Re: [xmca] Intelligent Design decision

Date: Sat Dec 24 2005 - 08:11:56 PST

Good Morning Kevin,
It's more than that. The creationist's quest for inconstancies in gene
theory has spurred some of the most productive investigations in evolutionary
science, and the creation/evolution debate has inspired religious thinkers to
reexamine and reevaluate some cherished tenets. I believe the crux of the
issue is that ultimately evolutionary theory threatens mind/body separation which
fits so beautifully with the notion of free will. This is an important area
of discussion that should engage both the hard science and the social
science classrooms occasionally. Our children should be encouraged to seek out and
examine inconsistencies within and between all of the subjects they are
taught. We are both limiting and underestimating our children by banning from the
classroom any theory that resonates with a large portion of our population.
and peace with you, especially during this holy season, Deb
In a message dated 12/21/2005 6:00:38 PM Pacific Standard Time, writes:

Dear Deb:

I noticed your posting. My two cents here. ;-)

I'm imagining the issues was less one of teaching the scientific view
versus the view from religious belief as it was the issue of the
proponents wanting the religious belief to masquerade as a scientific
Theory alongside of evolutionary theory. To teach children that both
Are equally valid *scientific* theories, by teaching it in biology class.

You mention social science. And I guess I'd agree that I'd consider
there to be more a case, if they were arguing that in social studies
they'd want to have their kids exposed to the religious creation
viewpoint and to let their kids know that some folks reject the
scientific theoretical approach in favor of these beliefs based on
Biblical revelation.

That's a horse of a different color, though, I'm thinking.

In Peace,
K. wrote:
> Hi Peg,
> I would love to discuss this further - I confess to a limited
> of the legal issues to date, but having raised my children in
> schools where these topics were openly and widely discussed, I can't help
> feel that Americans are sterilizing our learning environments to the
> Detriment of our children and our communities. Please keep me in the
> Deb
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