Vatican-backed conference snubs creationism: Organizers say they wanted an intellectually rigorous meeting on science

A Vatican-backed conference on evolution is under attack from people who weren’t invited to participate: those espousing creationism and intelligent design. The Discovery Institute, the main organization supporting intelligent design research, says it was shut out from presenting its views because the meeting was funded in part by the John Templeton Foundation, a major U.S. nonprofit that has criticized the intelligent design movement. Intelligent design holds that certain features of life forms are so complex that they can best be explained by an origin from an intelligent higher power, not an undirected process like natural selection.