Archives for December, 2012

Pruett on Science and Faith

Go have a look at this post over at HuffPo. It’s called “Science and Faith: Reconciling After the Divorce,” by Dave Pruett. To judge from that title, you might surmise that’s it’s not exactly my cup of tea, and you’d be right. The catch, though, is that Dave is a very good friend of mine,…

I’ve Always Liked New Orleans

This is encouraging: The Orleans Parish School Board, which controls the curriculum and policies for six schools in New Orleans, voted Tuesday to ban the teaching of creationism as science and a “revisionist” history course touted in Texas. Although none of these six New Orleans schools currently teaches creationism or “intelligent design,” outgoing Orleans Parish…

Responses to Newtown

I don’t have anything in particular to say in response to the massacre in Newtown, CT. The usual folks are making the usual arguments, of course. Many are suggesting that teachers and principals should be packing heat. Unless you’re going to make combat training part of teacher certification, that sounds like a bad idea. Having…

Coyne vs. Nelson

Jerry Coyne has an interesting post up reporting on an e-mail he received from Paul Nelson. Nelson is a prominent young-Earth creationist, though he also circulates freely among the ID folks. Nelson, annoyed by Coyne’s emphasis on the importance of natural selection in evolution, sent Coyne an e-mail, part of which I now reproduce: Skepticism…

The More Things Change … Part Two

I am happy to report that my back is doing much better now. Not quite good as new yet, but rapidly getting there. In this previous post I mentioned that spending a lot of time flat on your back does allow you to get a lot of reading done. Lately I’ve been having a go…