Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for April, 2004

Leiter v VanDyke Redux

Brian Leiter has replied to VanDyke’s latest response, posted on Ex Parte and as a comment here, and it is a devestating reply, to be sure. I was hoping Brian would get around to doing this, mostly because I’ve been too busy to do it myself. The misuse, probably born of misunderstanding and trusting Beckwith’s…

Another New Blog

There is a new blog on the block that may prove interesting, Letters from Babylon. It’s a group blog and it will likely offer a relatively conservative Christian view of things. One of the contributors is Joshua Davey, who was the litigant in the Locke v Davey Supreme Court decision from the current term. This…

Another Rejoinder to Rusty

This is becoming a regular series, isn’t it? It wasn’t intended as such. Rusty’s latest salvo deals with a couple of questions. It started with his post concerning the Understanding Evolution website, and one section of that site in particular, which advised teachers on how to answer the common misconception that evolution is inherently anti-religious…

Fear and Clothing in Las Vegas

I told this story during a real poker game the other day and thought someone might find it amusing to write about it here. The story took place on my first trip to Vegas, about 10 years ago. We were staying at Treasure Island and back then, Treasure Island had a poker room, which is…

More Martyr Syndrome on Display

See Feddie’s screed on Southern Appeal about how horribly those anti-gay marriage folks are being treated. I’ll paraphrase his argument: The bible says gay people are abominable. Therefore gay marriage is abominable and I want to use the law to impose those views on everyone else. And if you try to stop me – if…

Replying to Rusty Again

I’ve been having a bit of an exchange with Rusty in the comments on his blog. Because those comments only allow 1000 words, I’m posting this here. You can see the beginning of the exchange in this post and the comments that follow it. The argument concerns two things. First, Rusty quotes this passage from…

A Few Quotes

A few quotes I found on the page of someone I don’t know: If you make people think they’re thinking, they’ll love you. If you really make them think, they’ll hate you. D. R. P. Marquis (1878-1937) You know, only dumb people try to impress smart people. Smart people just do what they do. Chris…

Faith in Action

Why am I not surprised this took place in Texas? A woman in Tyler, Texas stoned her two sons to death and says that she was reading between the lines: A housewife said the first sign that God wanted her to kill her three boys came Mother’s Day weekend when she saw her 14-month-old playing…