Teach the Controversy!

I’m punting today because we were out late last night with some friends.  The cartoon below is basically what I think about every time I hear about states in the Bible Belt start talking about trying to shoehorn creationism into public schools under the guise of “teaching the controversy”.

Normal complaining should resume tomorrow.

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4 Responses to Teach the Controversy!

  1. Creativerealms says:

    “Equal footing” is not something that can be achieved due to people having different beliefs on the subject as well as different levels of understanding. Everyone believes they are right and what they have learned is correct and that others are mislead. In order for their to be equal footing both sides would have to treat the other as an equal. That will never happen. Creationists will never give evolution the respect it deserves because they don’t fully understand it and never will. They see the basic ideas of Evolution, see that it goes against their idea of “absolute truth” and don’t look any further.

    I actually don’t have a problem with “The theory of creationism” being taught in schools along side the theory of evolution. However I believe that would piss Creationists off even more because in their mind it’s not a theory. In their minds it’s real because a two thousand year old collection of stories says it is.

    • I actually don’t have a problem with “The theory of creationism” being taught in schools along side the theory of evolution. However I believe that would piss Creationists off even more because in their mind it’s not a theory. In their minds it’s real because a two thousand year old collection of stories says it is.

      I agree that the topic of creationism could be brought up in science classrooms … but it is most definitely not a theory. It’s not even close. Keep in mind that there is a significant difference between the scientific and colloquial use of the word “theory”. Creationists assume the latter for evolution and big bang cosmology, thinking that it’s just some hare-brained idea was cooked up one night over a round of Jaeger shots and some beer pong. Obviously it’s far more complex and comprehensive than that. A scientific theory is defined as follows from the National Academy of Sciences:

      Theory: In science, a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world that can incorporate facts, laws, inferences, and tested hypotheses.

      The contention that evolution should be taught as a “theory, not as a fact” confuses the common use of these words with the scientific use. In science, theories do not turn into facts through the accumulation of evidence. Rather, theories are the end points of science. They are understandings that develop from extensive observation, experimentation, and creative reflection. They incorporate a large body of scientific facts, laws, tested hypotheses, and logical inferences. In this sense, evolution is one of the strongest and most useful scientific theories we have.

      Clearly, creationism doesn’t fit the bill. It can be mentioned in a science classroom, but only to show exactly how different a well supported theory is compared to a handful of ideas given to us by a band of desert nomads over 3,500 years ago … and which should be given the consideration it deserves.

      I don’t mean to jump on you too harshly for saying “the theory of creationism”, and I agree with the rest of your points … but it’s very important to make the distinction, especially when there’s an attempt made by creationists to assert some sort of equivalence between the two.

  2. Creativerealms says:

    Oh I just called it a theory because that’s the last thing creation’s believers want it to be. I realize that it falls apart once it’s looked at as a “theory.”

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