War on humans? A review

On September 1, 2010, James Lee walked into the offices of the Discovery Channel and took three hostages. In four hours of “negotiations,” he demanded air time for his pet project: stopping human civilization. He also demanded an end to all programming that encouraged pregnancy and childbirth, immigration, and essentially all human activity. Finally, police stormed the building, killed him, and rescued his hostages. But his demands, says Wesley Smith of the Discovery Institute, still constitute a valid manifesto of what he calls the War on Humans. Continue reading

Evolution and creation in NJ District 12

The debate between creation and evolution became explicitly political last night. An incumbent Representative set that stage last month. He introduced, for the second time, a resolution to make Charles Darwin’s birthday a federal holiday. Last night his announced Republican opponent condemned him for it. And she did so on explicitly philosophical grounds. To wit: evolution, as a philosophy, causes greater social harm than does creation. Continue reading

Real vs Pseudo-Science on Display

The debate on February 4 between Bill Nye, “the Science Guy” and Ken Ham, founder of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum was very telling on a number of levels.  On display were two very different world views.  One acknowledges God as Creator and Sustainer of the universe.  The other elevates human knowledge and theory to deity status. Continue reading

Bill Nye, Ken Ham: Walt Brown speaks

Since the close of the Bill Nye v. Ken Ham debate two nights ago (February 4, 2014: 9:30 p.m.), many creation advocates, besides Answers in Genesis, have spoken out about it. Yesterday your Secretary-Treasurer conversed by telephone with Walt Brown, one of the lesser known scientific talents in creation science. Continue reading

Bill Nye, Ken Ham: double default

Two nights ago (February 4, 2014), Bill Nye (“the Science Guy”) and Ken Ham, director of Answers in Genesis, held their debate. The subject should have been easy to defend. Instead, neither side scored a clear victory. In fact, by any objective standard, the outcome was a double default. Continue reading

Bill Nye, Ken Ham, and aborigines

Tomorrow, stomach Bill Nye, sickness “the Science Guy,” will debate Ken Ham before a live audience and a live Internet stream. Subject: whether creationism is “a viable model of origins.” Yesterday a secularist group in Australia released a public broadside against Ken Ham and his current and former associates. In that broadside they suggested the earth cannot be merely six thousand years old. Why? Because indigenous or “aboriginal” peoples have lived on Australia for far longer. Yet the evidence for that long history consists not of historical records, but of inferences from assuming an old earth a priori. Continue reading