Science and religion are often at odds on how the world came to be. Several bills have been posed to change how scientific theories are taught in schools. The latest one is a lot like the others, except being careful to not mention religion.
The article is right- any science teacher worth anything will bring up the evidence for and against evolution during class. It looks like it’s just another attempt to bring the creation theory – or intelligent design – into the picture.
They only target evolution, rather than any number of other controversial topics in the sciences. Isn’t that interesting?
I remember an old youth group pastor who apparently never had a problem thinking that evolution could be the intelligent design. He said there was more than one way to think about it: either a passive god created the world and let it go on its own, or an active god made changes as the world went along. The first could explain creation theory, and the second could explain evolution.
Most of the scientific-minded people in my circle don’t have issues also believing in religion. We don’t necessarily take any religious book at its most literal, but as a guide on a metaphoric level. I can’t say how we do it is right or wrong, but it works for us. We occasionally discuss these things, but are also unwilling to push our views on others.
My hope is that everyone can find an answer to suit herself.
3 thoughts on “Legislation Regarding Creationism and Evolution”
I used to work for a guy who insisted the world was only 5000 years old because that is as far back as the bible goes. I asked him about dinosaur bones and he said they didn’t exist. They were just strange rocks. Some people aren’t worth arguing with.
Piers Anthony has a wonderful series of novels called The Incarnations of Immortality. In one of them (maybe For Love of Evil?) he sort of reconciles creationism and evolution by pointing out that the “7 days” of creation weren’t necessarily 7 24-hour human days. A day to a being like God could be our eon. Makes one think a bit, eh?
I have always personally felt that die hard Creationists are really short-changing God’s omnipotence by suggesting He isn’t creative and crafty enough to come up with a scheme as gloriously complex as evolution.