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Date: 2007/10/11 17:38:21, Link
Author: ReligionProf
Thanks for the invitation, and for the various complimentary things you had to say about my blog entry on O'Leary's book.

I'll try to stop in from time to time - after the bar closes...

Date: 2007/11/01 10:24:37, Link
Author: ReligionProf
Thanks for the welcome. I'm doing anything but hiding. 8)

Help me document an inadvertent admission made by the Discovery Institute in replying to something I posted on my blog. The author of the reply claims you can't identify the designer, yet lets slip that the identity of the designer is a theological question!

Make copies and spread the word before they catch their slip and change it!

Date: 2007/11/01 21:41:35, Link
Author: ReligionProf
Has anyone mentioned yet that, for an approximation of DNA, the simulation needs to use only four letters, and words of precisely three letters?

I think it may have been making this point that most directly led to my getting banned from Uncommon Descent. Monkeys with typewriters with only four keys, and a language in which pretty much every three-letter word means something, must have shown just how off-target their analogies with English and playing cards were...

Date: 2007/12/06 08:23:07, Link
Author: ReligionProf
This is my assessment of FTK's work:

Date: 2007/12/06 13:13:50, Link
Author: ReligionProf
News flash: I've uncovered the true identity of FTK, and it is none other than famous atheist Christopher Hitchens!

Here's the message that blew the lid on this story:

Dear Prof. McGrath,

Okay, I admit it. I'm really Christopher Hitchens. To be honest this was a joke that went too far. I didn't think anyone would actually believe I was a Christian opposing evolution, what with my unchristian rants, lack of willingness to listen to anyone who actually knew something about the subject, and radical departure from the historic Christian faith. I can't believe it has taken so long for the truth to be told. Apparently far fewer people understand what Christianity is about and what Christian behavior involves than even I would have guessed.


Christopher Hitchens (aka For The Kids)

P.S. Please don't tell anyone.

Date: 2007/12/06 13:26:36, Link
Author: ReligionProf
Shall I quote her own words about jokes back to her? Add an asterisk? What do you suggest?

Date: 2007/12/06 15:16:33, Link
Author: ReligionProf
I wonder if FTK knows she is responsible for promoting atheism more than Christopher Hitchens is. If it wasn't for people like FTK making Christianity look like a home for wayward idiots (or should that be IDiots?), Christopher Hitchens' writings wouldn't appeal to nearly as many people as they do.

In other news, here's an update on the earlier breaking news story:

Breaking News: Clarification

Apparently this is a different blogger known as FTK (in this case it stands for "For The Kooks") and the Christopher Hitchens in question is a less famous atheist, who disbelieves in a different god than the other Christopher Hitchens, and For The Kooks promotes a different sort of creationist pseudoscience than For The Kids, and believes in a different religion called Christianity than For The Kids does.

Hope that clarifies things - sorry for any confusion! Apparently the breaking news got garbled in cyberspace... :-)

Do I need to clarify for anyone what in this post is serious and what is an attempt at humor? I will break it down line by line on request...

Date: 2007/12/07 08:01:14, Link
Author: ReligionProf
I hope FTK reads the responses to her comment on ERV. Calling someone a 'bitch' and saying 'God bless' in the same post? And she wonders that anyone took seriously the suggestion that she is an atheist parodying Christianity to discredit it.

One more thing. Has there ever been an explanation of how blogging and ranting (her own term) about things outside her area of expertise serves the interests of her kids? Christian parents spend their time blogging and calling people words that they would punish their kids for using, and then blame evolution for the way their kids turn out.

Is there a 'smiley' for crying, showing how I am reduced to a quivering mass of tears at how badly some people misunderstand not only science, but more importantly, Christianity, and still more importantly, responsibility?

Date: 2007/12/07 12:33:14, Link
Author: ReligionProf
I am fully persuaded by the scientific evidence for evolution, with natural selection as a key mechanism behind it. I have never had the desire to engage in sexual intercourse with a horse. Clearly the two are separable. (I also happen to be a Christian, and so not only is it not the case that Darwinism leads people to abandon their faith, but unnecessarily and unintelligently opposing Darwin actually drives more people away from faith, leading to the ironic situation that cdesign proponentsists are in fact themselves doing what they wrongly claim Darwinians are doing!)

If we were to judge all systems of thought by the strange and often disturbing things people have done in their name, or have simply done while being associated with their name, then I can't think of a worldview that would not have some damage to its reputation.

Date: 2007/12/08 20:54:49, Link
Author: ReligionProf
The plot thickens...

Apparently while I was suggesting that FTK was too much of a parody to be real, FTK was saying the same thing about a poster named Solon or Lazarus on Uncommon Descent!

Take a look at the comment that was left about this at

I don't read the comments at Uncommon Descent any longer, since no one who disagrees is allowed to post, and I have no need to listen in on a mutual self-congratulation society.

Date: 2007/12/17 09:09:01, Link
Author: ReligionProf
I posted a response to that most recent entry on Uncommon Descent on my blog.

The answer is staring them in the face. So presumably they have relocated their faces - and I thus took the liberty of ending the post with a great picture someone shared here!

Date: 2007/12/18 10:28:52, Link
Author: ReligionProf
I just wish it were possible to actually 'teach the controversy' in the sense of guaranteeing that the arguments for young-earth creationism and intelligent design would be not only presented but subjected to careful scientific scrutiny in classrooms. All the YECs and cdesign proponentsists would do a quick U-turn and argue against any mention of their views in any science classroom. They would run shouting "Turn off those bright lights and stop looking at us! We only thrive in the darkness of ignorance and inadequate knowledge!"

I wonder if PZ will video any of the classes and share them on YouTube...

