May 16, 2005
From the "DUH!" File
Sunday Schools Teach Children Creationism
Seriously, is this really news? Next thing you know, Mr. Baker will be leading off with a story that many evangelical churches pray, and at most the church leader (called the "pastor" by the congregation) ends the service with a half-hour speach based on a selected Biblical text. Some parishoners call this speach a "sermon," and it is often followed by an "altar call" or a "benediction" in some churches.
This would be in the running for a Clewie award, but I'm not sure this guy can get a clue. He sure shouldn't be covering religion news if he thinks that teaching creation in Sunday School is news.
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This is where creationism should be taught, not in science classes.
Posted by: MC Lodahl at May 16, 2005 05:25 PM (Al7oN)
Well, that really wasn't in dispute. But I DO disagree that there are different kinds of truth. If something is true, then it's just as true in the classroom as it is in the church building. And there is plenty of presupposition going on in evolutionary circles -- it's not totally objective, unbiased information.
Posted by: Warren at May 16, 2005 08:40 PM (a64K1)
Truth may be told in different ways and on different levels and languages.
Th language of science depends on empirical evidence, that of religion does not.
So, creationism does not belong in science classes since it is not based on empirical evidence.
Posted by: MC Lodahl at May 17, 2005 10:38 AM (Al7oN)
There is enough empirical evidence that backs design that it should be offered as a viable alternative to evolutionary theory. Not exclusively, but along with. Evolution is FAR from a scientific fact, and should not be advocated exclusively when there are other viable options.
Language itself depends on meaning, which I've been told is not absolute. (Don't believe that myself, though). Language is language. Words mean things. Truth is truth, no matter where it's taught -- unless you're a Greek philosopher or a dualist.
Darwin based most of his theories on conjecture -- he 'knew' that he would eventually be proven correct. We're still waiting, and most evolutionary theories at this point reject a good bit of what Darwin taught.
I'd be happy if science classes actually taught science -- experimentation, development of hypotheses, etc. rather than conjectural studies regarding the origin of the universe. And Darwinism should be relegated to the history class.
Posted by: Warren at May 17, 2005 04:27 PM (a64K1)
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