Archives for September, 2011

OMG! A Sequel to The Shining

I’m pathetically excited about this: The last we heard of the troubled and mystical Danny Torrance, he had just conquered the malicious Overlook Hotel, losing his father, Jack, along the way. Over thirty years later, his story will be continued via Stephen King’s sequel to The Shining, titled Doctor Sleep. I’ve been a big Stephen…

Coming in March 2012…

Forthcoming from Oxford University Press: The book is partly a memoir of my experiences at various creationist conferences, partly an exploration of creationist thought and argumentation, and partly a broader discussion of issues related to science and religion. I’m pretty happy with how it came out, so hopefully readers will enjoy it.

Judaism Without God?

Huffington Post has a short article up about the phenomenon of Jews who don’t believe in God. Turns out there are a lot of us: Atheism is entrenched in American Judaism. In researching their book American Grace, authors Robert Putnam and David Campbell found that half of all American Jews doubt God’s existence. In other…

A Curmudgeonly Post About Parenthood

I am not now, nor have I ever been, married. Most of the time I like being single, but I do have my moments of weakness. They’re infrequent and don’t usually last long, but every once in a while, if I squint a bit and tilt my head just so, I can just see the…

One More Round on Original Sin, Part Two

Picking up where yesterday’s post left off, we have one more point to consider. Recall that the set-up here is that Edward Feser suggested a reinterpretation of the Adam and Eve story to bring it into line with modern genetics. In particular, Feser’s scenario hypothesizes that Adam and Eve were selected from a population of…

One More Round on Original Sin, Part One

Edward Feser has posted a reply to my previous post about original sin. I shall reply in two posts, but that will be it from my side. If Feser wants to reply to these posts then he can have the last word. The problem is this: Several lines of evidence tell us that there was…

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg decided not to include any religious clerics among the speakers at the 9/11 memorial service this weekend. Unsurprisingly, this caused some controversy: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has come under attack by some religious and political leaders for not including clergy members as speakers at Sunday’s official ceremony at ground zero…

A Few More Thoughts About Original Sin

Jerry Coyne weighs in with a few thoughts about the various attempts, considered in my last post, to preserve the notion of original sin in the light of modern science. It turns out he’s even less impressed by those attempts than I am. Go have a look! Since Wednesday’s post was already quite long, I…

One of the many problems modern science poses for Christianity is the question of how to understand original sin. The traditional teaching, which holds that Adam and Eve were the only humans on the planet when they were created on day six of Creation Week, that the ground was cursed and they were expelled from…