PODCAST: Where Is God?
Hey, yeah! I’ve been asking that one for years…
Biblical scholars have long argued that the Dead Sea Scrolls were the work of an ascetic and celibate Jewish community known as the Essenes, which flourished in the 1st century A.D. in the scorching desert canyons near the Dead Sea. Now a prominent Israeli scholar, Rachel Elior, disputes that the Essenes ever existed at all — a claim that has shaken the bedrock of biblical scholarship.
VIDEO: A Skeptic in Creation Land
I visited the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, run by Answers in Genesis, the young-earth creationist organization run by Ken Ham, an Old Testament looking figure if ever there was one. I will be writing more about my experience in my monthly column in Scientific American (May 2009), but the highlight (also discussed in the column) was my interview with Dr. Georgia Purdom, the museum’s “research scientist” who explained what type of research one can do at a young-earth creationist organization, and why she thinks Francis Collins is wrong in his evolutionary understanding of the human genome.
Here, Ian Musgrave tears Richard Dembski a new one. Again.
On a side note, I actually got to correspond with Ian Musgrave some years ago over some questions regarding the Watchtower Society’s “Creation Book”. (Better known as “Life-How did it get here? By evolution or creation?” to non-Jehovah’s Witnesses.) Nice guy, very helpful.
One aspect that shocked me, though, was how popular homeopathy is there. We went into a pharmacy so I could get decongestants (this entire planet irritates my sinuses), and the homeopathic garbage was everywhere.