[asa] Ross challenge to evolution

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Date: Thu Sep 07 2006 - 21:16:59 EDT

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Date: September 7, 2006
From: The Christian Newswire

New Testable Model for Creation Poised to Challenge the Darwinian
Theory--Are We Willing to Let Science Be the Judge?

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 7 /Christian Newswire/ -- Proponents of evolution
considered the Kansas State School Board elections in August a huge
victory for science education. Conservative Republicans backing the
teaching of Intelligent Design in the public-school classroom lost
seats to moderate Republicans and liberal Democrats favoring more
traditional methods of teaching evolution.
"With the unprecedented strides scientific research has already made
in the new millennium, we have been given a unique opportunity to
make science education exciting again," says astronomer Dr. Hugh
Ross, founder and president of the premier science/faith think-tank
Reasons To Believe.

"The 1981 Supreme Court ruling guarantees the place of any
scientifically viable model in public education regardless of its
theological implications," contends Ross. "The problem scientists
have with the current Intelligent Design movement is that ID
proponents offer no model by which to test their claims. Testability
and predictive power are crucial to credibility," says Ross. "It is
right for the scientific community to ask, 'Where is your model?'"

Ross is ready to answer that challenge. After 20 years of research,
he and the team of scientists at Reasons To Believe have developed a
creation model rooted in the scientific method. It is testable,
verifiable/falsifiable, and successfully predicts scientific
discoveries. Dr. Ross introduces the model in his new book, Creation
As Science: A Testable Approach to End the Evolution/Creation Wars
(NavPress, September 2006).

"The all-too-familiar evolution-bashing reveals a failure to
understand how science works," Ross comments. "People need to realize
that the scientific community will not abandon their current working
model, despite its flaws, until and unless a model with greater
explanatory power and predictive success emerges to take its place. I
see the RTB model, though still a work in progress, as a viable

"This model-building effort and others like it can improve the
quality of science education and enhance public enthusiasm for
scientific research," Ross asserts. "Treating evolution as a closed
subject has only hindered the search for truth. And that search is
what science is supposed to be about," concludes Ross. "When will we
have the courage to let evidence be the brutal yet fair arbiter in
the competition of ideas? Let's be open-minded enough to follow the
trail of evidence wherever it leads."

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