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Category Archive: Evolution and Creationism

Jan 09 2014

Ken Ham Blames Atheists, Satan for Ark Park Implosion

It appears that Answers in Genesis’ planned Noah’s Ark theme park is on the verge of collapsing despite millions of dollars in tax breaks from the state of Kentucky and Ken Ham is blaming everyone else for it, especially us evil atheist bloggers doing the work of Satan. A Louisville news site has an email …

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Jan 09 2014

Knight: Fighting Evolution = Conservative Revival

Robert Knight of the American Civil Rights Union (god, they do love their acronyms that sound like ACLU) thinks that a poll that shows 60% of Americans accept human evolution proves that there would be a “conservative revival” if Republicans started attacking evolution more.

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Jan 08 2014

Is the Nye-Ham Debate a Good Idea?

As you’ve probably heard by now, Bill Nye has agreed to debate Ken Ham at the Creation Museum on Feb. 4. Reactions have ranged from excitement to disappointment to dread. I’m somewhere in between. So is Tom Flynn, though I think he’s being a bit naive with this statement:

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Jan 07 2014

Teaching Evolution at a Christian College

Polling shows that about 2/3 of Protestant evangelicals reject the theory of evolution, which creates a real problem for professors at Christian colleges who teach evolution. Karl Giberson, who taught physics at an evangelical college for 25 years, writes about his experiences.

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Jan 06 2014

Fischer: Those Who Accept Evolution Unfit for Office

Bryan Fischer seems to be intent on one-upping his own world record for staggering stupidity, declaring on his Thursday show that “if somebody wants to exercise political power and he is an evolutionist, he is disqualified from holding political office in the United States of America.” Sadly, this is pretty much the only civilized nation …

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Jan 02 2014

Americans Getting a Bit Better on Evolution

A new survey from Pew Research Center finds a little progress being made on Americans’ acceptance of evolution. While a couple decades of Gallup polls have found nearly 50% believe that humans were created in their current form within the last 10,000 years, this poll finds much higher acceptance of human evolution.

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Dec 26 2013

YEC and ‘Silly Evolutionary Stories’

John Morris, who inherited the leadership of the Institute for Creation Research from his father Henry, who virtually founded young earth creationism in this country, had a message in a radio bulletin for those so-called scientists who think evidence and data actually matters.

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Dec 25 2013

God’s Not Dead and Your Right Wing Uncle

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Happy Nice Time People, which I think is a spinoff from Wonkette, has a post about the eagerly anticipated (at least by me) movie God’s Not Dead. They rightly point out how similar the premise of the movie is to a whole bunch of emails that are forwarded by your right wing uncle. They offer …

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Dec 24 2013

The Science of Adam and Eve

I’d never heard of the Creation Scientific Society until I came across this announcement of their 2014 annual meeting in Pittsburgh (is this the old ICC conference under a different name?). It will involve a virtual Who’s Who of creationist irrelevancies:

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Dec 22 2013

Creationists Upset About Science in Science Textbooks

The Christian Post reports that creationists are upset because the Texas Education Association approved a textbook that contains facts that they wish didn’t exist. Despite their criticisms of the textbook, the TEA determined that there were no factual errors in the book.

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Dec 20 2013

Senate Bill Could Set Kent Hovind Free

Kent Hovind may get an early release from prison if a bill in the Senate passes. The bill would allow for earlier release for non-violent offenders who exhibit good behavior in prison, which I’m all for. In fact, I think a lot fewer of them should be sent to prison in the first place.

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Dec 18 2013

Texas Gov. Candidates United on Creationism

I’m sure it will come as no surprise to hear that all of the men running for the Republican nomination to be the next governor of Texas agree that creationism should be taught in public schools. Asked that question during a debate, they all agreed on that position.

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Dec 13 2013

Worst Creationist Argument Since the Banana

Over the last 25 years I have encountered some astonishingly stupid arguments for creationism but this one may take the cake. It’s from a woman named Margaret Hunter and it purports to prove mathematically that the Genesis account is true. You might not want to drink anything while you read this or you might ruin …

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Dec 10 2013

Evolution and ‘Multiple Theories of Original Sin’

With science having conclusively proved that we did not evolve from a single original pair of humans (much less in some non-existent garden of Eden), some scientifically-literate Christians are struggling to reconcile that with the Bible’s concept of original sin. Loren Haarsma says Christians should accept “multiple theories of original sin.”

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Nov 27 2013

Lenski’s Amazing E. Coli Experiment Continues

25 years ago, Dr. Richard Lenski of Michigan State University began an ingenious experiment on E. coli bacteria that is still going and giving us a much deeper understanding of how evolution operates. Ars Technica has an article on the latest published findings, but let me first explain how the experiment was set up.

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