Despite what conclusions many Americans have arrived at following Ken Ham and Bill Nye's creation and evolution debate earlier this month, a new survey suggests that science and religion might not be nearly as antithetical as suggested by popular culture.
According to Rice University sociologist Elaine Howard Ecklund, who presented her findings at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science on Sunday, Evangelical Protestants were far more likely than the general public to believe that science and religion could work together.
"We found that nearly 50 percent of Evangelicals believe that science and religion can work together and support one another," Ecklund, the Autrey professor of sociology and director of Rice's religion and public life program, said in a statement. "That's in contrast to the fact that only 38 percent of Americans feel that science and religion can work in collaboration." more >>
After "Noah" director Darren Aronofsky banned bottled water from his movie set, actress Emma Watson - one of the stars of the movie - became ill after unintentionally drinking stagnant water.
In an interview from this month's issue of "Wonderland" magazine, Emma Watson revealed that Aronofsky's policies may have inadvertently caused her health to take a hit.
The actress, who is best known for her role as Hermoine in the "Harry Potter" series, plays Noah's adopted daughter Ila in next month's release. The British actress was forced to film most of her scenes with Douglas Booth, who plays Shem, early in the morning between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. more >>
Bill Nye "The Science Guy" has criticized Tennessee Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn for disputing the reality of climate change, insisting that the scientific community accepts it as fact. He also called for legislation to tackle climate change.
"There is no debate in the scientific community. And I encourage the congresswoman to look at the facts," Nye said in a debate on "Meet the Press" Sunday, NBC News reported. "We need you to change things, not to deny what's happening."
Blackburn, who is the vice chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, argued that there is no consensus on the subject. more >>
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 >>