Much apologies on the slow blogging the past couple weeks. I promise to now return to a more consistent pace. I return from my mini-break with the reading list. It’s a bit long to make up for the absence.
- Biology prof James Krupa describes his experiences teaching evolution at the University of Kentucky.
- Adam Laats provides some analysis of Krupa’s essay. Check out the first comment on the post.
- Another Laats post, this one on appreciating evolution. I love the brilliant closing: ‘”Perhaps “appreciation” would be a better match for the way most people think of these things. After all, we can all “appreciate” a painting, even if we don’t like it. We can understand where it’s coming from, understand why it has become a famous work of art. We can do all those things—get a profound understanding of the painting—and then say equally truthfully, “I don’t think it’s good.”’
- John Inazu asks if religious freedom is imperiled. Money quote that ties into a point I’ve raised before: “The pressure on the category of “religion” raises another question that Smith takes up in Rise and Decline: the notion of “conscience.” Smith notes that at the time of the Framing, the “free exercise of religion” was “virtually synonymous with freedom of conscience.” As a purely linguistic matter, the word “conscience” would have been a better fit than “religion” for the trajectory of “belief” that we have witnessed in American society. It would have more easily encompassed all kinds of non-religious but deeply held beliefs that we see today.”
- Via Inazu, law professor Douglas Laylock on Indiana’s Religious Freedom law.
- A National Geographic interview of Francis Collins on–of course–BioLogos.
- Fascinating article on Jeremy Lin at ESPN. In case you’re wondering, this is the ‘misc’ part of the reading list.