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Review: Creation and Evolution: A Conference with Pope Benedict XVI

Year: 
2008
Title: 
Creation and Evolution: A Conference with Pope Benedict XVI in Castel Gandolfo
Issue: 
3
Awaited with curiosity since initial news reports of this meeting, this book proves doubly disappointing. It is regrettable that top Catholic leaders seem drawn toward "intelligent design" (ID); but it is disturbing that they seem not even aware of relevant and better thinking within their own church.

Author(s): 
compiled by Stephan Otto Horn and Siegfried Wiedenhofer
Date: 
May–June
Page(s): 
25–27
San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2008. 210 pages.
Reviewer: 
Daryl P Domning

References

Domning DP. 2002a. Evolutionary theology comes of age. Reports of the National Center for Science Education 21 (3–4): 34–7.

Domning DP. 2002b. Doing Without Adam and Eve: Sociobiology and Original Sin by Patricia A Williams [review]. Reports of the National Center for Science Education 22 (4): 31–2.

Maynard Smith J, Szathmáry E. 1995. The Major Transitions in Evolution. Oxford: WH Freeman, 1995.

Phillips RP. 1948. Modern Thomistic Philosophy: An Explanation for Students. Vol. I. The Philosophy of Nature. Westminster (MD): Newman Press.

About the Author(s): 
Daryl P Domning
Department of Anatomy
Howard University
Washington DC 20059
ddomning@howard.edu

Daryl P Domning is a paleontologist at Howard University specializing in sirenian evolution. His book Original Selfishness: Original Sin and Evil in the Light of Evolution was published by Ashgate in 2006.
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Origin Myths

by Robert Carneiro

In the beginning there was a period of Chaos, when air, water, and matter were combined in a formless mixture. On this floated a Cosmic Egg, from which arose Gaea (Earth) and Uranus (Sky). These deities created the earth and its creatures and the Sun, Moon, and Stars. Thus the Greeks accounted for creation.

Why NCSE Should Be Involved in the Science-Religion Dialog

Title: 
Why NCSE Should Be Involved in the Science-Religion Dialog
Author(s): 
Phina Borgeson, Faith Network Director
Issue: 
1–2
From time to time at NCSE, we hear questions from skeptical, agnostic, and atheistic members who wonder what we are doing getting involved with people of faith. Creationism in its several forms is, after all, largely motivated by religion. Many of the household names in evolutionary science are quite vocal about the death of religion as they see it, while others seem to see religion as tolerable as long as it is limited to private, individual faith or to informing moral and ethical decisions. So why would NCSE want to be involved in science and religion conversations?
Year: 
2002
Date: 
January–April
Page(s): 
24
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Science and Religion, Methodology and Humanism

by Eugenie C. Scott

[In May 1998 Dr Eugenie C Scott, NCSE'S Executive Director, was awarded the American Humanist Association's 1998 "Isaac Asimov Science Award". What follows is excerpted from her acceptance speech. Ed.]

In late 1995, the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) issued a statement to its members and the public concerning the importance of evolution to biology teaching. Part of the statement defined evolution:

Science Education, Scientists, and Faith

Title: 
Science Education, Scientists, and Faith
Author(s): 
Mike Salovesh
Issue: 
2
Anthropologist Mike Salovesh received a letter about the potential exposure of a high-school student only to evolution in classes in public schools and university. He has allowed us to reprint his reflections on the place of evolution in the social and life sciences and on the relationship between science and religion.

The concerned parent wrote:

Year: 
1998
Date: 
March–April
Page(s): 
28–29
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Creationists and the Pope's Statement

by Eugenie C. Scott



This essay originally appeared in The Quarterly Review of Biology 72.4, December 1997.

Do Scientists Really Reject God?

Title: 
Do Scientists Really Reject God?: New Poll Contradicts Earlier Ones
Author(s): 
Eugenie C Scott
NCSE Executive Director
Issue: 
2
In a recent issue of RNCSE, Larry Witham reported on research he and historian Edward Larson carried out to investigate the religious beliefs of scientists.They had surveyed a sample of 1000 individuals listed in American Men and Women of Science, (AM&WS), using questions originally asked by the Gallup organization in a series of polls of American religious views.The report, entitled "Many scientists see God's hand in evolution", concluded that although scientists were quite different from other Americans in their views of "extreme" positions— such as young earth cr
Year: 
1997
Date: 
March–April
Page(s): 
24–25
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