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  • Defenders of the Faith: Scientists who blast religion are hurting their own cause

    07/21/2009 2:09:21 AM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 12 replies · 755+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Jul 14, 2009 | Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum
    As soon as Francis Collins, an evangelical Christian geneticist who headed up the pioneering Human Genome Project during the 1990s, was floated as the possible new director of the National Institutes of Health—he was officially named to the post on Wednesday—the criticisms began flying. Evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne of the University of Chicago, for one, said Collins is too public with his faith. Collins wrote a book called The Language of God, frequently talks about his religious conversion during medical school, and recently launched the BioLogos Foundation, which declares, "We believe that faith and science both lead to truth about...
  • Atheism, for Good Reason, Fears Questions (Temple of Darwin atheists at war with theistic evos?)

    06/20/2009 6:18:21 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 143 replies · 2,633+ views
    Discovery Institute ^ | June 19, 2009 | Dr. Michael Egnor
    Atheism, for Good Reason, Fears Questions --snip-- That theists and open-minded agnostics and atheists on the pro-Darwinist side of this debate are finally engaging the same fundamentalist atheist dogma that intelligent design proponents have engaged for several decades is a good sign. Fundamentalist atheists are of course fighting back ferociously, because they understand, as perhaps the accomodationists don’t, the profound implications of an understanding of the natural world that is not causally closed. Teleology is obvious in nature. Atheists and materialists intrinsically deny the reality of teleology-- Aristotelian final causation-- in nature, yet nothing in the natural world can be...
  • Darwin-Only Advisors Hunker Down to Re-Strategize

    06/13/2009 9:29:28 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 266 replies · 3,060+ views
    CEH ^ | June 12, 2009
    Darwin-Only Advisors Hunker Down to Re-Strategize June 12, 2009 — Strict Darwinian materialists are a minority in the United States, yet they enjoy autocracy in educational policy, complete control of scientific institutions, and nearly complete unquestioned support from the mainstream media. Nevertheless, they have to face living in a country that is predominantly religious. Once in awhile they suffer setbacks, like the recent changes in textbook policy in Texas that will require more scrutiny of the claims of evolution. What do they say amongst themselves when strategizing how to handle the public?...
  • What 'Ida' give for a missing link

    06/09/2009 9:22:31 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 7 replies · 605+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 8, 2009 | Casey Luskin
    Opinion What 'Ida' give for a missing link By: Casey Luskin, OpEd Contributor 6/8/08 As a follower of the evolution debate, I love it when new “missing links” are found. Not only does the media plunge headfirst into a crusade for Darwin, but suspiciously, it is only after unveiling the breakthrough that evolutionary biologists admit how precious little evidence they previously held for the evolutionary transition in question. Take the recent media coverage of a fossil primate named “Ida,” hailed as the “eighth wonder of the world,” whose “impact on the world of palaeontology” is being compared to “an asteroid...
  • Ancient Antarctic Mountains Found Under Miles of Ice

    06/06/2009 6:10:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 56 replies · 2,202+ views
    AFP ^ | June 3, 2009 | NA
    Millions of years ago, rivers ran in Antarctica through craggy mountain valleys that were strangely similar to the modern European Alps, Chinese and British scientists reported on Wednesday. In a study published by the British journal Nature, the scientists described a vast terrain that had been hidden beneath ice up to two miles thick for eons, until new imaging technology recently uncovered them. "The landscape has probably been preserved beneath the ice sheet for around 14 million years," the paper said. The imaging revealed "classic Alpine topography" similar to Europe's Alps, showing that rivers had once existed on Antarctica and...
  • When and Why Anti-Darwinism First Arose

    06/03/2009 8:22:21 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 78 replies · 1,841+ views
    Discovery Institute ^ | June 2, 2009 | David Klinghoffer
    When and Why Anti-Darwinism First Arose I'm a big fan of Rod Dreher. His Crunchy Con blog rarely fails to enlighten me, so I've been looking forward to his reflections on faith and science, generated by his current visit to Cambridge University as a Cambridge-Templeton fellow. Rod blogged today in response to a lecture and discussion in which evolution came up. He writes that "Darwinism wasn't initially opposed by Christians" and credits William Jennings Bryan with rallying the faithful against evolution. This is worth some further elaboration. How soon did opposition to Darwinism develop? Among whom, and why?...
  • Volcanic shutdown may have led to 'snowball Earth'

