15 Answers to Scientific American’s answers to Creationist Nonsense

In 2002 Scientific American published a lengthy article challenging numerous, supposedly ‘popular’ creationist arguments. But are the arguments really the best ones he could find? And how well do his responses stand up to the challenge?

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Why Atheism Fails

What is atheism?

If you ask an atheist this question most often they will carefully explain to you that atheism is ‘a lack of belief in God’.

They’re very sensitive about this.

A lack of belief is not the same thing as non-belief. To claim God ‘does not exist’ is an absolute statement, and one which is virtually impossible to prove deductively.

So the atheist will simply say they ‘lack belief’ and will say this is mostly because of a ‘lack of sufficient evidence’ (agnosticism).

Some atheists are happy to flat-out deny the existence of God and explicitly deny He exists, but most do not.

In practise however, virtually all atheists live life as if God does not exist and harbour a characteristic antagonism towards religious belief.

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A Dialogue with Natasha Crain on Evolution

Have you heard of Natasha Crain?

She’s the author of an excellent blog dedicated to empowering Christian parents to raise their kids with a good, solid foundation in Christian apologetics.

Mrs Crain has a great blog and has written some great articles about everything from how to teach your kids to think critically, to the potential warning signs and consequences of raising your kids on a watered down faith.

A lot of people assume teaching their kids apologetics would involve some kind of formal event: Dad comes home from work with his suit and briefcase, loosens the tie (only slightly), then sternly gathers the children and announces, “Kids, it’s time to talk about…apologetics… but it doesn’t have to be like this!” – Natasha Crain

It’s a brilliant blog, which makes mine look like a cheap soap-box. It has a lot of really great, readable information and some of the big hitters in apologetics such as Dr J Warner Wallace for example have openly endorsed and featured her work.

Scanning through Mrs Crain’s posts I stumbled upon this one:

4 Key Points Christian Kids Need to Understand About Evolution

I’m very interested to know where other Christian’s, especially big hot-shot apologists, stand on evolution. How you see Genesis, and the relationship between the Bible and science says a lot about how you view scripture, in my experience. So naturally I was intrigued to get some insight into one of my new favourite bloggers’ perspective on this vital issue.

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Atheists claim to believe in science but…

Editors note: In my last post I took issue with yet another random internet thing I found, and explained what was wrong with it. This post I thought I would go on the offensive. This post is my own little random internet thing, please enjoy.

Atheists claim the intellectual high ground. Atheism is not shackled by the crushing bonds of outdated superstition and religious nonsense. Atheists are clever, sensible people who believe in science, and trust the evidence.

Atheists don’t have blind faith, this is just for silly fundamentalist Christians and creationists.

Or so they would like you to think.

The truth is atheists claim to believe in science, but they actually believe…

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What is Creationism: An Introduction to Biblical Creation

What Is Creationism?

Creationism or, Biblical Creationism, states that God created the world from nothing in six days as stated in Genesis chapter 1.

According to Christians the Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God, the one and only God who exists outside of time (because He created time).

Of course it’s no secret that within Christianity there are many different interpretations of the Bible and what it says.

But in general if you’re a Christian then, hopefully, you believe the Bible is true.

That means the whole Bible, including the very first part. This should not really be a particularly controversial thing right?

What’s wrong with Christians believing in their own Bible?

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5 Powerful Reasons To Believe In The Christian God

An image of a thunderstorm, to show Gods creative power... I guess.

Introduction

“I don’t believe in God, or religion, or any of that stuff because there’s no evidence for God!”

How many times have you heard that one?

Well, that’s about all the introduction that today’s post needs. Here are five powerful pieces of evidence to believe in the Christian God.

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‘Thinking Atheists’ Top Ten Creationist Arguments Debunked… Debunked

A while back I published an article 10 signs you’re an unquestioning Christian (Debunked). I thought it was time I did some more house cleaning.

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My testimony: How atheism saved me and why I care so much about the truth

I was raised in a Christian home. I had the benefit of being raised by a Dad who was passionate about Christ, and about church attendance and creation. My Dad was always showing me interesting stuff from John Mackay the creation guy.

I stopped attending church shortly after high school, spent the first half of my twenties partying, drinking, hooking up, etc.

There are few moments in my life that I know for certain dramatically and instantly changed my life in some really unexpected way.

The first was an ordinary afternoon, catching the train home from the local skatepark.

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Creation and Conspiracy Theories: 8 ‘anti-science’ ideas and what Creationists think!

So not too long ago I caught a glimpse of the cover of the National Geographic magazine 2015 issue shown above. My initial reaction was one of an eye roll.

“typical secular ignorance”

I thought to myself. But you know that’s not really fair. Ordinary secular scientists, without a close examination of the positions don’t really have any obvious reason to treat creationists any differently to other ‘conspiracy theorists’ or ‘anti science’ viewpoints (creationists are not anti-science FYI).

Secular scientists do argue after all that evolution is as much of an objective fact of science, as the roundness of the earth, or the safety of vaccines and Genetically Modified Foods.

So I thought I would take this opportunity to go through some of the more popular ‘anti science’ conspiracy theories, and just clarify what creationists tend to believe about each one, and provide a bit of intuition about why creationists would accept the mainstream view on some of these issues, more readily than others.

I had a lot of fun writing this post, I hope you have fun reading it.

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