IT is a discovery that would have set the mind of Charles Darwin at rest.
AFTER more than 30 years of hiding his true feelings, a United States politician has come out and admitted the truth: he does not believe in God.
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CONSERVATIVE Republicans who pushed for criticism of the theory of evolution in Kansas classrooms lost control of the state school board as moderates scored a narrow victory in an election this week.
THE world's leading scientists have issued a damning statement against the teaching of creationism in schools, arguing that denying the facts of evolution damages the development of children.
BELIEVING that God created the universe in six days is a form of superstitious paganism, the Vatican astronomer Guy Consolmagno claimed yesterday.
CHILDREN should be taught from the age of 11 that Darwin's theory of evolution is a fact, an eminent scientist said yesterday.
LEADING scientists have warned against the teaching of Christian theories such as creationism in school biology lessons.
HOME Secretary Charles Clarke has revealed he is "totally opposed" to the concept of creationism.
REFLECTING on the recent and ongoing furore about creationism, evolution, and intelligent design is a depressing business, for the whole thing has become hideously confused: an untidy tangle of science, philosophy, theology, politics and culture.
THE leader of the Scottish Episcopal Church said yesterday that creationism should not be taught in schools and that a "false battleground" was pitting science against faith.
I STOOD in John Knox's pulpit in front of a silent (and empty) St Salvator's Chapel, St Andrews, last Friday. According to legend, it was from this suitably austere wooden structure, albeit then in nearby Holy Trinity Church, that the great puritan and "animating spirit" of the Reformation, as Allan Massie has described him, incited crowds to ransack the town's cathedral in 1559.
LAST Thursday, the BBC announced the latest in a series of battles for the hearts and minds of Britain. A poll commissioned by the BBC's Horizon reported that less than half of the population believed that evolution best explained the diversity of life we see today. Almost more shocking was the belief expressed by more than 40 per cent of those questioned that "creationism" and "intelligent design" should be taught in school science lessons.
IN PENNSYLVANIA this week, a judge who is himself a strong Christian believer delivered a stinging judgment against those - in this case a school board in the town of Dover - who seek to teach American schoolchildren the idea of "intelligent design" as part of the science curriculum, and as an alternative to the theory of evolution.
WHEN the school board in Muscatine, Iowa, sits down next year for its twice-a-decade evaluation of the district's science curriculum, the matter of whether to teach intelligent design as a challenge to evolution is expected to come up for discussion.
THE ruling by a federal judge that "intelligent design" cannot be taught in biology classes in a Pennsylvania school district has the potential to put the teaching of the Bible back where it belongs in US schools: not in the science laboratory, but in its proper historical and literary context.
THEORIES of "intelligent design" are based on unscientific, religious beliefs and cannot be taught as an alternative to Darwin's theory of evolution, a United States judge said yesterday in a landmark ruling.
CRITICS of evolution have won a major victory in the US with the Kansas education board approving a school curriculum that casts doubt on Darwin's theory.
IN A landmark court case that effectively pits Charles Darwin against God, a judge is set to decide whether American school pupils can be told that life on Earth may be the result of "intelligent design".
EARLIER this month, much to the joy of the evangelical Christians, the US president, George Bush, placed his weight behind a proposal to include the theory of "intelligent design" in the American school biology curriculum.
HARVARD University is planning a scientific study of how life emerged on Earth, thrusting one of America's most prestigious universities into a growing and politically-charged debate over alternatives to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.
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