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NCSE Evolution and Climate Education Update for 2016/07/29

(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear friends of NCSE,

News of the death of Tim LaHaye. And kudos for Richard Alley and Naomi Oreskes.


The evangelical writer and activist Tim LaHaye died on July 25, 2016,
at the age of 90, according to NBC News (July 25, 2016). LaHaye was
best known for the Left Behind series of novels, coauthored with Jerry
B. Jenkins, in which he imagined the Apocalypse unfolding according to
his premillennialist and pretribulationist understanding of Scripture.
In 2005, Time magazine included LaHaye and his wife Beverly LaHaye --
founder of Concerned Women for America -- in its list of the
twenty-five most influential evangelicals in America.

LaHaye was deeply involved with creationist efforts throughout his
career. In 1971, he founded Christian Heritage College (now San Diego
Christian College), which recruited Henry M. Morris to direct its
Creation Science Research Center. After the mother-and-son team of
Nell Segraves and Kelly Segraves took control of the center and
dissociated it from the college in 1972, Morris reorganized the
remaining staff into the Institute for Creation Research, which became
autonomous from the college in 1981. LaHaye continued to decry the
teaching of evolution in such books as The Battle for the Mind (1980),
The Battle for the Public Schools (1983), and Mind Siege (2000,
coauthored with David Noebel), according to which a humanist
conspiracy is responsible for perpetrating "[t]he biggest hoax of the
nineteenth and twentieth century ... that evolution is a scientific

LaHaye was born on April 27, 1926, in Detroit, Michigan. He served in
the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. He received a
B.A. from Bob Jones University in 1950 and served as the pastor of
Scott Memorial Baptist (now Shadow Mountain Committee) Church outside
San Diego from 1958 to 1983, receiving a D.Min. from Western
Theological Seminary in 1977 as well as honorary degrees from Bob
Jones and Liberty Universities. He was involved in a number of
political initiatives of the religious right.

For the obituary from NBC News, visit: 

For Time's article about the LaHayes, visit:,28804,1993235_1993243_1993291,00.html 


NCSE is delighted to congratulate Richard Alley on receiving the
Climate Communications Prize and Naomi Oreskes on receiving the
Ambassador Award from the American Geophysical Union.

The Climate Communications Prize "highlights the importance of
promoting scientific literacy, clarity of message, and efforts to
foster respect and understanding of science-based values as they
relate to the implications of climate change," while the Ambassador
Award honors "outstanding contributions to the following area(s):
societal impact, service to the Earth and space community, scientific
leadership, and promotion of talent/career pool," according to the

Alley is the Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences at Pennsylvania State
University and the author of The Two-Mile Time Machine (2000) and
Earth: The Operator's Manual (2011). A professor of the history of
science at Harvard University, Oreskes is the author, with Erik M.
Conway, of Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured
the Truth on Issues from Tobacco to Global Warming (2010).

Both Alley and Oreskes are previous recipients of NCSE's Friend of the
Planet Award, Alley in 2014 and Oreskes in 2015.

For AGU's press release about the awards, visit: 

For Daniel Bedford's review of Earth: The Operator's Manual (PDF), visit: 

And for a free excerpt (chapter 6) from Merchants of Doubt, visit (PDF): 


Have you been visiting NCSE's blog, The Science League of America,
recently? If not, then you've missed:

* Glenn Branch researching a quotation from James Clerk Maxwell: 

* Stephanie Keep asking big questions about tiny arms: 

And much more besides!

For The Science League of America, visit: 

Thanks for reading. And don't forget to visit NCSE's website -- -- where you can always find the latest news on 
evolution and climate education and threats to them.


Glenn Branch
Deputy Director
National Center for Science Education, Inc.
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