A Woman’s Right To Choose

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“I believe in a woman’s right to choose what to do with her own body” Whenever abortion debates flare up around the Internet, many pro-choicers express this sentiment, without fail and usually without explanation, as if that simple principle is a self-evident final answer. Over and over and over I see that refrain, uttered with a dogmatic conviction that reminds me of fundamentalists who repeatedly say, “The Bible says it and I believe it!” – without taking the time to … Continue reading

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The Age of Dinosaur Bones, Part 2: Investigations of Flood Geology

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It is the glory of God to conceal things, and the glory of kings is to search them out. – Proverbs 25 In my previous post, I explained how I read a new book about dinosaurs that made me think about possibilities regarding the age of the earth in new ways, especially regarding the origins of fossils and the distributions in which we find them. I went researching what young-earth creationists had to say about explaining this distribution via Noah’s … Continue reading

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The Age of Dinosaur Bones

Dinosaurs: The Grand Tour

I just finished Dinosaurs: The Grand Tour, by Keiron Pim and Jack Horner, which methodically describes all dinosaur species discovered through about 2012, along with some other interesting creatures and general dino trivia. It was fun to update my dino awareness with a lot of recent discoveries, from new species coming out of China to remains that include skin impressions and stomach contents. It was also interesting to read from a position that is more open about origins, to truly … Continue reading

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Review of Bill Nye’s Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation

Undeniable by Bill Nye

Bill Nye’s recent book gives a popular overview of evolution, taking snarky pot shots at creationism along the way. He does make some good cases against some of creationism’s weaker arguments, but since the book covers so many different aspects it spends more time saying what scientists currently believe than presenting the evidence that supports those beliefs. Nye does give the layman a good feel for evolution’s general idea about how species split into others, how geographical separation enhances this, … Continue reading

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The Intersection of Christianity and Evolution

“Are you for us or for our enemies?” “Neither.” – Joshua 5 Over the last year or so, I have been coming across a variety of material by Christians who believe in evolution – a blog here, a book there, a podcast yonder. The prevalence, depth, and diversity of such views are greater than I previously realized. While there is much that I disagree with, I have enjoyed seeing how their sincerity and rationality undermine many of the assumptions underlying the … Continue reading

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What Does The Bible Say About The Death Penalty?

The death penalty has received much attention in 2014. A botched execution in Oklahoma earlier this year reinvigorated both sides of the debate. According to Gallup polls, support for capital punishment in the United States has fallen from around 80% in the 90′s to around 60% now. A new movement has seen its abolishment in a handful of states in the last few years, leaving 32 with legal (though often rare) executions. One of those is my home state of … Continue reading

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Stopping Teenagers From Having Sex

“If you wait to have sex until marriage, God will bring you a wonderful Christian husband and you’ll get married and live happily ever after” Variations of this theme are commonly preached in Christian youth circles. There has recently been circulation of writings by some who embraced such promises and spent years unpacking sexual guilt and dissatisfaction. There is a fundamental problem with this line of thinking. It is Christians attempting to argue against the world’s view of sexual morals … Continue reading

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Love Disarms

Love… believes all things. I am ever fascinated at the way the modern secular institution stumbles upon ancient sacred virtues and proceeds to dutifully dissect them. Last month The Atlantic published a wonderful piece about psychology’s attempts to understand successful marriages and conclusions about the remarkable importance of kindness and generosity. The piece primarily focuses on John and Julie Gottman’s research, which includes some great practical analysis about responding to “bids”: Throughout the day, partners would make requests for connection, what Gottman … Continue reading

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Exemplar Creation: A Stunning New Interpretation of Genesis

“Prior to writing this book I was a young-Earth creationist.” So writes J. Gene White in his book The Real Genesis Creation Story as he builds his audacious case that the earliest chapters of the Bible have been mistranslated for over two thousand years. White is a Christian who became increasingly troubled by traditional evangelical explanations for the scientific evidence of an old Earth, yet he was also troubled by attempts to accommodate this evidence by interpreting the Creation account more … Continue reading

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The Skyscraper Fallacy

I commonly see a criticism of intelligent design that appears to betray a fundamental misunderstanding or even a total ignorance of what is posited by irreducible complexity. I see this straw man fallacy used so often in this context that I am going to presumptuously attempt to canonically identify it as the Skyscraper Fallacy. Here is a good example of the Skyscraper Fallacy, or at least the most recent example I stumbled upon, prompting this post: 3. You think macroevolution … Continue reading

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