This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Separate But Equal Essay

1744 words - 7 pages

“Rocks of Ages” is Stephen Jay Gould’s commentary on the conflict between secular scientists and religious believers who reject scientific theory when in it is disagreement with religious teachings about nature and origin of the natural world. Certain aspects of his argument hold true, but the application is impossible and still gives one magisteria a dominance over the other. While it is an accurate account of historical disagreements and critical views of well-known people, his argument is flawed by human nature. He repeatedly contradicts himself and maintains a bias in favor of scientific theory.
Gould begins the extended essay by explaining the purpose of the novel. The preamble is a ...view middle of the document...

He references and quotes work of Charles Darwin, Thomas Huxley, the Bible, and many others. His evidence is from historical leaders who are revered experts in each of their areas of study.
Stephen Gould’s “Rocks of Ages” contributes a belief structure for biology. His faith in biological evolution is similar to the structure of many religions, because science follows teachers, doctrines, and has suffered persecution. Gould does not support strictly modern biological facts and research, but a history of beliefs passed down from biology fundamentalists. Science has teachers that travelled, studied, and researched similar the teachers in many religions. Gould often quotes Charles Darwin and Thomas Huxley’s beliefs who in the science world are equivalent to the disciples in a religious world. Secondly, both areas contain doctrines. For example, The Origin of Species of Darwin and the Natural History Review from Huxley are doctrines for biology and The Bible is the doctrine of Christianity. Finally, both areas of study have endured persecution. Many religions faced persecution during the Reformation and religious wars. Scientists often encountered persecution for releasing their findings. Gould’s favorite example is Galileo’s trial over the shape of the earth. Through Gould’s presentation of historical conflicts between science and religion, he also shows the similarities, which is also a reason for the constant conflict. Both are a belief structure that neither party is willing to release.
A major flaw in Stephen Gould’s argument is his religious ideals and statements. The first flawed religious statement is the idea that religion defines morality. He believes that science determines the facts, so as a scientist it is expected of him to govern his writing with factual information. Religion defining morality is a statement in defense of religion, not a human fact. Gould may be trying to strike a balance and dictate the magisteria’s domain, but religion is not always the predetermination of someone’s moral behavior and ethics. There are atheists that can live in an ethical and morally principled manner, while there are hypocrites that can claim any religion, which is a claim that Gould himself also mentions. The second error is that he ridicules beliefs under the majority of religions as illogical and unacceptable, and his distaste for the fundamentals of Christianity is obvious. However, Gould epitomizes a long standing issue that both science and most organized religions has caused. When religion oversteps its bounds, children do not receive an accurate and full scientific education. And when science oversteps its bounds, you see an establishment of twisted moral reasoning to obtaining a perfect human race. Although Gould’s idea of NOMA is flawed, it does point out underlying issues between the two magisteria.
His final religious fault is his dismissal of religious beliefs. He works under the assumption that everyone will release any religious...

Find Another Essay On Separate but Equal

John Mason “Separate but Equal”                  Segregation was ultimately meant

1435 words - 6 pages John Mason "Separate but Equal" Segregation was ultimately meant to be an equal opportunity for the African American. It was a sensitive but very real reality in the 1950's. The separation of whites and blacks damaged many young students for life. The movie "Separate but Equal" illustrates segregation during this time. It shows the inequality that segregation carries and how it was abolished. The movie started out in a

Still Separate But Equal: Segregation in American High Schools

649 words - 3 pages the same; and at times for the worse. If we can achieve huge technological advancements, get a man of color as president, we should be able to give African American and Hispanic students an equal opportunity, or did America forget that it was founded on these opportunities? Just imagine if we keep our schools segregated, we’ll be leaving students unprepared to deal with the integrated world. It’s not doing a disservice to the students you are separating but the future of our country as a whole.

Male and Female Segregated Education (Co-Ed Versus Single Sex School): Separate but Equal

3266 words - 13 pages each side in separate but equal, we reach a conclusion that males and females are completely different in many ways: ability, mind, and thoughts. Each gender needs to prove his ability without any pressure from the other sex, but the problem is that there are some countries that don’t legalize separation education like some states in America. Furthermore, there are many influences that affect people’s decisions to separate or aggregate such as

This covers the case of "seperate but equal". It deals with segregation in America

334 words - 2 pages The case of "Separate but Equal" Segregation was a very normal part of life for unfortunately many years. Even after the Civil War had ended, separation of black and white citizens was very common. There were separate churches, schools, markets, busses, trains, and restaurants for African American communities. Starting in 1892, twenty-seven years after the Civil War, a man named, Mr. Homer Plessy, who was of mixed race, was thrown in jail


