Weekend Reading on the Evolution/Creationism/Intelligent Design Issue!

This blog has devoted considerable space to the cultural war that is raging primarily in school districts across the country. The issue is whether creation science, presently disquised as “intelligent design” should be taught along side evolution. Intelligent design folks think that some parts of the world (like the human eye) are too complicated for evolution to have “created” them, and therefore must be the result of some intelligent design “theorist?” The intelligent design people even have their own think tank called The Discovery Institute, located in Seattle. One of the major goals of this group is to “wedge” out evolution, and naturalistic scientific methodology, and replace it with intelligent design theory and methodology—a theistic approach.

The Dover, PA school district is on trail in a district court over a statement that is required to be read in all biology courses concerning evolution and intelligent design. If interested, here are the day-by-day trial transcripts.

One of the problems that surfaces here is basing what should be taught in the schools to “voter” appeal, and thereby establishing the notion that the idea that has more votes should be taught in the schools, not the ideas that are the result of scientific scruitiny. In fact, the Discovery Institute uses publicity and opinion-making as one of their key strategies. No idea in science has gone through the scruitiny that evolution has, and still is supported with advances in biology and natural science. Even the President of Cornell University has spoken on the issue, and has condemed the teaching of ID in the public schools. I thought readers might enjoy reading a collection of articles that have been reported in the New York Times. Two of them that I think you will especially enjoy are Show Me the Science, and Seeing Creation and Evolution in the Grand Canyon. Happy Reading.

Evolution is a Theory, Not a Fact?…Dover, PA

Even People Magazine is reporting on the controversy taking place in the Dover, PA school district where 11 Dover parents have sued the district to have the reading of this statement stopped: “Darwin’s theory of evolution is a theory….not a fact…keep an open mind.” I came across Alonzo Fyfe’s blog entry on science vs religion, and found it interesting inlight of the Dover, PA case. Intelligent design vs evolution is on trial; after reading Fyfe’s piece, one sees that there is not a clear distinction about the effect of science on religion or religion on science. In an earlier piece on this blog, I wrote about “The Law of Evolution, which is James Watson’s take on the issue of evolution. In the small town of Dover, PA, the controversy is splitting the town apart, and people who were once cordial with each other, turn is name calling and out-right avoidance. If you want to read more on evolution and the controversy cited here, go to The Panda’s Thumb. And the case and the issue is even being debated in Australia!