Saturday, November 13, 2004

Teaching Theology as Science, It’s the Law!


With a vote last month, the school board in rural south-central Pennsylvania community is believed to have become the first in the nation to mandate the teaching of "intelligent design," which holds that the universe is so complex that it must have been created by an unspecified higher power.

Intelligent design is but the latest in a series of bizarre notions promoted by Political Evangelicals. Traditionally, for an idea to be considered scientific it needed the support of a large body of peer reviewed research. There is no such body of research to support Intelligent Design. Yes, ID advocates have created some very nice looking web sites and published a number of books that sell like hot cakes at Christian book stores. But to date the movement's advocates have failed to produce a meaningful body of peer reviewed scientific work. When considered in this light we must conclude that ID is the lowest form of pseudoscience.

Lacking any scientific validity, Intelligent design advocates have decided to force their bizarre ideas into our society through legal means rather than the persuasiveness of sound scientific reasoning. As someone who attends an Evangelical church I can tell you that within the world of Political Evangelicalism, Intelligent Design is hot. It is also an absolute nonsense. The people who are promoting Intelligent Design believe they are right not because of the merits of their argument or because of an abundance of scientific evidence but because they believe God is on their side. With this mind set any tactic is acceptable when it comes to spreading ID. Since ID can't be introduced into school curriculums on its scientific merits ID proponents will use the force of law.

Barbara Forrest has written an excellent piece on who these people are and what their grand strategy is. ID advocates have a plan to force their ideas down our children's throats. The reeducation camps are open and ID is first on the curriculum list.

Here is a link to Talkorigins. If you want to learn about the current state of biological evolution, which is formidably sound, read the FAQ at Talkorigins. If you want to be frightened by appalling ignorance then read the Talkorigins feedback page to see how angry Political Evangelicals can become when confronted by solid data. The fight is now for the minds of our children.


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