Canonizing Intelligent Design

Charles Darwin himself provided a standard for whether or not his theory could adequately explain the origins of life. “If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications,” he said, “my theory would absolutely break down.” In Darwin’s age, nothing was known […]

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Canonizing Evolution

Could some atheist out there explain, when you profess to acknowledge no divine authority, why the Theory of Evolution is sacrosanct? Anyone? Maybe one of these guys?The late, great Christopher Hitchens once wrote an article about his book tour in support of “God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything.” In it, he tossed in this […]

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Canonization Ex Nihilo

The doctrine of Creatio Ex Nihilo, or Creation Out of Nothing, is central to much of the Christian world. As I understand it, the idea is that there was nothing in the universe, or even no universe itself. There was only God. And at one point, God decided He wanted there to be Something instead […]

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Canonizing Shakespeare’s Secret Identity

This is a follow-up to yesterday’s post with a comic book twist. I remember an interview with comics writer/artist John Byrne in the late 1980s in which he described his revamp of the Superman character for DC Comics. He said the one of the things that mystified him as a kid was that everybody was […]

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Canonizing William Shakespeare

Not long ago, I read the novel Interred With Their Bones, a murder mystery that focuses on what has come t o be known as the Shakespeare Authorship Question. It’s a serviceable thriller, made even better by a fictional visit to the Utah Shakespearean Festival, an event the author describes in detail – and gets the […]

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Canonizing Gun Control

Every new mass shooting brings with it renewed calls for stricter gun control laws, and it’s easy to see why. It would be wonderful if there were a law on the books that could prevent the tragic, senseless loss of lives that has become all too commonplace. In practical terms, it’s hard to imagine what […]

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Canonizing “Roe v. Wade”

My youngest son played in a youth basketball league this year, and his team’s track record was 0-10. Or maybe it was 0-12. I’m not sure about the second number, but I’m 100% positive about the first.  This was a particularly difficult experience both for him and for his parents, who had to come up […]

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Canonizing Climate Change

According to a new Gallup poll, nobody thinks climate change is a problem. I’m not sure that’s true, but it’s an issue too poisoned by politics to discuss rationally. I’m therefore going to try to approach it from a different angle in the hopes that I don’t fall back into the tired partisan grooves that […]

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