Does it contradict Biblical teachings to believe in widely accepted scientific theories like evolution and the Big Bang? To what extent can Christians welcome science into their life without sacrificing piety?
These questions will be central during Evolution Weekend, an annual event initiated by the Clergy Letters Project (CLP) where pastors from around the country in pan-denominational congregations will deliver sermons and hold events discussing the convergence of science and religion.
In its seventh year, over 500 congregations will participate in the event from all 50 states and 10 foreign countries. CLP says the goal is to "elevate the quality of the discussion on this critical topic, and to show that religion and science are not adversaries." more >>
The Indiana State Senate is considering a bill that would allow public schools to teach creation science alongside the theory of evolution.
According to Senate Bill 89, "the governing body of a school corporation may require the teaching of various theories concerning the origin of life, including creation science, within the school corporation."
"Pastors and members of my Sunday School class encouraged me to introduce the bill this year," said Indiana State Senator Dennis Kruse, author of SB 89, to CP. more >>
David Attenborough - British broadcaster, naturalist and evolution theorist - said on a BBC broadcast on Sunday that he is now agnostic and believes that faith in God does not preclude belief in evolution.
Attenborough, who is considered one of the most well-traveled men in the world, spoke on the 70th anniversary of BBC radio's "Desert Island Discs." Host Kirsty Young asked the 85-year-old whether all his traveling has led to a belief in God or brought him "closer to the Lord."
"I don't think an understanding and an acceptance of the four billion-year-long history of life, I don't think that is any way inconsistent with a belief in a supreme being," Attenborough said. "I'm not so confident as to say that I am an atheist, I would prefer to say I'm an agnostic." more >>
An Indiana Senate committee voted 8-2 on Wednesday in favor of a bill that would require the state's public schools to teach creationism alongside evolution in science class.
The Senate Education Committee, which is controlled by Republicans, voted in favor of the bill despite protests from advocacy groups.
"The governing body of a school corporation may require the teaching of various theories concerning the origin of life, including creation science, within the school corporation," the bills says. more >>
Although a large majority of pastors believe that God did not use evolution to create humans and think Adam and Eve were literal people, more teaching by Christian leaders on their beliefs about creation would help clear the air, said the president of LifeWay Research in reaction to his organization’s recent poll.
LifeWay’s Ed Stetzer said that the poll of 1,000 American Protestant pastors also found that ministers are almost evenly split on whether the earth is thousands or millions of years old and suggests that there is ongoing debate over the creation account in Genesis.
When asked to respond to the statement, "I believe God used evolution to create people," 73 percent of pastors said they disagree, with 64 percent strongly disagreeing and 8 percent somewhat disagreeing. Twelve percent each somewhat agree and strongly agree. Four percent are not sure. more >>
A penny for your “thorts?”
Bestselling atheist author Richard Dawkins may eventually give his thoughts on the controversial anti-abortion “180” film produced by evangelist Ray Comfort. But in the meantime, the British biologist posted a video mocking the pro-life advocate for an alleged misspelling on a personally signed cover of the DVD copy given to him.
After Dawkins recently spoke at the University of Miami, he was given the “180” DVD with a message on it from Comfort. more >>