    05/10/2009 6:46:26 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies · 1,074+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 09 May 2009 | David Shiga
    A 250-million-year shutdown of volcanic activity which is thought to have occurred early in Earth's history may be what turned the planet into a glacier-covered snowball. It could also have helped give rise to our oxygen-rich atmosphere. Previous studies have noted that very little volcanic material has been dated to between 2.45 and 2.2 billion years ago, but it was widely assumed the gap would vanish as more samples were dated. Now an analysis of thousands of zircon minerals collected from all seven continents indicates that the gap may be real after all. Zircons provide a record of past volcanic...
  • 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...
  • Evolving Faith Can Mess With The Mind

    05/10/2009 2:57:53 PM PDT · by steve-b · 10 replies · 675+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 5/11/09 | Kathleen Parker
    If only William Jennings Bryan had known Francis Collins. Maybe Bryan, who died just five days after leading the prosecution in the Scopes monkey trial, might have lived longer. Although he won the case, his sudden death suggests the proceedings, during which he was savaged by the press, may have taken a toll. And who knows? We might never have argued at all about whether evolution should be taught in public schools had Collins been around. Timing. If Collins is not familiar, he should be. He is the physician-geneticist who led the Human Genome Project for the National Institutes of...
  • Galapagos: Showcase for Creation

    05/10/2009 1:43:12 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 163 replies · 2,778+ views
    ICR ^ | May 2009 | John D. Morris, Ph.D.
    Galapagos: Showcase for Creation by John D. Morris, Ph.D.* This year evolutionists are celebrating Charles Darwin's 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his book The Origin of Species. In preparation for this celebration, last December ICR sent Dr. Steve Austin to the Santa Cruz River Valley in southern Argentina to follow up on Darwin's trip on the Beagle. On board, Darwin read Charles Lyell's new book on uniformitarianism, advocating that today's "uniform" processes had dramatically sculptured the earth over long ages, accomplishing much geologic work.The Santa Cruz River was the Beagle's first major stop, and thus...
  • African tribe colonized world 70,000 years ago

    05/10/2009 12:29:19 PM PDT · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 137 replies · 5,433+ views
    PTI via The Times of India ^ | 11 May 2009 | PTI
    A single tribe of around 200 people which crossed the Red Sea 70,000 years ago is responsible for the existence of the entire human race outside Africa, a new study has found. Research by geneticists and archaeologists has allowed them to trace the origins of modern homo sapiens back to a single group of people who managed to cross from the Horn of Africa and into Arabia. From there they went on to colonise the rest of the world. While there are 14 ancestral populations in Africa itself, just one seems to have survived outside of the continent, the Daily...
  • Rare prehistoric pregnant turtle found in Utah

    05/08/2009 5:57:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies · 1,537+ views
    AP ^ | May 08, 2009 | MIKE STARK
    Paleontologists say a 75-million-year-old turtle fossil uncovered in southern Utah has a clutch of eggs inside, making it the first prehistoric pregnant turtle found in the United States. At least three eggs are visible from the outside of the fossil, and ...studying images taken from a CT scan in search of others inside. the turtle was probably about a week from laying her eggs ...
  • The Rise of Oxygen Caused Earth's Earliest Ice Age

    05/07/2009 6:11:46 AM PDT · by decimon · 22 replies · 664+ views
    University of Maryland ^ | May 5, 2009 | Unknown
    COLLEGE PARK, Md - Geologists may have uncovered the answer to an age-old question - an ice-age-old question, that is. It appears that Earth's earliest ice ages may have been due to the rise of oxygen in Earth's atmosphere, which consumed atmospheric greenhouse gases and chilled the earth. Alan J. Kaufman, professor of geology at the University of Maryland, Maryland geology colleague James Farquhar, and a team of scientists from Germany, South Africa, Canada, and the U.S.A., uncovered evidence that the oxygenation of Earth's atmosphere - generally known as the Great Oxygenation Event - coincided with the first widespread ice...
  • CONFIRMED - "80 M/yr old" fossil yeilds REAL Dino DNA
  • Dinosaur soft tissue and protein—even more confirmation! (more evidence for young earth creation!!!)

