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While I too used to think Creationists believed that dinosaurs were killed in the Great Flood (ala the Irish Rover's song "Unicorn"), it turns out that's not how it works. As it was explained to me: since the proven existence of dinos mnust be reconciled with the Bible, and the only section of the Bible that even comes close to mentioning them is the story of Noah, then dinosaurs must have been on the ark. Their later extinction is -- seriously -- a subject of debate amongst the more scholarly Creationists.
Thanks for standing up against creationists attempting to have ancient tribal superstition taught as science in modern classrooms. Here in Texas, we have been somewhat successful in preventing public school science books from becoming religious texts, but the "intelligent design" folks are determined to change that. I hope you will continue to speak out on this issue despite the threats of hell & damnation you surely receive.
Loved the punchline to today's strip. Am now waiting to see the list of papers which have discontinued carrying it as a result.
About the creation: in your willfulness you err, I'm afraid, taking the part of the destroyer who rejoices in mocking at truth and in destruction of the innocent. Are you so sure you have understood what was written by holy prophets of God? Arrogance and mocking will reap the whirlwind, not peace and truth. Humility and prayer are used by the wise at heart. God bless you, Garry. Be wise.
Some month ago I bought the 40-year-anniversary volume only to find that this still wasn't anywhere near enough. So I started reading from the very beginning, whenever I have some time. The first ten years of Doonesbury only took me 10 months or so. I'll tell you when I'm through completely -- in two years or so. Thank you so much for this living history and all this wit.
Just want to let you know how offended I was by today's comic strip. I find it interesting that on the page for submitting BLOWBACK comments there is a note referring to "psycho flamers out to trash the culture by lowering the standards of social interaction." To me, you are a member of that category.
Thanks for the comic strip, and an “unbeliever’s” view of the bible (made me cringe a little, I must admit). Public school pounded evolution into my head for 12 years. I tried to believe it, I really did (the big bang, biopoesis, cross-species gene transfer, etc.) but God had other plans. How “foolish” I am (but it's OK). 1 Corinthians 1:25: For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength. 1 Corinthians 1:18: For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
You dish it out, let's see if you can take it -- or at least think about it! Do you know who Dr. Kenyon is? or Dr. Behe? Do you know who Dinesh D'Souza is? Please educate yourself and read their books. You obviously are ignorant of what DNA is, and what the definition of science is. What is your proof of evolution? How do you explain elastic tissue in dinosaur bone -- yes bone, not fossil, as was found by Dr. Horner and verified by multiple labs around the country. How do you explain billions of galaxies formed from nothing? Yes that is what evolution claims. How can matter create information? There is not a single example of where matter improves the genome, despite all sophisticated microscopes and studies by millions of scientists, and Dawkins (probably your hero) concurs with this. So how did the billions of changes occur that changed the DNA or RNA of a microbe to become that of Man?
There is a reason why evolution is still referred to as a theory. Adaptation within species is, at most, considered "micro-evolution" but is not evidence that one species is changing into another. If evolution were true, the fossil record would provide evidence in the form of transitory fossils; fossils that demonstrate small changes over time. These fossils do not exist. The late Stephen Jay Gould noticed this in the fossil record and, along with another gentleman, developed "punctuated equilibrium," which suggets that evolution occurred in small bursts and not gradually over-time. The problem with this theory is that there is no evidence to support it. For a scientist to say "We do not know how evolution works" is an implicit admission that they are taking "on faith" that evolution is valid. For someone to claim that they "know" that God does not exist is the equivalent of one claiming omniscience which, ironically, can only be attributed to God.
Congratulations on hitting a new low in falsifying what the Bible says and what science says. If I have a bone to pick with somebody, I deal with the issues as they are. But in today's strip, you have fabricated idiotic fiction out of whole cloth that bears no relationship to anything.
In today's strip I appreciated Mr. Stiller's use of the word "entitled." Very subtle and funny. As a Kentucky parent of high schoolers, I can say this is satirical, but not fictional.
GBT's Louisiana high school biology class strip was brilliant. With just a few well-chosen strokes of the pen, he punctures the absurdity of the "Creation Science" / "Teach the Controversy" movements and similar thinly-cloaked, Bible-based attacks on science. This strip should be required reading for students in all such benighted jurisdictions who are forced to waste their time on such claptrap.
I find it appalling that you mock Christianity and creation in your comic strip. Whether it is your belief or not that the world was created by God, your mocking of creation was tacky and downright rude. I feel sorry for you and your narrow-minded opinion.
After all these years, we finally get a funny Doonesbury. Today's strip was hilarious. The line "the evidence massively supports a theory of evolution" was pretty funny. I mean, what logical person would actually believe that Everything evolved from Nothing? It's not possible. At least with a deity, there is a possibility of it happening. The "theory" of evolution is as crazy as the Big Bang "theory." There was nothing and then Bang there was something. Sure, if you say so. Keep that comedy coming.
I think today’s strip does a great job of showing a serious problem in our education system. Several semesters ago I was fortunate to have a science class with a teacher who presented a fairly unbiased explanation of the arguments from the fields of mathematics and biology for intelligent design. He also presented some common counter-arguments. The teacher explained what criteria a theory must meet to be considered a scientific theory and let us decide for ourselves whether intelligent design theory is scientific or not. It was a great learning experience, and I’m so sad to see that, as the strip illustrates, many children are not getting the chance to learn what I learned.
I taught physics and chemistry in a high school, and am of the Southern Baptist persuasion. Darwin's theory of evolution is certainly a logical explanation of how we got here; Genesis Chapter One is certainly allegory. However, evolution can not be tested using the scientific method, and if you consider the cosmology behind the "Big Bang," there is always that question, "Well what was there before that?" Science will never come up with a statement as clear and ringing as "In the beginning there was a void on the face of the deep." In truth, no one can explain how the universe, or our humble species, came into being with any certainty.
You are misinformed. There is much scientific evidence supporting the creation model and the biblical scenario. Have you ever thought about how fossils came into being? It was not over thousands of years, but due to swift and complete covering, encapsulating the animal in earth. Otherwise it would be eaten by other animals or deteriorate rapidly back to dust within a few years. Fossils are most likely the result of rapid covering as in Noah's worldwide flood. There are many contradictions to the evolutionary model if you take the time to be informed.
In today's strip the teacher figure states that evolution is a proven fact in biology. This conclusion is not supported by a study of the facts. No one has ever seen, nor documented, a cat and dog mating to produce a "cog" or a "dat." A tabby and a lion can mate and produce a cougar, but they are all cats. Small, simple organisms are more complex than the HVAC system in the Pentagon. I used to believe evolution, as you, but then I studied to refute the bible believers. Surprisingly, the more I studied, the more I found that they were right. By the way, Noah did take dinosaurs on the ark.
Today's strip is great. So much said in so little space -- better than my own post on the Clergy Letter Project. Yes, I'm a Christian, a retired Lutheran pastor who can't believe this creationist/"intelligent design" nonsense still has credibility among the credulous.
I find it interesting that your teacher fails to point out in the "overwhelming scientific evidence" that it's his own religious belief that nothing exploded into everything, and given enough time anything can happen. Not to mention the fact that none of these scientists can explain how chemicals combined to form a living reproducing organism, nor can they explain how the Earth appears to be the only planet capable of supporting life out of the billions contemplated. Fortunately God believes in you even if you don't believe in Him.