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Rabbi Jonathan Sacks on the Bible, science, and creationism (quote)

“Why do so few Jews take issue with the theory of evolution, while creationism is common among Christians?” I think Christians tended to think that religion and science were part of the same universe of discourse. So they assumed that the Bible was telling us scientific stuff, as well as moral and spiritual stuff. Whereas…

Is David Barash teaching religion in his biology classes? A response to his NYTimes op-ed.

Steven Pinker tweeted about an op-ed article in the New York Times today that drew my attention. In the article, David Barash, an evolutionary biologist and professor of psychology at the University of Washington argues that evolutionary biology and religious belief are incompatible. Barash’s article apparently meets with deep respect from Pinker (and probably many…

Nope, there was no first human

Many religious believers still cling to the idea that there must be a first human, somewhere down the line. Creationists even cling to the idea of the biblical parents of humankind: Adam and Eve. However, if you take evolutionary theory seriously, it turns out, there was no first human. The following video explains why this…

Dawkins, jewelry, atheism, symbolism

Have you ever looked at the website of the Richard Dawkins http://richarddawkins.net, and then I mean especially the store section: http://store.richarddawkins.net/? I recently noticed that “they” (I don’t presume Dawkins is selling stuff in person) sell jewelry. In itself there’s of course nothing wrong with that. But notice that The Richard Dawkins store sells jewelry…

Marcelo Gleiser on the religious rejection of evolution

Theoretical physicist and atheist Marcelo Gleiser asks himself in a blogpost why so many religious believers have issues with evolutionary theory. And his conclusion is excellent: Does evolution really need to be such a stumbling block for so many? Is it really that bad that we descended from monkeys? Doesn’t that make us even more…

Creationist brainwashing techniques exposed

Actually, I’m trying to get away from discussions concerning creationism and Intelligent Design, since I think in the last couple of years everything there’s to say about it has already been said. There are topics in the field of science and religion that are more interesting, rewarding, and fruitful. However, every once in a while…

US Protestant Pastors overwhelmingly creationists?

Quite disturbing news today. A poll by LifeWay Research shows that apparently many US protestant pastors have big issues with evolutionary theory. 74% of the pastors believe that Adam and Eve were real people, and 64% reject the claim that God used evolution to create people. A startling conclusion follows: “Recently discussions have pointed to…

Dutch creationist conference scheduled for March 2012

The Dutch have their own creationist movement, although so far it is not very much structured (and let’s hope it stays that way). The individuals that push the movement organize mostly meetings on an ad hoc basis. One of those meetings is scheduled to take place on 2-3 March 2012, in Almere. To me it…

No creationism in British schools

The British government has revised the model funding agreement for Free Schools by the Government in order to preclude “the teaching, as an evidence-based view or theory, of any view or theory that is contrary to established scientific and/or historical evidence and explanations.” This means that free schools that do want to teach creationism instead…

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