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Jesus and 20 Billion Others Died to Save (a Few of) Us

by William Trollinger Image from The Bible Panorama, or The Holy Scripture in Picture and Story (1891). Image via Wikimedia Commons. “Off the rails” doesn’t begin to describe the state of fundamentalist apologetics. Take, for example, young Earth creationism. Its...

A Civil Conversation About Creationism and Evolution

edited by William Trollinger Bill Nye – Ken Ham Debate. February 4, 2014. (Photo by Jason Aldag/The Washington Post) Two weeks ago we ran an interview with Adam Laats about his new book, Creationism USA. In response we received a set of questions for Adam from...

Creationism U.S.A.: An Interview with Adam Laats

by William Trollinger Book cover for Adam Laats’ forthcoming Creationism USA: Bridging the Impasse on Teaching Evolution (Oxford University Press, 2021) Adam Laats has established himself as a brilliant and prolific scholar who has produced such noteworthy works...

Dinosaur Bones, Mark Meadows, Neo-Confederates, and the Tawdry World of Young Earth Creationism

by William Trollinger Ebenezer the Allosaurus on display at the Creation Museum. Copyright Susan L. Trollinger (2014). Ebenezer the Allosaurus is a star at the Creation Museum. But the story of Ebenezer is a window into the corruption, fraudulence, and right-wing...

Two Peas in a Pod: The Insecurities and Shame of Donald Trump and White Evangelicals

by Rodney Kennedy Rodney Kennedy has his M.Div. from New Orleans Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. in Rhetoric from Louisiana State University. The pastor of 7 Southern Baptist churches over the course of 20 years, he pastored the First Baptist Church of Dayton (OH)...

Anti-Vaxxers and Answers in Genesis

by William Trollinger (with Susan Trollinger) “They are concerned about a virus that doesn’t kill very many people at all.” – Georgia Purdom, Answers in Genesis (AiG)“They are trying to manipulate me into getting a vaccine that I don’t believe in and don’t see any...