Secular groups in the U.K. are rejoicing after the government clarified that creationism, supported by biblical literalists, is not allowed to be taught as a scientifically valid theory at academies and public-funded schools.
The Department of Education's funding agreement, under the "Church of England and Catholic single academy model supplemental agreement" document published earlier in June, states that creationism "does not accord with the scientific consensus or the very large body of established scientific evidence; nor does it accurately and consistently employ the scientific method, and as such it should not be presented to pupils at the Academy as a scientific theory."
The statement adds: "The requirement on every academy and free school to provide a broad and balanced curriculum in any case prevents the teaching of creationism as evidence based theory in any academy or free school." more >>
Creation Ministries International has released the trailer for its new book and DVD documentary "Evolution's Achilles' Heels," which features commentary from 15 Ph.D. scientists on a mission to expose evolution's "fatal weaknesses."
"This project will be a very direct demolition of the very pillars of a foundational belief system that underpins our now-secular culture. It's coupled with the biblical command to reach the lost with the Bible's Good News. In a nutshell, it's a comprehensive outreach tool like no other," the organization's website promises.
The trailer, released on Tuesday, features a number of the scientists discussing research into the origins of life, natural selection, fossil records, the geologic column and other topics they say show evidence that the theory of evolution is not based on truth. more >>
A Gallup poll released earlier this week suggests that nearly 50 percent of Americans continue to believe that God created human beings "in present form" in the past 10,000 years.
According to Gallup's report, 42 percent of Americans assert this perspective, a figure which has stayed relatively consistent since the question was first asked in 1982, when 44 percent of respondents agreed with it. (It peaked in 1994 and 1999 with 47 percent.)
Thirty-one percent of Americans agreed with the statement that affirmed that God guided an evolutionary process from which humans evolved; only 19 percent of those surveyed said that the evolutionary process was devoid of the divine. more >>
Israel's Education Ministry announced on Sunday that for the first time ever evolution will be taught in the middle school core curriculum, which up until now offered only the biblical account of the origins of humanity. Ultra-orthodox groups have responded with mixed feelings on the matter, however, with some calling it a "mistake."
"Until now, there has been no discussion on the topic and students were not taught that the multitude of species is the result of processes of development among plants and animals," Professional Committee Chairwoman Professor Nava Ben-Zvi told Israel Hayom.
"The entire evolutionary perspective had not been written down [for them], as with the topics of ecology and the behavior of animals. It is important to explain how so many species came to be." more >>
A recent heated and expletive-laden confrontation between a University of Connecticut professor and two on-campus preachers has drawn the ire of conservative media.
Over the course of a two-hour tirade, professor of anthropology James Boster angrily lashed out at evangelist Don Karns of Hampton, Virginia, who was holding a sign opposing evolution, on the University of Connecticut campus last month.
"Have you read Origin of Species? I have read the Old Testament and the New Testament. I can quote you Scripture," yelled Boster, who frequently dismissed any rebuttal by Karns as "That's bulls---." more >>
Responding to Pat Robertson's comments that Young Earth Creationists are "deaf, dumb and blind," Ken Ham of the Creation Museum accused the CBN host of compromising Scripture and thus serving as "one of the biggest problems we have today in the church."
"Pat Robertson illustrates one of the biggest problems we have today in the church-people like Robertson compromise the Word of God with the pagan ideas of fallible men!" Ham posted on his Facebook page on Tuesday.
"That's why a big part of the AiG ministry is to call the church and culture back to the authority of the Word. Pat Robertson is not upholding the Word of God with his ridiculous statements -- he is undermining the authority of the Word." more >>