This Non-Religious Life Episode 76: Of Protozoa and People

This Non-Religious Life Episode 76: Of Protozoa and People


This week we take a look at some of the recent happenings in the Catholic Church’s attempts to gather followers by moving into the digital age. Just last week the Vatican announced that anyone who followed the Pope’s Twitter account (@Pontifex) would receive one week’s indulgence, i.e. a week less time spent in Purgatory. We toss around the idea of indulgences, their past abuses and of course, their scriptural basis.

The main portion of our show is the continued discourse with our listener, Mr. Aaron pertaining to Intelligent Design. We talk micro vs. macro evolution, biological advantages in relation to natural selection, and of course the entire process of single hydrogen atoms becoming human beings… and all in 30 minutes, no less! Check it out and let us know what you think!

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  • Aaron Kren6

    July 24, 2013

    Hey guys – its too bad you couldn’t use any of my audio – because my points were hardly represented in your discussion. I didn’t make any arguments about tornadoes blowing through junk yards, or monkeys on typewriters, or dogs giving birth to cats. My comments seemed more like a springboard to talking about whatever came to mind. I understand that many of my points were a little technical, and might not be audience appropriate – but instead of discussing the dirty details, you jumped right to the conclusion that all arguments for irreducible complexity have been debunked. I don’t think they have – and I think there was a little confusion in what I was arguing for. For one point of clarification, it was an evolutionary biologist who said that if you seeded a planet with redwood trees, they would eventually evolve into squid (directly – not via common decent). That wasn’t my misunderstanding of evolutionary theory. That is a biologists actual confession of faith in evolution. My point was that you could come up with a scenario of how that might happen – but good scenarios aren’t equivalent to good science.

    I’ll send you a more thorough reply directly.

    If anyone is interested, here is a link to my full audio comments:

    Also, if anyone is interested, I am in the middle of debating some of these flagellum related topics on a talkorigins discussion group. I interacted a bit with the editor of the flagellum page, and he agreed that at least one of the errors I pointed out needed correcting. The long discussion can be found here:!topic/


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