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  • Storming Young-Earth Creationism ( is Genesis 1 the only text at issue?)

    05/10/2009 8:21:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 145 replies · 2,089+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | 4/30/2009 | Marcus R. Ross
    In The Bible, Rocks and Time (IVP Academic), geologists and Reformed Christians Davis Young and Ralph Stearley try to convince young-earth creationists (YECs) to abandon their position. First, they argue that the Creation account in Genesis 1 need not be understood as a historical narrative documenting the creation of the universe and its inhabitants in six normal (rotational) days. Second, they argue that the data from geology point unwaveringly to a planet of exceedingly ancient age. I particularly appreciated Young and Stearley's historical overview of church beliefs on Genesis and Creation. Their careful documentation puts to rest the claims of...
  • Chris Matthews Attacks Pence and Conservatives on Belief in Science (Rush)

    05/06/2009 3:56:09 PM PDT · by mnehring · 37 replies · 2,201+ views
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now, I got some sound bites here with Chris Matthews and Mike Pence last night.  I want to play these for you because it's very instructive about what the liberal media is attempting to do to Republicans: portray Republicans as anti-science; portray Republicans as not believing in evolution, only believe in creationism; blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.  I play this Matthews stuff for you because I don't think it's just Matthews.  Normally I won't give a hoot, but I think this is a template that the left has come up with and that they're going...
  • Student Wins Suit After Teacher Says Creationism 'Superstitious Nonsense'

    05/05/2009 10:26:46 AM PDT · by davidosborne · 57 replies · 2,076+ views
    FOXnews ^ | 04 May 2009 | AP
    SANTA ANA, Calif. — A federal judge ruled that a public high school history teacher violated the First Amendment when he called creationism "superstitious nonsense" during a classroom lecture.
  • Student Wins Suit After Teacher Says Creationism 'Superstitious Nonsense'

    05/04/2009 3:31:47 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 27 replies · 860+ views
    foxnews ^ | May 04, 2009
    SANTA ANA, Calif. — A federal judge has ruled that a history teacher at a Southern California public high school violated the First Amendment when he called creationism "superstitious nonsense" during a classroom lecture.
  • Creating an insult to intelligence (another misrepresentation of Intelligent Design)

    04/29/2009 7:56:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies · 738+ views
    The Spectator ^ | 4/29/2009 | Melanie Phillips
    Listening to the Today programme this morning, I was irritated once again by yet another misrepresentation of Intelligent Design as a form of Creationism. In an item on the growing popularity of Intelligent Design, John Humphrys interviewed Professor Ken Miller of Brown University in the US who spoke on the subject last evening at the Faraday Institute, Cambridge. Humphrys suggested that Intelligent Design might be considered a kind of middle ground between Darwinism and Creationism. Miller agreed but went further, saying that Intelligent Design was nothing more than an attempt to repackage good old-fashioned Creationism and make it more palatable....
  • The Multiverse Problem

    04/11/2009 9:31:41 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 13 replies · 1,047+ views
    Seed Magazine ^ | 3/30/09 | Nathan Schneider
    Is theoretical physics becoming the next battleground in the culture wars? Not according to some theologians and scientists.People have long sought after a theory of everything, even when they had nothing but their five senses as tools of measurement. In the 6th century BCE Thales asserted that all matter is made of water; Anaximenes responded that itÂ’s all air. Parmenides a century later concluded with exacting proofs that everything we see is an illusion and that reality really consists of a single, unchanging sphere. Today, scientists are once again looking beyond the pale of measurable time and space to answer...
  • Papal preacher says intelligent design is truth of faith, not science (Catholic Caucus)

    03/16/2009 12:17:08 PM PDT · by Coleus · 13 replies · 826+ views
    cns ^ | 03.13.09 | cindy wooden
    Affirming the reality of an intelligent design for the creation and development of the universe is not a scientific theory, but a statement of faith, said the preacher of the papal household. Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, offering a Lenten meditation to Pope Benedict XVI and top Vatican officials March 13, said the controversy that has arisen between scientists supporting evolution and religious believers promoting creationism or intelligent design is due mainly to a confusion between scientific theory and the truths of faith. The intelligent-design theory asserts that the development and evolution of life is such a hugely complex process that...
  • Do These Mysterious Stones Mark The Site Of The Garden Of Eden?

