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).
Our 10 most-read stories are largely what you would expect. The Ham-Nye debate was prominent, as was our favorite creationism flash in the pan of 2014, Joshua Feuerstein. Without further ado, here’s the run-down:
1. Why Bill Nye’s debate with young-earth creationist Ken Ham is probably a mistake | Published Jan. 2, 2014
2. Theory of evolution disproven by video posted on Facebook | Published June 6, 2014
3. The best memes from the Bill Nye-Ken Ham debate | Published Feb. 6, 2014
4. Review: ‘God’s Not Dead’ (because we made a movie about him) | Published March 24, 2014
5. A meme about Mr. “Dear Mr. Atheist” Joshua Feuerstein | Published June 13, 2014
6. #HamonNye debate: Bill Nye won, and Ken Ham made Jesus look bad | Published Feb. 5, 2014
7. Ken Ham tells the truth | Published Oct. 17, 2014
8. Sorry Christians, but we don’t get to just ‘not believe in’ evolution | Published Feb. 20, 2014
9. How Ken Ham and Answers in Genesis could prove that they’re right (and why they won’t do it) | Published July 16, 2014
10. How the flap over Gungor shows everything that’s wrong with Ken Ham’s theology | Published Aug. 12, 2014
While your head clears, also take a moment and check out Karl Giberson’s excellent write-up in The Daily Beast, looking back at 2014’s top “achievers” and “achievements” in science denialism (how he managed to trim the list to only 10, I’ll never understand).
Though the review covers more than the evolution-creationism debate, our friends at Answers in Genesis, Discovery Institute and World magazine did claim the top three spots. A hearty congratulations to those guys. Very well deserved!
We wish you and your family a very happy and safe holiday, and look forward to another wonderful and productive year for God of Evolution.