Archives for February, 2010

Evolution and Alliteration

Browsing through Richard Dawkins’ The Greatest Show on Earth the other day I came across the following sentence: “The slow drifting apart of South America and Africa is now an established fact in the ordinary language sense of `fact’, and so is our common ancestry with porcupines and pomegranates.” Elsewhere, in a discussion of human…

Interpreting Genesis

Via Jerry Coyne I came across this essay regarding the interpretation of Genesis. (Click here for Part One of the essay.) The article is by Kenton Sparks, a professor of Biblical Studies at Eastern University. His argument will be entirely familiar to connoisseurs of this issue. The Bible, you see, was never intended to teach…

Barr Bashes ID

Writing in the religious journal First Things University of Delaware physics professor Stephen Barr lays into the ID Movement. Here’s the first paragraph: It is time to take stock: What has the intelligent design movement achieved? As science, nothing. The goal of science is to increase our understanding of the natural world, and there is…

Evolution at Wheaton

I am currently reading the book Believers: A Journey into Evangelical America by Jeffery Sheler, published in 2006. There is a chapter about Wheaton College in Illinois, which is generally considered one of the best, if not the best, evangelical college in the nation. Sheler recounts part of a conversation he had with Dorothy Chappell,…

My Review of Galileo Goes to Jail

In a couple of recent posts I have mentioned the book Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths About Science and Religion edited by Ronald Numbers. Since I have now finished reading it, I figure it is time for a proper review. Short review: Mixed. As a compendium of interesting facts about the history of…

My Review of Creation

Blogging will continue to be sporadic for a while, sorry about that. But having dragged myself down to Washington D.C. last weekend to see the new movie Creation, I figured I should at least get a blog post out of it. Short review: Excellent! Completely engrossing, and historically accurate on the important things. Longer review,…