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I know, I know… I’ve been a posting powerhouse this week. I hate pushing one doubtfully-interesting post down the page for the next. But I had to give all y’all some links for the newest developments on the intelligent design front.

First up, the Kansas Board of Education has voted in favor of adding anti-evolution/pro-intelligent design teachings to science classes. The kicker is that they have actually re-defined science to get this to be legal. Can this be any scarier? On the plus side, voters ousted all 8 of the incumbent candidates for the school board in Dover, Pennsylvania, who voted to allow intelligent design to be taught in their schools.

For your reading pleasure, here are articles from NewScientist and The New York Times.

For an interesting summary with some great links, check out an article in, of all places, Ars Technica. One of the interesting things this article mentions is the Catholic Church’s support of evolution. Interesting!

In reaction to the impending Kansas decision, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Science Teachers Association used copyright law as a weapon, keeping science education standards manuals out of the hands of Kansas schools. On the surface, it sounds like a great tactic, but Jennifer Granick at Wired has a wonderful argument against it.

Of course, we’ve already had lively discussion here on The Wren Forum. Read “Intelligent Bullshit” (and the infamous “dickhead” comment that caused great strife) and “Evolution NOW!”

See what happens when you mix both religion and politics? Well, amidst all the drama, it’s good to know that the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is still a viable option for crackpot metaphysical junkies, ex-Catholics included.

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Robb Expounded Thusly:

How does one go about teaching intelligent design anyway? How do you format the textbooks? I know that in English, “i” comes before “e” except after “c” (except in words like neighbor and weigh). I know that 2+2=4 (I at least learned that before I gave up on math altogether). I know that when you’re mixing reactive chemicals, you always mix the acid into the base (at least I think that’s right. WWJD?).

But how did God influence evolution exactly? Is it going to be a free-for-all on the subject? Whoever writes the first approved textbook makes the rules? What’s going to be the standard on this? Or is it subjective, from teacher to teacher like the finer points of music or art?

I have a feeling that it’s more of the latter. Which, of course, by its very nature disqualifies it from being taught as a science. It’s the anti-science isn’t it? A faith-driven theory?

I know that science doesn’t have all the answers. It never claimed to. That’s its nature. Why are Christians so eager to point out that there’s another side to the story when it benefits them and them only? When are the evolutionists going to make the rounds at the Christian schools and demand that they implement Darwin into their curriculum (in a serious way).

Of course, if both sides of the argument are so damned important that every child should learn it, then no one should have to call the Christian schools out…they’ll have implemented the secular science curriculum on their own.

Man, I’ve had about as much as I can take of the Christian hypocrisy.

Oh, and thanks for the spell checker, the “‘i’ before ‘e'” thing is about the extent of my spelling knowledge. My teacher took it upon herself to teach me Ebonics (it’s just another person’s theory of English after all). Werd, yo.

Thursday, November 10th, 2005 • 9:16pm • Permalink

SSneaky Expounded Thusly:

The problem that underlies all of Christianity is that any person who has a bible can claim they are Christians and believe that they are right.

If you are religious at all, then you know that ALL religions teach of a Maker or Supreme Being, and “Exalted One”, if you will. Almost every ancient religion starts with “such person received revelation from the Supreme Being…” The problem with modern religions, as such, is that none of them believe in continuing revelation. There is only one church in the entire world that still believes and teaches that God speaks to man on a daily basis. And that is the one Christian church that isn’t involved in this debate.

A Christian that really is a Christian knows that argument gets you nowhere and is actually very contrary to the teachings of charity(*see footnote). There is no point to argue beliefs. Religion is so absolutely personal that to argue it is to make a mockery of it.

In true Christianity, one knows that we do not have all of the answers. God works in ABSOLUTELY mysterious ways. To claim that the earth was made in 6 24-hour spans is ridiculous. God never said that one of His days is one of ours. Who is to say that God didn’t created the building blocks of evolution? God never said that he created man instantly and that there were never any other iterations of hominids. People are stupid. All of them. Including me.

Open your minds. Science today is the same as science always was. It is a very important and absolutely honorable way of working out problems and finding solutions. Science doesn’t have all the answers and science, at least pure science, has never ONCE ruled out God.

Creationism must be taught in the home. It must be taught by loving parents who understand the truth, or as much of it as we have now, and can explain it to their children in a way that does not degrade the truths of science.

***steps off soap-box***

Footnote for Charity, more important than ANYTHING else:
45 Charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

46 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail—

47 But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005 • 10:05am • Permalink

 

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