    02/27/2009 9:47:03 PM PST · by Steelfish · 122 replies · 4,668+ views
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | February 27, 2009
    Do these mysterious stones mark the site of the Garden of Eden? By TOM COX For the old Kurdish shepherd, it was just another burning hot day in the rolling plains of eastern Turkey. Following his flock over the arid hillsides, he passed the single mulberry tree, which the locals regarded as 'sacred'. The bells on his sheep tinkled in the stillness. Then he spotted something. Crouching down, he brushed away the dust, and exposed a strange, large, oblong stone. The man looked left and right: there were similar stone rectangles, peeping from the sands. Calling his dog to heel,...
  • 7 Major "Missing Links" Since Darwin

    03/01/2009 5:30:40 AM PST · by Salman · 195 replies · 5,128+ views
    National Geographic ^ | March 2009 | Zina Deretsky, National Science Foundation
    For the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth (February 12, 2009), National Geographic News asked leading scientists for their picks of the most important fossils that show evolution in action ...
  • Results from nationwide poll (Overwhelming support for teaching both sides of Evolution debate)

    02/19/2009 4:06:47 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 227 replies · 4,824+ views
    Zogby International ^ | February 3, 2009
    Narrative Summary 4. Would you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree that teachers and students should have the academic freedom to discuss both the strengths and weaknesses of evolution as a scientific theory? (Click excerpt link for responses) 5. Charles Darwin wrote that when considering the evidence for his theory of evolution, “…a fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question.” Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree with Darwin’s statement? (Click excerpt link for responses) 6. I am going...
  • The Transformation of a Young-Earth Creationist

    02/18/2009 3:30:46 PM PST · by DallasMike · 103 replies · 3,473+ views
    Science in Christian Perspective ^ | June 2000 | Glenn R. Morton
    I became a Christian in my sophomore year of college. The people who had led me to the Lord immediately began my discipleship. They taught me to evangelize and they taught me what they felt a Christian should believe. But most importantly they were a loving family of believers which was a welcome oasis for someone like me whose home life had been less than familial. Thus, when I was told that Christians must believe in a young-earth and a global flood, I went along willingly. I believed. Being a physics major in college I had not taken any geology...
  • Old-Earth Creationism: A Heretical Belief?

    02/17/2009 8:38:53 AM PST · by mnehring · 55 replies · 1,720+ views
    Ken Ham is an ardent young-earth creationist. As president of Answers in Genesis, he generates a steady stream of articles critiquing the old-earth view. Although I disagree with most of his assertions, I respect his right to express them. However, Ham’s article, “The god of an old earth,”1. crosses the line of amicable debate. By declaring “the god of an old earth cannot be the God of the Bible” and “the god of an old earth destroys the Gospel,” he is accusing old-earth creationists of heresy. Disagreements in the body of Christ are inevitable. And history has shown debate in...
  • The Sunset of Darwinism

    02/15/2009 12:19:49 PM PST · by GonzoII · 77 replies · 869+ views
    Tradition Family and Property ^ | Thursday, February 12 2009 | Julio Loredo
    The Sunset of Darwinism Written by Julio Loredo    Thursday, February 12 2009 Praised until recently as dogma, Darwin’s theory of evolution is now fading away, discredited by the same science that bore its poisoned fruit. Instead, the Christian vision of a supernatural design is being increasingly affirmed. “Evolution is now a datum proven beyond any reasonable doubt and no longer a theory, it’s not even worth taking the trouble to discuss it.” This is what a spokesman proclaimed at the Festival of Science held in Genoa in November 2005, thereby neglecting a very important aspect of modern science—the need...
  • Louisiana is reaping what it sowed — repercussions of the 2008 LA Science Education Act

