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2008-10-01 15:00:10

DESPITE the impossibility of evolution ever happening, the evolutionist is certain that it has. The rigorously tested scientific evidence of evolution that J. C. Buchanan-Brown talks about is this: "We can make the point that, however improbable the (evolutionary) origin of life might be, we know it happened on Earth because we are here.'' (Richard Dawkins: The God Delusion, p137) He has also stated "I believe, but cannot prove, that all life, all intelligence, all creativity and all...

2008-09-18 00:00:00

I write to commend Stephen Owen for his letter Teach evolution and Intelligent Design, Points of view, September 13, and support his well-marshalled points in answering secularist and humanist arguments for insulating mainstream national life from the influence of religious belief. Our laws, standards of behaviour and majority of institutions, for example schools, are founded and maintained on Christian doctrine and the teaching of Jesus Christ. To imply, as some of your correspondents...

2008-09-12 00:00:09

By Steve Connor Creationism should be included in science lessons to reduce the confusion among the rising numbers of schoolchildren who have been brought up to reject the principles of evolution, one of the country's leading scientists said yesterday. Citing evidence that more than one in 10 children in British state schools now believes in creationism, Professor Michael Reiss, the director of education at the Royal Society, called for such beliefs to be discussed and debated in class by...

2008-08-17 18:00:18

By Lindsay Melvin After agreeing to open their 5,000-seat sanctuary to memorialize music legend Isaac Hayes, clergy at Hope Presbyterian Church were bombarded Thursday with scathing e-mails and phone calls. The mention of a Scientology minister being present at the Monday memorial, detailed in a story in The Commercial Appeal, launched a bitter response from Scientology critics. For the last 16 years of his life, Hayes was an outspoken Scientologist and helped found the Memphis Church...

2008-07-21 06:00:30

By Michael Novak T he New Yorker (of all magazines) gave a good number of pages early last month to a quite brilliant book reviewer, James Wood, for a long essay on why he could no longer be a Christian. Stories like his are widespread. They usually cite the natural evils that too often crash upon humans -- in China a stupefying earthquake, in Burma a cyclone, elsewhere tsunami, or tornado, disease, flood, or cruel slow-working famine. They then add the evils that humans inflict upon...

2008-07-10 21:00:14

The South Australian government said Friday that the education minister had a right to call Scientologists bastards in a video posted on YouTube. Jane Lomax-Smith made the comments in May when she encountered demonstrators from a group that calls itself Anonymous outside the Church of Scientology headquarters in Adelaide, The Australian reports. Lomax-Smith asked the masked protesters if they were related to people who had been sucked in by Scientology. They should be taxed, the bastards,...

2008-05-19 17:03:58

WASHINGTON - Scientists hate God. Or find God very disturbing. In fact, modern science has found no evidence of God and so it's stupid anymore to think God exists. The above statements are often presented as conventional wisdom, but are they true? A new collection of short essays, discussed here Thursday at an event at the American Enterprise Institute, responds to that question with a more diverse set of voices than is usually offered. Edited by "Skeptic" magazine publisher...

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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...

2006-07-05 02:25:00

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The first group of monks in China to complete an MBA course have begun reflecting on their achievements, state media said on Wednesday. Shanghai's Jade Buddha Temple commissioned Jiaotong University to design a degree focusing on monastery management, to help its monks mix business with prayer. The monks proved to be better students than their lay brethren, five of whom failed to get the degree due to excessive absence from class or failure to submit essays, the China...

2006-06-06 15:26:07

By Rebecca Cook HELL, Michigan (Reuters) - The road to Hell was crowded with the curious on Tuesday -- as well as devils-in-disguise, hearse enthusiasts, Christian protesters and merchants trying to cash in on the apocalypse. Hell, Michigan, a tiny town about 60 miles west of Detroit, threw itself open for a once-in-a-millennium party to mark the passage of June 6, 2006 -- or 6-6-6, a number long associated with the Antichrist. Home to only about 70 souls on an average day, Hell's...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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