February 12, 2014 Leave a comment
Today is Darwin’s 205th. birthday. He turned our world upside down, and was one of the greatest scientists of all time.
I raise my glass and drink to his memory.
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August 7, 2012 1 Comment
Baylor University in Waco, Texas is the largest Baptist University in the world, and has a pretty good science department. I always thought the Baptists were creationists/fundamentalists…
From the Biology Department at Baylor University:
Statement on Evolution
“Evolution, a foundational principle of modern biology, is supported by overwhelming scientific evidence and is accepted by the vast majority of scientists. Because it is fundamental to the understanding of modern biology, the faculty in the Biology Department at Baylor University, Waco, TX, teaches evolution throughout the biology curriculum. We are in accordance with the American Association for Advancement of Science’s statement on evolution. We are a science department, so we do not teach alternative hypotheses or philosophically deduced theories that cannot be tested rigorously.” http://www.baylor.edu/biology/index.php…
From the Baylor University Geology Department:
“Whether biological evolution occurs has NOT been a matter of scientific debate for more than a century. It is considered a PROVEN fact. The specific mechanisms of biological change over time continue to be a topic of active research, and include mechanisms proposed by Charles Darwin as well as more recently developed ideas based on our growing knowledge of genetics and molecular biology. Using the methods of modern science, our knowledge of the fundamental mechanisms of life has grown enormously since the initial characterization of the role of DNA in reproduction, inheritance and evolution in the mid-1950s.” My emphasis http://www.baylor.edu/geology/index.php…
February 11, 2012 Leave a comment
Tomorrow is ‘Darwin Day’
Darwin Day is a global celebration of science and reason held on or around Feb. 12, the birthday anniversary of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin. Charles Darwin was born in 1809 and first published his ‘On the Origin of Species’ on November 24, 1859
Darwin’s book introduced the scientific theory that populations evolve over the course of generations through a process of natural selection. It presented a body of evidence that the diversity of life arose by common descent through a branching pattern of evolution.
Today the Theory of Evolution still stands very strong…despite all the lying rhetoric constantly thrown at it by religious creationist types.
September 24, 2008 1 Comment
Science and Religion have…until recently, publicly fought over two issues. Once, in the early 1600’s when Galileo Galilei dared to contest the Catholic Churches belief that the Sun revolved around the Earth. The Church of course lost that battle, although it took hundreds of years before they admitted it, and they imprisoned the poor man for challenging their authority.
The second confrontation was on the subject of Evolution. When Darwin published his book On the Origins of Species, in 1859, I think every church in the world went bonkers in denial, and of course the Catholics were at the forefront of the condemnation. This lasted until about 1950 when Pope Pius XII in his Encyclical Humani generas declared that evolution and faith were not in conflict. That was followed, in 1996, by Pope John Paul II, in his message to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, explicitly endorsed the findings of evolutionary theory. So in essence what happened here is the Church just gave up, and in, because once again the preponderance of Real World evidence supported the side of science.
Now unfortunately the Catholic Church, although the largest, is not the only Christian congregation out there, and there are hundreds, if not thousands, of evangelical fundamentalist gnats flying around the bones of religion.
They are scrambling for dominance in the Protestant world and they are gathering souls and helping the best and brightest of their ilk to earn PhD’s and to write papers for their creationist journals where they argue that magic and the supernatural are true and ‘scientific.’ They want magic to be accepted in our school systems, all the way through college level, as how our world and universe was brought about.
They want to teach our children, our future generation, that the earth was created 6,000 years ago, and that dinosaurs walked the earth with Adam and Eve and Noah. They want to teach that Neanderthals never existed and there was an ice-age after ‘The Flood.’ They propose to take the accumulated scientific knowledge of the human race and deny it’s truth, they want to tell our children that the scientist don’t know what they are doing…and are lying about their findings, and are probably in cahoots with Satan.
One cannot just listen to their rhetoric and say, “Well, maybe there’s something to it.” You have to follow through with their assertions and question their motives. They want nothing less than completely gutting our educational system, and by extension, our secular form of government. They literally want the Bible to be the ‘LAW’ of the land. They want their Christian Protestant church to rule over ALL of us. They want their worldview to be controlling our destiny. Even if you don’t believe their version of religion, they think they are right and should rule over you. They want an end to secular government and for theism to control all.
That’s damn scary.
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