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Clergy Letter Project

The United Methodist Church: Flirting With Creationism

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.28.2012 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

The question is, will the 12 million members of this denomination opt to return to the scientific dark ages? Will they turn their collective backs on modern science?

Science And Religion Aren't Friends, But They Could Be

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

Jerry Coyne and other "new atheists" share many values with religious leaders. If he would stop picking fights with those most likely to be his allies, he would dramatically improve science literacy.

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.

Profiles in (Evolutionary) Courage, Part 2: Choosing Between Dogma and Darwin

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

Al modestly described his actions at the 2008 General Conference of the United Methodist Church as having "quietly moved Methodism into the 21st century." But back at home, Al has paid a very high price for his actions.

Russian Creationism Sounds Frighteningly Familiar

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

Religious fundamentalists have begun promoting creationism in Russia -- and they are doing so using many of the same strategies and buzzwords adopted by fellow extremists in the United States.

The Nonscience Of The Scientific Arguments Against Evolution

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

The Discovery Institute and its main supporters, supporters who have pumped millions of dollars into their efforts, want to remake both science and the United States into their religious image.

Religion and Science: Respecting the Differences

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

It is difficult for some to understand how an evolutionary worldview may be compatible with deeply held religious convictions. But this difficulty is no reason to attack those who manage to comfortably balance the two.