Prior to the start of the school year, a parent very wisely asked me to write an article which essentially responds to the following question – “How can a Christian effectively respond to ‘Walking with Dinosaurs: The Life Experience,’ a traveling stage show which depicts dinosaurs as they lived prior to extinction?”
The “Walking with Dinosaurs” production is described by the producers as a “dazzling arena spectacle of unprecedented size and quality,” and it is scheduled in Des Moines for October 1-5 at the Iowa Events Center.
What’s the rub?! Why any controversy?! Dinosaurs are cool! Dinosaurs fascinate people, particularly schoolchildren. “There’s no harm in studying dinosaurs,” you might say.
Don’t be so sure. In a sense, you are exactly right. The archeological record obviously …
On August 19, 2008, I joined a panel of Christian school educators on Steve Deace’s WHO AM-1040 Radio program to discuss a recent California Supreme Court ruling which upheld The University of California system’s right to deny college credit to students who had taken Christian school science classes which used textbooks teaching the biblical account of creation.
The specific books in question were published by Bob Jones University, a long-standing Christian university, and A Beka books of Pensacola, Florida – a prominent publisher of Christian school textbooks. In the California Supreme Court ruling, the written judgment stated that these textbooks do not promote “critical thinking,” apparently because the textbooks indicate that any information which is inconsistent with biblical truth should be dismissed as falsehood. The …
I am surprised I didn’t see more blogs lit up over this today (Allahpundit over at Hot Air did hit on it, though).
The Supreme Court was wrong.
That is, Anthony Kennedy, who wrote the majority opinion in Kennedy v. Louisiana, was wrong. If you recall, Kennedy wrote in his opinion (discussed here last week) that
Thirty-seven jurisdictions—36 States plus the Federal Government— currently impose capital punishment, but only six States authorize it for child rape.
Kennedy then used this fact to establish that Congress’ lack of action to enact capital punishment for child rape reflected the country’s growing desire to treat child rapists more kindly. I’m still gagging over that one.
In Wednesday’s New York Times, we find that Kennedy, along with …
The wife and I finally got time to see Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.
We were aghast.
Dr. Bob Stouffer did a great job reflecting on this movie. But it still did not prepare me for what I witnessed.
It was haunting.
There were three things that impressed themselves upon me.
First, that in the world of Academia the idea of an open exchange of ideas would be so profoundly suppressed without any guilt, without any hesitation, either because of the agenda of a mind washed majority or because of the power of those who have significant financial resources. Higher Education has always been held up as the great open learning environment because ideas and paths of research were not shackled. I’ve lost …
Says Billy Beck:
“Yet in recent years Russia has quietly become the world’s top producer of oil, in part by drilling wells as deep as 40,000 feet — far below the graveyards of T-Rex and his Mesozoic buddies.”
No matter what else about this Motor Trend item, if that’s a fact, then how does the biogenic theory of oil square it?
The answer is, obviously, that it CAN’T.
And it’s interesting to note that the abiogenic theory has been accepted in Russia for years… which is perhaps part of the reason they’re having more success of late. Well, that and they don’t have the Enviro-whackos preventing them from drilling where the oil is.
I’ll tell you this, Billy, we’ve seen so much garbage of …
|Dr. Bob Stouffer is Superintendent of Des Moines Christian School in Urbandale, Iowa, and the newest addition to The Conservative Reader’s Editorial Team.
On Monday, April 14, 2008, I was privileged to join a large theater audience in Des Moines for a special viewing of Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, a documentary by Ben Stein which will premier throughout the city, starting at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 18.
Security on Monday night was tight. We were expected to show a photo ID. A man waved a wand cautiously over each individual to insure that no recording instruments would result in pirating of the film. Women could not bring their purses into the theater.
The audience was privileged to hear from Dr. Guillermo …