What is it about evolution theory that Albertans don’t get?
by Rob Breakenridge
Calgary Herald (Canada), August 12, 2008
However you describe it — distinct, peculiar, or stubborn — it’s undeniable: Albertans possess a unique propensity for bucking national trends.
Not that we’re troubled by it, mind you; quite the opposite, in most cases. When Albertans are seen to be out of step with much of the country, we wonder what’s wrong with everyone else.
This is a case, however, where we should be wondering what’s wrong with us — a case where Alberta’s anomalous body of opinion is not a source of pride, but rather a deep embarrassment.
Judge backs UC on Christian courses
by Bob Egelko Chronicle Staff Writer
San Francisco Chronicle, August 13, 2008
A federal judge says the University of California can deny course credit to applicants from Christian high schools whose textbooks declare the Bible infallible and reject evolution.
Rejecting claims of religious discrimination and stifling of free expression, U.S. District Judge James Otero of Los Angeles said UC’s review committees cited legitimate reasons for rejecting the texts — not because they contained religious viewpoints, but because they omitted important topics in science and history and failed to teach critical thinking.
Teacher’s ‘branding’ case opens religious divide
by Tim Jones
Los Angeles Times, p. A23
August 15, 2008
John Freshwater, who teaches science, is said to have burned a student in class. But for some, his creationist beliefs are the crux.
Mt. Vernon, Ohio — It’s the kind of story that turns heads and stomachs alike, especially in a small town. A well-known and popular middle school science teacher known for strong religious beliefs is charged with branding the shape of a cross onto the forearm of an eighthgrader.
The teacher is in big and possibly career-ending trouble, a quiet college town is bitterly divided and the Bible is at the center of it.
by Carl R. Froede, Jr.
CRS Quarterly, Volume 44 Number 4, Spring 2008, pp. 286-300.
Unique atmospheric conditions during and immediately following the Flood have recently been postulated based on the results of numerical computer modeling. This modeling suggests that the heating of the atmosphere and oceans could have produced conditions suitable for the development of super hurricanes, or “hypercanes.” Unfortunately, the atmosphere provides no historic record of such events. However, proxy records might be found in the rock record. In fact, it is probable that hypercanes would have created large-scale tempestites (i.e., storm deposits) across various portions of the continents while they were covered by Floodwater. Such storm deposits occur across the United States Gulf Coastal Plain. One such stratigraphic unit is the Gosport Sand Member of the Lisbon Formation (Eocene), which extends across southwestern Alabama. A Gosport Sand outcrop at Little Stave Creek in Clarke County exhibits sedimentary evidence that it formed from a single massive hypercane during the Middle Flood Event Division.
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Genesis of a problem
Herald Sun (Australia), page 25
April 17, 2008
COMEDIAN Bill Cosby always maintained on his TV shows that it was children who say the ‘‘darndest things’’.
I’d back politicians over kids any day. Especially during election campaigns.
US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama was asked what he would tell his daughters if they asked him whether the Earth really was created by God in six days.
‘‘What I’ve said to them is that I believe God created the universe and that the six days in the Bible might not be the six days as we understand it. It might not be 24-hour days,’’ he replied.
God works not only in mysterious ways, but also quickly. And, as we all know, the world’s a small place, but you wouldn’t want to paint it.
Nevertheless, if God created the universe, the stars, our star the sun, and Earth and all the other various bits and pieces and sent them spiralling to distant fates, then our 24-hour day is a consequence of His work.
by Kyle Smith
New York Post, page 56
April 17, 2008
IS intelligent design a legitimate topic for discussion on the science faculties, or merely a hidden pocket to sneak creationism into the classroom? Ben Stein — best known as the comic actor who played Ferris Bueller’s teacher, but also a lawyer, author and economics columnist — pushes the former view in the frequently witty documentary “Expelled.” It puts a conservative twist on Michael Moore-ism, with campy stock footage, deadpan humor, mocking musical cues and less-than-ingenuous questions.
All of this sweetens a high-level debate for the general audience.
Unlike Moore, Stein doesn’t resort to (many) cheap shots. He gives the opposition — stoutly represented by “The God Delusion” author Richard Dawkins — ample opportunity to make its case. In getting Dawkins to concede that there might be some intelligent source to life, Stein scores big.
An intelligent discussion about life
by Bruce Chapman (Special to The Times)
Seattle Times, page B9
April 17, 2008
EXPELLED: No Intelligence Allowed” is a trenchant new film by actor/economist Ben Stein, the man first made famous in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” He’s now tackling with humorous dudgeon the classic example of ideological science, Darwinian evolution. Stein shows Darwinists insistently misrepresenting the scientific case against their theory. Where facts and reason might fail to persuade, personal attacks are employed, sometimes even by organizations supposedly committed to civil discourse.
When I was taught Darwin’s theory in college more than four decades ago, it was represented as unassailable. But I also was taught in those days to respect academic freedom, which is a good standard to apply in any field. In the 1990s, before intelligent design was added to the ideas studied at Discovery Institute, I learned about an assault on the academic freedom of Dean Kenyon, a biologist and author at San Francisco State University who had come to view Darwin’s theory as flawed. At first, the effort to restrain him from teaching seemed like just another skirmish over political correctness.
The debate Richard Dawkins chose to forget
by Shmuley Boteach
Jerusalem Post (Israel), page 14
April 14, 2008
A friend recently called my attention to the official Web site of Richard Dawkins, the world’s most famous atheist, where, as a way of assailing me, he denied having ever debated me. “Boteach organized debates, with himself as chairman, and I sometimes took part in debates with the outside visitors that he imported, for example Robert Winston. Boteach was a surprisingly impartial chairman, but he was always just a chairman, never a debater in any of the debates that I attended.”
That is a particularly bold untruth. Our debate, which took place at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford on October 23, 1996, attracted hundreds of students and featured, on the atheist side, Prof. Dawkins and chemistry Prof. Peter Atkins, and on the religion side, me and Prof. Keith Ward, Oxford’s Regius Professor of Divinity. Student president Josh Wine was in the chair. In a vote at the end of the debate as to how many students had changed their minds after hearing the arguments, Dawkin’s side was defeated and religion prevailed, which might account for his selective memory. (The full footage of the two-hour debate is available on my Web site via IAmplify.)