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Study guide for Scopes Trial

In the summer of 1925, a small town in Tennessee became a hub of intense international interest when famed defence lawyer Clarence Darrow squared off against progressive politician William Jennings Bryan over a Tennessee law that forbade the teaching of the theory of evolution in schools. Here, in summary, are the often-distorted facts of the case.

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Retelling the Story of Science

It is a good time to take a fresh look at the materialist ideology of science and its story of science to see how well they have held up in the light of new knowledge.

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The Sun in the Church

The Catholic Church is portrayed as an institution that has been willing to impose the heavy hand of censorship to suppress scientific freedom. But nothing could be further from the truth. Beginning with the recovery of ancient learning in the twelfth century and continuing through the Copernican upheavals and on even into the Enlightenment, the Roman Catholic Church gave more financial and social support to the study of astronomy - Copernican and otherwise - than did any other institution.

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Scientists are Finding a Friend in Religion

When Rick Husband, commander of the shuttle Columbia, looked out the window of his spacecraft, he saw what he called God's awe-inspiring creation. Crew member Michael Anderson, a physicist, believed that heaven, not space, was his final frontier.

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The Pope's Astrophysicist

For close to a quarter century George Coyne has been director and senior scientist at the Vatican Observatory, the Roman Catholic church's beachhead on the shore of astronomical research. A small and energetic man, Coyne is the son of a working class family who is still slightly dazzled to find himself at the epicenter of Catholic life.

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The Failure of Darwinism to Explain Morality

"As an explanation of the world, materialism has a sort of insane simplicity. It has just the quality of the madmans arguments; we have at once the sense of it covering everything and the sense of it leaving everything out." G.K. Chesterton

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The Privilege of Life on Earth

Do you think that our Earth is an ordinary planet? Do you think that we have a commonplace sun, and live in a run-of-the-mill solar system, in an unremarkable galaxy? If so, think again, advises astrophysicist Guillermo Gonzalez.

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Creation, Evolution, and Thomas Aquinas

The analysis of creation and the distinctions Thomas Aquinas draws among the domains of metaphysics, the natural sciences, and theology can serve an important role in contemporary discussions of the relationship between creation and evolution.

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