652 words - 3 pages In the 1905s, there was legal segregation in parts of the United States of America. There were several important court cases that dealt with the separation of school districts based on race/color. Eventually, the case was brought to the Supreme Court, and the court decided that segregation was unconstitutional; and therefore is abolished. In the docu-drama, Separate But Equal, the movie shows the struggles that occurred in order to achieve the

Argues in favor of the right to marry for same sex couples or homosexuals based on the fourteenth amendment and precedents set in past supreme court cases

3941 words - 16 pages the word 'marriage', so that the meaning of marriage stays in its traditional meaning -between man and woman. However, there is a downside to civil union. Unlike marriage, civil union do not give all the benefits and rights of marriage -- tax benefits, health care, hospital visitation-- and civil union licenses would become invalid once out of state. To many, the concept of civil union takes the "separate but equal" approach and echoes such

Seperate But Equal. This is a review for the movie "Seperate but Equal." It analyses the good and bad points of the movie, and suggests areas for improvement throughout the film

632 words - 3 pages Separate But EqualThe movie Separate But Equal portrayed the struggle against racial prejudice, which ignited the famous US Supreme Court case of Brown vs. Board of Education. This case was arguably the most influential case of the twentieth century as it called for the desegregation of elementary schools across the United States. The prosecuting attorney, and the protagonist in the movie was Thurgood Marshall, the famous black lawyer who was

brow v board of education

642 words - 3 pages system should not be legally permissible. On May 17, 1954, the Court compatibly ruled that "separate but equal" public schools for blacks and whites were unconstitutional. The Brown case served as a stimulus for the modern civil rights movement, inspiring education everywhere and forming the legal basis of challenging segregation in all areas of society. The Fourteenth Amendment strengthened the law stating, among other things, that no state shall

Black struggle for equality

1550 words - 6 pages infamous case of Plessy v. Ferguson(1896) originated. In this case the court supported the constitutionality of a Louisiana law requiring separate but equal facilities for whites and blacks in railroad cars. Racial discrimination in America was heavily strengthened by this decision. For more than 50 years, most states used the "separate but equal" rule to segregate the races in most all public facilities. This was soon too change. The

Seperate But Equal

567 words - 2 pages Separate But Equal Segregation was a very sensitive issue in the 1950's. In 1951 it was challenged by an African- American school district in South Carolina. The movie "Seperate but Equal" illustrates what it was like when this was going on. It demonstrates topics on segregation and how the Supreme Court worked.Segregation is the separation of blacks and whites. In 1896, in the Plessy vs. Ferguson case, the U.S. Supreme court ruled segregation

Seperate But Equal

567 words - 2 pages Separate But Equal Segregation was a very sensitive issue in the 1950's. In 1951 it was challenged by an African- American school district in South Carolina. The movie "Seperate but Equal" illustrates what it was like when this was going on. It demonstrates topics on segregation and how the Supreme Court worked.Segregation is the separation of blacks and whites. In 1896, in the Plessy vs. Ferguson case, the U.S. Supreme court ruled segregation

Similar Essays

Separate But Equal? Essay

764 words - 4 pages As Steinbeck starts to enter into the southern states he already knows what to expect. He is already worried about the racism he will see. Steinbeck, like I, was raised in a family and area where prejudice was not around him. When you grow up with the idea of equality actually being equal it comes as a shock to hear about things like the separate but equal doctrine. Steinbeck introduces the problem “that an original sin of fathers was being

Equality: Separate But Equal Essay

1152 words - 5 pages important. The poems represent her as humble and wise. Requesting, simply, that women be allowed to have their own place in the world with the same respect as everybody else. She desires equality. It is not the same equality that many think of it, however. It is not that everybody is the same and that men and women can do the same thing. She wants no bays. She wants parsley and thyme. Separate but equal. Men can have what they are good at and have

Sociological Perspective: Separate But Equal Essay

900 words - 4 pages Julian Kenner Sociology 3 Prof. Kimmel Mid-semester assignment Sociological Perspective: Separate but Equal African Americans (blacks) give different meaning to the word equal than others. The social product that blacks assigned to the meaning of equal suggest that is has the same value. Plessy v. Ferguson was instrumental in dealing with separate but equal. Plessy believed that separate was not equal. Plessy was a man who was born free and

The Segregation For Separate But Equal

1306 words - 5 pages The Segregation for Separate but Equal 'Separate but equal' was an expression often used in the early 20th Century to describe segregation - keeping black and white people apart. Segregation was made legal in 1896, but had actually been going on for some time before that. White Americans living in the South (13 states in the Southeast USA) were determined to keep the black population under control. So states in the