Category Archives: Accommodationism

A new tee shirt for me

As if the “Angry Cat Man” tees shirt wasn’t enough, reader Pliny the in Between has designed another shirt—this time an anti-accommodationist one. He/she should really sell these! From Evolving Perspectives (click to enlarge):

Tom Todesca responds to my critique of his accommodationist comic

A while back, I wrote a critique of a project proposed by Tommaso Todesca and his colleagues: a comic book (or “graphic novel” if you will) designed to make the point that science and religion are fully compatible. (I found a description of the project on PuffHo.) Todesca a Catholic of Italian extraction and a wealthy […]

New article claims that science is killing religion

It’s refreshing to see an anti-accommodationist piece like the one published by Ross Pomeroy in Real Clear Science: “Will science drive religion extinct?” The piece violates Betteridge’s Law of Headlines (“Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no“), for Pomeroy’s answer is clearly “yes.” He first adduces data that […]

Templeton wastes $11 million in attempt to change evolutionary biology

For some time, a group of biologists have been promoting the idea that the Modern Synthetic Theory of Evolution (which they call “Standard Evolutionary Theory,” or SET) is incomplete in major ways, and needs a reboot. Their main contention is that the SET is too “gene-centric”, and ignores environmental factors—like non-genetic developmental plasticity, epigenetic modification,  and ‘niche […]

Oy! An accommodationist comic book

Excuse me; I should have said “graphic novel” in the title, but I can barely bring myself to describe this venture as having the gravitas of real graphic novels like Maus or The Rabbi’s Cat. The bad news is that the science-and-faith-are-friends juggernaut is rolling on. The good news is that this project may not reach […]


A new cartoon from reader Pliny the in Between on hir website Evolving Perspectives:

BioLogos tells “The Big Story”, becomes less scientific and more evangelical

I haven’t been to the BioLogos site in a while, but I hied myself over there yesterday, and was appalled—but not surprised—to see that the site has become yet more evangelical while moving even farther away from scientific evolution. (Remember that the organization was founded by Francis Collins and Karl Giberson, both of whom have left it, to try to […]

Another misguided believer claims that science is based on faith

I guess it was too much for me to hope that my 2013 Slate essay, “No faith in science,” would once and for all dispel the claim that science is just like religion in depending on faith. My point was simple: what “faith” means in science is “confidence based on experience,” while the same term in religion […]

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks wins Templeton Prize

It was announced this morning that Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, chief Rabbi of the UK and Commonwealth from 1991 to 2013, will receive this year’s £1.1 million Templeton Prize. As the Jerusalem Post noted: Sacks said the prize money would enable and encourage him to continue his work promoting the voice of religion in the public […]

Sunday funnies

Here’s two new cartoons by reader Pliny the in Between from his/her website Evolving Perspectives. The first one’s called “Accommodation made easy.” Does the faitheist look familiar? And this one is “Seat Map“. Careful inspection and an acquaintance with this site’s news will show all:  


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