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2008-02-18 10:10:51

Brown University biologist Kenneth Miller has to hand one victory to the "intelligent design" crowd. They know how to frame an issue. "The idea that there is "Ëœdesign' in nature is very appealing," Miller said. "People want to believe that life isn't purposeless and random. That's why the intelligent design movement wins the emotional battle for adherents despite its utter lack of scientific support."To fight back, scientists need to reclaim the language of "Ëœdesign' and...

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2007-04-11 18:00:00

By MELISSA EDDY BERLIN - Benedict XVI, in his first extended reflections on evolution published as pope, says that Darwin's theory cannot be finally proven and that science has unnecessarily narrowed humanity's view of creation. In a new book, "Creation and Evolution," published Wednesday in German, the pope praised progress gained by science, but cautioned that evolution raises philosophical questions science alone cannot answer. "The question is not to either make a decision for a...

2006-09-04 08:30:00

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor PARIS -- Pope Benedict and his former doctoral students plan to publish the proceedings of their weekend seminar on evolution to promote a dialogue between faith and science on the origins of life, participants said. The minutes, to be issued later this year, will show how Catholic theologians see no contradiction between their belief in divine creation and the scientific theory of evolution, they said after the annual closed-door meeting ended on Sunday. The...

2006-09-03 11:47:00

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor PARIS (Reuters) - Pope Benedict and his former doctoral students spent a weekend pondering evolution without discussing controversies over intelligent design and creationism raging in the United States, a participant said on Sunday. The three-day closed-door meeting at the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo outside Rome ended as planned without drawing any conclusions but the group plans to publish its discussion papers, said Father Joseph...

2006-08-02 01:35:00

By Carey Gillam OVERLAND PARK, Kansas -- Conservative Republicans who pushed for criticism of evolution in Kansas classrooms lost control of the state school board as moderates scored a narrow victory in a primary election on Tuesday. The shake-up came after the Kansas State Board of Education voted 6-4 in November to approve new science standards that local and national science groups charged were a product of religious zealotry because they challenged Darwin's theory. Teachers and...

2006-05-03 14:10:45

By Joseph A. Giannone NEW YORK (Reuters) - The biologist in Randy Olson cringed at news reports of evangelical Christians challenging the teaching of evolution to schoolchildren in places such as Kansas on the grounds it was just a theory. But the filmmaker in him feels just as strongly that scientists have done a lousy job explaining their side of the debate. The result is "Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus," a humorous and entertaining documentary that...

2006-03-21 07:45:00

By Paul Majendie LONDON -- The spiritual leader of the world's Anglicans does not believe that creationism -- the Bible-based account of the world's origins -- should be taught in schools. "I don't think it should, actually. No, No," said Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, reflecting on the bitter education debate over religion and science that has so divided the United States in particular. Williams, head of a church which has no problem with the Darwinian theory of evolution, told the...

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2006-02-21 07:46:27

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Scientists at a large gathering in St. Louis didn't just defend evolution - they rallied in support of it. Many at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the nation's largest gathering of scientists, spoke out over the weekend against what they called religious pressure in public schools. And they enlisted the help of about 300 teachers from across the Midwest who attended the conference to discuss the national debate over evolution. "We are not rolling over...

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2006-02-19 18:35:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent ST. LOUIS, Missouri -- American scientists fighting back against creationism, intelligent design and other theories that seek to deny or downgrade the importance of evolution have recruited unlikely allies -- the clergy. And they have taken their battle to a new level, trying to educate high school and even elementary school teachers on how to hold their own against parents and school boards who want to mix religion with science. While they feel...

2006-02-14 19:40:00

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) - In another setback for those who want schools to question the theory of evolution, Ohio education officials voted on Tuesday to remove a first-in-the-nation lesson plan that allowed teachers to do so. By a vote of 11 to 4, the Ohio Board of Education pulled a model lesson plan on the subject it had approved in 2004 and sent the matter to a committee for revisions, according to J.C. Benton, spokesman for the state's education department. He said the lesson plan in...


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