A recent article by Michael Stone argues that teaching children that the Earth is merely 6,000 years old constitutes a form of child abuse. Now, don’t get me wrong—young Earth creationism is a cancer on Western civilization. It has retarded scientific progress in the United States as a whole generation is raised in ignorance of the foundational cornerstone of biology. But even so, teaching creationism to children is hardly child abuse. (more…)
It is accepted as common knowledge that climate change denial is in the very same boat at creationism. (more…)
The list of world religions is very long: UFO religions, the various monotheisms and polytheisms, new age mystical movements, Shamanism, Buddhism, Catholicism, Universalism, Taoism, Islam. Each claims to have a special lease on truth, but we are, it seems, forced to choose only one. So, if religious truth is our aim, which religion should we choose?
“Flat Earth theory” refers to the theory that the earth is flat. This post is not about that theory, but about flat Earth theory theory. That’s two “theory”s mind you. So what on Earth is “flat Earth theory theory”?
Science and Christianity appear worlds apart in many respects. Science has shown us that Adam and Eve never existed, that the world is vastly older than six thousand or so years, that there never was a global flood and that praying for sick people to get better has little to no effect on their health (as a matter of fact, the effect of prayer on sick patients has been shown, in some studies, to be slightly negative, if the patients also know that they are being prayed for). (more…)
A presentation delivered to the Dunedin Theosophical Society Sept. 13 2017
What is it like to be blind? I do not mean spiritually blind, or morally blind, or blind with rage, but actually unable to see. Of course, when we try to imagine it for ourselves, as sighted people, we say that everything would just look black, but that is not quite right. Everything would not look black. There would be no visual impression of blackness, for there would be no visual impressions at all. (more…)
Guns don’t kill people. People kill people. Or so says the dedicated gun nut. (more…)
Today marks ten years to the day since the world discovered that Madeleine McCann was not a missing person, but a dead one.
At a wedding in Cana, sometime in the first century, Jesus turned water into wine. At least, so it says in the Gospel of John. This was the first of Jesus’ public miracles. The story runs that after the wine had run out, Jesus ordered the servants to fill six water jars full of water. They obeyed. The servants were then directed to draw from the jugs and serve up a mugful to one of the attendees. Upon taking a sip, the attendee proclaimed ‘ you have kept the good wine until now!’ (more…)