Religious meteorology needs more rigorous science

This coming October 23 there will be a partial solar eclipse. NASA claims that this is due to something about the relative positions of the Earth, Moon and Sun. But theologians like John Piper and David Silvester know better. When the penumbral shadow begins to darken eastern Siberia at 19:37:33 GMT, they know that this is not because of the alignment of orbits, but because God is displeased with the sins of those living in Kamchatka. [Read more…]

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Cain’s wife and Tubal-cain’s sonic screwdriver

“Who did Cain marry?” you asked back in Sunday school. And what you may have been told was an odd babble of legends, half-remembered allusions to other legends, and improvised-on-the-spot ideas. You were probably given an “explanation” that involved Cain marrying some previously unmentioned sister — followed by some reassurance that this would have been perfectly fine due to some mumbled rehash of a pulpit myth mangling both genetics and Mosaic law. [Read more…]

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‘Bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh’

“Homo sapiens evolved in Africa about 200,000 years ago, and then humans expanded out of Africa 60,000 years ago, after which they interbred with Neanderthals and Denisovans. So, yes, many people on Earth today are have direct ancestors that were Neanderthals. Some have direct ancestors that were Denisovans.” [Read more…]

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7 more things that are older than (Ken Ham’s) Adam

Ken Ham and other young-Earth creationists tell us the universe is 6,000 years old. The universe says different. Here are a few more things recently in the news that are older than Ken Ham’s universe. [Read more…]

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Hic Sunt Dracones

We can make maps today that are clearer, more accurate and more complete than this old globe, but we do so mindful that 500 years from now, our best efforts may appear as sketchy as this beautifully carved artifact from 1504. We go about our learning mindful that our best knowledge may, someday, be improved upon in ways we cannot imagine by people with resources we cannot imagine that will enable them to see further and clearer and deeper than we are able to see now. [Read more…]

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Saying grace: Boom-de-yada, boom-de-yada

Science blogs tend to celebrate their heroes, and the heroes they celebrate are often people who are not usually celebrated in the religious blogs I also read and enjoy. People like Neil de Grasse Tyson or Carl Sagan. Those folks are my heroes too because they exemplify gratitude. “In everything give thanks,” St. Paul wrote, and most of us fail to do that. But scientists like Sagan and Tyson show us what that looks like. [Read more…]

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The bad faith of climate-deniers cannot be denied

If ice and dirt are not capable of willfully acting in bad faith, then the House Republican’s claim that “global warming is a total fraud and it is being designed” cannot be true. Unless inanimate objects are capable of fraud and deliberate dishonesty, the bad faith in this dispute cannot lie on the side of those claiming the reality of climate change. If dirt is not purposeful and evil, then the bad faith must lie on the other side. [Read more…]

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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…]

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