Dan Kahan, professor of law and psychology, found that those who identify with the Tea Party score higher than non-Tea Partiers on a measure of science comprehension. In a blog post, he says the results surprised him because his only impressions of Tea Partiers came from watching news coverage of the movement.
He expected to find below average science comprehension among Tea Party supporters, Kahan wrote. "But then again, I don't know a single person who identifies with the Tea Party. All my impressions come from watching cable TV – & I don't watch Fox News very often – and reading the 'paper' (New York Times daily, plus a variety of politics-focused internet sites like Huffington Post & Politico)."
Kahan's research uses a set of questions to measure science comprehension plus a cognition test that measures critical thinking skills. Using this measure he previously found that science comprehension has a positive correlation with education and a negative correlation with religion. more >>
A recently discovered skull in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia may challenge the traditional notions of human evolution.
Researchers writing for Science Magazine found skulls at Dmanisi, one of which bore a strong resemblance to skeletons found in Africa from the time period.
The significance? The various species predating Homo Sapiens may have been subsets of the same species rather than different species as the traditional evolutionary theory posits. more >>
The vast majority of American Christians believe that God gives second chances to people who have made bad decisions in the past says a newly released study.
According to the findings of a recently released survey by LifeWay Research, 84 percent of Christians believe God gives second chances.
Broken down by group, 95 percent of "Protestant, Nondenominational" respondents and 98 percent of "Born-again, Evangelical, Fundamentalist" respondents agreed. more >>
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – A "young earth" creationist, who also believes the universe is much younger than many astronomers calculate, says once people begin to rely on science rather than the Bible to answer questions about our origin, even for just parts, they are asking for trouble.
"It's a very slippery slope when you decide that there are some sections of the Bible that you are going to allow the secular scientist to tell you what it really means," said Dr. Jason Lisle, during an interview with the press shortly after his debate at the National Conference on Christian Apologetics with astronomer and pastor Dr. Hugh Ross, who argued for a universe that is nearly 15 billion years old.
"You've opened a very dangerous door," Lisle continued. "Basically, you've decided to say that 'I'm going to make the secular scientist my ultimate standard by which I interpret the scriptures' and if you are consistent with that, and most people are not, thank goodness, but if you are well, hey, most scientists don't believe the resurrection of the dead is possible." more >>
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – A Christian apologist laid out and responded to some of the most popular arguments for homosexuality in today's culture during Southern Evangelical Seminary's20th annual Christian Apologetics conference in Charlotte, N.C., and deconstructed the argument that people in disagreement with same-sex relationships are "intolerant, homophobic, hate-filled bigots."
"What is good, and what does it mean to be good?" asked Adam Tucker, a certified apologetics instructor and an interfaith evangelism specialist with the North American Mission Board, during a session on the topic of homosexuality on Friday.
"In a classical philosophical sense, good is whatever completes one's purpose according to his nature." more >>
The Southern Evangelical Seminary is partnering with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries to deliver what promises to be an exciting series of presentations by many prominent apologists during the 20th annual Christian Apologetics conference in Charlotte, N.C., starting Friday. Dr. Richard Land, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, will be inaugurated as the fourth president of Southern Evangelical Seminary prior to the conference Thursday evening.
The premise of the two-day event titled, "Reasons for the Hope," is designed to deepen participant's understanding of subjects related to science, culture, and other religions.
"I think the single greatest factor has to be that we as Christians are seeing how we are losing the culture to anti-Christian worldviews," said Eric Gustafson, director of Development Southern Evangelical Seminary. more >>