In an exciting declaration, Pope Francis I stated that God should not seen as a “magician with a magic wand,” while unveiling a statue of his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Pope Francis also stated that evolution and the Big Bang theory are both true and not incompatible with the church’s views on the origins of the universe and life. “When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so,” Francis said, according to the Independent. Francis continued by stating that God “created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfillment.
If you think the first episode of the new Fox Cosmos series was controversial (with its relatively minor mentions of climate change, evolution, and the Big Bang), Sunday night's show threw down the gauntlet. Pretty much the entire episode was devoted to the topic of evolution, and the vast profusion of evidence (especially genetic evidence) showing that it is indeed the explanation behind all life on Earth. At one point, host Neil deGrasse Tyson stated it as plainly as you possibly can: "The theory of evolution, like the theory of gravity, is a scientific fact."
The much-anticipated debate between science guy Bill Nye and creationist-in-chief Ken Ham finally occurred Tuesday evening, and what a strange creature it was. The moderated debate, hosted at Ham’s headquarters in Kentucky, lasted almost three hours, and featured a mixture of long speeches, timed responses, powerpoint presentations, and questions from the audience. Each opponent adopted the tone one likely would’ve expected, with Nye coming off as meticulously polite but exasperated with the lack of rigor in Ham’s claims — and Ham affecting the usual weird condescension of the Young Earth Creationist crowd, who seem to imagine evolution is not only wrong but silly.
Plunging 11 points from 2009, less than half of Republicans say they believe humans evolved over time.
A new Public Policy Polling (PPP) poll finds that a majority of Georgians believe in creationism over evolution. Entitled "Georgia Miscellany," the Thursday item surveyed a pool of 520 voters on 32 questions. On the issue of creationism vs. evolution, 53 percent believe more in the former, compared to 29 percent choosing the latter, and 18 percent voting not sure.
A collection of previously unpublished letters by Charles Darwin reveal a highly emotional side to the naturalist.