Saturday Special: The week in review

Yes I know typically this would be a Frenetic Friday post but to be honest the afternoon heat at my house has been sapping my will to write.  So now while it is still cool and my brains still work let’s go on with the show!


On the Science 2.0 blog Nury Vittachi discusses the evolutionary evidence that atheists might not exist and that’s not a joke. Now Christians especially those of the presuppositional  apologetic view have been saying this for years.  After all Romans 1:18-20  states:

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

But I think that Peter Pike over at nailed it on the head when in response to the post by Nury Vittachi said:

The article tries to claim that there are evolutionary survivability advantages to believing in God despite Him supposedly not existing. But frankly the article posits nothing of value on that discussion. Better arguments have been put forth elsewhere.

Of course, all such arguments fall prey to one important fact. If evolution selects for us to believe in some form of deity when objectively there is no God at all, then evolution is selecting for us to believe a lie; and since on the theory that God isn’t real then all our knowledge comes from similar evolutionary pressures, then ultimately we must acknowledge that evolution cannot select for truth at all. This means we can’t exactly trust anything that is based on evolutionary pressures.

But I’m sure atheists will get right on patching up that flaw. Any time now. Any time.

Speaking of evolution here’s a few things:

Chuck Queen pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Frankfort Kentucky in an opinion piece for ABP/RH says that it is time for evangelicals to come out for evolution. 

He states:  “Whenever I engage in conversation with people I meet for the first time I try to avoid being asked the question, “What do you do for a living?” But if I am asked I say, “I am a minister.” Generally, the one who asks then inquires, “What denomination?” or “What kind of church?”

Here is where I always have to clarify, depending on the most recent news headline involving Christian leaders: “I am a Baptist minister, but I am not a science-denying Baptist minister who thinks that dinosaurs lived alongside humans a few thousand years ago.”

So my question is why does that need to be part of the answer?  An really science denying?  Are you really telling me that you as a Baptist minister believe the life on earth came from random chance?  Or is he espousing a form of theistic evolution?  Frankly most people that I’ve met that hold to some form of evolutionary theory (and there is more than one folks) dismiss theistic evolution immediately because of the theistic part.

But that isn’t all let’s turn to dinosaurs:  Did you know that the Triceratops didn’t actually exist?  Yes here it is from Gizmodo the Triceratops was actually a juvenile form of a Torosaurus, the three horned dinosaur you don’t know.  First the Brontosaurus now the Triceratops where will it end?

Moving from evolution to social news an Australian judge Garry Nielsen has said that base upon the changing views toward homosexuality  that incest should no longer be considered a social taboo.  To quote the judge:

The judge went on to say that incest is only criminalised because of the high chance that any resulting offspring will be born with serious birth defects, but added that “even that [risk] falls away to an extent [because] there is such ease of contraception and readily access to abortion”.

Expect bestiality next mark my words.

And from incest to illegal aliens this just in if you live in California, from an ad placed in the Penny Savers. You could get $6045 a month for providing a loving home for unaccompanied refugee minors. I’m not sure that INS will appreciate that.  But then again under the current administration I may be wrong.

Now turning to Robotics yes it is time for our Over Lords to make an appearance.

Jason Barnes lost part of his right arm during a freak accident.  It seems his dream of being a drummer was over.  But he persevered and cobbled together a replacement hand made of a brace and springs.  But it doesn’t end there Gil Weinberg at Georgia Tech came up with a robotic hand making Jason Barnes the world’s first cyborg drummer.  Take a look:

Hey do you have a 3D printer?  Well if you do Intel wants you to print out your own robot! 

And that’s the week in review.