Young-Earth creationism and the problem of telescopes (part 2)


Young-Earth creationism involves more phlebotinum than any science fiction or fantasy epic ever written. And it functions exactly the same. It is a magical talisman made of Handwavium, a bit of techno-babble and mumbo jumbo tossed forth to induce the audience to continue suspending disbelief so that they can continue to enjoy an impossible story. [Read more...]

Young-Earth creationism and the light of distant stars


Look, for example, at that really bright star … no, not that one. That’s not a star, that’s Venus. The other really bright one — look, see the big bow tie? OK, see those three stars in a row across the middle of the bowtie? Draw a line through those and keep going down and to the left to that really bright star. That one, yes, good. That’s Sirius, and that bluish light you’re looking at is 8.6 years old. You’re looking back in time. You’re seeing what Sirius looked like back when Countrywide was still a hot stock. [Read more...]

Science for non-scientists open thread — primordial which?


“Talk to me like I’m stupid,” Ta-Nehisi Coates says when he asks his readers about things he doesn’t understand. Let me borrow that here. Explain this stuff the way you would to someone who can’t be assumed to know any of the lingo or the basic ideas involved. Explain it the way you would if you were asked to do so between innings for the fans at a ball game. Or explain it they way you would to a room full of clever junior high students. [Read more...]

Bible secrets concealed: How lying is mandatory for white evangelical institutions (part 2)


Duplicity is built into the structure of evangelical institutions — colleges, seminaries, publishing houses, magazines. There is a gap — a chasm — between what they know to be true and what they are expected or required to pretend to believe. There is a great deal that they know to be true but fearfully avoid talking about. [Read more...]

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...]

Q & A


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

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...]