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The Origins of Life Debate

The American Freedom Alliance is sponsoring a debate Monday, November 30 between Michael Shermer from the Skeptic Society, Stephen Meyer from The Discovery Institute, Donald Prethero from Occidental College, and Richard Sternberg, from the Biologic Institute and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.  (Congratulations to Steve Meyer whose book, Signature in the Cell

Blog Post | Science | Melinda Penner | November 18, 2009

Birth of a New Species

Wired magazine reports this story of a new finch species, loading the story with Darwinist enthusiasm.  Interesting.  Neat.  But they're still birds.  No Darwinism here, folks!  It's variation on a theme, and the them hasn't changed, only offered a bit more variety.

Blog Post | Science | Melinda Penner | November 18, 2009

Evolution & Morality

Dinesh D'Souza does a good job critiquing attempts to explain morality in Darwinist terms.  Morality, along with consciousness, remains one of the stubborn features of reality that we all know intuitively, which cannot be explained in purely naturalistic terms.  The lack of explanatory power in Darwinism is called "the grounding problem." 

Blog Post | Ethics | Melinda Penner | November 5, 2009

A Few Thoughts about Atheism and Debate

I attended a discussion last night between David Berlinski and James Underdown about Darwinism sponsored by the American Freedom Alliance.  (There are more events scheduled.)  I tweeted the highlights during the event, but I have a few overall thoughts the I concluded after thinking over what I heard last night - and previous similar engagements.

Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | October 28, 2009

Integrating Reality: Science & Religion, Not "Versus"

The results of a recent study found: More than half of adults in a survey of 10 countries thought school science lessons should teach evolutionary theories alongside creationism. Among those who knew of Darwinism, on average 53% felt other possible perspectives should also be taught. The proportion was less in Eastern countries.

Blog Post | Science | Melinda Penner | October 27, 2009

Dawkins' Materialism

Hugh Hewitt interviewed Richard Dawkins last week.  I thought that this answer was perfectly illustrative of Dawkins' materialism and scientism - the way he limits the evidence he'll consider to only physical facts that science provides. HH:  So when you consider before the big bang, what does Richard Dawkins think was there?

Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | October 26, 2009

Ida Isn't a "Missing Link"

In fact, not even a distant relative.  AP reports:

Blog Post | Science | Melinda Penner | October 21, 2009

The Devil's Delusion

David Berlinski, author of The Devil's Delusion:  Atheism & Its Scientific Pretension, will be Greg's guest on the radio show Sunday.

Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | October 16, 2009

Ardi Reveals More Than They Think

Headlines proclaimed a breakthrough in evolutionary evidence due to the discovery of Ardipithecus ramidus, a supposedly bipedal organism earlier than previously thought.  Another "missing link" along the evolutionary chain that explains how human beings came to walk upright.  The timeline of such announcements is becoming familiar.  Soon after the headline follows the detail that offsets the hype and indicates that the initial claims aren't as clear cut as offered.  That is the case with the introduction of Ardi.

Blog Post | Science | Melinda Penner | October 8, 2009

Snake with a Foot: Freak, Not Transition

If they haven't done so yet, I'm sure soon some Darwinists will be citing this freak of nature as evidence for evolution.  A woman found a snake in her house - and it had one foot.  Assuming this is not a hoax (which I think it likely is), there's no reason at all to take this as some kind of support for evolution.

Blog Post | Science | Melinda Penner | September 16, 2009