The landmark book that made "intelligent design" into an anti-evolution battle cry turns 20-years-old next week.
Phillip E. Johnson's Darwin on Trial has provoked extreme reactions ever since it first challenged Charles Darwin's theory of evolution in 1991. Now considered a classic defense of intelligent design, it's still stirring debate in the scientific community with its 20th anniversary edition.
"Phillip E. Johnson’s work brought the intelligent design movement together," said Casey Luskin, a research coordinator for the Discovery Institute, an intelligent design advocacy group. "It is a criticism of Darwin's theory of evolution on scientific grounds. It has really united a lot of people." more >>
The makers of "The Genesis Code" are hoping that their movie about the convergence of science and faith set against the backdrop of a college community will draw from the increasing popularity of Christian-based productions during a limited release in Midwest cities.
"The Genesis Code," which premieres at theaters in Indiana, Illinois and Missouri on Friday, has a somewhat autobiographical story line similar to the writer of the film, said pastor and film producer Jerry Zandstra.
Film writer Michael W. Leighton also co-produced the movie with Zandstra. more >>
A new documentary about evolution, "No Dinosaurs in Heaven," is looking to push creationist teachers out of American classrooms to prevent the "hijacking of science education by religious fundamentalists." The film accuses such teachers of "dangerously undermining scientific literacy."
The tone of the movie, which is directed by Greta Schiller and produced by Jezebel Productions, is averse to the "anti-evolution activities" that allegedly threaten free scientific development in American schools. According to the website for "No Dinosaurs in Heaven," the documentary takes a stand that is very critical of those with creationist beliefs. The goal of the movie, according to the press release, is to "keep science in, religion out of our public school science classrooms."
"As a filmmaker, I felt it was imperative that I weave together, in a comprehensive, thought provoking visual essay, ideas about what science is, how it is taught, why it can be celebrated as a creative human endeavor and why it is crucial that evolution is put front and center of science education," Schiller said in a statement. more >>
An Ohio school board's decision to fire a middle school teacher under the allegations of teaching creationism and religious doctrine in his classroom was upheld by a local judge Wednesday. The science teacher, who was dismissed in January, plans to file an appeal.
John Freshwater sought to overturn the Mount Vernon City School District Board firing in order to get his job back. The decision to uphold the school board’s action was handed down by Knox County Common Pleas Court Judge Otho Eyster.
Freshwater was suspended under allegations that he failed to remove religious materials from his classroom and burned crosses on students' arms with a Tesla coil during science experiments. The suspension from Mount Vernon Middle School occurred in 2008 and he was terminated in January 2011. more >>
On his Wednesday show, Fox News Channel personality Bill O'Reilly showed a recently recorded clip of a conversation he had with atheist Richard Dawkins, which seemed to be equal parts interview and debate.
Dawkins, a biologist and one of the most recognized atheistic figures in the world today, went on “The O'Reilly Factor” in order to promote his new book, The Magic of Reality.
During the interview, O'Reilly, who openly affirmed his belief in creationism, applauded the atheist for using his book to encourage children and adolescents to believe in science, but also accused the author of “mocking God” and trying to get children to reject Him through it. more >>
New scientific research suggests that even in modern societies, humans are still changing and evolving in response to the environment.
Published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, the study supports the idea that the inclination to have a child at a younger age is the result of inherited genetic traits.
Paul Taylor, the director of ministry development at Creation Today, told The Christian Post that this study does not offer new information, as similar research on the topic was released from Norway in 1980s. more >>