    02/14/2009 4:10:48 PM PST · by EveningStar · 117 replies · 2,621+ views
    Louisiana Coalition for Science ^ | February 14, 2009 | Barbara Forrest
    The repercussions that were expected from the Louisiana legislature’s passage and Gov. Bobby Jindal’s signing of the creationist 2008 LA Science Education Act have begun. Louisiana taxpayers and schoolchildren are now reaping what the legislature and governor have sowed: the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, one of the nation’s leading scientific societies, is boycotting Louisiana.
  • Darwin at 200: A Liberator Like Lincoln

    02/12/2009 7:12:54 AM PST · by Ed Hudgins · 15 replies · 522+ views
    by Edward Hudgins February 12, 2009 -- Of the two famous men born on February 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln is the one known as a political liberator. But the other man, Charles Darwin, also deserves recognition on the bicentennial of his birth for his own form of Emancipation Proclamation. Darwin’s Origin of Species was published in 1859 and set forth the thesis that the various kinds of living organisms were not fixed and eternal but, rather, evolved from other, often less complex organisms over millions of years. In the century and a half that followed, this discovery has had a...
  • The Vatican claims Darwin's theory of evolution is compatible with Christianity

    02/11/2009 10:07:55 AM PST · by wafflehouse · 148 replies · 1,748+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 1:52PM GMT 11 Feb 2009 | Chris Irvine
    Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the Pontifical Council for Culture, said while the Church had been hostile to Darwin's theory in the past, the idea of evolution could be traced to St Augustine and St Thomas Aquinas. Father Giuseppe Tanzella-Nitti, Professor of Theology at the Pontifical Santa Croce University in Rome, added that 4th century theologian St Augustine had "never heard the term evolution, but knew that big fish eat smaller fish" and forms of life had been transformed "slowly over time". Aquinas made similar observations in the Middle Ages. ...
  • Vatican endorses Darwin, slights intelligent design - Creationism is a cultural phenomenon ...

    02/11/2009 10:04:53 AM PST · by js1138 · 64 replies · 3,091+ views
    The Register ^ | 11th February 2009 13:02 GMT | Joe Fay
    The Vatican gave the Creationist lobby a left right sign of the cross today, announcing it would stage a conference on Darwinism next month and declaring that it was one of the Fathers of the Church that thought up the idea in the first place. At one point the conference at the Pontifical Gregorian University wasn't going to give Creationism or Intelligent Design a hearing at all. But apparently the organisers have relented, and will consider Intelligent Design as a "cultural phenomenon" rather than as a valid scientific theory, giving US-based IDers the chance to be smirked at by a...
  • The Appropriate Place for Religion in the Intelligent Design Debate

    02/07/2009 8:14:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 464+ views
    Awaken Generation ^ | December 19, 2008 | Ron Carlson
    This past weekend I was speaking on the Intelligent Design vs. Evolution debate. After my lecture a student approached me and asked, “Mr. Carlson, when I tried to defend Intelligent Design in my public school science class, my teacher asked me, ‘which version of Intelligent Design are you talking about? Christian? Native American? Hindu?’ He went on to say to me, ‘If you want to talk about Intelligent Design, you can’t avoid having to give equal time to everybody’s story of creation. This is why it’s best to leave religion out of the science classes.’ Well, I didn’t know how...
  • Texas Governor Perry Reappoints Creationist As Head of Education

    02/07/2009 10:04:30 AM PST · by EveningStar · 59 replies · 1,403+ views
    Little Green Footballs ^ | February 6, 2009 | Charles Johnson
    ...Apparently, in Texas you can be astoundingly dishonest and advocate teaching pseudo-science to children, and still be reappointed to a job you’re not remotely qualified to hold...
  • Charles Darwin, Abolitionist

    02/01/2009 2:48:48 PM PST · by EveningStar · 30 replies · 1,128+ views
    The New York Times ^ | January 29, 2009 | Christopher Benfey
    ...Two arresting new books, timed to co­incide with Darwin’s 200th birthday, make the case that his epochal achievement in Victorian England can best be under­stood in relation to events — involving neither tortoises nor finches — on the other side of the Atlantic. Both books confront the touchy subject of Darwin and race head on; both conclude that Darwin, despite the pernicious spread of “social Darwinism” (the notion, popularized by Herbert Spencer, that human society progresses through the “survival of the fittest”), was no racist...
  • Half of Britons do not believe in evolution, survey finds

