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The Clergy Letter Project

Teaching Scott Walker What it Means to Pontificate

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 04.18.2015 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

When Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was in London last week attempting to look presidential, he refused to answer even the most basic of policy questions. Although he certainly didn't intend it this way, his non-answer to the query asking about his opinion of the theory of evolution should be long remembered.

Evolution Weekend: Celebrating Faith and Fact

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 04.10.2015 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Clergy and parishioners have been celebrating Evolution Weekend for a decade. Those who have participated have found their faith to be stronger even while they deepen their understanding of the nature of science.

They're Not All the Same: Labels and Stereotypes Fail to Recognize Religious Diversity

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 03.04.2015 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Here's a critical and simple point to keep in mind: as difficult as it may be for some to accept, not all religious individuals believe the same thin...

Evolution and the Presbyterian Church (USA): Not Quite the Relationship It Could Be

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.06.2014 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

When people believe that being religious means that some scientific concepts can't be discussed or accepted, damage is done to both religion and science.

Banning Books in India and Creationism in the United States

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.10.2014 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

What, you might ask, does a book that was recalled and destroyed by its publisher in India have to do with the evolution/creation controversy in the U...

Assessing the "Debate:" Ham Was Wrong On Both Religious and Scientific Grounds

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 04.22.2014 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Ham's position that the Bible has presented him with all the answers he needs to know makes a mockery of some very rich religious traditions while undercutting the very foundation of science.

The Adler Planetarium Demonstrates That Religion and Science Don't Need to Debate

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 04.12.2014 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

The recent "debate" between Ken Ham, the head of the world's largest creationist organization, and Bill Nye, the science guy, was certainly lucrative....

Yet Another Call to Ban the Teaching of Evolution: Bad for Science, Worse for Religion and Legally Embarrassing

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.27.2013 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Not only is there nothing controversial about evolutionary processes, they are regularly observed and measured in the laboratory and the field. No scientific manuscript discussing evolution, no biology textbook explaining evolution, argues that evolutionary theory makes any claims about the existence of any deity.

The Guardian Falls For Creationist Ploy, Misses Real Story: Peace Between Religion And Science

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 06.09.2013 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Reporting on false battles, encouraging people to continue to believe that they must choose between religion and science, is not only wrong but it exacerbates the problems arising from the fact that we live in a society in which scientific illiteracy is rampant.

Literal Genesis Trial: Creationist Gimmicks Versus the Optimism of Education

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.27.2013 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

I really do believe in the power of education and I am confident that most people reading about Mastropaolo's latest stunt will see it for what it is.

Religious-Based Alternatives To Evolution Promoted By Texas Education Official

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.05.2013 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Is it too much to ask that those who are attempting to destroy public science education in Texas and beyond at least be consistent? Unfortunately, the latest turn of events in Texas means that even consistency has become a victim.

Evolution Weekend: An Opportunity for Reasoned Debate

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 04.07.2013 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Evolution Weekend is an opportunity for congregations all over the world to set aside some time to reflect on and discuss what it means to balance a religious world view with the knowledge gained from scientific investigations.

Creationists Say the Darndest Things

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 03.27.2013 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

It's not only kids who can be hilarious when they speak what they believe is the truth. And it's not only kids whose utterances can portray a deeper meaning than they ever intended.

The Party Of Stupid: A Scientific And Religious Perspective

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 01.26.2013 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Republicans have a very long way to go to move away from being the party of stupid, and they seem to be headed in the wrong direction.

From Dr. Pepper To Libya: Empowering The Fanatics

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 11.27.2012 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Whenever we equate the radical fringe, whether they be Muslim extremists or Christian fundamentalists, with the majority of a particular religion, we empower the fanatics.

Buddhists Join The Clergy Letter Project And Call For The Teaching of Evolution

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.29.2012 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

As the Clergy Letters so dramatically demonstrate, religious individuals do not need to choose between scientific enlightenment and their religious faith. Both are possible.

Who's Responsible For The Evolution/Creation Controversy? It's Not So Simple

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.09.2012 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Are religious people responsible for promoting the continuing battle between evolution and creationism? Of course! But that does not mean that ALL religious people are playing this role.

New Theists: Knowers, Not Believers

Rev. Michael Dowd | Posted 08.15.2012 | Religion
Rev. Michael Dowd

A new breed of theist is emerging around the globe. We are religious naturalists: Reality is our God, evidence is our Scripture, integrity is our religion, and contributing toward a healthy future is our mission.

The Good News About Creationism's Expansion

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.10.2012 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Recent changes in South Korea have made it clear that fundamentalists are flexing some of the same muscles that their brethren have flexed in the United States.

Charles Darwin, Hugh Hefner And High Quality Science Education

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Never once in my years of writing did I imagine being able to write about Charles Darwin and Hugh Hefner in the same essay. But perhaps the link between the two isn't all the difficult to envision.

The War On Religion: A View From The Trenches

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 06.11.2012 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

The claim by Republicans that there is a war on religion turns reality on its head and attempts to make victims out of perpetrators.

Creationism In Louisiana? Maybe Not!

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.16.2012 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

We've reached the point where expertise is something to be shunned. The opinion of the scientific community is criticized, while the opinion of educators is to be avoided.

Evolution Weekend vs. An$wer$ In Gene$i$: Follow The Money

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 04.25.2012 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Given all of the T-shirts, bumper stickers and related paraphernalia that sponsors were hawking, "Question Evolution Day" might well have been a boon to the economy, but there was no evidence that it promoted meaningful dialogue.

Evolution Weekend: Protecting Both Religion And Science

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 04.10.2012 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Evolution Weekend is an opportunity for religious individuals to practice their faith while appreciating all science has taught us.

Creationism in New Hampshire: Attacking Science and Undermining Religious Freedom

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Two anti-evolution bills have just been introduced and will be taken up by the New Hampshire legislature in February.