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2006-02-10 13:35:00

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY -- Science made such rapid progress in the 20th century that people may sometimes be confused about how the Christian faith can still be compatible with it, Pope Benedict said on Friday. But science and religion are not opposed to each other and Christians should not be afraid to try to understand how they compliment each other in explaining the mystery of life on Earth, he told the Vatican's doctrinal department. The Pope made his comments at a time of heated...

2006-02-09 11:17:36

MANNHEIM, Germany (Reuters) - The trial of a prominent German Holocaust denier extradited from Canada resumed on Thursday and his lawyer charged the case was politically motivated. Ernst Zuendel, publisher of works such as "Did six million really die?" is facing charges of inciting racial hatred in addition to denying that the Nazis killed six million Jews. Holocaust denial is a crime in Germany that is punishable with up to five years in prison. The trial was suspended last year...

2006-02-03 00:05:00

By Carey Gillam OVERLAND PARK, Kansas -- The dodos came home to roost on Thursday in Kansas with the unveiling of a documentary film exploring the ongoing U.S. debate over how evolution should be taught to school children. A sold-out crowd of about 300 attended the screening in Overland Park, Kansas, of "Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus." Mixing dancing dodos with discussions of embryonic research, politics and religion, the film examines the strengths and weaknesses...

2006-01-20 18:46:46

By Jamie McGeever NEW YORK (Reuters) - The debate over whether children should be taught "intelligent design" in U.S. public schools as an alternative to evolution is moving to children's television. "There's a fight going on the science room," says Linda Ellerbee, presenter of "Nick News," a news magazine on the children's TV cable channel Nickelodeon. The channel is tackling the subject on Sunday by presenting both sides of the controversy in "God, Science, Politics and Your...

2006-01-20 18:45:00

By Jamie McGeever NEW YORK -- The debate over whether children should be taught "intelligent design" in U.S. public schools as an alternative to evolution is moving to children's television. "There's a fight going on the science room," says Linda Ellerbee, presenter of "Nick News," a news magazine on the children's TV cable channel Nickelodeon. The channel is tackling the subject on Sunday by presenting both sides of the controversy in "God, Science, Politics and Your School." Supporters...

2006-01-19 10:52:12

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor PARIS (Reuters) - The Roman Catholic Church has restated its support for evolution with an article praising a U.S. court decision that rejects the "intelligent design" theory as non-scientific. The Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano said that teaching intelligent design -- which argues that life is so complex that it needed a supernatural creator -- alongside Darwin's theory of evolution would only cause confusion. A court in the state of...

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2005-12-24 09:50:29

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Educated as a geologist in her native Hungary, Eniko Farkas knows, understands and firmly believes in the science behind evolution. Still, she was caught off guard last year when a visitor to the Museum of the Earth where she volunteers angrily confronted her, denouncing evolution and insisting the museum teach creationism instead. "I had a difficult time getting out of the situation," said Farkas, a retired Cornell University librarian and volunteer at the museum for the...

2005-12-22 14:05:00

By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two days after a U.S. judge struck down the teaching of intelligent design theory in a Pennsylvania public school, the journal Science on Thursday proclaimed evolution the breakthrough of 2005. Wide-ranging research published this year, including a study that showed a mere 4 percent difference between human and chimpanzee DNA, built on Charles Darwin's landmark 1859 work "The Origin of Species" and the idea of natural selection, the journal's...

2005-12-21 17:52:32

By Jon Hurdle PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Supporters of the concept of "intelligent design" will find new ways to advance their cause to have it taught in U.S. schools despite a major setback this week, experts on both sides of the debate said on Wednesday. In a strongly-worded court ruling on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge John Jones said teaching intelligent design violated a constitutional ban on teaching religion in public schools. The decision was a blow to Christian conservatives...

2005-12-20 17:16:51

By Jon Hurdle PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A judge on Tuesday barred the teaching of intelligent design as an alternative to evolution at a Pennsylvania school, saying in a scathing rebuke to the school board that it violated a constitutional ban on teaching religion in public schools. U.S. District Judge John Jones dealt a blow to Christian conservatives, who have been pressing for the teaching of creationism in schools and who played a significant role in the re-election of President...