Date: 2008/02/06 13:36:24, Link
Author: ReligionProf
I just posted a response to the good ol' "argument from incredulity" about butterfly evolution that has appeared yet again at Uncommon Dishonesty. If anyone with greater expertise in the biological sciences has any suggestions for improvements or additional links, please do let me know.

Date: 2008/02/06 14:50:40, Link
Author: ReligionProf
LOL.  Nothing like actual knowledge about a subject to bring the "objections" some people have learned by rote but don't actually know much about screeching to a halt!

Date: 2008/02/07 10:58:31, Link
Author: ReligionProf
There's something wonderful about that UD policy on comments. It is a moderator's job to make comments disappear before anyone else sees them. Critics of ID are by definition not offering constructive comments. If someone made this up in parody of a moderator somewhere else, the moderator would be offended, but as we all know, ID is so laughable that parody becomes impossible.

Date: 2008/03/12 08:42:35, Link
Author: ReligionProf
DaveScot quoted something I wrote on my blog as having been posted on some 'private forum'. Does anyone have any idea what forum he's referring to? Just curious.

I've replied to him at

Date: 2008/03/30 07:16:25, Link
Author: ReligionProf
For your amusement, my latest pseudoscience satire video game. I didn't have time to do a better job, so please do improve on it!

Date: 2008/04/02 07:47:48, Link
Author: ReligionProf
I've posted the latest promotional image for the movie Expelled, which I received in an e-mail, at

I don't have photoshop here, but I suspect that many of the regulars here will have even better ideas than I would for how to make the image more entertaining. I'd be delighted if you'd share your results on my blog, or allow me to...

Date: 2008/04/16 11:36:01, Link
Author: ReligionProf
I finally managed to photoshop my own version of the Stein graphic, which I've posted at

It doesn't want to post the image in the message, so I guess you'll have to go there to look. Feel free to share the image freely (giving credit where credit is due, of course).

Date: 2008/04/17 08:16:02, Link
Author: ReligionProf
Looks like I might have to change that image slightly...

Date: 2008/04/17 11:59:44, Link
Author: ReligionProf
A student of mine has created a better image than I did: Yoko Ono as Kali standing on Ben Stein's chest:

Date: 2008/04/17 14:39:47, Link
Author: ReligionProf
You're right about the literal meaning of the original image. But it does suggest a good course of action for the makers of Expelled in dealing with Oko's wrath!  :-)

Date: 2008/05/13 22:54:29, Link
Author: ReligionProf
Hi everyone! I've had a commenter/spammer/stalker who thinks highly of himself and Expelled flood one of my blog posts with comments:

If anyone feels like giving him a good working over regarding his scientific knowledge, his arrogance, or his status as a crackpot, I invite all interested to do so. Thanks! :-)

Date: 2008/07/01 22:31:56, Link
Author: ReligionProf
What I thought was funniest is that this book, explaining in plain language about intelligent design, which is supposedly all about science and nothing to do with religion, has a foreword by a well-known conservative Christian apologist.

I guess they're right. It doesn't get much plainer than that! :)

Date: 2008/07/17 13:08:11, Link
Author: ReligionProf
I finally got around to posting a Biblical studies perspective on the P.Z.Myers vs. the cracker issue:

Date: 2009/02/22 13:58:43, Link
Author: ReligionProf
I have avoided Uncommon Descent for a while, but ended up noticing a post there today. They have posted what they've called an "open challenge" to Neo-Darwinists. But no one with an evolutionary perspective is allowed to comment there. So in what sense is that an "open challenge"?

Anyway, here's what I would have replied if I had been allowed to comment there.

I will now return to my regularly scheduled ignoring of UD, and hope that the nausea will slowly recede...

Date: 2009/03/28 12:13:50, Link
Author: ReligionProf
Scientists have long known that ID is a backwards step with respect to science (not surprising, of course, when they oppose evolution). But more recently GilDodgson has show that it is a step backwards with respect to religion, too. He envisages a team of creators who tinker with living things in the same way car engineers tinker with car designs!

Date: 2009/10/06 21:41:13, Link
Author: ReligionProf
It's been quite a while since I've posted here, so I thought I'd stop by and share something for your amusement:

Prayers of Science Educators in Bible Belt Answered!

I don't know how many others saw the item on World News about pesticide-resistent weeds, but I found myself wondering whether evolution would get a much-deserved mention. It didn't, and that led me to the attempt at humor on my blog to which I've shared a link. Enjoy!

Date: 2010/04/01 12:52:59, Link
Author: ReligionProf
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(an attemt at April Fool's Day humor, which seemed just barely appropriate under the "comestibles" heading)

Date: 2011/07/24 19:26:20, Link
Author: ReligionProf
It has been a really long time since I've posted anything here, and so I thought I would share  a link to a blog post of mine about a tattoo recently seen at Uncommon Descent. Enjoy!

Date: 2011/07/24 20:17:42, Link
Author: ReligionProf
Fish with fingers and custard... I'm going to have to come up with a Dr. Who + evolution signature of some sort...  :-)

Date: 2011/12/31 12:47:07, Link
Author: ReligionProf
I have a creek behind my house, and so I get to see a lot of interesting wildlife.

We get deer, foxes, raccoon, squirrels and I am sure I saw a beaver twice.

We get the usual birds at the feeder - cardinals, black-capped chickadees, nuthatches, house finches, goldfinches, etc. But we also get occasional visits from pileated woodpeckers (which are amazing creatures) and Eastern wood pewees.

Date: 2011/12/31 12:51:28, Link
Author: ReligionProf
Just as a bit of light relief that you might enjoy, I did a calculation to see what would happen if, instead of giving the "equal time" that proponents of creationism ask for, we gave "proportional time" based on the amount of time each says that it took for life to appear in its present form. I think you may find it entertaining - not to mention fair! :-)