Science classes must recognize every "possibility"

This could be true! Familiar with the case of John Freshwater? He's the Ohio middle school teacher who, despite orders to cease, has for years been pushing creationism in the science classroom. He made news in a bigger way recently by burning a cross into a student's arm. (Yes, you read that right.)

For a recap of the story, read http://cafephilos.wordpress.com/2008/06/20/the-firing-of-john-freshwater...

On that page, I replied to one commenter, evangelistbro, who seems to think that it's perfectly all right to inject non-science into the science class, as long as the belief in question is his belief:  Readeth thou more

John 3:16: The expanded version

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

John 3:16. It's one of the most widely-quoted Bible verses there are. It's been called "the Gospel in a nutshell", for its succinct summary of the New Testament's "message".

A verse as vital and revered as John 3:16 deserves proper examination in the light of the rest of Holy Scripture. Let's place it into the wider context of the entire Bible: Readeth thou more

My science embarrassments

One of the unfortunate side-effects of a religious upbringing can be a sad deficiency in Vitamin Science.

Okay, that's just as true for many average folks who aren't raised religious. But anyway:

It's not entirely accurate in my case. I loved science stuff as a kid; I sought it out and ate it up. Especially books on biology; if it was about animals, especially cool stuff like dinosaurs and herps and invertebrates, I was all over it.

But at the same time, I wasn't encouraged to pursue science, and I ended up with the occasional embarrassing lapse in knowledge. Here are a couple of misunderstandings that I kept well into my adult years:

No gravity on space missions?

Astronauts in shuttles or on the space station float about weightlessly, we all know. Why? Because they're in space, and there's no gravity there, of course! Right? Readeth thou more

The Strong Antitheist

There's a subset of atheism called antitheism. And within that, there's a smaller subset that I'll call strong antitheism, until I can come up with the right name.

Atheists are well-known for their simple motto: "I don't believe in a god or gods."

Antitheists are also atheists (usually, that is; some antitheists may say "I do believe in God and I don't like Him"). The antitheist creed is "I don't believe in a god - and I sure hope there isn't one! He sounds awful!" Readeth thou more

Evolution as design?

Ars Technica reports on February proceedings at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, on the topic "Communicating Science in a Religious America". http://arstechnica.com/articles/culture/communicating-science-polarized-...

An interesting bit from Ken Miller, Brown University cellular biologist, on combating Intelligent Design. Specifically, he addresses how to counter the doubt over Darwinian evolution created by ID's tactic of portraying it as an improbable "chain of accidents". Readeth thou more

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