Category - science

  • 19 Sep 2011

    Creationism and ‘intelligent design’ are not scientific theories, but they are portrayed as such by some religious fundamentalists who attempt to have their views promoted in publicly-funded schools. There should be enforceable statutory guidance that they may not be presented as scientific theories in any publicly-funded school of whatever type, say a group of eminent scientists and science educators. They include an Anglican priest and they are backed by five organisations: three scientific, one secular humanist and one Christian.

  • 19 Sep 2011
  • 19 Sep 2011

    Top scientists, science educators and five national organisations have signed a statement on teaching evolution, not creationism, in school science.

  • 16 May 2011

    Organisations and individuals from scientific, religious and secular backgrounds have joined together to call for clarity in Department for Education guidance on the teaching of ‘creationism’.

  • 13 May 2011

    On 12 May 2011 an open letter was sent to the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, signed by key figures from both the scientific and religious communities. It calls for a change to the national Department for Education (DfE) guidelines to prevent creationism being taught, presented, or otherwise promoted as a valid scientific position to children in publicly-funded schools.

  • 13 May 2011
  • 13 May 2011

    A new campaign called CrISIS - Creationism In Schools Isn't Science - has been launched with the aim of keeping classrooms places of learning.

  • 9 Dec 2010

    Since it was established in 1970 the Church of Scotland’s Society, Religion and Technology (SRT) Project has made a significant contribution not just to the life of one particular church and its capacity to comment on demanding issues in society, but also to public debates about science, technology and ethics generally, says Mary Anson.

  • 6 Dec 2010

    A leading US proponent of 'Inteligent Design' has been touring the UK to drum up support for his cause, says Bob Carling. But there are good reasons why he is unlikely to convince theologians or scientists with a 'god of the gaps' argument.

  • 30 Sep 2010

    As with many other areas of public finance, funding for science is under major threat – maybe facing up to 25 per cent reductions, says Bob Carling. Many senior figures feel that proposed cuts will destroy the international excellence of science in the UK.