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A special report in the April 19, 2007, edition of The Economist -- exotically datelined "Istanbul, Moscow, and Rome" -- discusses the continued global spread of creationism. The incidents discussed are the dissemination of a book preaching Islamic creationism in France, the controversy over the display of hominid fossils in Kenya, the unsuccessful lawsuit over teaching evolution in Russia, and, at length, the current discussion within the Catholic Church.
Always eager to share the good word, NCSE is pleased to report the opening of a page on our website to house multimedia presentations: http://www.ncseweb.org/multimedia.asp. Currently posted there are a talk on grassroots organizing that NCSE's executive director Eugenie C.
Pope Benedict XVI's views on evolution are back in the news, following the publication of Schoepfung und Evolution (Sankt Ulrich Verlag, 2007), the proceedings of a seminar on creation and evolution that he conducted at Castel Gandolfo, the pope's summer residence, with his former doctoral students in September 2006.
NCSE's executive director Eugenie C. Scott and NCSE Supporter Kenneth R. Miller were presented with the Exploratorium's Outstanding Educator's Award on April 4, 2007. The accomplishments for which they were honored were described in a press release:
The second segment of "In the Beginning" -- the BBC World Service's two-part program on creationism featuring NCSE's executive director Eugenie C. Scott and Henry M. Morris III of the Institute of Creation Research -- is now available [Link broken] on the BBC's website, where it will remain until April 7. [Try here - Ed.
A poll recently conducted for Newsweek by Princeton Survey Research Associates International contained two questions relevant to the creationism/evolution controversy. The results [Link broken] were broadly consistent with those of previous polls using similar questions. The poll was conducted March 28-29, 2007, with 1004 adults aged 18 and over participating; the margin of error was +/- 4%.
NCSE's executive director Eugenie C. Scott was featured in a BBC World Service "Heart and Soul" program broadcast on March 25, 2007, the first of a two-segment feature on religious views regarding creationism and evolution. In her segment, Scott interviews atheist Richard Dawkins, non-theistic cosmologist Paul Davies, old-earth creationist Hugh Ross of Reasons to Believe, theistic evolutionist and Lutheran theologian Ted Peters from the Pacific School of Religion, and young-earth creationist Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis. In the second segment, Henry M.
Andrew J. Petto, the coeditor (with Laurie R. Godfrey) of the new anthology Scientists Confront Intelligent Design and Creationism (W. W. Norton, 2007), discussed the book with Mitch Teich of WUWM radio's "Lake Effect" show; the show is available on-line.
NCSE's executive director Eugenie C. Scott recently spoke on "The evolution of creationism" as the Samuel Newton Taylor endowed lecture at Goucher College in Baltimore. In her talk, she discussed common misunderstandings of evolution, the historical development of antievolutionism, and the current state of the creationism/evolution controversy. In the light of the verdict in Kitzmiller v. Dover, she also offered her predictions for the future of the "intelligent design" movement.
A spectacular new anthology edited by Andrew J. Petto and Laurie R. Godfrey, Scientists Confront Intelligent Design and Creationism (W. W. Norton, 2007), described by Publishers Weekly as "[a] serious, comprehensive collection of new and revised essays from some of the biggest names in the anti-creationism field," is now available. In a press release, the publisher writes: