Weekly Religion News with Bill Nye speaking out on creationism, "I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life" by Joel Osteen and more.
Bill Nye, of "Bill Nye the Science Guy," says "creationism in science class as an alternative to evolution is inappropriate," according to HuffingtonPost.com.
"Tax dollars intended for science education must not be used to teach creationism as any sort of real explanation of nature," he told the Post.
Nye was the center of attention recently and caught in a firestorm of both criticism and praise on Twitter when a video went viral that featured him saying creationism should not be taught to children.
In an interview with the Post, Nye explained how radioactive dating indicated the world is 4.54 billion years old, and the idea that a deity planted fossils around the Earth is "completely unsatisfactory."
Does that mean Nye wants people to abandon their religion? Not quite, according to the interview. He says people whose religion is inconsistent with science should consider "tempering" their beliefs. And for those believers who want both religion and science, Nye says to keep in mind that the Bible and other religious texts have been translated from ancient languages, where subtleties and nuances are lost in translation.
Nye recalls learning about Noah's ark when he was a child, and he said it never seemed "reasonable." "What about the yellow-jackets?" Nye asked in the interview. He listed other unpleasant invertebrates of which he wondered if they had made it onto the large boat.
Then the Post asked if he had any advice for the children of creationism believers?
"Hang in there," he says. "There is another amazing, exciting, inspiring way to know the world."
Week in Religion
Sept. 28, 1934, the first issue of "The Sword of the Lord" was published. Founded by Baptist evangelist John R. Rice, 39, it became the largest independent Christian weekly for years.
Sept. 29, 1990, in Washington, DC, the National Cathedral (officially, the Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul) was completed after 83 years of construction.
Sept. 30, 1952, the complete Old and New Testament of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible was first published by Thomas Nelson and Sons.
-- William D. Blake, Almanac of the Christian Church
"I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life" by Joel Osteen
Broken into thirty-one segments, this book defines the most powerful blessings in Scripture and encourages readers to declare one each day for a month. The declarations will affirm God's blessings in the area of health, family legacy, decisions, finances, thoughts, outlook and overcoming obstacles.
Quote of the week
"Churches and chapels would not so often be empty if ministers would take heed what they preach as well as how they preach." -- Charles H. Spurgeon
Watch Night: A New Year’s Eve worship service popular in African-American churches. It dates back to 1864, when tradition holds that slaves waited all night long to hear word of the Emancipation Proclamation.
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