A Betrayal of Confidence: A Review of The Faith of Christopher Hitchens

In a scathing review, Kathleen Schultheis over on Skeptic.com, demolishes Larry Taunton’s book “The Faith of Christopher Hitchens”, calling it a betrayal of confidence and much worse. An excellent article!

Kathleen J. Schultheis reviews Larry Taunton’s book, The Faith of Christopher Hitchens.

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15 Answers to Creationist Nonsense

The linked article by John Rennie in Scientific American was originally published in 2002 but it hasn’t lost any of its actuality nor has it been refuted by creationists. Creationist arguments also haven’t changed significantly since then, demonstrating how they are simply unable to formulate an opposing theory to evolution.  I’ve also written some answers to creationists nonsense earlier on this blog and have also explored if creationism is plausible.

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Near-perfect wings from dinosaur times discovered in amber | The Verge

A pair of wings found encased in amber suggest that the plumage of modern birds has remained almost unchanged from some of their dinosaur-era ancestors, according to scientists. In a new study published in the Nature Communications journal this week, researchers say that the wings have very similar structures, coloring, and feather layouts as the wings of modern birds, despite the fact they likely belonged to 100-million-year-old avialans called enantiornithes.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/6/29/12057434/avian-dinosaur-wings-discovered-in-amber

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Prehistoric asteroid wiped out nearly all mammals as well as dinosaurs, research suggests

I’ve always been fascinated by dinosaurs, ever since I was a young boy. While they take centre stage in the extinction event at the end of the Cretaceous, 65 million years ago, recent research by scientists from the University of Bath reveals that the impact of the asteroid that struck near the Yucatan peninsula was more severe as was previously assumed.

Nearly every species of mammal was eradicated by the prehistoric asteroid which wiped out the dinosaurs, research suggests. Around 93% of mammal species were made extinct by the strike, which took place in the Cretaceous period, more than 66 million years ago. Examination of fossil records by scientists from the University of Bath determined that the asteroid’s impact had been much more severe than previously thought.

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Building blocks of life’s first self-replicator recreated in lab | New Scientist

New Scientist has an article announcing that a team of the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich has found a plausible way to generate the two purine nucleosides, adenosine and guanosine – A and G in the genetic code. This is a big step to explaining how RNA may have formed spontaneously on the primordial Earth.

RNA molecules are thought to be some of the earliest self-replicators that led to life. Now their building blocks have been made to self-assemble in a lab

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Why creationists are out of time with history and science

An interesting piece in The Guardian by Dr. David Hone, about why creationists are out of time with history and science. It explores one example of the dishonesty that creationists are forced to employ in order to make creation “fit” with their view of reality: a world created by God.

Creationists fail to appreciate the history of science as well as science itself

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“The Faith of Christopher Hitchens” …In Which I Read Snake Oil

An excellent article by Dan Wall, over on northierthanthou, about Christian apologists making up rumours about Christopher Hitchens maybe having a deathbed conversion. We’ve been hearing about this since Charles Darwin supposedly had one. Anyway, over to Dan.

I’m starting to wonder if it isn’t the fate of prominent atheists to end up with Christian apologists for spokesmen. Okay, I don’t literally believe in fate (either), but let̵…

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