Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for April, 2004

Book Bytes: #1

I’m going to start a new category – Book Bytes. I’m one of those people who reads books with a highlighter or pen and I note passages that I find particularly meaningful/moving/well-written/enraging. I’m also one of those people who returns to books over and over, finding some bit of insight in them the 2nd or…

My Favorite Things: Sportswriter

The third entry on my “These Are a Few of My Favorite Things” list is my favorite sportswriter. That honor goes to the legendary Sports Guy, Bill Simmons. The Sports Guy writes for espn.com, as well as for the Jimmy Kimmel show, and he’s the funniest sportswriter this side of Bill Scheft. But whereas Scheft…

Fisking Phyllis

The only two sure things in life are death and taxes, the old saying goes. I think by now we can safely add a third certainty – reading a Phyllis Schlafly column will leave you baffled that someone could write such nonsense with a straight face. Her latest column, about the Supreme Court’s current pledge…

Praising Bill Wallo

A few days ago I took Bill Wallo to task for a post on his blog referring to theistic evolutionists as “useful idiots”. Having spent a fair bit of time reading his blog, however, I should, in the interests of fairness, point out that Walloworld is well worth reading. He’s a very bright guy, and…

More Dissembling from ID Advocates

This is a repost of a comment I left on The Panda’s Thumb in a thread concerning Joe Carter of Evangelical Outpost and the Leiter/VanDyke situation. Joe Carter wrote: “I donít really know since Iím not a defender of ID theory but a defender of the idea that the theory should be given a chance.…

What’s Wrong with America?

I’d like this to be an ongoing discussion between me and the readers of this page. It was motivated by a conversation with my brother, beginning with some shocking statistics. Did you know that the United States locks up 4 times as many of its citizens than any other western nation per capita? Did you…

The ID crowd just continues to push this ridiculous argument that the Understanding Evolution website, by pointing out that evolution is not necessarily in conflict with religion and that many Christians and other types of theists accept evolution without giving up their faith, violates the establishment clause. The latest is from our old friend Francis…

Ashcroft’s Anti-Porn Crusade

The Baltimore Sun’s article on the Bush administration’s anti-pornography efforts begins with this: Lam Nguyen’s job is to sit for hours in a chilly, quiet room devoid of any color but gray and look at pornography. This job, which Nguyen does earnestly from 9 to 5, surrounded by a half-dozen other “computer forensic specialists” like…

Evangelical Outpost Joins the Fun

Joe Carter at Evangelical Outpost has jumped into the Leiter/VanDyke fray, in a post filled with misconceptions and illogical statements. He begins: For a legal scholar and professor of philosophy, Brian Leiter has a remarkably poor grasp of basic logic. For the past week Leiter has been bashing a defender of Intelligent Design theory using…

I’m very disappointed to see Bill Wallo join Rusty in insulting all of his fellow Christians who are theistic evolutionists. He, too, cites John West’s NRO article, particularly the section wherein the Understanding Evolution website points out that evolution is not necessarily incompatible with Christianity, then says: As West notes, the use of these religious…