Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for August, 2011

Bachmann and Nancy Pearcey

Ryan Lizza’s long expose` on Michele Bachmann is getting a lot of play around the blogosphere, but one portion of it jumped out at me: Today, one of the leading proponents of Schaeffer’s version of Dominionism is Nancy Pearcey, a former student of his and a prominent creationist. Her 2004 book, “Total Truth: Liberating Christianity…

Klinghoffer Plays Pretend

Over at the Discovery Institute’s Media Complaints Division, David Klinghoffer attempts to fisk a Jacob Weisberg article in Slate and falls on his face in the process. He takes him to task for defining intelligent design this way: Weisberg has demonstrated ignorant prejudice in the past. He has written elsewhere that intelligent design is the…

God and Psychology

Over at Uncommon Descent they seem quite excited by a new study on the psychological effects of religious belief. In a finding that wouldn’t surprise many, Researchers at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital have found that those who believe in a benevolent God tend to worry less and be more tolerant of life’s uncertainties than those who…

Denyse O’Leary’s Delusions

Someone left a link to this post at Uncommon Descent by Denyse O’Leary and it’s a real doozy. In it she tries to take Jerry Coyne to task for criticizing Rick Perry’s prayer and pander rally and falls flat on her face in the process. First she quotes this from Coyne: These people don’t seem…

Freethoughtblogs Has a New Server

Freethoughtblogs.com is now on a dedicated server. It may take some time for some of you to see it as the new IP populates through the DNS servers, but it’s there. And things seem to be running very smoothly at the moment. There may be hiccups, of course, but we’ll get them fixed as they…

The Defeat of Flood Geology

In the old days when I spent a good deal of time debating the evolution/creationism issue, the one issue that always seemed the most absurd to me was flood geology — the notion that most of the geologic record is the result of the Noahic global flood. Attempts by creationist geologists to support that argument…

Happy Birthday, Ellery Schempp

I want to wish a happy 71st birthday to Ellery Schempp, one of my heroes in life. In 1956, at the age of 16, Schempp protested against mandatory Bible reading and forced reading of the Lord’s Prayer at his school. When it came to be his turn to get up in front of the class…

The Right Wing’s Thin Skin

The latest bit of wingnut outrage is over Vice President Joe Biden having allegedly agreed with a Democratic legislator that said the tea party caucus in the House was “acting like terrorists” by holding America’s credit rating hostage in the debt limit negotiations. Biden has denied it and there’s really no good evidence that he…

Freethoughtblogs a Work in Progress

You may have noticed that Freethoughtblogs.com is having more troubles today. This is because PZ shifted all of his posting over to the new blog, bringing all his traffic with it. We’d hoped the server could handle it, but it obviously can’t. We’re moving to a dedicated server this weekend and by next week the…

Here’s a Youtube clip of the Discovery Institute’s Stephen Meyer trying in vain to come up with a positive case for intelligent design rather than the usual god of the gaps argument offered by the ID crowd. Notice that after saying he wants to make a positive case for ID he immediately starts talking about…