    02/01/2009 5:11:28 PM PST · by Baladas · 46 replies · 1,127+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 1 February 2009 | Riazat Butt
    Half of British adults do not believe in evolution, with at least 22% preferring the theories of creationism or intelligent design to explain how the world came about, according to a survey. The poll found that 25% of Britons believe Charles Darwin's theory of evolution is "definitely true", with another quarter saying it is "probably true". Half of the 2,060 people questioned were either strongly opposed to the theory or confused about it. The Rescuing Darwin survey, published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of ­Species,...
  • Discovery Institute in JPost: Darwin Led to Hitler

    01/30/2009 12:41:12 PM PST · by EveningStar · 70 replies · 1,594+ views
    Little Green Footballs ^ | January 30, 2009 | Charles Johnson?
    David Klinghoffer of the anti-evolution Discovery Institute has an opinion column in the Jerusalem Post, attacking Jewish groups like the ADL for protesting against Pope Benedict’s reinstatement of Holocaust-denying Bishop Richard Williamson. Klinghoffer calls it “whining:” The wages of whining. But the real purpose of Klinghoffer’s column is to attempt to redirect Jewish anger toward the Discovery Institute’s main target: the theory of evolution... But Klinghoffer’s false equivalence is even more thoroughly destroyed by the fact that the Nazis banned Darwin’s books:...
  • God And Mr. Darwin

    01/28/2009 4:37:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies · 573+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | January 28, 2009 | Bill Murchison
    As Charles Darwin's 200th birthday (Feb. 12) looms, evidence mounts: No way is all the furor over the teaching of evolution going to disappear, or even abate. Not in our own time, brothers and sisters. A Gallup Poll of June 2007 found Americans equally divided as to whether they believe or disbelieve Darwin's theory of evolution. Just a month ago, another poll showed belief in the devil running stronger among Americans than belief in the teachings of Darwin, who, to some opponents, is himself a sulfurous figure in red tights. Then there's the foofaraw over the Texas state education board's...
  • Tuatara fossil props up Moa's Ark theory for NZ animal live

    01/21/2009 2:23:18 AM PST · by DieHard the Hunter · 8 replies · 778+ views
    TV3 (New Zealand) ^ | Wed, Jan 21 2009 21h09 | NZPA
    Tuatara fossil props up Moa's Ark theory for NZ animal life Wed, 21 Jan 2009 9:09p.m. The discovery of a tuatara fossil in the South Island is helping prop up the "Moa's Ark" theory that some parts of New Zealand have always stayed above the sea surface. Scientists said the fossil provided strong evidence that the ancestor of the present-day tuatara covered the Zealandia landmass as it split from Gondwana, 82 million years ago.
  • Review: “The Language of God” (Geneticist makes case that rationality, belief can coexist)

    01/13/2009 6:20:49 PM PST · by mnehring · 2 replies · 287+ views
    I ran across "The Language of God" at the library a couple of weeks ago, and snatched it up. I had read brief interviews with the author, Dr. Francis S. Collins of the Human Genome Project, and I was curious. He is a world-renowned geneticist who is unabashedly Christian, so I figured Collins would have an interesting perspective on pretty much everything. I was right. "The Language of God" is a very engaging book, well written and thoughtful. It's a couple of years old, but it weighs in on some topics mentioned in this column and in the resulting online...
  • Creationism Makes Its Mark

    01/07/2009 6:00:18 PM PST · by Inappropriate Laughter · 313 replies · 3,472+ views
    religion dispatches ^ | January 6, 2008 | Lauri Lebo
    When their son Zachary came home from science class with a cross burned on his forearm It was not the religion that bothered his parents, but the injury to their child. They sued, and brought science v. creationism back into the courts for another round. Teacher John Freshwater and the brand on the arm of his student It was a little over three years ago, on December 20, 2005, that Judge John E. Jones III issued his ruling in Kitzmiller v. Dover that intelligent design was not science, but merely repackaged creationism—and that it had no business in biology class.The...
  • Good news and bad news for Expelled

