The Debate Of Orgin: Creationsim Versus Evolutionism

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In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth. Or so it said. Then this mystical being, this Intelligent Designer, went on. He made the sun and the moon, the sea and the lands, and all the beasts of the planet. Then, he concluded with man. All this creation in 6 short days. Everything that we know, everything that we are, is supposedly derived from this short span of mass design. However, this information is quite contradictory to what modern science tells us. And that, in and of itself, is the essence of the nationwide debate. Should Creationism, or as it is sometimes labeled, Intelligent Design, be taught in public schools? The answer, of course, is no.
23% of High School students surveyed said that no, they do not believe in creationism and yet the attend church every week. This is compared to 20% of people who attend weekly and do believe in creationism. What this means is that creationist beliefs and ideals are less common among religious folk than the theory of Evolution. As a total, 36% of High School students said they believed in Creationism, and of that only 23% said they wish to be taught it in schools. That means 64% do not believe it and 77% of students wish to be taught only Evolution. So science, true science with evidence and testing supporting it, is more popular than the belief of creation. So why, if more people believe what is already being taught, would school districts introduce a theory without evidence and one that is not commonly believed and one that the majority of students do not want to learn about? That would be incredibly silly; a real blunder for the already shoddy American education system. Kenneth Miller, the head Biologist at Brown University, was also consulted about his opinion of creationism.
Ken Miller was vehemently opposed to the idea of Intelligent Design being taught to students. He said “This [creationism] is a direct contradiction of the basic science behind modern astronomy, cosmology, physics, and earth science. It would not be fair to students to take an idea that we know to be false, and to pretend that it has enough validity to be considered legitimate science.” (Miller 1) This is in a person email that Dr. Miller sent to me. He went on to give a list of points detailing everything wrong with teaching this “theory” in a science classroom, all the while making it explicitly clear that he was against it. When asked if he could produce one, just one, good thing that might arise from educating students with this, he was stumped. He could not give one reason that might make reasonable sense. The same is true for many people in the country. In fact, Marvin Moore, an author for Liberty magazine who also happens to be a creationist, wrote "’The three factors that raise a question about its appropriateness as a textbook in a public school classroom are its defense of Biblical creationism, sometimes with religious language; its attempt throughout to discredit the evolutionary theory; and its...

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