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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...

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...

2005-12-19 21:21:31

By Barry Garron LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - A priest, a minister and a rabbi sit down for an interview with Barbara Walters. The start of a joke? No, just part of Walters' two-hour special on heaven. And -- spoiler alert -- when the two hours are over, the title notwithstanding, you're not likely to find out where it is and how to get there. What you are likely to learn from this ABC News production, if you didn't know already, is that religious leaders have not only the...

2005-12-02 01:15:00

By Christopher Michaud NEW YORK -- A panel of academics took a cool look at the increasingly heated issue of evolution versus "intelligent design" on Thursday, variously holding up the latter as a cultural battle, a global phenomenon or even a brilliant marketing scheme. The "Darwin's Legacy" discussion, convened in conjunction with the American Museum of Natural History's exhibit on the naturalist who developed the theory of evolution, came as legal battles played out over the teaching of...

2005-11-09 00:35:00

TOPEKA, Kan. -- Revisiting a topic that exposed Kansas to nationwide ridicule six years ago, the state Board of Education approved science standards for public schools Tuesday that cast doubt on the theory of evolution. The 6-4 vote was a victory for intelligent design advocates who helped draft the standards. Intelligent design holds that the universe is so complex that it must have been created by a higher power. Critics of the new language charged that it was an attempt to inject God and...

2005-08-11 21:55:00

Scientists in the social sciences are more likely to believe in God and attend religious services than are scientists in the natural sciences, according to a survey of 1,646 faculty members at elite research universities by a Rice University sociologist. "Based on previous research, we thought that social scientists would be less likely to practice religion than natural scientists are, but our data showed just the opposite," said Elaine Howard Ecklund, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department...

2004-11-30 12:00:10

BRENT RONINGEN, Bismarck Re. Daniel Gruver's Nov. 17 letter, "The huge leap is by Darwinians": The writer, a physician, says he could not comprehend his college class on natural selection, although he received an A. I hesitate to call it "evolution," because of the negative connotation that has been connected to this word by a group that sees it as an affront to their beliefs. But the goal of science is not to address the beliefs of any people. Science is not based on beliefs. It is...

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