I apologize if it seems as if I have been attacking religion lately. I usually come up with topics off of the top of my head or with some inspiration from current events, which means Religion and Politics and this post happened to be published very close together by chance. It is very difficult to be objective with everyday issues, but it is even more difficult to remain objective with any issue that is intertwined with religion or any type of God. I try my best, though. People should know that I’m not trying to disprove religion or devalue its teachings in my posts. Even if I completely disagreed with religion I would never attempt something so rash and inciting. I just inject my opinion into whatever debate I see. I always strive to give the opposing belief a satisfactory amount of credit (if the rationale merits any credit – some things don’t because they’re so outrageous) before ending my posts so my readers have more than “I don’t believe in A because B is STUPID”. Unfortunately, we see that rationale all too often from both sides of the political spectrum. So always keep this in mind when reading my posts. You may not agree with me completely, but maybe you can at least understand my reasoning and how I came to my conclusions.
Bill Nye “The Science Guy” has caused a bit of controversy with a recent video of his view on creationism being taught to children. I believe Bill Nye was referring to creationism being taught in schools, so he wasn’t attacking religion itself. Or at least didn’t intend to… There’s a fine line there, some would say no line, but assuming there is one he most likely crossed it. However, I don’t really care about what he said. I’m just interested in one question…
Do you think Creationism should be taught in science courses?
Creationism is the religious belief that humanity, life, the Earth, and the universe are the creation of a supernatural being, most often referring to the Abrahamic God.
- Taken from Wikipedia
And what good is a definition of Creationism without a description of Evolution?
Evolution is the change in the inherited characteristics of biological populations over successive generations. Evolutionary processes give rise to diversity at every level of biological organisation, including species, individual organismsand molecules such as DNA and proteins.
Life on Earth originated and then evolved from a universal common ancestor approximately 3.7 billion years ago. Repeated speciation and the divergence of life can be inferred from shared sets of biochemical and morphological traits, or by shared DNA sequences. These homologous traits and sequences are more similar among species that share a more recent common ancestor, and can be used to reconstruct evolutionary histories, using both existing species and the fossil record. Existing patterns of biodiversity have been shaped both by speciation and by extinction.
- Taken from Wikipedia
Although there are some creationists that believe in evolution as just another part of God’s design, many are opposed to the belief (I think… Correct me if I’m wrong). That is why I also provided a description of evolution.
So what do I think about this debate? Well, in my opinion the entire debate is pretty much a no-brainer. It basically comes down to common sense. Creationism shouldn’t be taught in a science class because, to put it simply, it just isn’t science. If you disagree with me then just look at the definition of science (once again provided by Wikipedia):
Science (from Latin scientia, meaning “knowledge”) is a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe.
How can you possibly say that anything about creationism can be systematically tested? How can we perform experiments to determine if God exists? Or that the universe was created only 6,000 – 10,000 years ago when all of the scientific evidence points to billions of years? It just doesn’t make sense in a scientific classroom, right? I completely understand why creationists want that discussion in the classroom; they probably feel like the omission of that subject matter is essentially the school’s way of saying: “Your religion is wrong, evolution is right, there is no God.” It probably frightens religious parents because they feel like the school is somehow brainwashing their kids. But everyone has to realize that just isn’t the case. The scientific classroom is solely for the subject matter that we can physically prove. It doesn’t deal with the spiritual aspect of life/creation in the slightest. You are literally comparing apples to oranges when you observe science and creationism/God.
Again… I think religion is great, I think you can believe in creationism if you want to, but I don’t think you can force a science class to teach it. Pretty simple. I’d go as far to say it is just common sense.
Here’s a video of a very brief debate I found enjoyable. You’ll quickly observe the creationist’s faulty logic as the video progresses.