Reacting to the Fool and the Heretic

Reactions to my new book with Darrel Falk are starting to trickle out.  You can read Joel Duff's initial review of The Fool and the Heretic, and there's a brief summary in Publisher's Weekly.  There are also sporadic comment threads on some discussion boards and on Facebook, if you care to hunt for them.

Before we see many more, I wanted to make a few observations, mostly because I want to say these things before they happen (which they will).  Perhaps this is an egotistical exercise of pre-emptive I told you so, but I've been thinking a LOT about reviews and rebuttals lately, as I've written and considered writing at least four.  In this entire process, I've noticed some things I'd like to avoid about reaction writing.

First, I expect there will be a number of reviews that will focus on the content of the arguments and critique our claims.  I'm certain that some of these will try to persuade Darrel and me (or the review readers) that some other option…

Looking for some international creationists

Core Academy is cooking up an interesting plan that we can't really announce publicly yet, but...

We would like to hear from international creationists who would be interested in doing some traveling to learn more about science and creation.  If you're from South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, or the Pacific (Canada or Mexico too), we'd like to have a conversation with you.  We're especially interested in talking to students or scholars.  If that little tease sounds interesting to you and you fit this description, let's have a conversation.  Email me directly at the address below.  Thanks!

(I might add that this could be the start of something big, so don't delay contacting me!)

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Have you read my book?  You should check that out too!

About that book...

Longtime readers know that Darrel Falk and I have been working on a book together called The Fool and the Heretic.  It's kind of a creation/evolution book but also a memoir and a commentary on conflict and the unity of the church.  I can't remember how long we've been working on this book, and I am cautiously glad to see it finally in print.

It's a difficult book, though.

It was immensely difficult to write.  I felt like I only get one chance at this, and I need to write something so astonishingly good that it will be unforgettable.  I kept editing and tinkering and rewriting my bits, and finally I had to tell myself, "That will have to be good enough.  I can't keep everyone else waiting while I pursue some impossible perfection."  I actually fast-tracked The Quest on my list of things to do, because I wanted a chance to make a fuller and clearer statement of my own before The Fool and the Heretic arrived at retail.  I didn't want anyone to misunders…

Sticky Faith 4: Complex reality, complex solution

There's one thing I definitely understand better after reading Sticky Faith by Powell and Clark(see blog series parts one, two, and three): there is no single cause to the loss of faith in Christian young people.  Consequently, there is no single solution to the problem either.

Since so many kids decide to walk away from their faith, I think we all experience the desire to diagnose "the problem."  Some people say it's because they were never Christian to begin with.  Others blame poor, wishy-washy Christian teaching.  Others want us to invest more in apologetics, because kids need to know why they believe what they believe.  Still others blame the culture's normalizing of sins, especially the sexual sins that dominate our culture.  This pressure causes young people to look at the church's ethics as old fashioned or maybe even bigoted.

In seeking out that one cause, we're all really seeking that one cure, the magic pill that will perfectly protect our kid…

Core Academy Triple Gift Challenge

While we're waiting for more news on Little Foot and Ultima Thule, I thought I'd share with you the gift challenge Core Academy is running this week.  We're looking to raise $2,500 by Christmas in order to receive a challenge gift of $5,000!  That means every gift to Core Academy this week is automatically TRIPLED!  That's a good deal.  If you've appreciated the work I do here or one of our creation retreats, I hope you'll consider a gift.  Even small gifts mean a lot to us as we work together to raise up a new generation of creation researchers!  Click the image above to find out more about supporting us, or just go straight to Paypal by clicking that donate button below.  THANK YOU!

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Have you read my book?  You should check that out too!

Little Foot update

There's not much new to report about the Little Foot skeleton this week.  Last week, we saw a few preprints released on bioRxiv, and I covered two of them on Human Genesis:

It's a girl! Early lessons from Little Foot
The Skull: Early lessons from Little Foot

There was supposed to be a paper from Berger and Hawks "early this week," but I have yet to see it.  It's a technical comment that claims the name Australopithecus prometheus, used by Ron Clarke for Little Foot, is an invalid description, since the name was never properly applied in the first place.  So I dug up the 1948 article by Raymond Dart where A. prometheus was first described, and sure enough, there's no species description.  Dart merely says this about his "new" species:
...we might be confronting at Makapansgat merely the adult form of the large-brained Australopithecus africanus. But the Taungs infant had an uncomplicated occipital sutural system and it seems more probable that the Aus…

Core Values of Core Academy

Six years ago this January, we found out we'd be launching Core Academy of Science, even though we didn't know it at the time.  It has been a long journey.  I've learned a lot, especially through trial and error.  We've had some amazing successes, and we've suffered some painful losses.  Through it all, God has been faithful, and we're still here.  I talked with a lot of business folks six years ago, and they all told me that if we could survive the first five years, we'd probably be OK.  And here we are.

The question I'd like to address is why we're here at all.  Why does the world and the church need Core Academy?

I think the first answer to that question is our new mission statement: Core Academy of Science nurtures the next generation of faithful, Christ-like creation researchers to explore the hardest problems in creation.  We want to focus our efforts and work on a specific group of talented students who have a real chance of becoming the nex…