Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for January, 2004

Georgia wants to ban the word “evolution” from science classes, replacing it instead with “biological changes over time”. The superintendant of schools, Kathy Cox, claims that she wants to do this because the word “evolution” has become such a controversial buzzword that perhaps replacing the term while continuing to teach the substance of the theory…

To continue the dialogue with Rusty Lopez from the New Covenant blog, let’s examine his latest posting. I’m going to do this one a bit differently so as not to lose the threads of each specific point of dispute. I’m going to divide this post by those areas and label them as such, and I…

Testable Creation Model, part 2

In this entry, I will deal only with the brief note that Rusty Lopez made in reference to a testable creation model. In the next few days, I’ll post a longer and more detailed critique of the model presented by Hugh Ross that Rusty referenced in his note. I’ll put his statements in italic and…

Rusty Lopez of the New Covenant blog has an entry in reply to a comment I left him. In a post a few days ago, he made a reference to a new Hugh Ross book that he said contained a “testable creation model approach to the issue of the origin of life”. I left a…

On the heels of Josh Claybourn quoting another blogger quoting a third blogger about the dangers of unrestrained liberty leading to chaos, I have 3 stories that illustrate that the impulse to control is still alive and well. Example #1: The first story comes from The Great Separation, a blog I took to task a…

Josh Claybourn has an interesting blog that I read now and then, but this morning he has an odd entry on the front page entitled “Libertarian Freedom: Self Destruction?”. I think he’s engaging in a bit of a straw man – at the very least, in drastically oversimplifying complex ideas. The entry begins, The consequence…

The Mind of the Zealot

I haven’t written much about the (former) Judge Roy Moore situation in Alabama, but as an interesting postscript, I find this incredible. Judge Moore’s supporters are now asking President Bush to withdraw the nomination of Mark Pryor for the federal bench. Pryor is the Alabama Attorney General who enforced the federal court ruling taking Moore’s…

The JoMo Creationist Challenge, Take 4

It seems I can’t get away from this amusing little story. Thanks to one of my readers for reminding me that JoMo and Karl Priest’s challenge was featured about a year ago in an article by Richard Dawkins about why he doesn’t bother to debate with creationists. He even reprints the e-mail he was sent,…

Bizarre Reasoning on Another Blog

The Great Separation recently posted an article with the headline “A New Hero Emerges and Plants Another 10 Commandments Monument”. It then links to a Worldnetdaily article about Vernon Robinson, the Winston-Salem city council member who placed a 2000 pound monument with the Ten Commandments on it in front of city hall on Monday while…

The JoMo Creationist Challenge, Take 3

The saga of Joseph Mastrapaolo’s $10,000 challenge to evolutionary scientists continues. As I noted a few days ago, the True.Origins webpage removed the “debate dodgers” article that so childishly attacked evolutionary scholars who didn’t respond to their already-defeated challenge to prove their case in a court of law (though I recently found another version of…