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The Clergy Letter Project

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.

Peace Breaks Out In The War Between Religion And Science

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 01.03.2012 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

The message that people do not need to choose between many religious beliefs and scientific understanding is not new -- but it has been spreading.

Rewriting The U.S. Constitution To Honor The Founding Fathers

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 12.20.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Bryan Fischer spoke to thunderous applause at the recent Values Voter Summit. That he was so well received should frighten those of us who care about liberty and justice in America.

Creationism, Science And The Purpose Of Higher Education

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 11.30.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Perhaps those godless experts at Christian colleges aren't godless at all. Perhaps accepting the basics of biology need not call anyone's faith into question.

Ann Coulter's Big Idea: Let's Return To The Good Old Days

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 11.05.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

In Ann Coulter's universe, our understanding of the world does not grow and change. Instead, she, like Rick Perry, forms an opinion and sticks to it regardless of what the experts might learn.

Jon Huntsman And Evolution: A Missed Opportunity

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.29.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

It's not often that there's good news coming out of the Republican Party. So exploring what brought Jon Huntsman to his position on science is not a trivial matter.

Is Rick Perry Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? Not When It Comes To Science

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.24.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Perry's past record clearly demonstrates both a dangerous misunderstanding of the nature of science and a willingness to jettison science when its conclusions are at odds with his politics.

Michele Bachman's Stance On Evolution Demolished By High School Student

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.31.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Not only is Bachmann a fan of creationism and its anti-intellectual offshoot, intelligent design, she's made some outlandish claims about the pseudoscientific subject.

Recanting In The Face Of Religious Extremism

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Unfortunately, when it comes to the evolution/creation debate, Christian fundamentalists are not alone in issuing threats and demanding adherence to religious dogma from their academics.

Appreciating Religion And Science On Evolution Weekend

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

The clergy members who are celebrating Evolution Weekend recognize the critical role science education should play in our society, and they recognize that religion plays a different role.

Betty White And Science Education: Taking Steps For A Healthier Future

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Clergy from a host of religions have decided to declare the war between religion and science over. Their deeply held faith is not challenged by the findings of modern science.

From Creationism To Anti-Environmentalism: The Religious Right's Attack On Science Expands

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

It can no longer be a surprise to anyone that a very vocal and well-funded minority of Christian extremists continue to attack evolutionary theory in the name of their narrow brand of religion.

Redefining The Creation/Evolution Controversy

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

The Clergy Letter Project, comprised of thousands of clergy members and scientists, demonstrates that religious leaders and scientists are not inherently at odds.

Profiles in (Evolutionary) Courage, Part 3: Respecting Science While Honoring Faith

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Clergy are coming forward to educate their parishioners about theology while demonstrating that modern evolutionary theory can be perfectly compatible with their deeply held faith.

Facebook Friends For Evolution: Support Evolutionary Theory

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

My recommendation? Go to Facebook and become a fan of the page entitled "We can find 1,000,000 people who DO believe in Evolution before June."

Creationism in Connecticut? Pushing Pseudoscience in the Name of Religion

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Chester Harris claims that proponents of evolution "haven't proven anything. It's all still theory and faith." Wrong! Wrong! And Wrong! It is amazing that Harris can make three significant errors in a mere nine words.