Re: More on the Georgia Decision, from Cal Thomas

From: george murphy (
Date: Thu Aug 29 2002 - 07:40:13 EDT

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    "Hassell, Ian C." wrote:

    > Cal's editorial is well-stated. We need not fear presentation of competing
    > theories. The one that is right will ultimately win out (I believe that's
    > also a tenant of evolutionism).

         It ain't necessarily so. Especially in areas in which school boards are
    inclined to make decisions like the Georgia one, many students will come to the
    subject with a bias against evolution & for special creation which they will
    have gotten from family, church &c. The fact that they are presented with
    alternatives to evolution will give them reason enough to continue to
    reject it,
    whatever the arguments of detail are.
         The ID people have, I think, realized this. In the ongoing debate here in
    Ohio they have started to emphasize Meyer's "teach the controversy"
    slogan. The
    "controversy" is in fact cultural & religious, not scientific, but what's
    important for them is to tell students that there _is_ a controversy. If they
    can give students an excuse to reject evolution then they've pretty much
    accomplished their purpose, which is more anti-"naturalism" than pro-any
    particular alternative to evolution.

    George L. Murphy
    "The Science-Theology Interface"

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