June 19, 2002
Scientific American: 15 Answers to Creationist nonsense

Scientific American: 15 Answers to Creationist Nonsense

"When Charles Darwin introduced the theory of evolution through natural selection 143 years ago, the scientists of the day argued over it fiercely, but the massing evidence from paleontology, genetics, zoology, molecular biology and other fields gradually established evolution's truth beyond reasonable doubt. Today that battle has been won everywhere--except in the public imagination. Embarrassingly, in the 21st century, in the most scientifically advanced nation the world has ever known, creationists can still persuade politicians, judges and ordinary citizens that evolution is a flawed, poorly supported fantasy. They lobby for creationist ideas such as "intelligent design" to be taught as alternatives to evolution in science classrooms."

"Intelligent design" theory proponents are using doubts over Darwin as a "wedge" for introducing religious discussions in American schools... in science classes! How low can they sink...? European schools have long separated religious and scientific education - wake up! Creationism doesn't belong in the "science" category!

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It might be worth understanding the Intelligent Design side of the debate before you swallow whole Rennie's comments.

In addition, you need not be so concerned at the terrible state of affairs in the U.S. which might actually allow students and teachers to discuss ideas that are incompatible with evolutionism. No, despite Rennie's exasperation that not everyone shares his views, there is little opportunity for religious discussion to enter into the classroom in the United States.

You may be aware that in Aguillard v. Edwards in 1987 the U.S. Supreme Court (with dissenting opinions) even went so far as to hold that traditional treatment of creation in the public school classroom is unconstitutional. Additionally, cases in state and federal courts have subsequently and regularly upheld disciplinary action against teachers who present creation as a an alternative theory to evolutionism. In my review of standard biology texts, I fail to find any reference to creation, except in dismissal; yet some form of Darwinian evolutionism is universally presented.

Thus, your and Rennie's fears about discussions of creation permeating our classrooms are completely unfounded in the present state of affairs.

However, this is really tangential to the Intellegent Design position, which does not seek to turn science courses into religion courses, but simply to allow students the opportunity to (i) hear and understand weaknesses in evolutionary theory; and (ii) be exposed to alternative theories that might exist based on the evidence and an impartial scientific method.

Posted by: Eric on June 7, 2003 01:01 AM

Quote from Randal Huey:

EVOLUTION IS A RELIGIOUS BELIEF to those who fervently believe in it as fact.

Posted by: Major Wallop on November 9, 2004 05:12 AM

Suggest any with open minds read the works of Gerald Schroeder and check the website of the same and links to BBC dvd.

Mathematically inclined will be especially interested.


Posted by: jim achmoody on December 11, 2005 05:20 PM

Just checking to see if any relation are out here

Posted by: Drop on February 2, 2006 06:02 PM
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