Creationist-Spanking Blogathon – The Beginaning!

Well, I’ve neglected this blog for long enough. But I’m undertaking a project to ensure I make a steady run of blogs for the foreseeable future. I’m rolling up my sleeves, hitching up my pants, and taking a far-more-than-reasonable amount of prescription anti-depressants to suppress my rage as I dissect a creationist “non-fiction” novel. I’ve been meaning to undertake this endeavor for awhile now, but have been delayed by things like my family, illness, and downloading all five seasons of The Wire. If this goes well, I may tackle other creationist books, pro-Christian “logic” books like Case for Christ, and even Glenn Beck and Ann Coulter’s word vomit between two covers.

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For my first project I picked Richard Milton’s Shattering the Myths of Darwinism. I picked this book for several reasons. The first is that it’s broken into short sub-chapters of about 10-20 pages, allowing my first attempt at this type of blogathon to be put into concise snippets, of which I can write two or three a day. The second is that it has been recommended to me by multiple creationists as a science-minded, reasonable critique of neo-Darwinism, and not merely a religious creed masked as science. The third, and most important, is that I’m in Arizona taking care of my mother post-surgery, and the library here doesn’t have an extensive selection of creationist books (which is surprising, considering this is the state that is trying to make high school children state a pledge affirming their belief in god before graduating high school), and this is one of the few I could find. Then again, I was looking in the science section, not science fiction, so maybe I just missed them. Or maybe they’re kept in the back room along with copies of Mein Kampf and VHS copies of Sarah Palin porn.

So this evening, assuming I’m not cripplingly concussed from slamming my head against the wall, I’ll post my critique of the preface of this book (my critique may well be longer than the preface I’m mercilessly judging). If there’s something you’d like to see more or less of in my writing, let me know. I aim to please, if only in my writing and not in the bedroom. And hopefully this will be the first of a 26-part series which will eventually leave Richard Milton sobbing from the brutal spanking I’ve given him.

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~ by kriskodisko on January 31, 2013.

3 Responses to “Creationist-Spanking Blogathon – The Beginaning!”

  1. I would be interested to hear your thoughts. I have read “Case for Christ” and “Case for Faith” by Lee Strobel but not the other ones mentioned (not really my taste). Another really popular book among Christians is CS LEWIS’s book “Mere Christianity”. Of course, while Strobel comes from a more lawyer/judicial standpoint, Lewis comes from a more philosophical and moral one. You know, as a Christian, I have always wanted to actually read some Atheist books. No, I am not converting (ha, neither are you, am I right?), but just to see the other side (maybe do a review myself). I will be looking forward to reading.

    Now, as an atheist, what books (1-3 books) might you recommend. I do have “The God Delusion” on my list by Richard Dawkins.

    • Honestly, I don’t like The God Delusion. I absolutely enjoy Dawkins when he sticks to biology, but a philosopher he is not. I don’t know if there’s a truly pro-atheist book I’d recommend. I enjoy books that limit their scope and disprove a positive rather than proving a negative. For example, Bart Ehrman’s “Jesus, Interrupted” and “God’s Problem” are absolutely terrific in disputing Biblical inerrancy and morality. Dawkins’ “Climbing Mount Improbable” and “Blind Watchmaker” are excellent refutations of creationism. And Richard Carriers’ “Sense and Goodness Without God” is a fantastic promotion of naturalistic ethics.

      I’ve read both Lewis and Strobel. I fully intend of taking on one of the Strobel books you mentioned (probably Case for Christ), as I found that one outlandishly laughable in it’s argumentation, and I can’t imagine Strobel was much of an attorney if this is any example.

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