The new AP-GfK poll released this week is very insightful on the influence of scientific fact in America. The poll rates the confidence individuals have in certain statements about science and medicine and the results are not exactly what scientists hoped for, though it could be worse. Here are three telling excerpts.
Cognitive dissonance is that uneasy realization that the world you want and the world you have are two different things. Many people (I include myself in this) find a solution in dissonance reduction, that is, rather than merely accepting the new reality, they look for another way to keep as much of the old
It's a story making its way around the internet at the moment, Bryan College of Dayton, Tennessee is returning to its fundamentalist roots and obligating professors to sign a creationist statement.
On February 23, 2014 In Ancient Science, Creationism, Evangelicalism, Evolution, History, Myth, Opinion, Scripture, Theology, Toledo Faith and Values, Universe
If you’re not a creationist, the temptation might be to finish the title of this post with “on everything.” So go ahead. Say it aloud and you’ll probably feel better. In my recent article, “‘There is a book,’ but Ken Ham has no idea how to read it,” at Toledo Faith & Values (our
With the announcement that Bill Nye will be debating Answers in Genesis’s Ken Ham next month (February 4), reactions have been very strong. Those (Christian and the non-religious alike) who are not creationists appear to agree with the idea that it is a mistake that will only raise the street cred of AiG and
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” ~ Upton Sinclair.
It might be safe to say that the clever talking serpent in Genesis 3 is a character familiar to most people. (Less people probably know that there is a talking donkey as well in Numbers 22.) The serpent is an interesting character known for deceiving Eve and leading humanity into a fall into sin
This week I have a piece on Aronofsky’s upcoming movie, “Noah,” over at our local hub for the Religion News Service, Toledo Faith & Values. In it I look at early evangelical criticism of the film—which won’t release until 2014—and what it will take for Noah to be an epic movie. I’m not one to