Presentation on theme: "1 Evolution Evolution or Creation? 2 The Genesis Story (King James Version) In the beginning God created heaven and earth. Day 1: And God said, Let there."— Presentation transcript:
2 The Genesis Story (King James Version) In the beginning God created heaven and earth. Day 1: And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. Day 2: And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. Day 3:…. And so on.
3 The Genesis story implies… The creation events took place over six 24-hour days, after which all creating ceased Life was created 6,000-8,000 years ago (not enough time for evolution to occur). Creationism: The Biblical explanation of the origin of man.
4 World-view Implications… Creationism: man is special, different from animals; put here for a purpose; God is in control Evolution: man is nothing special, just an advanced animal; man is an accident of nature; ….man is in control (?)
Legal Cases McLean v. Arkansas Board of Education (1982): -Tried to force teaching of both creationism (Creation Science) and Evolution in public school science class. A federal court held that a "balanced treatment" statute violated the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The Arkansas statute required public schools to give balanced treatment to "creation-science" and "evolution-science". In a decision that gave a detailed definition of the term "science", the court declared that "creation science" is not in fact a science. The court also found that the statute did not have a secular purpose, noting that the statute used language peculiar to creationist literature. The theory of evolution does not presuppose either the absence or the presence of a creator 5
McLean vs. Arkansas BOE Creation Science is not Science!.... Therefore it cannot be taught as such. 6
7 Intelligent design… Sequence of mutations required is statistically impossible – blind watchmaker analogy Producing life from non-life at the molecular level is a tall order ID accepts adaptation and evolution of varieties, but not of major plant and animal kingdoms. Irreducible complexity – flagellum of bacteria – How can there be intermediate stages? CONCLUSION: An intelligent designer is the only reasonable explanation.
Legal Cases Dover Area School districts ID policy: The ID policy included a statement in the science curriculum that "students will be made aware of gaps/problems in Darwin's Theory and other theories of evolution including, but not limited to, intelligent design." Teachers were also required to announce to their biology classes that "Intelligent Design is an explanation of the origin of life that differs from Darwin's view. The reference book Of Pandas and People is available for students to see if they would like to explore this view in an effort to gain an understanding of what Intelligent Design actually involves. 8
Kitzmiller vs. Dover Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover (2005) Judge ruled that "ID cannot uncouple itself from its creationist, and thus religious, antecedents". In reference to whether Intelligent Design is science the judge wrote ID "is not science and cannot be adjudged a valid, accepted scientific theory as it has failed to publish in peer-reviewed journals, engage in research and testing, and gain acceptance in the scientific community". 9
Kitzmiller vs. Dover Intelligent Design is NOT science… Therefore is cannot be taught as such. 10