Evolutionists are up in arms over a bill in the Alabama legislature that would allow students to learn the “strengths and weaknesses” of scientific theories.
The evolutionists claim it’s an attempt by creationists to undermine “the integrity of science education.”
The bill in question, House Bill 592, amends the state’s education policy to include objective review and discussion of existing scientific theories.
“This bill would require the State Board of Education, local boards of education, and staff of K-12 public schools to create an environment that encourages students to explore scientific questions, learn about scientific evidence, develop critical thinking skills, and respond appropriately and respectfully to differences of opinion about scientific subjects,” the bill’s synopsis states. “This bill would also allow public school teachers to help students understand, analyze, critique, and review the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of all existing scientific theories covered in a science course.”
While the bill specifically prohibits promotion of “any religious doctrine”, groups are claiming it’s all about religion.
“This is a thinly-veiled attempt to open the door to religious fanatics who don’t believe in evolution, climate change or other scientifically-based teaching in our schools,” ACLU of Alabama executive director Susan Watson told AL.com.
The bill’s lead sponsor, Representative Mack Butler, denied the attacks against the bill in a posting on social media.
“To clarify HB 592 only encourages debate on scientific theories! Nothing is mandated,” Butler posted on Facebook last week. “I don’t understand all the profanity laced emails from a few liberals I’m receiving about this bill. There is nothing to fear in a little healthy debate as debate helps develop critical thinking skills for our students.”
A new museum proposed for Boise, Idaho is being described as a place to present “overwhelming evidence’ for God’s creation of Earth and life.
The Northwest Science Museum is proposing a large national history museum that would have exhibits detailing the Earth’s history from a Biblical perspective. The museum’s proposed building would appear similar to Noah’s ark with a dinosaur on the roof.
“We want to show a lot of science that’s being censored and not presented to the public,” Doug Bennett, the museum’s executive director, told the Idaho Statesman.
Bennett told the Christian News Network that the goal is to show how science actually backs up the creation story in Genesis.
“They need to know that there is true science that backs up creation,” Bennett asserted. “The church as a whole has shied away from this issue. Our goal is to help pastors and lay teachers understand the overwhelming evidence for creation from a scientific point of view, and that we don’t need to be afraid to talk about origins.”
“All Christian doctrine is based in Genesis and most within the first 11 chapters of Genesis. So it’s extremely important to understand origins,” Bennett added. “Understanding origins leads one to have to make a decision about God as a creator, and if God created you, then he makes the rules and you are accountable to him; and if you are accountable, then you have to either accept Jesus as Lord and savior or reject him. That’s one of the goals of the Northwest Science Museum: to bring people to the point where they have to make a decision about God.”
The structure as proposed would cost $150 million and provides 350,000 square feet for the museum and offices.
They did it with nowhere near the fanfare of their first announcement, but scientists who last year announced they had proven the “Big Bang” theory for the universe have now admitted they were wrong.
Last March, astronomers using the BICEP2 telescope at the South Pole claimed they had found “primordial gravitational waves” that proved the Big Bang. They called the evidence the “smoking gun” that disproved the Biblical account of creation.
A year after calling it a “genuine breakthrough” and something that would “represent a new era in cosmology and physics”, researcher Jean-Loup Puget confirmed the lack of proof.
“Unfortunately, we have not been able to confirm that the signal is an imprint of cosmic inflation,” Puget said in the statement.
“We are effectively retracting the claim,” BICEP2 researcher Brian Keating told the Associated Press.
“It is the announcement no one wanted to hear,” Space.com reported. “The most exciting astronomical discovery of 2014 has vanished. Two groups of scientists announced today that a tantalizing signal—which some scientists claimed was ‘smoking gun’ evidence of dramatic cosmic expansion just after the birth of the universe—was actually caused by something much more mundane: interstellar dust.”
A teacher at Arizona State University openly mocked Christ in one of the school’s classes.
Christofer Bang teaches biology and ecology courses for the state-funded university. The teacher held a class last week where he openly mocked Christ and described Biblical creation as “magic.”
The teacher’s actions were released to the website Campus Reform by a student who wished to remain anonymous. The teacher posted a slide that showed Darwin on one side with his evolution and Jesus on the other with a caption that read “zap! Magic!”
“Quite a few students in the lecture hall were bothered by the picture, and it didn’t contribute to the lecture besides adding spite,” the student said.
Arizona State officials are defending the teacher’s anti-Christian attitude.
“The image you are referring to is on the title page of a [PowerPoint] and sets the stage for a discussion about the extremes of the public discourse on evolution/creationism,” Sandy Leander, media relations manager for ASU’s School of Life Sciences stated.
Even non-Christian students were offended by the teacher’s actions.
“All the professor needed to do was state the facts about evolution and move on,” one student said. “There’s no need to attack Christianity in the process.”
An anti-Christian organization is attempting to remove the teaching of creation from schools in Scotland.
The Scottish Secular Society claims their goal is to “support and further the cause of secularism” and was founded by Garry Otton, who has openly said he has a deep hatred for Christianity.
