Teaching young-Earth creationism is a sin

Spruuce

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...]

8 more things that are older than Adam

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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...]

Giving names to the animals

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Here’s a delightfully odd Bob Dylan song: I’ve been thinking about that one lately as I’ve tried to give names to all the animals who dwell in or visit my little patch of Chester County — such as the pickerel frogs like the one pictured here. That photo is by Wayne Fidler, from the Pennsylvania [Read More...]

Why I am not a ‘theistic evolutionist,’ etc., part 2

Burgess_trilobite_DJ

In the first part of this discussion, I objected to the idea that the modifier “theistic” in “theistic evolution,” might simply refer to the believe held by us theists of God’s pervasive providence. The problem, we noted, is that if we’re talking about God’s constant presence in all things, that can’t explain the use of [Read More...]

Why I am not a theistic evolutionist and why I do not ‘believe in’ evolution (part 1)

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BioLogos has listed what it calls “Core Tenets or Assumptions of Theistic Evolution.” I mostly agree with them, but I am not a theistic evolutionist and I do not “believe in” evolution. Well, actually, let me qualify that a bit: I do not accept the label of “theistic evolutionist.” I cannot really say, with certainty, [Read More...]

Ken Ham’s biblical exegesis is just as sound as his science

Let me step back and explain where I’m coming from with today’s odd burst of posts. I’ve been butting heads with young-earth creationists for most of my life. This goes back more than 30 years, to the middle-school “science” classes wherein I was first, unsuccessfully, indoctrinated in “scientific creationism.” We studied “the controversy” — but [Read More...]

‘Making the text say things that it never meant’

One of my pet-peeve misconceptions is the notion that an illiterately literal reading of Genesis 1-11 is somehow an expression of “conservative” theology. It isn’t. Of course this “literal” belief in the six-day creation of a young earth isn’t liberal theology either. It’s just bad theology. Not orthodox, not conservative or liberal, just wrong — [Read More...]

Evolution and the profit motive behind evangelical tribalism, in 8 panels

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Sometimes people think I’m overstating the case when I describe American evangelicalism as primarily driven by culture-war tribalism in service of partisan politics. Or when I criticize that tribalism as a tool cynically employed by hucksters seeking to cash in on the tribal market niche. Or when I suggest that those hucksters are the lackeys [Read More...]


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