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  • Carol Smith
    From the National Center of Science Education... Dear Friends of NCSE, The Economist provides a useful report on the global spread of creationism, while the
    Message 1 of 1 , May 1, 2007
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      From the National Center of Science Education...

      Dear Friends of NCSE,

      The Economist provides a useful report on the global spread of creationism,
      while the Wellcome Trust provides a useful resource on evolution for
      high-schoolers and their teachers.


      A special report in the April 19, 2007, edition of The Economist --
      exotically datelined "Istanbul, Moscow, and Rome" -- discusses the
      continued global spread of creationism. The incidents discussed are the
      dissemination of a book preaching Islamic creationism in France, the
      controversy over the display of hominid fossils in Kenya, the unsuccessful
      lawsuit over teaching evolution in Russia, and, at length, the current
      discussion within the Catholic Church. Creationism, the article suggests,
      is likely to continue to spread, especially in the developing world where
      fundamentalist versions of Christianity and Islam are expanding.

      The report notes, "As these examples from around the world show, the debate
      over creation, evolution and religion is rapidly going global. Until
      recently, all the hottest public arguments had taken place in the United
      States, where school boards in many districts and states tried to restrict
      the teaching of Darwin's idea that life in its myriad forms evolved through
      a natural process of adaptation to changing conditions." Kitzmiller v.
      Dover is cited as delivering "a body-blow" to "Darwin-bashers": "the
      verdict made it much harder for school boards in other parts of America to
      mandate curbs on the teaching of evolution, as many have tried to do -- to
      the horror of most professional scientists."

      For the story in The Economist, visit:

      For NCSE's previous coverage of events around the world, visit:


      The January 2007 issue of Big Picture -- a publication of the Wellcome
      Trust in the United Kingdom that seeks to provide high-school students with
      "up-to-date information on research findings in biomedicine, and the social
      and ethical implications of this research" -- is devoted to evolution. The
      first page of the lively and colorful sixteen-page issue explains the
      plan: "Why does Darwinian evolution raise controversy when, say, quantum
      mechanics scarcely registers on the public consciousness? This issue of
      Big Picture looks at the theory of evolution, the evidence that supports
      it, unanswered questions and the history of public reaction."

      Included are discussions of the history of the development of evolutionary
      theory, the tree of life, evolution in action (including pathogen
      evolution), current unanswered questions (including the origin of life and
      the relevance of evolutionary explanations to human behavior), and the
      social and religious impact of evolution in Darwin's day and in our
      own. Creationism is discussed in the latter section, with a discussion of
      the varying religious reactions to evolution, a brief treatment of
      creationism (singling out the 1925 Scopes trial and the 2005 trial in
      Kitzmiller v. Dover as the landmark events), and a discussion of the nature
      of science. The Wellcome Trust is an independent charity funding research
      to improve human and animal health.

      For information about the issue, visit:

      For the issue itself (PDF), visit:

      For the complete list of articles on the topic, visit:

      Thanks for reading! And as always, be sure to consult NCSE's web site:
      http://www.ncseweb.org where you can always find the latest news on
      evolution education and
      threats to it.
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