The group has filed a petition with the Scottish Parliament to prohibit any teaching of anything that conflicts with evolution.
“Evolution, meaning the common descent of living things and their change over time, is, and has been for generations, the unifying concept of the life sciences,” the petition claims. “The deep time necessary for this evolution had been recognized by Scottish geologists over a century earlier.”
David Robertson of the St. Peter’s Free Church, says that SSS is desiring to “undermine and attack Christianity in pursuit of their sectarian and bigoted anti-religious beliefs.”
Bill Nye, the atheist scientist who attacked Pastor Ken Ham and his beliefs as “bad for humankind” has published a book that mocks Christianity and had stated he has a goal to keep children from being taught the truth of creation from the Bible.
Nye has written a book called “Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation” where he claims to outline “scientific proofs” for the theory of evolution.
He even mocks Christianity by saying evolution is “the most meaningful creation story that humans have ever found.”
Nye even told the New York Times that he wants to get his book into the hands of young children to keep them from being brainwashed by Chrsitians.
“My biggest concern about creationist kids is that they’re compelled to suppress their common sense, to suppress their critical thinking skills at a time in human history when we need them more than ever,” he asserted. “By the time you’re 18, you’ve made up your mind. … But if you’re 7 or 8, we got a shot.”
Creationist Ken Ham reviewed Nye’s book and says Nye dismisses anything that does not agree with him.
“I want to point out that the public would understand science a lot better if evolutionary scientists would stop treating their humanistic, God-denying, worldview-based interpretations of our origins—which no scientist has ever observed or tested—as if they were as reliable as the conclusions drawn from the testable, repeatable processes of observational science,” he stated.
Pope Francis spoke to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and said that evolution is not “inconsistent” with creation.
“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,” he told those gathered for a discussion on “Evolving Concepts of Nature.” “He created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfillment.”
“And so Creation continued for centuries and centuries, millennia and millennia, until it became which we know today, precisely because God is not a demiurge or a magician, but the Creator who gives being to all things,” Francis continued. “The Big Bang, which today we hold to be the origin of the world, does not contradict the intervention of the divine creator but, rather, requires it. … Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.”
The statements from the Pope come a month after the official papal astronomer said that he rejected the literal interpretation of Genesis and said that he finds truth in “science.”
A Dove Award winning worship leader and Christian music artist has come out and said that he rejects the story of creation as found in Genesis.
Michael Gungor, who with his wife Lisa have been nominated for Grammy Awards and won Dove Awards for worship music, wrote on his blog that he doesn’t believe the story of creation in Genesis is literally true.
“I guess I’ll have to come out of the closet and admit…no, sorry kid, I don’t believe in a literal six-day creation,” Gungor wrote.
The posting comes after a post earlier this year where he denied Adam and Eve.
“I have no more ability to believe, for example, that the first people on earth were a couple named Adam and Eve that lived 6,000 years ago,” he wrote. “I have no ability to believe that there was a flood that covered all the highest mountains of the world only 4,000 years ago and that all of the animal species that exist today are here because they were carried on an ark and then somehow walked or flew all around the world from a mountain in the middle east after the water dried up.”
Gungor is now working with liberal Christian theologian Rob Bell and others on projects including “God Our Mother” that talks about God as a motherly, loving figure.
Gungor’s statements are drawing less-than-pleased responses from people who followed their ministry, saying that he’s obviously walking away from God and embracing the views of those who deny God’s word.
Two former Bryan College professors who rebelled against the school by refusing to sign unaltered the Statement of Faith affirming Adam and Eve are now suing the school.
The contracts of Stephen Barnett and Steven DeGeorge are demanding they be given their jobs back along with the court declaring the school’s statement of faith be declared null and void. The two former teacher claim that by affirming humans came from Adam and Eve and not via evolution the school’s board was modifying the school charter.
The school’s Board of Trustees said their statement that “we believe that all humanity is descended from Adam and Eve. They are historical persons created by God in a special formative act, and not from previously existing life forms” is nothing more than clarification of the fourth item in the school’s Statement of Faith.
Students have joined several faculty members in opposing the school’s standing on the Scripture in deciding the origin of life.
A Christian university in Dayton, Tennessee is being attacked because the school has taken a truly Biblical stance in regards to the origins of man.
The Board of Trustees and President Stephen Livesay have amended the school’s statement of faith to state that “all humanity is descended from Adam and Eve. They are historical persons created by God in a special formative act, and not from previously existing life forms.”
Several faculty members and students are protesting and complaining about the change, saying that such a position is out of touch with the world.
The school requires faculty to sign the statement of faith every year as part of contract renewals and when two long-term professors at Bryan College refused to sign the agreement saying God created Adam and Eve, resulting in their contracts not being renewed.
A small group of students is calling for the Board and President to be removed because of the change that led to the professors not being retained.
Kevin Clauson, the vice chair of Bryan’s faculty, told Inside Higher Ed that while he is sad some faculty have chosen to leave, Bryan as a Christian college must make sure “there is no slippage of doctrine.”