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A federal judge has ruled that a history teacher at a Southern California public high school violated the First Amendment in calling creationism "religious, superstitious nonsense.''


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When scientists and other members of the reality-based community declare that evolution is the only valid and provable account of our planet's natural history, intelligent design boosters don't cite the Bible. Instead, they earnestly insist that no one ought to claim a monopoly on truth, and that in the interests of intellectual and moral pluralism, "alternatives" to evolution should get a fair hearing in schools. This...


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The president has suggested that a theory known as "intelligent design" should be taught in the classroom. ... Intelligent design differs from biblical creationism in that it is not tied to a literal interpretation of the biblical book of Genesis. Nevertheless, intelligent design points to the role of a creator, and it has become increasingly influential in Christian circles. ... In 1925, the Scopes trial marked a defeat for...


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...the long-supported evolution theory is being dismantled slowly by an argument for intelligent design the theory that life came about intentionally and not by chance because it's too complex to be explained any other way.


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More than half of adults in a survey of 10 countries thought school science lessons should teach evolutionary theories alongside creationism.


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Members of the earth's earliest known civilization, the Sumerians, looked on in shock and confusion some 6,000 years ago as God, the Lord Almighty, created Heaven and Earth.


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God's mind was behind complex scientific theories such as the Big Bang, and Christians should reject the idea that the universe came into being by accident, Pope Benedict said on Thursday. "The universe is not the result of chance, as some would want to make us believe," Benedict said on the day Christians mark the Epiphany, the day the Bible says the three kings reached the site where Jesus was born by following a star...


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We're not driven only by emotions, of course—we also reason, deliberate. But reasoning comes later, works slower—and even then, it doesn't take place in an emotional vacuum. Rather, our quick-fire emotions can set us on a course of thinking that's highly biased, especially on topics we care a great deal about. ... Given the power of our prior beliefs to skew how we respond to new information, one thing is becoming clear: If...


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