This site’s now been up for exactly one year, and at the risk of sounding hokey, it’s like an extension of me now.
It’s like the baby I didn’t really want to have, but I made a mistake and had one, and now that it’s growing up, I can’t imagine life without it.
As you can tell, my metaphor-writing skills have also improved.
So thanks to everyone who has commented, sent emails, or simply read the posts. Here’s to another year 🙂
I was looking back to what I wrote when I first started this site, and it had to do with a church I had been invited to speak at. The pastor and I had a dialogue on stage that went fairly well. The one thing that really got to me was that the pastor was distributing this awful, mistake-stricken (surprise!) pro-Creationism pamphlet, that he had authored, on the church’s website.
Since then, they’ve replaced it with an equally disturbing set of answers (PDF) to the questions I posed that weekend in church. I wrote about some of the problems with the document, but there were too many for me to tackle alone.
Here’s just one example that proves the author Hadyn Shaw never bothered to open a Biology textbook:
Finally, Michael Behe is on to something with his term irreducible complexity. (See Darwin’s Black Box.) We still don’t have plausible explanation for how the eye could develop, or for the thousands of examples of orchestrated chemical processes.
Here was my quick response at the time:
What about the chemical processes?
That’s just one problem. The majority of the document is an embarrassment to anyone with a brain. It makes me mad that this garbage would be written by someone in my community.
And it’s still up on the church’s website, though obscurely hidden. See if you can find it on the “sermon archive” page. Hint: It’s nowhere near my name.
Ok. It’s off my chest now, I swear.
[tags]atheist, atheism, Parkview Christian Church, Hadyn Shaw, Biology, Michael Behe, irreducible complexity, Darwin’s Black Box, Richard Dawkins, Wikipedia[/tags]