Our Twelfth Anniversary — Free Fire Zone

We usually post an April Fool’s story on this date, but for obvious reasons we’re skipping that this year. These are peculiar times, and most of you aren’t in the mood for a silly joke. That will come later in the year, when the coronavirus pandemic has subsided. So let’s get to our other tradition at this time of year.

Tomorrow, dear reader, 02 April 2020, is the twelfth anniversary of the beginning of this humble blog. Our first post was Clarke’s First Law and Intelligent Design. We started on the second day of April, not the first, because … well, it’s obvious.

There’s not much to say here that we didn’t say last year in Our Eleventh Anniversary — Free Fire Zone, but we can give you some updated statistics. This is post number 8,152. That number would be higher if we had continued our previous pace of posting twice a day, but as we’ve mentioned before, there’s a lot less of our kind of news lately. And that’s good news! Creationists are still blogging away at their websites, but they’re not suing when they’re not allowed to teach their nonsense at secular universities (they always lose those suits), and they’ve stopped sponsoring obvious, old-style creationist legislation.

But they haven’t given up. Rather, their tactics have evolved. If you want to read an excellent article about what creationist activists are doing these days, take a look at this by Glenn Branch, Deputy Director of the National Center for Science Education: Anti-intellectualism and anti-evolutionism: Lessons from Hofstadter. It discusses the slick tactics of today’s creationists, and there’s also a nostalgic reminder of Florida’s Rapturous Rhonda Storms.

We’ve had over 5.79 million page-views (plus uncountable others who read us without actually visiting), and y’all have made more than 120,000 comments. Have we changed anyone’s mind? Of course not. Creationists don’t change their minds; but they’re very entertaining and we’ve had a lot of fun observing them. We plan to continue.

And so we begin our thirteenth year of blogging from the fabled CITADEL — the Curmudgeonly Institute for Tactics, Advocacy, and Defense of the Enlightenment Legacy — the secret global nerve center for monitoring events throughout the Creosphere, where your Curmudgeon is headquartered in his luxurious underground control room.

Because this post contains no news, please use the comments as an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. As with all our free-fire zones, we’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Say what you will, beware of the profanity filters.

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20 responses to “Our Twelfth Anniversary — Free Fire Zone

  1. Congratulations! A dozen years of solid Creationist-whacking! Jolly good show!

    And next year, your blog becomes a teenager!

  2. In the USA, there has been opened the National Emergency Library which offers free, unlimited access online to 1.4 million books. The idea is that many libraries and bookstores are closed.
    There is, obviously, some copyright problems involved, but the law of the subject is too deep for me.
    I just made a search for books with the word “design” in the title – there are 15,247 books. I’ll have something to say after reading those.

  3. Michael Fugate

    Thanks!

  4. Thanks, both TomS and our dear SC!

  5. Great articly by Glenn Branch.

    “The intelligent design counter-establishment is not as productive, popular, or prosperous as the creation science counter-establishment”
    Intelligent Design in The Netherlands is dead as a fishworm, unless you mean this:

    http://www.intelligent-design.nl/

  6. Is it likely that ID is moribund? Not the design argument, but the pretense that design can work without God.

  7. Michael Fugate

    I see academics commenting that the teleology of the Greeks as modified by Thomas Aquinas convinced them to sign on to religion. It makes no sense to me, but what do I know?

    It is a fascinating take on how not to do science – where one starts with the answer – one can see why lawyers would be more important to its roots than scientists.

  8. Zwolf, douze, dodici..Thanks to the great and powerful Oz, our Curmudgeon, for an engaging and significant stream of well written commentary on the ill, confused, befuddled and supernatural world of miracles otherwise known as intelligent deeezine or its older sibling creationism.
    Important stuff .