    01/01/2009 10:56:30 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 79 replies · 1,426+ views
    As 2008 drew to a close, the good news for the producers of Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed was that their creationist propaganda movie was getting a bit of press again. The bad news is that it was in the lists of the worst movies of 2008. The Onion's A.V. Club (December 16, 2008), was quickest out of the gate, commenting, "There are terrible movies, and then there are terrible movies that cause harm to society by feeding into its ignorance. Nathan Frankowski's odious anti-evolution documentary belongs in the latter category. ... Few moments in cinema in 2008 were as shameless...
  • Richard Dawkins and Steve Jones give their views on creationism teaching poll

    12/26/2008 1:44:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 213 replies · 2,214+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Dec 23, 2008
    Steve Jones I find this very depressing. Do those teachers believe that they should also teach the possibility that water is H3O, that Bacon wrote Shakespeare and that babies are brought by storks? The logic is exactly the same: and there is just as little, or as much, scientific controversy about the idea of evolution as there is about those of physics and chemistry. Next year is, of course, Darwin Year – the 200th anniversary of his birth and 150th anniversary of publication On The Origin of Species). It is my profound hope (likely to be disappointed) that teachers and...
  • Would you Adam and Eve it? Quarter of science teachers would teach creationism

    12/23/2008 2:38:26 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 66 replies · 979+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 23 December 2008 | James Randerson
    More than a quarter of science teachers in state schools believe that creationism should be taught alongside evolution in science lessons, according to a national poll of primary and secondary teachers. The Ipsos/Mori poll of 923 primary and secondary teachers found that 29% of science specialists agreed with the statement: "Alongside the theory of evolution and the Big Bang theory, creationism should be TAUGHT in science lessons" Some 65% of science specialists disagreed with the statement. When asked if creationism should be "discussed" alongside evolution and the Big Bang 73% of science specialists agreed. That such a large minority of...
  • What's the Matter With Rick Warren?

    12/20/2008 5:56:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies · 1,712+ views
    The Nation ^ | December 17, 2008 | Sarah Posner
    Now it has officially gone too far: Democrats, in their zeal to appear friendly to evangelical voters, have chosen celebrity preacher and best-selling author Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at Barack Obama's inauguration. There was no doubt that Obama, like every president before him, would pick a Christian minister to perform this sacred duty. But Obama had thousands of clergy to choose from, and the choice of Warren is not only a slap in the face to progressive ministers toiling on the front lines of advocacy and service but a bow to the continuing influence of the religious right...
  • The Latest Face of Creationism in the Classroom

    12/17/2008 2:00:19 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 14 replies · 1,038+ views
    Scientific American ^ | December 16, 2008 | Glenn Branch and Eugenie C. Scott
    Professors routinely give advice to students but usually while their charges are still in school. Arthur Landy, a distinguished professor of molecular and cell biology and biochemistry at Brown University, recently decided, however, that he had to remind a former premed student of his that “without evolution, modern biology, including medicine and biotechnology, wouldn’t make sense.” The sentiment was not original with Landy, of course. Thirty-six years ago geneticist Theodosius Dobzhansky, a major contributor to the foundations of modern evolutionary theory, famously told the readers of The American Biology Teacher that “nothing in biology makes sense, except in the light...
  • Muslim Scientists Prepare for Battle With Creationists

    12/12/2008 7:32:32 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 10 replies · 542+ views
    Fox News ^ | December 12, 2008 | Robin Lloyd
    The next major battle over evolutionary theory is likely to occur not in the United States but in the Islamic world or in countries with large Muslim populations because of rising levels of education and Internet access there, as well as the rising importance of biology, a scientist now says. As with Christians and Jews, there is no consensus or "official" opinion on evolution among Muslims. However, some of them say that the theory is a cultural threat that acts as a force in favor of atheism, says Hampshire College’s Salman Hameed in an essay in the Dec. 12 issue...
  • Dinesh D'Souza: When Science Points To God

