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How the public views evolution can depend on how the question is asked, a report said. When given the choice that God played a role in evolution, poll participants were more likely to affirm evolution. […] Read More

The percentage of U.S. adults affirming that “God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so” declined 8 points in 2017 to an all-time low of 38 percent. “This is the first time since 1982 – when Gallup began asking this question using this […] Read More

One of my favorite theologians is the late Emil Brunner, Karl Barth’s nemesis and counterpart in the dialectical theology movement in Switzerland in the 1920s through the 1950s. I say “nemesis” because they had a very famous and unfortunate, lengthy and complicated argument about “natural theology” in which Barth used very strong language against Brunner […] Read More

American conservative Christianity, especially conservative evangelical theology influenced by fundamentalism, still struggles with science. And, of course, many scientists struggle with religion – except that which is completely privatized and makes no truth claims about reality outside the self. Cornell University’s late, former president Andrew White’s “warfare of science with theology in Christendom” goes on […] Read More

Religion has a significant influence on views of human evolution, according to a recent Pew Research survey. A majority of white mainline Protestants, white Catholics, Hispanic Catholics and religiously unaffiliated believe that humans have evolved over time. By contrast, a majority of black Protestant and white evangelical Protestant respondents said that “humans and other living […] Read More

No. 1: Isn’t evolution only a theory? While in everyday language “theory” means something uncertain and unproven, that is not what “theory” means in science. In science it means, “a hypothesis that has been confirmed or established by observation or experiment, and is propounded or accepted as accounting for the known facts,” according to the […] Read More

In 1981, Langdon Gilkey, professor of theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School, found himself embroiled in a church/state battle in Arkansas that would eventually be known as McLean v. the Arkansas Board of Education. The case was the result of a suit filed in response to the Arkansas legislature mandating that creationism be […] Read More

Two years ago, the American molecular biologist-cum-venture capitalist Craig Venter and his research team made a spectacular breakthrough. After years of painstaking work, they assembled in the laboratory a complete DNA molecule, consisting of about one million nucleotides of a micro-organism, and then inserted the synthetic DNA molecules into cells of another micro-organism from which […] Read More

(RNS) On the eve of the 203rd anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birthday, lawmakers in at least four states are taking steps to hinder the teaching of evolution in public schools, while other bills would do the same without naming evolution outright. One of the bills, New Hampshire’s House Bill 1148, not only singles out evolution, […] Read More

I recently attended a gathering at which an evolutionary biologist – a distinguished professor at South Carolina’s flagship university – offered his observations and answered questions from the audience following a video presentation sponsored by the National Center for Science Education. The subject of the event was exposing the flawed attempt, these days, on the […] Read More