Sweden Bans Creationism
October 16, 2007
Creationism and intelligent design are being banned in Swedish schools, reported the English version of the Swedish news source, The Local. Intelligent design (ID) makes no claim about the Creator, but only the detectability of design; nevertheless, both were banned equally. This may not be unexpected after the Council of Europe resolution last […]
Inca Priests Fattened Children for Slaughter
October 5, 2007
National Geographic News had a disturbing story from archaeological studies of Inca rituals in what is now Peru. Studies of hair samples and other features in mummies indicate that the Inca warlords fattened up children for up to a year before slaughtering them. A team that analyzed the mummies believes that captured children were then […]
Are You a Glorified Ape?
September 9, 2007
Evolutionists seem in a bit of a quandary lately. They are convinced that humans evolved from apes, but cannot deny the large cognitive gaps between humans and the alleged nearest ancestors, the great apes. It’s not just a matter of IQ. The social skills, language, reasoning, altruism and empathy humans express have no parallels in […]
Lord Kelvin’s Core Values Defended
July 2, 2007
Myth: Lord Kelvin held back the progress of geology for 100 years by insisting the Earth was younger than geologists and evolutionists believed. Myth debunked here.
The Evolution of Pride: Psychology Trumps the Bible?
June 19, 2007
“The Bible got it wrong,” announced a subtitle on Science Daily: pride doesn’t come before a fall (Proverbs 16:18). A proud look and haughty eyes may be the first two of the Bible’s seven deadly sins (Proverbs 6:16-19), but psychologist Jessica Tracy (U of British Columbia) begs to differ. She says pride can be a […]
Resisting Science, or Resisting Purposelessness?
May 29, 2007
Why do so many adults “resist science”?, asked Yale psychologists Paul Bloom and Deena Skolnick Weisberg in an essay on The Edge. They argued that childhood common sense impressions lead to a teleological view of the world. These impressions conflict with evolutionary ideas presented at school, but are reinforced by religious authorities. The job of […]
Creation Museum Opens
May 26, 2007
The $27 million Creation Museum in Florence, Kentucky, built by Answers in Genesis, opened to the public on May 26, after years of planning and construction. It features audio-animatronic dinosaurs, a planetarium, a bookstore, hiking trails and many elaborate exhibits. AIG unashamedly presents a Biblical interpretation of origins, science, history and ultimate destiny […]
Herods Tomb Found
May 8, 2007
The probable tomb of Herod the Great has been found, reported Haaretz a day before a scheduled press conference. This is the King Herod who slaughtered the innocents of Bethlehem at the time of Christ’s birth after being visited by the wise men. Scholars knew he was supposed to be buried at his fortress of […]
Stupid Evolution Quote Prizes
April 27, 2007
The Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week goes to Mark Gladwin (04/25/2007) who said something the gentler sex will probably wince at: “Study the pregnant women, because that’s where you’ll see evolution in action.” No offense intended, we hope. A runner-up goes to Deborah Charlesworth, who in Current Biology April 17 named Darwin as a […]
Have Scientists Found the Secret of Aging?
March 17, 2007
There’s a tragic disease that speeds up aging. Known as progeria (Huntington-Gilford progeria syndrome, HGPS), it is caused by a single point mutation in exon 11 of the NMLA gene. Children afflicted with this disease look old beyond their years and often die at 13 of heart attack and stroke – essentially, of old age. […]
Can Science Determine if God Answers Prayer?
March 16, 2007
An Arizona State research team has found support for the theory that intercessory prayer works, says EurekAlert. David R. Hodge averaged 17 studies on intercessory prayer, including some that measured no effect. His overall result contradicts a Harvard study (2006) by Benson that prayer has no influence on a patient’s health. Still, he could not […]
Nature Recommends Trimming the Bible
March 8, 2007
People act violently when they think God sanctions violence, thinks Brad Bushman, a social psychologist from U. of Michigan. Heidi Ledford wrote in Nature1 that he and others like Hector Avalos (Iowa State) propose editing Scripture. “Avalos has proposed a radical solution to theologically inspired violence � cut the violent passages out of the scripture.” […]
History Highlight: The Two Wilberforces
February 25, 2007
Those seeing the new movie Amazing Grace (opened Feb 2, 2007) about England’s long political battle to end slavery may not realize the family connection of the film’s hero with the controversy over Darwinism. William Wilberforce, the champion of abolition who brought an end to the slave trade as depicted in the film, had a […]
Darwinism and the Valentines Day Massacre
February 14, 2007
“Romance, schmomance,” snarls the title of press release on EurekAlert from the Association for Psychological Science. “Natural selection continues even after sex.” Not only is natural selection driving the mating process in humans, in other words, but it continues even down to the level of sperm cells competing to reach the egg. Instead of love, […]
Evolution Sunday Honors Darwin Over God
February 11, 2007
An essay by Edna Devore of the SETI Institute on Space.com encourages churches to join in Mike Zimmerman’s “Evolution Sunday” celebrations. Zimmerman, with his Clergy Letter Project (see also New Scientist), has gotten over 10,000 pastors to sign a statement affirming evolution as an essential part of science and religion (02/11/2006). Devore thinks this is […]