Racism in America

Last week, I recorded a new episode of "Ask a Creationist," and I dealt with the question, "Is evolution racist?"  I reviewed the history of racism both in evolutionary thinking but also in creationist thinking.  On the creationist side, I looked at some nineteenth century American slavery apologetics that were written from a creationist perspective.  I intended to remind viewers that evolutionists do not have a monopoly on racism, and I also wanted to affirm that most of today's creationists and evolutionists are not guilty of the overt, outrageous racism of the past.  At least that's what I was going for, but as you know, modern racism is a touchy subject that invites strong reactions.
First of all, here's the video, in case you missed it.

We got some strong and angry reactions to this video, but I'll just leave that aside.  I'm sad that people would be angry about the truth, but I think a lot of that anger comes from things they think I say or …


Well, that was a popular post.  My previous essay was viewed more than 5,500 times, and the feedback has been mostly (and cautiously) positive.  But my social media feed still encourages me to "wake up" and see what's "really going on."

There were a few questions and criticisms, which I thought were worth talking about.

Shouldn't we carefully weigh the lives threatened by the shutdown against the lives threatened by the virus?

Yes, those in charge of these decisions ought do this.  And remember that it's not just the economically threatened people in danger but others as well.  Domestic violence, mental illness and suicide, and even the willingness to seek basic emergency healthcare will be impacted by the shutdown.  Our situation does not reduce to "lives threatened by the virus vs. being inconvenienced at home for a few weeks."  Nor is it "horrendous, life-threatening economic disaster vs. a harmless flu bug."  It really is lives v…


Did I get your attention?  Excellent.  Some of you have been asking me about my thoughts on the pandemic.  Well, I'm sorry I haven't been able to get back to you as quickly as you might have liked, but here's what I think.

I spent Thursday morning recording the final lessons of the year for my high school students.  For the past four years, I've been teaching Bible part time to students at Rhea County Academy, our local Christian school.  Distance learning was not the way I wanted to end these classes, but God had other plans for us.

Wrapping up New Testament, I taught how early Christian heresies contrast with the sacred writings that would become our New Testament, and while I was teaching, I had a kind of epiphany.  You see, the Gnostics believed that salvation came through enlightenment and special knowledge (the Greek for knowledge is gnosis).  They believed that our physical reality is actually evil, and only the spirit world was good.  To be "saved" i…

Neandertal twine and COVID-19

A quick Tuesday update:  I have a new article over at Human Genesis on the piece of Neandertal twine:

A cord of three strands

And the latest "Ask a Creationist" is up on the Core Academy YouTube channel.

I am officially tired of talking about viruses, so next week's "Ask a Creationist" will be anything other than viruses.  Feel free to send in a question for me!

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Ask a Creationist about viruses!

What's this?  Another article just one day after the last one?  Shocking, ain't it?  I thought you might like to see the latest Ask a Creationist, just in case you're not following our other social media or website.

Here's the latest video:

And in case you missed it, here's the first video:

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

Is Todd Wood ever going to post on his blog again?

Wow.  I didn't realize it had been so long since I was here.  I guess I have the usual excuses: I've been busy, I've been quarantined, I've been social media distancing, and so forth.  So what's new?

Well, since the last time I posted here was just before Christmas, let me give you a quick rundown on the last few months of my life:

We met our fundraising goal for 2019!  Well, we raised 99% of the goal, which in my book is close enough.  Read more here.I posted another Fossil Focus video in December: The Taung Child.  I have big plans for another one, but it's all about that free time thing, which I don't have much of right now.I spent a lot of time traveling.  First up was my visit to Calvin College with Darrel Falk, where we appeared on the January Series.  If you've ever wondered what it was like to hear us in person, here's your chance.  Our presentation is on YouTube.Next, I did some ministry trips, first to Texas and to Virginia.I also got to v…

Help Core Academy!

Dear friends,

Merry Christmas everyone!  I hope your holidays are off to a great start.  You know I hate writing these letters asking for money, but we need $1,605 today.  Two generous donors have offered to double all gifts up to $4,000, and we've only raised $2,395 so far.  I would very much like you to pray for us today and tomorrow.  For me, $1,605 seems like a big amount, but God knows our needs and has even more in store for us.  Please pray that God will provide these final funds and that God would continue to bless us through the last week of the year (since we will still be $8,000 away from our $25,000 goal for this year).  If you've been thinking about a gift, today's the day, since your gift will be automatically doubled!  Remember that ministries receive a big portion of their annual support in December.  Core Academy typically receives 35% of our annual support between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve.  If you appreciate what Core Academy is doing or you h…