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One-third of Americans reject evolution, poll shows (Reuters)

Excerpt: NEW YORK (Reuters) — One-third of Amer­i­cans reject the idea of evo­lu­tion and Repub­li­cans have grown more skep­ti­cal about it, accord­ing to a poll released on Mon­day. Sixty per­cent of Amer­i­cans say that “humans and other liv­ing things have evolved over time,” the tele­phone sur­vey by the Pew Research Center’s Reli­gion and Pub­lic Life Project showed (Click http://​www​.pew​fo​rum​.org/​2​0​1​3​/​1​2​/​3​0​/​p​u​b​l​i​c​s​-​v​i​e​w​s​-​o​n​-​h​u​m​a​n​-​e​v​o​l​u​t​i​on/ for the […]

 
 

Serious Commitment to Faith is Par for the Course for 2013 UC Davis Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee

Serious Commitment to Faith is Par for the Course for 2013 UC Davis Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee

Although Bishop was the UC Davis scholar-athlete of the year in 2007, and was phe­nom­e­nally suc­cess­ful on the course, even with­out Sat­ur­day play, he even­tu­ally gave up a promis­ing career as a pro­fes­sional golfer in favor of a med­ical career because he knew that he could not con­tinue to keep the Sab­bath from sun­down on Fri­day to sun­down on Sat­ur­day and par­tic­i­pate in pro­fes­sional tournaments.

 
 

Burden of Proof: Why Most American Evangelicals Reject Long-Earth Evolution

Burden of Proof: Why Most American Evangelicals Reject Long-Earth Evolution

Within the larger con­text of Amer­i­can Protes­tant Chris­tian­ity the debate con­tin­ues with­out res­o­lu­tion. Among Chris­tians, cre­ation­ists are often asked to con­sider var­i­ous forms of evi­dence of a long-history of the earth, but those advo­cat­ing for a long-earth have largely ignored dis­cus­sion of the genealo­gies of the New Tes­ta­ment and the con­cepts of orig­i­nal sin and sal­va­tion. Chris­t­ian evo­lu­tion­ists have failed to pro­vide a verse-by-verse rebut­tal to the Bib­li­cal Cre­ation nar­ra­tive or to acknowl­edge the extent to which accep­tance of cre­ation would impact theology.

Instead the­is­tic evo­lu­tion­ists oper­ate on the sup­po­si­tion that Cre­ation­ists will even­tu­ally bifur­cate their reli­gious beliefs from sci­en­tific under­stand­ing, because incom­pat­i­bil­i­ties must be resolved in favor of sci­ence. This places faith directly in con­flict with sci­ence and any resul­tant bat­tle on these issues will take cen­turies if true aca­d­e­mic free­dom is to be granted, but can resolve faster if the voices of reli­gious dis­sent are silenced and those who have openly crit­i­cized evo­lu­tion are denied a seat at the aca­d­e­mic table.

The attempt to “purify” acad­e­mia by silenc­ing the voices of crit­ics such as Dr. Car­son would be the first step toward a sec­u­lar Dark Ages. So far, it appears that

 
 

San Francisco Mulls Circumcision Ban (CBS News)

EXCERPT: Has the time come to cut out cir­cum­ci­sion? Pro-foreskin forces say so, and some in San Fran­cisco say they’ve col­lected enough sig­na­tures to put a pro­posal to ban cir­cum­ci­sion before vot­ers. The pro­posal would make it a mis­de­meanor to per­form cir­cum­ci­sion on a male under the age of 18 within the city. Any­one who ignored the ban would face a $1,000 fine […]

 
 

The Health-Religion Connection by Joshua Crouch

The strug­gle between faith-healing and pub­lic health ser­vices may not be a main­stream topic, yet it con­tin­ues to rage through­out our nation. Ore­gon has recently had a string of ado­les­cent deaths tied to extreme Chris­t­ian con­ser­vatism. The Chris­t­ian Sci­ence Church has pushed law mak­ers to allow par­ents to exempt their chil­dren from all med­ical treat­ment, replac­ing sci­ence with the prayers of the […]

 
 

British researchers create human-animal hybrid embryo amid political row

British researchers create human-animal hybrid embryo amid political row

For the first time in Britain, researchers at New­cas­tle Uni­ver­sity said Tues­day they had cre­ated human-animal hybrid embryos, amid a polit­i­cal row over a dis­puted embryo research bill in parliament.According to the north­ern Eng­lish uni­ver­sity, the research, which was first pre­sented at a lec­ture in Tel Aviv on March 25, has yet to be pub­lished or ver­i­fied, with a spokesman for the uni­ver­sity telling […]