My Archeopteryx Toy

People who use the scientific method to make observations about the world establish theories to explain the patterns they see. Creationists do not establish their own coherent theories. Instead they spend time poking holes in actual scientific theories. The claims they make against true science frequently even contradict.

I love collecting museum gift shop quality accurate dinosaur toys. I have at least 10 of them. On Amazon.com I finally found a toy of my favorite dinosaur – an archeopteryx. After I received it, I posted pictures of it on Facebook along with a brief statement about its being the first dinosaur discovered to have feathers. This fact makes its fossil the first one ever found that is likely a transitionary fossil bridging the gap between dinosaurs and birds. In other words, the fossil’s existence supports the theory of evolution – a theory that flies in the face of creationism and many people of faith.

A religious acquaintance from my home town asked “Isn’t that the fossil that was debunked as a hoax?” I replied that it was a genuine specimen. He quipped, “No, I’m pretty sure it was debunked.” Instead of explaining his claim he just insisted that the fossil is a fake. For the record, reputable scientists agree that the specimen is real. I asked him if he was bringing this claim into my celebration about the newest piece in my collection was for “Jesus reasons.” “Of course not.” He replied. I remain skeptical.

 

 

 

 

 

America Isn’t Growing Hostile Towards Christians, It’s Growing Hostile Towards Religious Bullies.

(patheos.com)

 

It seems like not more than a day or two goes by without hearing it from somewhere: America is growing hostile towards Christians.
A growing number of Christians– a shocking amount, actually– are convinced that America’s glory days are over and that Christians are now a marginalized group on the verge of having all of their rights stripped away. I recently saw an advertisement for a nation-wide Christian event prior to the election, and the advertisement boasted they would help Christians figure out what to do in a country that was growing hostile towards Christianity. Elsewhere, right-wing politicians and religious talking-heads like Franklin Graham are trying to convince people that “religious liberty” is not only being threatened, but on the verge of disappearing.

 

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Questions Basic Facts About Climate Change

President Trump’s head of the Environmental Protection Agency says he does not believe that carbon dioxide is a major cause of global warming.

 

“I would not agree that [CO2] is a primary contributor to the global warming that we see,”

 

Scott Pruitt said Thursday in an interview with CNBC’s Joe Kernen.

Dan Rather: Now, More Than Ever, We Must Stand Up For Science

(scientificamerican.com)

 

The Trump administration is outlining policies that put our response to climate change in deep jeopardy and threaten to change the fundamental direction of science in the U.S.

 

When historians look back at the presidential election of 2016 they will certainly have many questions, but perhaps the biggest one isn’t getting enough attention today. “What the (insert the popular profanity of the future)?” they will likely ask. “Why was there hardly any mention of climate change?” Or will the future inhabitants of Earth be so distracted by survival that they won’t even care what happened in 2016 when the greatest country on the planet at that time denied this problem existed?

Pascal’s Spineless Wager

Pascal’s Wager is an argument in apologetic philosophy devised by the seventeenth-century French philosopher, mathematician and physicist Blaise Pascal. It posits that humans all bet with their lives either that God exists or that he does not. Pascal argues that a rational person should live as though God exists and seek to believe in God. If God does actually exist, such a person will have only a finite loss (some pleasures, luxury, etc.), whereas they stand to receive infinite gains (as represented by eternity in Heaven) and avoid infinite losses (eternity in Hell).

 

Hedging one’s bets in such a cowardly way is one way to waste one’s life.