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Go to: The coming evangelical collapse

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4. Despite some very successful developments in the past 25 years, Christian education has not produced a product that can withstand the rising tide of secularism. Evangelicalism has used its educational system primarily to staff its own needs and talk to itself.

Does anyone else find it distasteful that they are referring to children as products?

Thu, 12 Mar 2009 20:08:00 UTC | #335541

Go to: Oklahoma legislator proposes resolution to condemn Richard Dawkins

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In Oklahoma, John McCain beat Barack Obama by 30 points, haha.

Still, I'll be surprised if this bill passes or if the university caves in under the pressure.

Sat, 07 Mar 2009 00:26:00 UTC | #333726

Go to: Galaxy has 'billions of Earths'

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Chris Davis said:

The Drake equation is lacking some terms which have only come to light since it was formulated. I assume Dr. Boss' figures are based on an estimated of earth-sized planets in a Solar Habitable ('Goldilocks') Zone. Earth has other characteristics.

I think the requirement of being inside the "Goldilocks zone" has been more or less discarded in recent years. If our own Solar system is any indication, a world (like Europa) can be far outside the supposed Goldilocks zone and still produce life. Actually, these types of inhabited worlds are likely to be far more common than the type we live on, due to the sheer abundance of gas giants and the assumption that each of them is likely to have dozens of moons.

We have at least two other worlds right here in our own Solar System, besides the Earth, that could theoretically support life. If our current data is correct, we could transplant a deep-sea ecosystem from Earth to Europa and it would be right at home. And it looks very likely that there is at least microbial life on Mars. So Drake's equation might actually have turned out to be needlessly pessimistic. An average star system might be expected to have at least one or two life-bearing worlds throughout the galaxy.

Mon, 16 Feb 2009 12:24:00 UTC | #325597

Go to: Heat the Hornet

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I just had a ten-minute conversation with the opinions editor of that paper, haha.

Yep, he's an ardent creationist.

Thu, 12 Feb 2009 07:43:00 UTC | #323625

Go to: Obama creates faith-based office with wide mission

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To lead the office, Obama appointed Joshua DuBois, a 26-year-old Pentecostal minister...

WTF is this? And to think we all called Bush a buffoon for trying to put a 23-year-old in charge of the Baghdad stock exchange. Does anyone seriously think that this kid is going to be up to the challenge?

Thu, 05 Feb 2009 14:18:00 UTC | #319581

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