Dick Peterson

Dick is a World Journalism Institute graduate and a former WORLD correspondent.

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Faith, love, and hope for reconciliation

Charleston Shooting | A year after the shootings at Charleston’s Mother Emanuel Church, one woman continues to call for racial unity
by Dick Peterson
Posted 6/17/16, 08:37 am

Alana Simmons didn’t intend to speak to Dylann Roof at his bond hearing, two days after he shot and killed nine members of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. But as others began to speak forgiveness, she felt the need to tell about the legacy of love her grandfather, Rev. Daniel Simmons, 74, left behind. The experience changed the direction of her life.

Now, a year after the June 17 massacre, Simmons heads a growing non-profit organization that promotes acts of forgiveness and gives voice to the message that love is stronger than hate.

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Templeton Foundation funds search for 'evolutionary rethink'

Evolution
by Dick Peterson
Posted 5/20/16, 10:58 am

It’s not just creationists and proponents of intelligent design chipping away at the Darwinian evolutionary model anymore. With help from an $8.7 million Templeton Foundation grant, 49 researchers from various fields and 22 collaborations across eight institutions are in search of an “evolutionary rethink,” according to an announcement in Science Magazine.

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Survey: Darwinism is to blame for eroding belief in human dignity

Intelligent Design
by Dick Peterson
Posted 4/15/16, 04:30 pm

A new Discovery Institute survey confirms what scholars have long thought: Darwinism erodes the belief that humans occupy an exceptional place among living creatures. The poll of 3,400 Americans reveals a belief in Darwinian evolution “undercuts traditional beliefs about human dignity and human uniqueness,” said Discovery Institute vice president and senior fellow John West.

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