    05/06/2009 8:49:01 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 268 replies · 5,447+ views
    CMI ^ | May 6, 2009 | Carl Wieland
    Dinosaur soft tissue and protein—even more confirmation! Mary Schweitzer announces even stronger evidence, this time from a duckbilled dino fossil, of even more proteins—and the same amazingly preserved vessel and cell structures as before...
  • The Myth of Vestigial Organs and Bad Design: Why Darwinism Is False

    05/05/2009 11:48:31 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 23 replies · 936+ views
    Discovery Institute ^ | May 4, 2009 | Jonathan Wells, Ph.D.
    The Myth of Vestigial Organs and Bad Design: Why Darwinism Is False by Jonathan Wells Note: This is Part 5 in a series reviewing Jerry Coyne's Why Evolution Is True. Read Part 1 here, Part 2 here, Part 3 here, and Part 4 here. Darwin argued in The Origin of Species that the widespread occurrence of vestigial organs — organs that may have once had a function but are now useless — is evidence against creation. “On the view of each organism with all its separate parts having been specially created, how utterly inexplicable is it that organs bearing the...
  • Shoddy Engineering or Intelligent Design? Case of the Mouse's Eye ("junk" DNA Super-Functional!)

    05/01/2009 4:20:14 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 39 replies · 998+ views
    Discovery Institute ^ | April 29, 2009 | Richard Sternberg, Ph.D.
    Conclusion: So the next time someone tells you that it “strains credulity” to think that more than a few pieces of “junk DNA” could be functional in the cell — that the data only point to the lack of design and suboptimality — remind them of the rod cell nuclei of the humble mouse...
  • Huge Flying Reptiles Ate Dinosaurs

    05/27/2008 9:37:16 PM PDT · by pissant · 53 replies · 446+ views
    Live Science ^ | 5/27/08 | jeanna Bryner
    With a name like T. rex, you'd expect to be safe from even the fiercest paleo-bullies. Turns out, ancient, flying reptiles could have snacked on Tyrannosaurus Rex To uncover these feeding habits, Witton and Portsmouth colleague Darren Naish analyzed fossils of a group of toothless pterosaurs called azhdarchids, which are muchbabies and other landlubbing runts of the dinosaur world. A new study reveals a group of flying reptiles that lived during the Age of Dinosaurs some 230 million to 65 million years ago did not catch prey in flight, but rather stalked them on land. Until now, paleontologists pictured the...
  • Fossils Don't Lie: Why Darwinism Is False (Part III)

    04/29/2009 12:01:03 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 55 replies · 1,310+ views
    Discovery Institute ^ | April 27, 2009 | Jonathan Wells, Ph.D.
    “To take a line of fossils and claim that they represent a lineage is not a scientific hypothesis that can be tested, but an assertion that carries the same validity as a bedtime story—amusing, perhaps even instructive, but not scientific.” ...
  • Ancestors may have used bone tools to make smoothies

    04/28/2009 12:12:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies · 454+ views
    New Scientist ^ | April 22, 2009 | Ewen Callaway
    Ancient humans might have used animal bones to grind fruit smoothies as well as dig up termites, a new analysis of mysterious 1 to 2 million-year-old tools suggests. Researchers discovered the bones belonging to large mammals at several sites in South Africa, and their intended use has been the subject of equal parts contention and speculation. Early 20th-century anthropologists who first uncovered the bones contended they were genuine tools and evidence for a bone-based tool culture in hominin species that predated early humans such as Paranthropus. Those interpretations fell out of fashion after researchers discovered that scavenging animals and natural...
  • You Don’t Trust Creationists With Your Science Education Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Trust Their Lawyer

    Apparently, the briefs were written by the ICR’s own James J.S. Johnson, whom FindLaw describes as a “family lawyer.” Mr. Johnson is not listed in Martindale-Hubbell (which is where you should go to read peer reviews on anyone you’re thinking of hiring as a lawyer), but he does write some crazy, crazy stuff for ICR’s website. (ICR’s local counsel in Texas seems to be the firm of Adams, Lynch & Loftin, P.C., but they do not appear to be actively involved in the litigation so far.) I should add that “family law” generally means as “divorce law,” and in general,...
  • Otter-Like Fossil Reveals Early Seal Evolution

    04/22/2009 12:11:57 PM PDT · by steve-b · 18 replies · 740+ views
    AP ^ | 4/22/09 | Malcolm Ritter
    Scientists say they've found a "missing link" in the early evolution of seals and walruses — the skeleton of a web-footed, otter-like creature that was evolving away from a life on land. Those feet and other anatomical features show an early step on the way to developing flippers and other adaptations for a life in the sea, the scientists said. One expert called it "a fantastic discovery" that fills a crucial gap in the fossil record....
  • Tyrannosaur 'Missing Link' Among New Dinosaurs From China