    11/24/2008 12:56:31 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 216 replies · 3,474+ views
    Townhall ^ | November 24, 2008 | Dinesh D'Souza
    Contemporary atheism marches behind the banner of science. It is perhaps no surprise that several leading atheists—from biologist Richard Dawkins to cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker to physicist Victor Stenger—are also leading scientists. The central argument of these scientific atheists is that modern science has refuted traditional religious conceptions of a divine creator. But of late atheism seems to be losing its scientific confidence. One sign of this is the public advertisements that are appearing in billboards from London to Washington DC. Dawkins helped pay for a London campaign to put signs on city buses saying, “There’s probably no God. Now...
  • Atheopathy vs Science: Refuting New Scientist’s agitprop about evolution (Darwin-Hitler connection)

    11/19/2008 9:26:10 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 37 replies · 996+ views
    CMI ^ | November 19, 2008 | Jonathan Sarfati
    Ed. Note: this is the first instalment of a detailed critique of a major New Scientist anti-creationist diatribe. This one deals with a substantial section in the article, which tries to downplay the Nazi reliance on Darwinian theories, and instead tries to smear Christianity as a cause of the Holocaust...
  • One in three teachers says teach creationism alongside evolution (In the UK)

    11/16/2008 10:37:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 141 replies · 922+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | Nov 16,2008 | Martin Beckford
    One in three teachers believes schoolchildren should be taught that creationism is just as valid as evolution, according to a survey. The poll also disclosed that pupils in almost a third of schools already learn about the controversial divine explanation of the universe, with even science teachers thinking it has a place in classrooms. Almost all of those questioned by Teachers TV, a satellite television channel, agreed that children with strong religious beliefs would feel excluded from science lessons if their views were ignored. The findings support the views of the Rev Professor Michael Reiss, who lost his job as...
  • Former Freshwater students testify (goofy teacher who branded children with a cross)

    11/01/2008 11:23:15 AM PDT · by Soliton · 9 replies · 521+ views
    Mount Vernon News ^ | November 1, 2008 | Pamela Schehl
    Dinosaurs, dragons and Darwin were discussed Friday during the contract termination hearing of suspended Mount Vernon Middle School science teacher John Freshwater. David Millstone, attorney for the Mount Vernon school board, introduced several handouts allegedly distributed by Freshwater in class. Former Freshwater students Simon Souhrada and Kate Button testified the dinosaur handout implied that humans and dinosaurs probably coexisted, contradicting the generally accepted theory of evolution. Button said Freshwater told her class there was new evidence that dinosaurs probably were around when people were, because of the global incidence of legends of dragons. Both students also alleged Freshwater indirectly made...
  • Second student says science teacher burned his arm

    10/31/2008 3:45:24 PM PDT · by Soliton · 43 replies · 680+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | October 31, 2008 | Dean Narciso
    A second Mount Vernon student said his 8th grade science teacher burned a cross on his arm with an electrical device, but that he didn't tell his parents or complain about the incident. And two school teachers, one of whom spent most of last year in Freshwater's class, described being uncomfortable with what he was teaching. Simon Souhrada, 17, said Freshwater used a high-voltage static electricity device to burn a cross on his arm four years ago. But, he testified, "it never even registered with me as being anything, really." Simon, now a junior at Mount Vernon High School, said...
  • Pope opens conference on creation

    10/31/2008 3:38:00 PM PDT · by Soliton · 3 replies · 293+ views
    VATICAN CITY, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Pope Benedict XVI cited Galileo as a scientist of deep religious faith as he opened a conference on creation Friday at the Vatican. In his address at the Pontifical Academy of Science, the pope said that scientific findings on the origins of the universe are compatible with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, the Italian news agency ANSA reported. ''Saying that the foundation of the cosmos and its developments are the fruit of the creator is not saying that creation is only about the beginning of the history of the world and of...
  • Religion in disguise

