In the beginning God created the sponge

IT is a discovery that would have set the mind of Charles Darwin at rest.

US congressman breaks the last big taboo

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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Moderates win latest battle on teaching evolution

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.

Scientific world unites over origins of life

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.

Creationism dismissed as 'a kind of paganism' by Vatican's astronomer

BELIEVING that God created the universe in six days is a form of superstitious paganism, the Vatican astronomer Guy Consolmagno claimed yesterday.

'Teach children Darwinism' demand

CHILDREN should be taught from the age of 11 that Darwin's theory of evolution is a fact, an eminent scientist said yesterday.

Don't distort science to promote religious beliefs, say scientists

LEADING scientists have warned against the teaching of Christian theories such as creationism in school biology lessons.

I don't believe in God, says Clarke

HOME Secretary Charles Clarke has revealed he is "totally opposed" to the concept of creationism.

Creationism has its place, but not in science class

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.

Scots church leader joins row over teaching of creationism in schools

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.

Evolution in debate on God and origins of life

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.

Where is the intelligence behind new creationism?

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.

Fundamentalists miss true Christmas message

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.

Ruling may not stop Americans teaching 'intelligent design'

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.

As we square up over values, remember Bible belongs to us all

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.

Classroom ban on 'intelligent design'

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.

School board backs anti-Darwin teaching

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.

Darwin v God case nears its conclusion on creationism

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".

'Intelligent design' is dangerous folly

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.

Evolution goes under microscope

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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