Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church of Dallas has come under fire by creationist Ken Ham, after the Texas preacher suggested that the universe might indeed be 13.7 billion years old, as modern science claims.
"It is so distressing that so many of our Christian leaders don't seem to understand that to accept man's fallible beliefs of billions of years, Big Bang etc, they are really undermining the authority of God's Word," Ham, president/CEO and founder of Answers in Genesis–U.S. and the Creation Museum, wrote on his Facebook page on Thursday.
"To send a signal to coming generations that one can accept such false ideas like the Big Bang and billions of years they are taught at public school and secular colleges (and many compromising Christian Colleges) is a major factor why so many of the coming generations begin to doubt the authority of the Word of God," the creationist added. more >>
Wildlife documentaries should show more homosexual activity in the animal kingdom, an academic study complains.
These documentaries should be showing "a wider perspective on animal behavior," Dr. Brett Mills says, according to The Independent.
Mills, a senior lecturer at the School of Film, Television and Media Studies and the University of East Anglia in Norfolk, U.K., published his study, "The animals went in two by two: Heteronormativity in television wildlife documentaries," in the February 2013, issue of the European Journal of Cultural Studies. more >>
A study found that a person's political party identification can be predicted with a high degree of accuracy by examining which part of their brain processes risk.
Democrats, or liberals, showed greater activity in their left insula; Republicans, or conservatives, showed greater activity in their right amygdala, found researchers Darren Schreiber, Greg Fonzo, Alan N. Simmons, Christopher T. Dawes, Taru Flagan, James H. Fowler and Martin P. Paulus. The results of the study were published by PLoS ONE in an article called, "Red Brain, Blue Brain: Evaluative Processes Differ in Democrats and Republicans."
For the study, 82 participants were asked to complete an exercise in which they were required to choose between risky or safe choices in order to get a financial reward. They could choose a safe bet for an automatic small reward, or they could choose a risky bet in which they could get nothing or they could get a much larger reward. more >>
Prof. Dame Sally Davies, England's chief medical officer, has warned of an "apocalyptic" scenario when the rate of drug resistant infections rises and antibiotics lose their effectiveness in an increasingly growing world.
"It is clear that we might not ever see global warming, the apocalyptic scenario is that when I need a new hip in 20 years I'll die from a routine infection because we've run out of antibiotics," Prof. Davies warned, as reported by BBC News. She added that a number of bacteria are becoming resident to drugs that are currently used to treat infections, and that there are not enough antibiotics to replace those drugs.
"It is very serious, and it's very serious because we are not using our antibiotics effectively in countries," Prof. Davies added, nothing that there was only one effective antibiotic left to treat gonorrhea, a sexually transmitted disease that has especially affected countries in Africa. more >>
The author of a high school textbook that introduces psychology from a Christian perspective says Christian students entering college are unprepared for the challenges of today's Psychology classes and "schools-of-thought." Dr. Tim Rice, LPC, author of Psychology: A Christian Perspective, High School Edition, also believes this unpreparedness is a reason for the high rate of Christian students dropping their faith after entering college.
"Surveys suggest that as many as 75 percent of Christian students 'walk away' from their faith within 12 months of entering college. If that statistic is accurate, and if it has anything to do with the teaching in college, it is because Christian students are unprepared for the worldview challenges embedded in modern Psychology's theories and schools-of-thought."
Why are Christian students unprepared? more >>
According to a recently released survey by a major research organization, even after increased national exposure American perceptions of Mormonism have changed little over the past year.
The Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life released their findings last week, which were based off of surveys conducted from Dec. 5 to 9 among an estimated 1,500 adults. Pew's findings included 82 percent of respondents saying they learned little or nothing about Mormonism during the presidential campaign and "cult" being the word chosen most to describe the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
David E. Campbell, professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, told The Christian Post that the findings of the Pew survey were "not surprising." more >>