8 more things that are older than Adam


Ken Ham and other young-Earth creationists maintain that the universe is about 6,000 years old. Here’s a list of recent items in the news that are all older than that — from dinosaurs to Doggerland. [Read more...]

Why Millennials are leaving the church


Very often, it’s because the church lied to them. Specifically, it’s often because the church lied to them about the age of the Earth. [Read more...]

Fundamentalism vs. reality: How fundie faith destroys itself

Fundamentalism: Take out one piece and the whole thing topples to the ground.

The larger problem is that according to fundamentalism, those falsehoods are inextricably linked to everything else. Everything. So if it turns out that the Earth is actually 4.5 billion years old, then, according to fundamentalism, life has no meaning, happiness is impossible, love is illusion, Jesus is dead, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins, and we are of all people most to be pitied. [Read more...]

Sin and death and drosophila


I think the Apostle Paul would be surprised — and rather angry — to learn that later Christians were attempting to twist Romans 5 into a statement about biology, but that is what John Piper is saying we must do. Piper is saying that Romans teaches that nothing died before humans sinned. Every mayfly, every fruit fly, every microscopic organism, every creature and every cell of every creature, he says, was immortal until humankind sinned. Biology does not work that way. [Read more...]

Noah’s ark, manna, and a convenient device for ignoring the inconvenient point


“Did exactly this actually occur precisely in this way?” is probably the least interesting, least insightful, least helpful, least edifying, least inspirational questions one could ask about this story. Those who make it their first question, and their most important question, seem to be trying to hide, to evade, to distract themselves from actually engaging the actual story on its own terms. They’d rather talk about historicity — by which they mean cubits and kettle corn. [Read more...]

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...]