  9. Congratulations Curmudgeon! I look forward to your rebellious teenager continuing to confound creationists!

  10. Thanks, Our Contrary Curmudgeon, for all you do for us here.

    Regarding the current viral crisis —

    Jesus says that we don’t ever have to wash our hands not even before we eat, and there’s no such things as infections:

    The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus and saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. (The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders. When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash. And they observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pitchers and kettles.)

    So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with defiled hands?”

    He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written:

    ‘These people honor me with their lips,
    but their hearts are far from me.
    They worship me in vain;
    their teachings are merely human rules.’

    You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.”

    Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them, not even the novel coronavirus. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.”

    So there you have it, straight from the Son of Man.

    Going to church is clearly a Command of God.

    Washing our hands is a mere human tradition which Jesus says we don’t have to ever.

    (Mark 7)

  11. Formerly Holding The Line In Florida

    Congratulations on twelve years of existence. Although we don’t agree on a lot of things politically, there isn’t a day that I don’t check in to see what the “Usual suspects” are up to. It provides a wonderful distraction in a humdrum world. Keep it up and be sure to follow the rules set down by our glorious Governor here in The Peoples Republic Of Florida in The Age Of Corona! That will certainly keep you safe! Long may you blog!

  12. Dave Luckett

    @Random, fair go, as we say in my country. Jesus knew as much of microbiology as anybody else in his day – ie, nothing whatsoever. He also thought that seeds die when they are sown, and that the mustard seed was the smallest. So he wasn’t God, God being, by definition, omniscient.

    But he wasn’t saying “Don’t wash your hands”, he was saying, “Don’t make ritual purity a thing”. And when he said, “It’s what comes out of a man that defiles him, not what goes in”, he said a mouthful. One that others in his day thought was worth remembering. And I do, too.

    Stuff like that convinces me that he was real. Not the Son of God, certainly not God himself, but that there was someone in first-century Judea who had a radically different take on what human beings are supposed to do, and not do. I don’t know who he was, but I think he was there, he actually existed. It’s a bit like the classics professor who concluded, after thirty years of study, that Homer didn’t write the Homeric poems, but that they were written by some other Greek of the same name.

  13. @Dave Luckett
    Remember that Jesus was also fully human, as well as fully God. So he had a human brain and mind, with the limits of humanity. I don’t know how to sort that out wrt his lack of knowledge of microbiology, or of calculus, or of English.

  14. Techreseller

    Congratulations. Keep up the good work.

  15. As you may remember The Netherlands have their Bible Belt too. Now compare these two graphs.

    https://www.rivm.nl/actuele-informatie-over-coronavirus

    Corona patients hosipitalized per 100 000 per municipality.

    Percentages voters for SGP (orthodox-protestant political party, for whom many YECers vote) per municipality.

    The biggest hot spot (first graph, right under) is related to carnival, celebrated from 23-2 till 25-2 this year.
    Several other hot spots, with admittedly quite some stretch of imagination, coincide with the Bible Belt.

  16. Michael Fugate

    See Brian’s research in previous post –
    https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/04/mysterious-human-ancestor-finds-its-place-our-family-tree
    A bit more than 6000 years ago and no special creation…

  17. Michael Fugate

    The really habitable zone of exoplanets defined:
    https://arxiv.org/abs/2003.13722

  18. Dave Luckett

    @TomS: “I don’t know how to sort that out wrt his lack of knowledge of microbiology, or of calculus, or of English.”

    Nor do I. Nor, to my knowledge, has any theologian, save by veering off into heresy of one kind or another. It’s an obvious internal contradiction. Christology was one of the subjects the Church gave up on a millennium or so ago, threw its hands in the air, and declared it a mystery, one of those “mighty workings by which He subdues all things to Himself”. Beats me, too. Or it would if I had to believe whatever the Church says. Fortunately, I don’t.

  19. I remember that there was a heresy of monothelitism, that Christ had only one will, which was opposed to the correct belief in two wills, human and divine. Was there also a decree that Christ had two knowledges, human and divine?