noah’s flood


Even more remarkable than the ancient town’s unique fortifications or its “peculiar burial positions and objects found in the graves,” of course, is that this settlement was built and occupied by humans centuries before the creation of the universe. And not only did these Neolithic Bulgarians construct huge walls without “the wheel and cart,” their community also seems to have survived Noah’s flood. [Read more...]

Fighting for a system built to fail


Anti-science Republican Rep. Paul Broun is unopposed on the ballot for re-election to his U.S. Congress seat from Georgia. But Broun — the “lies from the pit of Hell” guy — is now facing a bipartisan challenge. Georgians who care about reality are waging a write-in campaign for Charles Darwin. [Read more...]