    10/30/2008 4:27:34 PM PDT · by Soliton · 15 replies · 381+ views
    The Vancouver Sun ^ | October 29, 2008
    The religion that is afraid of science dishonors God and commits suicide. - Ralph Waldo Emerson Given the often amicable relationship between science and religion throughout the history of Islam and Christianity, the current hostilities, centred around creationism and evolution, seem something of a historical anomaly. And many commentators suggest that they are also a geographical anomaly, in that the promotion of creationism and intelligent design is restricted to Islamic countries and the United States. But the latter suggestion is not quite true. While creationism and ID enjoy more "official" support in Islamic countries than anywhere else, and while the...
  • Second student steps forward at hearing (Creationist teacher who "branded" kids with a cross)

    10/30/2008 11:14:40 AM PDT · by Soliton · 124 replies · 2,428+ views
    Mount Vernon News ^ | October 30, 2008 | Pamela Schehl
    Another student came forward during Wednesday’s session of the contract termination hearing for John Freshwater. The student, now a senior at Mount Vernon High School, testified at the end of the day’s proceedings. Upon questioning by David Millstone, the school board’s attorney, the student said he had Freshwater as his eighth-grade science teacher and learned, among other things, about electricity and evolution in Freshwater’s class. Regarding evolution, the student, who asked that his name not be revealed, said Freshwater taught that the earth may only be several thousand years old rather than the billions suggested by the theory of evolution...
  • Lebo's front-row seat at modern 'monkey' trial

    10/30/2008 7:25:08 AM PDT · by Soliton · 2 replies · 258+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 30, 2008 | Nanette Asimov
    The Board of Education in tiny Dover, Pa., earned a dubious distinction in 2004, becoming the first public district to require teachers to introduce religion while casting doubt on evolution. Although Christianity is serious business in Dover, the idea of supplanting science with religion angered many parents. So, in 2005 - with the ACLU and the National Center for Science Education in Oakland - some parents sued to stop the religious requirement. The epic First Amendment case was Kitzmiller vs. Dover Area School District. One reporter covering the case was Lauri Lebo, who grew up near the town of about...
  • Creationism and evolution debated

    10/28/2008 4:11:13 PM PDT · by Soliton · 40 replies · 537+ views
    the Gainesville Sun ^ | October 28, 2008 | Nathan Crabbe
    A flaw in intelligent design is the question of who designed the designer, he said. He said the fossil record shows a period of billions of years before the evolution of humans. "There's nothing creative in terms of a spark of creation or an overnight Genesis event," he said. Jacoby said that like the nine months it takes for someone to be born, God works in sometimes lengthy scientific processes. "What was God doing for 3.5 billion years?" he said. "God takes his sweet time." Shermer said it was a "cosmic accident" that human life developed on the planet. Vestigial...
  • Coupling of science and religion

    10/28/2008 3:51:18 AM PDT · by Soliton · 3 replies · 254+ views
    Vancouver Sun ^ | October 28, 2008 | Peter McKnight
    In May 2008, Bloomsbury auctions announced the sale of a letter by Albert Einstein, in which the famed physicist railed against religious beliefs as "childish superstitions . . . the expression and product of human weaknesses." The letter was something of a curiosity, not because it suggested Einstein harboured a certain hostility toward religion, but because the sentiments it expressed seemed markedly at odds with Einstein's much friendlier public pronouncements about religion, including an exceptionally famous quote about the relationship between science and religion: "Religion without science is lame; science without religion is blind." Since Einstein's letter was a private...
  • UCF Speakers Series Tackles Evolution Versus Creationism for Darwin's Anniversary

    10/24/2008 4:39:57 PM PDT · by Soliton · 15 replies · 502+ views
    USF Newsroom ^ | Oct. 24, 2008 | Zenaida Gonzalez Kotala
    Eugenie Scott, a national expert on the teaching of evolution, will speak at the University of Central Florida on Monday, Nov. 3. Scott, the executive director of the National Center for Science Education, will discuss “Florida’s Academic Freedom Bills: Creationism du jour?” at 7:30 pm in room 101 of the College of Sciences building. Her presentation is free and open to the public. Scott and the NCSE are among the biggest opponents of intelligent design being taught in science classrooms. She has written several books, including “Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design is Wrong for Our Schools.” She also...
  • Tiny Juvenile Dinosaur Fossil Sheds Light On Evolution Of Plant Eaters

