Evolution is not inconsistent with God, said Pope Francis during an unveiling of a bust of his predecessor, Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI, at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on Monday.
"Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation," Francis said. "The scientist," he continued, "must [nevertheless] be moved by a trust in the idea that nature hides, within her evolutionary mechanisms, potentialities that it is the task of intellect and freedom to discover and actuate, in order to achieve the [kind of] development that is in the design of the Creator."
The pope, who backed the Roman Catholic Church's openness to evolution, added that scientific advancements can be used for the benefit of people. more >>
This white-tailed eagle launches himself off the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, to explore the Trocadero with a camera attached to him. This point of view is breathtaking from start to finish.
A beautiful eagle takes flight from the Eiffel tower and soars into the skies of France. This is almost impossible to explain to someone -- but it is a MUST SEE! As part of the film project, "Freedom," this flight aims to support conservation of eagles born in captivity. It's a film done for a good cause and a video that will have you speechless during the whole flight.
Watch this video of an eagle taking flight below: more >>
A hilarious gig by "Just For Laughs: Gags" in Quebec, Canada shows us a hidden camera prank while investigating a "crashed UFO" site.
As people drive by they see a police officer standing next to an unknown object that happens to be a UFO. Obviously this is just for the prank, but these passerby have no idea. On the side of the road each person gets out of his or her vehicle to come and see what is going on.
When the police as the people to come and view the suspicious aircraft they see something very unimposing and have a close encounter of their own. more >>
Brother Guy Consolmagno, astronomer and planetary scientist at the Vatican Observatory, has said that he finds Young Earth Creation theories that run contrary to science "almost blasphemous" in nature. He also argued that the Bible should not be used as a science book.
"It's almost blasphemous theology," Consolmagno told Fairfax Media during a visit to Australia on Wednesday.
"It's certainly not the tradition of Catholicism and never has been and it misunderstands what the Bible is and it misunderstands what science is," he said. more >>
CHARLOTTE — The rise of "scientism," in which science is uncritically treated as a religion, holding the power to decide ethical questions, was predicted by famous 20th century Christian author C.S. Lewis, scholar John West explained at Southern Evangelical Seminary's 2014 National Conference on Christian Apologetics.
Neither he nor Lewis are anti-science, West said, recalling that science produced the cure for his father's cancer. Rather, they are opposed to scientism, which West defined as "the wrong-headed belief that modern science supplies the only reliable method of knowledge about the world, and its corollary that scientists should be the ones to dictate public policy and even our moral and religious beliefs simply because of their scientific expertise."
West is vice president and senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, a think tank that researches issues related to intelligent design and the role of science and technology in culture and public policy. He previously served as an associate professor of political science at Seattle Pacific University. He has authored or edited 12 books and numerous articles on the intersection of science, culture and public policy. more >>
A recently published study of 101 cardiac arrest survivors found evidence that near-death and out-of-body experiences are real and do occur among some patients.
The four-year study conducted both in the United States and United Kingdom found that 55 percent of cardiac arrest survivors who completed a two-stage interview "perceived awareness or memories" during and from their monetary unconsciousness despite having demonstrated no clinical signs of consciousness such as eye opening, movement or verbal response during CPR and other resuscitation effort.
Of the 55 percent, 46 percent had memories from their momentary unconsciousness. The memories were classified into seven categories: fear, animals and plants, bright light, violence or persecution, deja-vu, family and recall of events that happened after the resuscitation period. more >>