Should Creationism Be Taught In Schools?

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Another thing wrong with this argument is that evolution does not always lead to improvement and higher complexity. An organism is either well suited to its environment or it’s not. Some organisms have even evolved too many complexities, called over-specialization, and have gone extinct as a result. Evolution is merely an autonomous system that is driven by variation and environmental/natural selection.

“Evolution as a whole seems to explain variation of life, but it doesn’t explain where the first living thing came from!” Yes that’s absolutely true. Evolution does not explain where living things originated. It’s not supposed to. Evolution explains how living organisms have changed over ...view middle of the document...

Just as the Church had to readjust its views back in the day of Galileo due to overwhelming evidence, so religion today should adjust its views due to overwhelming evidence of evolution. This was in fact already done by Pope John Paul II (8) and should be used as an example for other denominations.

After bashing evolution left and right, creationists have conceded to allow it to be taught in the classroom, but they still want ID or creationism to be taught alongside it. The argument as claimed by creationists is “all alternatives should be taught in the classroom anyway. Everyone has a right to speak their mind. Let the kids decide for themselves. It’s only fair.” This argument is one of the most compelling arguments because it isn’t an appeal to put forth evidence to prove that it’s true. Rather it’s an appeal to the emotions of the masses. People like to hear both sides of an issue and generally disagree with a one sided argument. Therefore, the argument that it’s only fair to include it into the scientific curriculum actually seems fair.

However, let’s think about this for a moment. The reason this doesn’t apply in science is pretty straight forward. It’s not a question of hearing both sides of an issue; it’s a question of whether or not the scientific process is going to be allowed to work. How do scientific ideas or scientific theories get into a scientific curriculum or into a textbook? The answer is that these ideas originate in the minds of scientists. They propose them. They do research. They gather evidence. They engage in peer review. Which means they publish their findings, argue with people with whom they disagree, they produce new evidence to answer those arguments, and gradually over time if the evidence is on their side, they will win a consensus in the scientific...

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