Darwin Devolves: Debunking Michael Behe’s Case for Intelligent Design

[You can listen to the podcast Counter Apologetics if slogging through a 10,000 word blog post isn't your cup of tea.] Michael Behe recently published a new book attacking evolution and promoting intelligent design: Darwin Devolves. Behe also authored Darwin’s Black Box (a creationist favorite), coined the phrase “irreducible complexity,” and was a key part … Continue reading Darwin Devolves: Debunking Michael Behe’s Case for Intelligent Design

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Irreducible Complexity

Over twenty years ago, in his book Darwin’s Black Box, the biochemist Michael Behe gave an old concept the new name of irreducible complexity. IC is the notion that some biomolecular structures could not have evolved because their functionality requires many interacting parts, each of which on their own is entirely useless. Only all the … Continue reading Irreducible Complexity

“If there’s no god, why not rape and murder?”

(Or fill in the blank with bad behavior X.) When a religious person asks this question, they tend to be making one of two claims; and these claims aren’t mutually exclusive. Either certain values never would have arisen in a naturalistic universe, so their existence amounts to an argument in favor of theism; or that … Continue reading “If there’s no god, why not rape and murder?”

The Gruesome History of Christian Torture

Of course, I couldn’t possibly talk about every terrible event that would qualify to be in this episode — every grisly act, every theological splitting of hairs that led to those acts. The truth is I didn’t even set out to make this episode. Just in reading books that involved religion, I kept coming across … Continue reading The Gruesome History of Christian Torture

Argument from Consciousness: Do You Have A Soul?

Substance dualism is the standard view among Christians. They believe that the mind can’t be reduced to the workings of something physical like the brain, and that the mind and body are made of two distinct substances. There are many arguments from consciousness and a vast range of opinion among experts on the issue of … Continue reading Argument from Consciousness: Do You Have A Soul?

No, You Are: When Christians Project

I saw an article on Patheos a while back called Ten Things Christians Accidentally Tell Me About Themselves. The author pointed out that Christians often project in the Freudian sense and he gave examples of Christians essentially saying “No, you are.” So I took a few of his and added a few of my own that … Continue reading No, You Are: When Christians Project

“The New Testament is Better”

Once we get past the bloody and bizarre Old Testament, it’s all “Love thy neighbor” and “Help the poor” from there, isn’t it? We’re expected to accept that Jesus was a wise moral teacher and that the New Testament is a valuable document of morals, even if we aren’t believers ourselves. But the goodness of … Continue reading “The New Testament is Better”