Seriously…let’s talk about creationism.

I know Dr. Kassel brought this up before, but I just heard it again on the news and I had to see what the story was.  Republican nominee John McCain and his running mate Sarah Palin advocate teaching intelligent design (or creationism in disguise) right along with the theory of evolution. Now regardless of how you feel about it personally, the idea of throwing a religious theory in the science textbooks next to evolution has to be scary to scientists. A PA federal court ruled in 2005 that creationism could not be included in a public school science curriculum because it:

“singles out the theory of evolution for special treatment, misrepresents its status in the scientific community, causes students to doubt its validity without scientific justification, presents students with a religious alternative masquerading as a scientific theory, directs them to consult a creationist text as though it were a science resource and instructs students to forgo scientific inquiry in the public school classroom and instead to seek out religious instruction elsewhere.”

I think there are serious implications to teaching young students, who are newly encountering the subjects, that creationism and evolution are on equal footing as scientific findings. Now separation of church and state is not a Constitutional right, but I wonder who has more to lose here: science or religion? On the one hand, if theories of science have the ability to reach for supernatural explanations the scientific method falls apart. On the other hand, if religion asserts itself as a science where does that leave faith?

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  1. pokane

    The problem here is that creationism is not science and therefore has no place in a science class. And to teach it alongside evolution will only undermine the subject material and confuse students learning about evolution for the first time.

    It is sad that some people see religion and science at odds. The two are completely different academic pursuits with completely different subjects and goals. You don’t teach chemistry in a theology class and you shouldn’t teach creationism in a science class. To me it just seems like a misguided attempt to bring a renewed importance to religion in an increasingly technologically driven world.

    What you believe is your own business, but creationism has no scientific value. While we are arguing over whether to add religion to our science classes, the rest of the world is surpassing us when it comes to science and technology.

    20 October 2008
  2. nharmuth

    I thought you guys might think this is entertaining, and it goes along with this topic of discussion. Although it’s content is a bit outrageous (or is it?), to say the least, the author makes a great point about science, religion and teaching them together. Check it out!

    29 October 2008
  3. skassel

    That’s great! I remember reading FSM stuff several years ago…

    29 October 2008

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