Tag Archives: Christianity

creationist & religious violence against science & education

Just a list of links for the flurry of postings on this topic:
* Bug Girls’ Blog, Weekly WTF: More threats by Creationists, 2007/7/12; related Pharyngula, 2007/7/11; Bug Girl’s blog, 2007/7/20
* Bug Girl’s Blog, Creationist Death Threats, Part 2 (2007/8/24)
* Pharyngula, Another example of amoral religiosity, 2007/8/24
* Sunclipse, Creation, Power and Violence (2008/4/18)

Scientific American fisks Expelled

Scientific American‘s reviews of “Expelled”, the creationist movie with Ben Stein, are the best yet: the one by John Rennie is particularly helpful. It dissects the rhetorical tricks, and fills in the facts that were left out of the film’s assertions about punitive action taken towards experts. Expelled Exposed, from the NCSE, is developing point-by-point rebuttals of the assertions in the film. (Their tagline is: “Flunked, Not Expelled”.)

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what to name those xtians?

one suggestion: call them leviticans

i kinda like it, but discussion over on making light points out that there are folks who follow leviticus faithfully and not selectively / hypocritically.

maybe levitican christians? but no, that’s two words, and doesn’t get at the point.

the point being that the people (a) call themselves christians; (b) but are more interested in old testament than new testament doctrines; and (c) and are rather selective about the old testament.

selective christians?

but as a matter of naming, you want something punchy, short, recognizable. leviticans is so good! but it also has to be accurate — neither over-inclusive nor under-inclusive.

someone else suggested christianists. a la “islamists”. i take it to mean, approximately, using the doctrine to advance a political agenda. another definition i saw said it meant, not following christ, but following the followers of christ.

i find it inelegant and hard to say.

others have suggested reconstructionists a la the rushdoonie (i think that’s the right spelling) crowd. i think that’s a bit inaccurate. reconstructionists are a specific philosophy, and not all the random bible-thumpers are reconstructionists. not even most of them.

leviticanists?

oh well. will think about it later.