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Feb 21 2014

Adventures in ACE IV: When Creationists Drill the Ocean

I’m assured by Jonny that Science PACE 1086 is something special in the bizarreness department. I can see this is true by all the crosses on the cover. The impression given is that they’re so threatened by the implications of a man standing on the moon that they have to spray the scene with god …

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Feb 19 2014

Adventures in Christianist Earth Science Education IIb-1: In Which I Advise You to Buy Shares in Columbia Valley Vineyards

What could be worse than ACE, amirite? After that fuckery, BJU’s Earth Science Fourth Edition will be a breath of fresh air. I mean, A Beka’s Science of the Physical Creation wasn’t unmitigated horror, and Bob Jones University’s history books aren’t as frothing fundie as them, so this might not be utterly awful. One may …

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Feb 18 2014

Keeping Up With the Creationists Issue I, Vol. 4: College Sexual Assault Scandal Edition

Image is the Bob Jones University sign, with "School of Accountability Avoidance" added under the name.

I think we like to think that what happens inside of fundamentalist subcultures doesn’t really matter to the wider world. But there are people trapped, suffering, inside, and they need folks to pay attention, raise a fuss, shine a light so that they can achieve some measure of justice, and so that other people never …

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Feb 17 2014

Congratulations! You’re Going to Hell! 4: Remaking Hell

Does the threat of hell still terrify you even though you know, consciously, it’s an imaginary place? Imaginary situations can be terrifying and vivid. Even when you know they’re not real, they may continue to haunt you. Sometimes, it’s a fleeting fear; sometimes, it digs talons in and won’t let go. I had a recurring …

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Feb 12 2014

Adventures in Christianist Earth Science Education IIa: In Which We Are Told About Science!

The best thing about being an adult is that I get to read textbooks by choice*, something my younger self would find fairly horrifying. The other best thing is that I don’t have to read them sober. When it comes to Christianist educational materials, it’s best to be slightly sloshed. Less painful that way. Novocaine …

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Feb 11 2014

Keeping Up With the Creationists, Vol. I, Issue 3: Special Nye Smoked Ham Edition

I’ll admit, I thought Bill Nye was making a huge mistake when he agreed to debate Ken Ham. I thought this would be a fiasco when I found out he’d agreed to debate Ken at Ken’s own Creation Museum, with only Answers in Genesis putting out DVDs, and when it seemed like only creationists were …

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Feb 10 2014

Congratulations! You’re Going to Hell! 3. Best Place Ever

Moi at Crater Lake.

Hell doesn’t exist. But before I realized that, I was very much looking forward to going. Why no fear? Well, for one thing, I was pretty sure that whatever the Divine was, he/she/they/it had absolutely no interest in torturing people forever. I mean, come on. Do we get so mad at ants or amoeba or …

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Feb 08 2014

Happiness is The Happy Atheist: A Review

The Happy Atheist book cover, which is a blue smiling Darwin fish.

The Happy Atheist by PZ Myers   I should probably begin this review by admitting that PZ Myers was my gateway drug to atheism, and some of the essays in this book helped me become the type of unapologetic atheist that haunts the nightmares of deeply religious people. I stumbled upon Pharyngula during a determined …

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Feb 06 2014

Adventures in ACE II: In Which We Inherit the Earth

Eratosthenes beavering away at his nice desk with a quill pen that won't be invented for another thousand years.

All right, then, my darlings: time to start acing ACE. We’re right at the beginning of our 8th grade-ish* science edimicashun. What has Science PACE 1085 got to teach us? “Earth and Its Neighbors,” in which we learn the earth is our inheritance. Just like the Bible says! “To learn to be willing to work …

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Feb 05 2014

Congratulations! You’re Going to Hell! 2. Just What the Hell is Hell?

No one can even agree on what Hell is. They’re happy to threaten you with it, but they’re all over the place when it comes to explaining it. You know, a real place usually has a pretty consistent description. Take Chicago. We know where it is. Right there in Illinois, can’t miss it. (Where is …

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