Category Archives: Science

Pew Research Center: Americans believe strongly in evolution

A new Pew Research Center survey finds that six-in-ten Americans believe humans evolved over time. Meanwhile, a third (33%) reject the idea of evolution, saying that “humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning … Continue reading

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University of Rochester study: atheists smarter than religious believers

Searching for a topic today and I came across this: a new study concludes that religious adherents are less intelligent than atheists. Nothing controversial there, right?! At first glance, the study seems legit. The details: Professors Miron Zuckerman and Jordan … Continue reading

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The tragedy of Matthew Warren and the religion of mental health

Matthew Warren, the 27-year-old son of megachurch pastor Rick Warren, committed suicide Friday. Warren died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, said Deputy Daniel Aikin, with the Orange County Coroner’s Office. The tragedy raises questions about how churches deal with … Continue reading

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Where is heaven? Some see it as a place, others as a state of being 

Taking a break on the blog today. It’s a busy day with the election and yours truly is backing up the metro department if any news breaks. Here’s one I’ve been saving and something I hope to do a story … Continue reading

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Bill Nye weighs in on Creationism with controversial YouTube video

The creationism group Answers in Genesis built the biblically based Creation Museum, which opened just south of Cincinnati in 2007. It cost $27 million and has averaged about 330,000 visitors a year. The group teaches the stories of the Old … Continue reading

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John’s Religion Quiz

I created a basic religion quiz using a new site called polldaddy. The quiz is from the Pew Research Center. I could only use 10 questions from the 2010 quiz, which can be found here. On average, Americans correctly answered … Continue reading

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Ancient Bethlehem seal discovered

Interesting news from Jerusalem, where archaeologists have discovered a 2,700-year-old seal that bears the inscription “Bethlehem.” The finding is significant because it would seem to prove that Bethlehem was not just the name of a fabled biblical town, but a … Continue reading

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Dead Sea Scrolls coming to Pa

Looking for a unique Christmas gift for the curious worshiper in your home? How about tickets to see the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Franklin Institute and Discovery Times Square in Philadelphia in May? Organizers say the new exhibition features … Continue reading

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Evolution debate rethinks the historical Adam

Did we descend from one man and one woman? In the cover story of evangelical magazine Christianity Today this month, retired AP religion reporter Dick Ostling says the center of the evolution debate among Christian scientists/intellectuals has shifted from the … Continue reading

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Creationism still taught in many schools

A Penn State professor’s national survey of 926 representative high school biology teachers found that many teach creationism in public schools, despite court rulings that such instruction is unconstitutional. From the NYT: Researchers found that only 28 percent of biology … Continue reading

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