Francis Collins, chief of the National Institutes of Health, has expressed his distaste for how atheists view Christians in science fields at a USA Today editorial board meeting this week.
The “avowed” evangelical Christian commented on complaints many researchers have made about him being a man of faith and the head of a scientific agency. He stated he has concerns that well-known researchers proposing that a belief in evolution and a belief in God cannot coincide might negatively affect the opinions of people not familiar with science.
“There are a lot of scientists, I’m one of them, who believe this is a ‘middle ground’ between science and faith,” Collins said, reiterating that accepting evolution does not require the denial of religious views. more >>
The Creation Museum has a new exhibit that aims to debunk the evolutionary theory that an "ape-man" or apelike creature existed.
A year in the making, the "Ape Man" exhibit was dedicated this week and joins some 160 other exhibits that illustrate a literal interpretation of the Bible.
"There are and always have been – since the sixth day of creation recorded in Genesis – apes and humans. But there never have been any 'ape-men' as part of an evolutionary process," said Ken Ham, founder of the Petersburg, Ky., museum, in a statement Thursday. more >>
The State Board of Education in Texas will hold a debate concerning acceptable online science materials today, with the possibility of talks turning toward the inclusion of intelligent design theories in those classroom materials.
The Austin American-Statesman reports that the debate comes as the struggling state looks to save money. Instead of spending $347 million on new textbooks that are up to date with standards approved in 2009, the board will look to approve online updates to existing textbooks that will only cost about $60 million.
Back in 2009, the former board chairman, Don McLeroy, led the charge to set science curriculum standards that would challenge the evolutionary theory in the classroom, eventually resulting in the requirement that students examine “all sides of scientific evidence.” During that time there were seven conservative members of the 15-member board that fought in favor of the changes, but now that number is down to six. Last year, McLeroy lost his re-election bid to fellow Republican Thomas Ratliff, who is considered a more moderate conservative. more >>
The rights to Ben Stein's "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed," a documentary that explores the academic discrimination against supporters of intelligent design, will be auctioned off in an online bidding that starts June 21.
Bidders can register online through Maxanet.com. The bidding begins June 21 and goes through June 28, 10 AM CDT.
Film producer Premise Media Distribution LP filed for a motion to sell the rights of the documentary last month. The motion comes after the company filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in December 2009. more >>
Can the theories of science and story of creation be united in way that affirms the veracity of the Bible? Oxford Math Professor John Lennox says it can happen.
In his recently published book, Seven Days that Divide the World, Lennox sets out to prove that Christians can believe in the theories of science and maintain the truth of Scripture.
"I think that sometimes people have been taught there are only two possibilities: Possibility one is that if you are being faithful to Scripture, you have to be a young earth creationist. Otherwise you're an evolutionist or a theistic evolutionist, and you're not faithful to Scripture," he explained to the Christian Post. "I don't think that is the case ... the whole point of the book is to explain that in some detail." more >>
Pre-recorded questions about evolution in schools and nude pictures coupled with a new online voting system have some worried that this year’s Miss USA pageant queens may feel pressured to compromise their beliefs in order to win the crown.
The 2011 Miss USA pageant finale will air on Sunday. Ahead of the pageant, some have expressed concern about video questions asking contestants whether evolution should be taught in school and whether they would pose in a "tasteful" nude photo shoot.
Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, which also runs Miss USA, said, "These topics are very relevant and in the news." more >>