    04/22/2009 10:04:06 AM PDT · by Boxen · 379+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | April 22, 2009
    ScienceDaily (Apr. 22, 2009) — During the summers of 2006 and 2007, an international team of researchers from China and the United States excavated a treasure trove of dinosaur skeletons from Early Cretaceous rocks in the southern part of the Gobi Desert near the ancient Silk Road city of Jiayuguan, Gansu Province, China. Two of their discoveries represent new species of theropod dinosaurs. The new species are described in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The papers will appear in print later this year in a special volume entitled "Recent advances in Chinese palaeontology."
  • From Fish To Landlubber: Fossils Suggest Earlier Land-water Transition Of Tetrapod

    04/22/2009 10:13:59 AM PDT · by Boxen · 18 replies · 551+ views
    Sciencedaily ^ | April 19, 2009
    ScienceDaily (Apr. 19, 2009) — New evidence gleaned from CT scans of fossils locked inside rocks may flip the order in which two kinds of four-limbed animals with backbones were known to have moved from fish to landlubber. Both extinct species, known as Ichthyostega and Acanthostega, lived an estimated 360-370 million years ago in what is now Greenland. Acanthostega was thought to have been the most primitive tetrapod, that is, the first vertebrate animal to possess limbs with digits rather than fish fins. But the latest evidence from a Duke graduate student's research indicates that Ichthyostega may have been closer...
  • The Next Ice Age

    04/21/2009 11:06:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 35 replies · 1,425+ views
    American Thinker ^ | April 22, 2009 | Bruce Walker
    Special Earth Day Issue  Arpil 22, 2009   UFOs and AGW The Next Ice Age Green up, Man! It's Freaking Earth Day! Saving Our Planet, One Guilt Trip at a Time A Lenin's Birthday Story As Earth Day again brings forth disciples of the religion of inanimate matter, we would do well to examine just how little we know about our world.  Doubtless a prominent theme in this Earth Day will be the great peril of global warming.  Our planet is growing warmer because of sinful man, and if government does not take drastic steps to curb our activities, then...
  • Anti-creationists: do they fear an overthrow of Darwin in the U.S.?

    04/16/2009 8:59:36 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 257 replies · 2,602+ views
    CMI ^ | April 16, 2009 | Dr. Russell Humphreys
    Anti-creationists: do they fear an overthrow of Darwin in the U.S.? by Russ Humphreys Published: 16 April 2009 This year, as has been happening every year for several decades, various U.S. states are introducing legislation encouraging public-school students to examine scientific evidence against Darwinism. And again, anti-creationist lobby groups, such as the National Center for Science Education,[1] are pushing the panic button, claiming that such efforts aim to introduce Christianity into government-run schools. This year, however, the anti-creationists seem to be pushing the button harder, saying that such bills “are multiplying out of control”.[2] Perhaps that is because more states...
  • Darwin’s Sad Legacy (evolution invented to give death and suffering a positive explanation?)

    04/15/2009 10:52:09 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 344 replies · 4,199+ views
    AiG ^ | April 14, 2009 | Dr. Tommy Mitchell
    The common thread throughout Darwin’s life was his continual struggle with the issue of death and suffering. He was never able to reconcile the existence of death, disease, and struggle with the character of a loving God: I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created the Ichneumonidae with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of Caterpillars, or that a cat should play with mice.[1] Darwin was unable to understand why a loving Creator God would allow the horrible things he witnessed in nature and everyday life. Animals fed on one...
  • Art as Propaganda for Evolution

    04/11/2009 9:21:02 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 106 replies · 1,633+ views
    CEH ^ | April 10, 2009
    Art as Propaganda for Evolution April 10, 2009 — Should a scientific theory be propagated by appeal to scientific evidence, or by appeal to emotions through visualization?  Nature this week contained two articles that shamelessly praised art as propaganda for evolution.  Surprisingly, one of them mentioned Charles Darwin as someone “at the cutting edge of visualization.” Endless Forms:  Carl Zimmer reviewed an exhibit currently at the Yale Center for British Art, Endless Forms: Charles Darwin, Natural Science and the Visual Arts.1  The title is taken from the last sentence in the Origin where Darwin said that endless forms most beautiful...
  • Anti-God Ads Hit Dallas

