Christian Darwinism Darwinism Design inference Evolution Intelligent Design Naturalism Philosophy Religion Science Science, Mathematics, Philosophy and (Natural) Theology

The United Methodists and NOMA

Before I put the issue with the United Methodist Church and Discovery Institute to rest, I want to make one last comment on the UMC’s Statement on Science and Technology, which I wrote about the other day. One of the most significant assertions in the statement is “We preclude science from making authoritative claims about […]

Creationism Culture Darwinism Design inference Evolution Intellectual freedom Intelligent Design Naturalism Philosophy Politics/policy and origins issues Religion Science

Faith and Science — the Confused View of the United Methodist Church

I’ve already written here about the recent dust-up between the United Methodist Church (UMC)and Discovery Institute. Being involved with this has caused me, as a United Methodist, to take a closer look at some of the official statements of the UMC on science. As regular UD readers will likely know, the church has banned Discovery […]

Intelligent Design

United Methodists Bar Intelligent Design From General Conference

The United Methodist Church (UMC), whose motto is “Open Minds, Open Hearts, Open Doors” has barred Discovery Institute from having an information table in the exhibit hall at their upcoming quadrennial General Conference this May. After submitting an application to be in the exhibit hall per the established process, Discovery Institute was informed that they […]

Intelligent Design

John West of Discovery Institute Answers on Questions Re: Ball State Univeristy

Today, Discovery Institute’s Dr. John West, provided a  helpful Q & A write-up on Evolution News and Views.  The article, entitled Clarifying the Issues at Ball State: Some Questions and Answers addresses the most salient points about the recent letter sent to Ball State’s President, Dr. Joanne Gora, which I wrote about here on UD […]

academic freedom Atheism Darwinism Education Evolution Intellectual freedom Intelligent Design

The Fight For Academic Freedom at Ball State University

By now, I’m sure most of you have heard about the academic freedom controversy surrounding Ball State University and the investigation of physics professor, Eric Hedin (pronounced he-deen).  Discovery Institute’s Evolution News and Views has published several stories over the past few weeks, most notably this, this, this and this.  (Articles on the entire saga […]

Atheism Biology Culture Darwinism Evolution Evolutionary biology Evolutionary psychology Naturalism Philosophy Religion Science Science, Mathematics, Philosophy and (Natural) Theology

PZ Myers Criticizes Steven Pinker’s Scientism – Pot and Kettle?

On August 6th, Steven Pinker, the well-known Psychology Professor from Harvard, had an article in New Republic entitled Science is Not Your Enemy, in which he lambasts those who decry scientists for propounding scientism.  You’d expect rebuttals of Pinker to come from the likes of Wesley J. Smith who indeed took Pinker to task in […]

Intelligent Design

Ball State Takes Stand for Philosophical Naturalism as Science – Embarrassing Us Alums

President Joanne Gora of Ball State University has publicly declared that the worldview of philosophical naturalism (PN) is the only legitimate worldview that may be taught in any science classroom at BSU.  Her comments were in response to the controversy raised by the Freedom From Religion Foundation over certain aspects of an upper level elective […]

Astronomy Cosmology Exoplanets Just For Fun

Alien Alert!!! New Study!!!:60billion Planets Could Support Life in Our Galaxy!!!

Recently some astronomers have dramatically increased their estimates of how many planets in our little corner of the Cosmos might fall in the habitable zone around red dwarf stars!  There could be as many as 60,000,000,000 such habitable planets in the Milky Way alone! Based on data from NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft, scientists have predicted that […]

Atheism

Atheists Unveil Their Monument to Atheism

A month or so ago, I alerted UD readers that atheists in Florida were about to place their stone monument of the Ten “commandments” of atheism.  Well, today they have unveiled their monument to atheism in front of the Bradford County, Florida, courthouse, right near a monument listing the traditional Ten Commandments from the Old […]

Darwinism Evolution Evolutionary biology Intelligent Design Philosophy Science

Jerry Coyne – Afraid to Engage – Imagine That!

Over at his Why Evolution is True website, the infamous Jerry Coyne has given his lame excuses for not wanting to take up a genuine offer from ENV’s David Klinghoffer to debate and discuss Steve Meyer’s latest Book Darwin’s Doubt as well as discussing anything else Darwin related.  In his “I’m too busy and important to […]

Biology Cambrian explosion Darwinism Design inference Evolution Evolutionary biology Informatics pre-Cambrian Tree of life

Calling Nick Matzke’s Bluff

In the comments of this UD post from yesterday, (comment #21) I referred to Nick Matzke’s rant over at the Panda’s Thumb yesterday as yet another illustration of the double standard’s Matzke’s has when it comes to his critiques of anyone who dares challenge Darwinian Orthodoxy.  In my comments yesterday, I gave an example of […]

Evolution Evolutionary biology Genomics Human evolution Humor Intelligent Design Just For Fun

Evolutionary Prediction About Humans

A visual artist and a Ph.D. in computational genomics have gotten together to predict what we mere human mortals will look like in, say, 100,000 years. Given the prediction, I for one am glad I won’t be around to see it actually happen. The current design appeals to me much more. But maybe others will […]