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May 07, 2005



My problem with this whole debate is that Creationism supporters are trying to redefine the overarching definition of science. Science is a discipline, and like other disciplines such as mathematics, philosophy, and history, science is governed by certain categorial criteria. Science is defined by the development of theories based on testable hypotheses. At no point is a science deemed the Truth; scientific theory is based on where the data, the outcome of testing our hypotheses, are currently pointing. Thus, the theory of evolution is saying based on the knowledge that we have to date, this theory is the most plausible explanation for X, Y, and Z. At any point in time, the theory may change, and, as we accrue knowledge, scientific theories will be formed and discarded freely. Creationism doesn't fit into science because it doesn't meet these criteria. Just as I wouldn't say that demonic possession may account for schizophrenic symptomology, I can't say "God" created the earth. That doesn't mean that I don't believe God created the earth, I just don't consider faith to be science. If at some point we gain the technology to test Creationism, it would then fit the criteria for scientific theory. I don't understand why it is so important to place Creationism in a science classroom when there are other disciplines already encompassing Creationism. I don't ask that evolution be placed in a philosophy or religious studies classroom. That would be asinine.


Maybe there should be an assertion that the theory of evolution by natural selection should be included in Bible school curricula.

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