    04/08/2009 9:09:57 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 73 replies · 1,906+ views
    ICR ^ | April 8, 2009 | Christine Dao
    Anti-God Ads Hit Dallas by Christine Dao* In the heart of the Bible belt, billboards stating “Don’t believe in God? You are not alone” have been posted in parts of Dallas, home of the Institute for Creation Research. The boards are sponsored by the Dallas-Fort Worth Coalition of Reason (DFWCoR), an atheist nonprofit group which joins together smaller local anti-theistic organizations to “increase the growth, visibility and acceptance of nontheists throughout the Metroplex.”[1] Two ads have been posted in the D/FW area, one just a few miles from ICR headquarters, and will remain up through April. According to Fred Edwords...
  • Tail-gliding Bugs Are Not Evidence for Flight Evolution

    04/02/2009 8:38:05 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 163 replies · 1,848+ views
    ICR ^ | April 2, 2009 | Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D.
    Tail-gliding Bugs Are Not Evidence for Flight Evolution by Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D.* Researchers recently announced that they have unlocked some of the mystery surrounding the evolution of insect flight.1 Their observance of a certain wingless insect led them to hypothesize that its “directed aerial descent” might be an important stage in flight evolution. But is it?...
  • 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,...
  • Atheists strategize against book on God

    03/04/2009 9:02:16 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 27 replies · 952+ views
    WND ^ | March 4, 2009
    Atheists strategize against book on God Online plot reveals plan to give Christian writing low rating The Christian author whose book "You Can Lead an Atheist to Evidence but You Can't Make Him Think" bumped atheist Richard Dawkins' "The God Delusion" on's best-seller list says he's uncovered a conspiracy to attack his work...
  • 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 ...
  • Conservatives Mobilize Against Activist Atheist

    11/15/2005 6:12:27 AM PST · by yoe · 118 replies · 1,842+ views
    The Nation ^ | November 15, 2005 | Susan Jones
    Conservative groups are rising to the defense of America's Christian heritage by fighting an atheist who wants to remove the motto "In God We Trust" from the nation's currency. Michael Newdow told the ACLU of Oklahoma that he would file a lawsuit against the national motto this week on the grounds that it is an unconstitutional endorsement of religion and "excludes people who don't believe in God." An earlier lawsuit filed by Newdow seeks to remove the phrase "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance, and in that case, the liberal Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Newdow....
  • Supreme Court Urged to End “Special Privileges” for Atheist Activists

    01/06/2007 2:18:16 PM PST · by Jay777 · 14 replies · 1,181+ views
    Stop The ACLU ^ | 6-Jan-07 | John Stephenson
    Tired of all the frivolous Establishment Clause lawsuits being filed over one individual being offended by a religious symbol without ever having to show any merit or proof of actual injury? Well the ACLJ are hoping to stop that special privilege so often abused church-state separation advocates. There are people who, just because they pay taxes, file suit challenging federal government actions that supposedly give unconstitutional support to religion. In no other area of the law does the Court allow this kind of legal standing to bring challenges. For years, atheists and others who are antagonistic to religion and who...
  • State-imposed atheism: Joseph Farah calls on Christians and Jews to unite against ACLU

    12/15/2004 12:16:02 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 10 replies · 610+ views ^ | December 14, 2004 | Joseph Farah
    Tuesday, December 14, 2004 State-imposed atheism Posted: December 14, 20041:00 a.m. Eastern By Joseph Farah © 2004 This whole church-state debate is being miscast. The degenerates at the American Civil Liberties Union will tell you they are trying to make sure government doesn't favor one religion over another when they hunt down Boy Scouts meeting on public property like they were war criminals. Meanwhile, the other side in this debate makes a pathetic defense of the Scouts and other victims of his radical secular jihad. This isn't a conflict over whose view of the First Amendment is correct. It's a conflict...
  • Court rules atheism a religion

    08/20/2005 12:11:11 AM PDT · by Lexinom · 262 replies · 4,538+ views
    A federal court of appeals ruled yesterday Wisconsin prison officials violated an inmate's rights because they did not treat atheism as a religion. "Atheism is [the inmate's] religion, and the group that he wanted to start was religious in nature even though it expressly rejects a belief in a supreme being," the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals said.