Dispatches from the Creation Wars

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I had a revealing email exchange with David Buckna, our recent young earth creationist commenter from the great white north, on Saturday evening. He was upset that some of his posts weren’t going through and I explained to him that comments with multiple links always get moderated, I wasn’t doing anything to prevent them from…

Answering the ID Quiz

Vincent Torley at Uncommon Descent offers a short quiz about intelligent design, so let’s answer it. 1. On a scale of 0 (diehard disbeliever) to 10 (firm believer), how would you rate your level of belief in Intelligent Design? (Minimal Definition of Intelligent Design: The idea that certain features of the universe and of living…

Coming to DC

I’m flying to Washington DC on Sunday morning for work and flying back home Wednesday morning. I should have time available in the evenings if any of the locals there want to get together. Going to see Penn Gillette on Tuesday night, then getting together with some of the Center for Inquiry folks afterwards. Email…

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…