Exactly 158 years ago, on May 14, 1856, Charles Darwin began writing an extended treatise that would later become On the Origin of Species, his landma...
That is because the nature of the intellectual terrain -- the authoritative story of where we came from and who we are -- lies on the contested turf of human kinship, and everybody thinks they own a piece of it.
I bang my head against the wall on a daily basis as I observe the really stupid and arrogant people who don't believe in expertise because they imagine they possess it in equal measure themselves.
Looking at the Syrian crisis now, we may not, humanly, be able to see a solution. That's why we need to pray. Prayer is so powerful. All our prayers count. Your prayer may be the one that makes the difference.
Though I no longer consider myself a religious person, I remain intrigued by artistic explorations of faith. The trailer for God's Not Dead pitted an atheist philosophy professor against a Christian student.
Denis Noble's understanding of music is clearly reflected in the elegance with which he communicates science. Maybe that's partly why he was invited to China to talk about evolution and the need to move beyond neo-Darwinism. (Noble prefers the term "modern synthesis.")
There's lots of great science going on on the International Space Station, involving not only professional scientists but tens of thousands of students who have participated in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program. And now there's another way for kids, parents, and teachers to be a part of the human adventure of space exploration: Story Time From Space.
The bishop, who along with the sailors, had to endure a water shortage, was not impressed and later wrote to the King of Spain the place looked "as though at some time God had showered stones."
Thinking about Donald Sterling, his life story, his success, his amassing of wealth, it cannot be a great surprise that he ended up where he did.
It is odd how triumphalist rhetoric pervades campaigns against anthropocentrism. Every perceived strike against human exceptionalism, for example the Copernican universe or Darwin's Theory of Evolution, is presented as one more step in human progress.
The rain of ridiculous ravings from America's political right continued unabated as spring took hold. Let's look at a few examples.
The warp and weft of our culture, the very fabric of our day to day lives, is now created by... us. And pretty much all the time.
While I am certainly a creationist, I am decidedly not a "Creationist" with a capital "c," and I am quite content with deGrasse Tyson's description of the very beginnings of our universe.
There are many conflicts between science and basic Christian beliefs that are irreconcilable. Science is not likely to change to accommodate Christianity. If Christianity changes to accommodate science, it will be difficult to still call it Christianity.
Kids are actually born scientists. As any parent knows who's watched Junior drop a series of different things from his high chair to see what happens when they fall, children are innate experimenters.
Why did a self-described white supremacist target apparent white people at Jewish community centers? The answer is quite simple: Though Jewish people are members of every so-called "race," even Jews of European heritage have been and still continue to be "racially" othered by dominant, Christian-European-heritage communities.