Category Archives: Accommodationism

Muhammad on flies and disease: the scientific wisdom of the Qur’an and hadith

In my readings for The Albatross on how Muslims reconcile science and the Qur’an, I found a strong strain (not so prevalent in Christianity) of sycretism, or rather what I call “coincidentalism,” an accommodaitonist tactic I describe in my book. Muslims will parse the Qur’an or the hadith, find something that sounds vaguely scientific, and then […]

Ordering Faith versus Fact (i.e., do it now, please)

A kindly reader emailed me some information that I decided to investigate, to wit: It would be a good idea to encourage everybody who follows WEIT and who intends to make the purchase not to wait, but to pre-order. Your readers will help the book gain the attention of many more readers by pre-ordering at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, […]

Dan Brown the accommodationist

Dan Brown, author of the Dan Vinci Code (a book I read during a week’s vacation in Devon since it was the only literature available in the rental home), seems to be a pretty smart guy, even though I wasn’t keen on that book. His intelligence is palpable in the video below, which shows about half […]

Lawrence Krauss rebuts “Science increasingly makes the case for God”

On Christmas Day of last year, the Wall Street Journal published a short piece by Eric Metaxas called “Science increasingly makes the case for God” (The subtitle is “The odds of life existing on another planet grow ever longer. Intelligent design, anyone?”). If the WSJ link takes you to the subscription page, just Google the […]

Philosopher Maarten Boudry shows the incompatibility between science and religion—in the pages of NCSE Reports

Although I’m an admirer of the anticreationism work of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), I’m not a fan of their pervasive accommodationism. They not only have a “faith project” designed to show that science and religion are compatible, but their writers and employees regularly defend the view that science and the supernatural are […]

My New Republic piece on the unnecessary death of Makayla Sault

I’ve rewritten Tuesday’s post on the death of First Nations child Makayla Sault. a martyr to her parents’ faith and the political correctness of the Canadian government (as well as the cowardice of some Canadian doctors); and it’s been published by The New Republic. The rewritten piece is called “A little girl died because Canada chose […]

Haught comes to town!

OMG, one of my colleagues just got the following invitation from the executive director of Chicago’s Lumen Christi Institute. I don’t know what that institute is, but it sounds Catholish*: I am pleased to invite you to a lecture and dinner on Thursday, February 19 at the University of Chicago. The lecture, entitled “Theology and Evolutionary […]

Templeton funds an accomodationist project called “Explaining away”

Quietly but doggedly, the John Templeton Foundation pursues its goal of trying to harmonize and integrate science and religion. Here’s an example of Templeton money being spent on a project in Northern Ireland aimed at proving that there need be no conflict between the two areas. The conference, held in October, would have escaped my […]

Can we cure creationism by teaching the facts?

Yes, this is a recurring theme on this site, and my answer is “Somewhat, but not fully, for creationism won’t disappear in a big way until religion does.” My answer is buttressed by a paper that I’d somehow overlooked (reference and free download below). The paper by Eric Plutzer and Michael Berkman is six years […]

Big surprise: You can’t get Americans to accept evolution by giving them the facts

A new piece in The Atlantic, “You can’t educate people into believing in evolution” (shouldn’t that be “accepting evolution?”) reports the results of a survey by Calvin College sociology professor Jonathan Hill. The survey was commissioned by BioLogos, the accommodationist organization funded largely by the Templeton Foundation, so although the results aren’t surprising, they’re spun […]

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