One session of a five-day conference in Iowa will feature a debate about whether the Genesis account of Noah's flood is a more viable way to explain the earth's history than the theory of evolution.
On Sunday, Iowa State University professor of religious studies Hector Avalos and senior pastor at Iglesia Centro Evangelico in Miami, Fla., the Rev. Juan Valdes will argue in favor of evolution and creationism, respectively, at Indianola High School.
Rev. Jordan Cleigh, who serves at the First Assembly of God Church in Indianola, one of the churches that organized the conference, said that creationism is the only origins theory that "lets people believe in the Bible and Jesus." more >>
Controversial televangelist Pat Robertson chimed in on Tuesday's debate between creationist Ken Ham and evolutionist Bill Nye "The Science Guy" by asking the Answers in Genesis founding president and CEO to stop making a mockery of Christians.
"Let's be real, let's not make a joke of ourselves," Robertson said on his show, "The 700 Club."
Robertson said that Ham was using faulty data from Bishop Ussher, an Irish Christian, who lived in the 16th and 17th centuries. To make his claims, Ussher calculated the date of creation, based on his knowledge of the Bible, the ancient Persian, Greek and Roman civilizations, astronomy, ancient calendars and chronology. more >>
Alexei Laushkin, vice president of the Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN), is among the hundreds of thousands participating in the March for Life at the nation's capital on Wednesday. But his belief that abortion should be outlawed is not the only impetus for his attendance.
Indeed, Laushkin braved Washington, D.C.'s cold and snow because he's also concerned about mercury and chemical toxins that preborn babies are exposed to in the womb.
"I believe in a consistent ethic of life. As such, I believe that the unborn should be protected from toxins and pollution that they are in no way responsible for," Laushkin, who's participated in the march for six-straight years, wrote on his blog earlier this week. more >>
A telescope overseen by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has captured an image that has been dubbed the "Hand of God."
NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array recently caught the image, showing a "pulsar wind nebula" derived from the death of a star.
"The stellar corpse, called PSR B1509-58, or B1509 for short, is a pulsar: it rapidly spins around, seven times per second, firing out a particle wind into the material around it – material that was ejected in the star's explosion," reported NASA. more >>
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Pope Francis condemned the increasing inequality between the rich and the poor as well as society's exploitation and manipulation of nature in a lengthy message released ahead of World Peace Day on Jan. 1, 2014.
"It is a truly pressing duty to use the earth's resources in such a way that all may be free from hunger," Francis wrote in his message.
"It is well known that present production is sufficient, and yet millions of persons continue to suffer and die from hunger, and this is a real scandal. We need, then, to find ways by which all may benefit from the fruits of the earth, not only to avoid the widening gap between those who have more and those who must be content with the crumbs, but above all because it is a question of justice, equality and respect for every human being." more >>