religion


Nature has a nicely ironic article this week – Brian Alters (a researcher at McGill University in Montreal) has had his application for funds to research the popularisation of intelligent design turned down. The reason? Apparently he presumes that the theory of evolution is correct. The authors managed to get a nicely acerbic comment (from Philip Sadler of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Massachusetts) in:

“If he was trying to answer the question as to whether all this popularisation had had an impact, he just saved the government $40,000. He found the evidence without doing the study.”

A welcome change this week – New Scientist has reported some positive news. One article outlines the Clergy Letter Project, an open letter supporting evolutionary theories which was signed by 10,000 members of the clergy. The other (subscription only, as usual) deals with “green theologians” – Christians who have decided that taking care of God’s Earth might be a better idea than destroying it. Significantly, the US National Association of Evangelicals (who make up 40 % of the Republican Party) are starting to advocate green reform. The Apocalypse may be averted yet.

The (relatively) new Stop Climate Chaos campaign, of which People & Planet is a part, has been picked up in a BBC article, but has somehow managed to get painted as a mainly Christian movement (though, to be fair, there are many Christian groups in it). If it gains enough momentum, perhaps we’ll be stylised as crusaders.