GOE’s most-read stories of 2014

Fireworks over Paris, France (photo by Magnus Manske, via Wikimedia Commons).

January 1, 2015

Happy New Year, dear readers! We hope this post finds you bright-eyed and clear-headed this Jan. 1 morning, ready to tackle the new year head on and make all of your dreams come true. But, if you happen to be feeling a little under the weather today, for some inexplicable reason, then by all means, read on. For I am offering Tyler Francke’s Patented, Sure-Fire Hangover Cure™: a long list of numbers and website links.

This year, No. 2, was a good one for our little blog. We made a splash with our interview on the Bad Christian podcast, got on Ken Ham’s bad side again (though, evidently, not enough to get him to actually talk to us in a forum in which we can respond and dialogue with one another), and got mentioned in several major publications, including being named one of Portland Monthly’s “100 Reasons to Love Portland.”

Numbers-wise, we registered nearly 300,000 views last year, a pretty darn respectable number for a one-man show like this, and nearly triple our traffic for the previous year (though, to be fair, GOE didn’t officially launch until April of 2013). Though we’re well aware that many blogs could claim far more, we think that number is pretty significant, because every view represents a small step forward for the perspective we support and share with many others: That there is absolutely no conflict between honest science, passionate faith and good theology, and anyone who says otherwise is simply wrong (and probably trying to sell you something). Read on

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    What the muck? Evolution again in World Magazine’s crosshairs

    November 19, 2014

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    I still remember my high school history teacher, Mrs. Gibson, and her unit on the muckrakers — a term initially intended perjoratively but later worn with pride, used to describe reform-minded journalists whose in-depth investigative reporting throughout history has exposed all manner of societal ills, corruption and abuses of power.

    It was what made me want to become a journalist myself. And though the daily realities of both community and top-level journalism have dulled the romantic ideals I once held, I’m still keenly interested in the few remaining investigative journalists out there who just might have made their muckraking predecessors proud.

    I was surprised, then, and not altogether pleased to see a recent story in The New York Times, “A Muckraking Magazine Creates a Stir Among Evangelical Christians.” The “muckraking magazine” in question is World, an evangelical news outlet that — while it admittedly does more actual journalism than just about any other explicitly Christian organization I’ve ever seen (not that that’s saying a lot) — bothers me because it and its editorial staff has a serious, majorly huge and rather obvious chip on their shoulder when it comes to the subject of evolution. Read on

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    ‘Ken Ham and his followers lead more people away from Jesus than any atheists I know of’

    November 7, 2014

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    There was a comment posted on our Facebook page this morning that was so insightful, and so in keeping with yesterday’s article, that I wanted to make sure all of you had a chance to see it.

    Here it is (with some bold font for emphasis added by me, since Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook apparently don’t know what bold font is):

    All I keep hearing from the Ham-Camp is that our kids are becoming atheists due to evolution. NOT SO!!! Kids turn away from their faith when they are forced to choose between evolution or Ham’s theory of faith. It’s ridiculous!

    I grew up believing evolution and that God had chosen this method for life. It never once conflicted with my faith. Then my husband and I attended an AIG church that had me shaking in my boots that I had somehow missed something so huge and was probably never even a believer because of it. I’m so glad we are away from that.
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  • The author of "The End of Faith" has got nothing on Ken Ham (photo via Wikimedia Commons).

    What Ken Ham doesn’t want you to know about his “gospel”

    November 5, 2014

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    As you know, Ken Ham loves to respond to people.

    Of course, when I say “respond,” I mean “pull a few quotes out of context as an opportunity to trot out the same two or three tired arguments he has been using for years.” Which is sort of like calling the pre-recorded catchphrases of a Chatty Cathy doll a “response” simply because they occur as the result of human activity (in the case of Chatty Cathy, the pulling of a string; in Ham’s case, the public expression of any opinion with which he disagrees).

    And when I say “people,” I mean “anyone to whom Ham is philosophically opposed, but particularly scientists, atheists, agnostics, Catholics, writers and Christians who have the audacity to follow the lead of most all legitimate theologians and Bible scholars in reading Genesis as theology and metaphor rather than literal history.”

    Yeah. Ken Ham has a lot of enemies. Read on