    10/24/2008 11:31:18 AM PDT · by Soliton · 12 replies · 428+ views
    Science Daily ^ | Oct. 24, 2008
    One of the smallest dinosaur skulls ever discovered has been identified and described by a team of scientists from London, Cambridge and Chicago. The skull would have been only 45 millimeters (less than two inches) in length. It belonged to a very young Heterodontosaurus, an early dinosaur. This juvenile weighed about 200 grams, less than two sticks of butter.
  • Board's actions could put students at a disadvantage

    10/23/2008 6:26:50 AM PDT · by Soliton · 15 replies · 263+ views
    Chron.com ^ | Oct. 22, 2008 | ALAN I. LESHNER
    It appears, however, that some members of the State Board of Education are working on a different agenda. Last week, they appointed three anti-evolution activists, including a leader of the "intelligent design" religious campaign, to a six-member panel that will review proposed new science curriculum standards. The new standards will shape how science education is taught in Texas for the next decade, and it would be a terrible mistake to water down the teaching of evolution in any way. Given the concerns about the state's future work force, the appointments are a troubling signal. At a time when most educators...
  • Creationists declare war over the brain

    10/22/2008 3:18:08 PM PDT · by Soliton · 80 replies · 1,084+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 22 October 2008 | Amanda Gefter
    "YOU cannot overestimate," thundered psychiatrist Jeffrey Schwartz, "how threatened the scientific establishment is by the fact that it now looks like the materialist paradigm is genuinely breaking down. You're gonna hear a lot in the next calendar year about... how Darwin's explanation of how human intelligence arose is the only scientific way of doing it... I'm asking us as a world community to go out there and tell the scientific establishment, enough is enough! Materialism needs to start fading away and non-materialist causation needs to be understood as part of natural reality." His enthusiasm was met with much applause from...
  • Professor's views test Darwinian evolution theory

    10/22/2008 8:46:13 AM PDT · by Soliton · 12 replies · 498+ views
    The Lariat ^ | Oct. 22, 2008 | Amanda Ochoa
    Dembski was introduced to the audience by an officer of the aspiring chapter of the American Scientific Affiliation, junior Sam Chen, who said Dembski's research as "absolutely phenomenal." Although, after Dembski's lecture, some audience members seemed in disagreement with his intelligent design theory. But Dembski is no stranger to confrontation. The mainstream science community rejects Dembski's work and research based upon his ideas of intelligent design. "The idea of gathering information explaining the conventional evolutionary mechanisms are at both ends of the spectrum," said Dembski. "It's either real science or magic, both create confrontational context." According to the U.S. National...
  • The Christian Man's Evolution: How Darwinism and Faith Can Coexist

    10/21/2008 8:28:11 PM PDT · by Soliton · 87 replies · 877+ views
    Scientific American ^ | Sally Lehrman
    Francisco J. Ayala pulls open the top drawer of a black cabinet and flips through nearly a dozen files, all neatly titled by publication and due date. These are the essays on evolution he has been churning out over the past six to eight weeks for popular books and magazines. “Hack jobs,” he calls them with a smile, bragging that each one takes only a day or two to complete. After some 30 years of proselytizing about evolution to Christian believers, the esteemed evolutionary biologist at the University of California, Irvine, has honed his arguments to a fine point. He...
  • BERKELEY: Jefferson Teacher in Creationism Controversy Resigns

    10/20/2008 10:21:15 AM PDT · by SmithL · 56 replies · 674+ views
    Berkeley Daily Planet ^ | 10/20/8 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    A Jefferson Elementary School third-grade teacher has resigned following allegations that she might have violated the separation of church and state by teaching creationism to her third-grade class, district officials said Friday. District Superintendent Bill Huyett confirmed that Jefferson teacher Gwen Martin—who joined the school over summer and has been on personal leave since the last week of September—resigned but declined to comment on the outcome of the investigation regarding her alleged conduct in class explaining that it was a personnel matter. “She [Martin] resigned a little bit ago,” he said. “I can’t comment on that [investigation].” Parents of children...