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Strict Materialism, Intelligent Design, and a Potential Crime Scene (by Way of Analogy)

Barry Arrington is an intelligent design advocate, and he recently offered a detective analogy for thinking about the tensions between strict materialists and intelligent design advocates. His analogy seems pretty sound to me. Imagine a scene where someone is killed … Continue reading

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Canadian Atheist Visits the Young Earth Creationist Museum in Kentucky and is Asked to Turn His “There’s Probably No God” Shirt Inside Out Before Entering

Then towards the end of the exhibit, because he and his buddies were laughing at the displays, they asked him to leave: I’m of two minds about this. First, the museum is completely private property and those who own it … Continue reading

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Genesis 1: Poetry or History?

In one respect, the tension between evolutionists and creationists is not over the nature of science, but over the nature of genre. In other words, did the author of Genesis 1 mean to write something in the genre of POETRY—or was he … Continue reading

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Are Scientists Who Blast Religion Hurting Their Own Cause?

Yes. Or at least that is the assertion of two science writers in a recent essay for Newsweek. Read it here. Money quote: The stunning irony in the longstanding tension between science and religion in America is that many scientists who … Continue reading

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Does Atheism Entail Metaphysical Assumptions Which Cannot Be Warranted by Empiricism?

The short answer is yes. To say that you reject not just particular individual gods (like Zeus, Vishnu, or Yahweh), but all gods (or the concept of God), necessarily entails that you must also believe that matter, energy, the laws … Continue reading

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Why Don’t You See Biologists Jumping on the Michael Behe Anti-Evolution Bandwagon?

Michael White, a biologist with training akin to Michael Behe’s, explains why Behe’s anti-evolution follow-up book to Darwin’s Black Box is almost certainly flawed in its fundamental arguments: [Sean] Carroll [in the magazine Science ] goes on to make this important point: “Behe seems … Continue reading

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N.T. Wright on Charles Darwin

Theologian N.T. Wright thinks about Charles Darwin in the light of Lucretius, Epicurianism, and 18th century Deism:

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Does Science Lead to Atheism?

See the Panda’s Thumb’s take on this question here.

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O Brave New World!

This month’s Wired is reporting on a shocking scientific finding: A self-assembling molecule synthesized in a laboratory may resemble the earliest form of information-carrying biological material, a transitional stage between lifeless chemicals and the complex genetic architectures of life. Called … Continue reading

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A 19th Century Attempt to Make Peace Between Religion and Science: Philosopher Herbert Spencer’s “First Principles” (1862)

Just three years after the publication of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species (1859), the British philosopher Herbert Spencer, in Part 1 of his First Principles, sought to make a truce between science and religion. His attempt began with this rather beautiful, open-minded, and calm appeal: … Continue reading

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Republican Leader Rush Limbaugh: The Cutting Edge of Societal Evolution—or the Spokesperson for a Fast-Shrinking Demographic Dinosaur?

Is a demographic vise closing in on the GOP? Mike Murphy, a Republican strategist writing for Time magazine, thinks so, and puts in a warning: Republican “elephants” need to become less hostile toward Hispanic immigration (and Hispanics in general). They also … Continue reading

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Biologist PZ Myers v. Calvinist Philosopher Alvin Plantinga: Is the Brain a Reliable Perceiver of Truth? And if Not, Can Scientific Procedures Function, As It Were, as Vitamin Supplements to Our Otherwise Pallid and Unreliable Monkey Brains?

Biologist PZ Myers today fisks Calvinist philosopher Alvin Plantinga’s essay (written last summer) in which Plantinga claims that evolutionary naturalism is not a coherent intellectual position because we can have no confidence that our brains have evolved to reliably discern truth from error, including the … Continue reading

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Creation v. Evolution Watch: Is “Ida” (Darwinius masillae) a King Kong-like Example of the Intersection of Science and Media Hype?

Ladies and gentleman, meet one of your ancestors from 47 million years ago, Darwinius masillae, a transitional mammal between lemurs and monkeys (anthropoids). In other words, meet a “missing link” that ultimately evolved into us. And isn’t she beautiful? People are nicknaming her “Ida,” the “Mona Lisa” of … Continue reading

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British Scientist, Lord Robert Winston, Writes a Children’s Evolution Book

After explaining evolution to kids, Lord Winston ends his little talk here with a eugenics kicker about what might be in store for human evolution as we increase our ability to manipulate the genome. I actually found his tag-on last … Continue reading

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Creation v. Evolution Watch: The New York Times Reports Today That RNA Nucleotides Can Form Spontaneously And Are Thus Not The Product of a “Miracle”

A major science story today (in the New York Times) reminds us to be cautious about what we might regard as “impossible” and capable of explanation only via a “miracle.” Exhibit A: One of the great problems of evolution is how life’s RNA … Continue reading

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The Evolution of God: An Exciting New Book on Religion, Coming Out in the U.S. Next Month, Is Reviewed by Andrew Sullivan

The Evolution of God, by the once frequent New Republic contributor, Robert Wright, is due out next month, and Andrew Sullivan gave it an enthusiastic review for the Times of London. Money quote: From primitive animists to the legends of … Continue reading

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Evolution v. Creation Watch: Protein-Sequence Data from the Duckbilled Dinosaur Supports the Dinosaurian Origin of Birds

Biologist Jerry Coyne notes this interesting piece of news at his blog today: In this week’s Science we find a paper by Schweitzer et al. (total of 16 authors!) that has a quite remarkable result. (See the one page summary … Continue reading

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Evolution v. Creation Watch: Chris Matthews Does an Inane and Surreal Segment with “Intelligent Design” Advocate, and Former Presidential Candidate, Tom Tancredo

The anti-evolution Congressman who ran for president, Tom Tancredo, was on Chris Matthews’s MSNBC program today, and it was one of the most infuriating segments of talk television I’d seen in a very long time, as Matthews largely gave Tancredo … Continue reading

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Racism: Where Young Earth Creationism and Afrocentrism Meet

In the New York Times today is an article on the overwhelming evidence that our first human ancestors were from either southeast or southwest Africa, and they resembled the San Bushmen. In other words, they were black.  More than a … Continue reading

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Human Carbon Emissions are Not a Serious Problem: The Bible Says It, Representative John Shimkus Believes It, That Settles It

God decides when the earth will end (so we don’t have to think about it too much): I feel so much better knowing that John Shimkus is in Washington making environmental policy decisions based on his reading of passages from … Continue reading

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