Friday, September 18, 2009
Awesome smackdown of the faux science of Creationism -- in Oklahoma!
I am POSITIVE the Repub legislature will have something to say about it.
As for the film itself, I freely admit that I'm prejudging it by its source.
But God makes it a matter of faith by definition. A matter of religion, by definition.
Not science as we understand it, by definition.
So, teach it. But don't teach it as science.
To just toss out "ID" as if everybody understood and agreed what the concept of Creation was all about, or what "God" means, is so narrow-minded as to be non-academic, by definition.
I am glad that they have moved away from calling their claims "Christian" because they're not Christian in any real sense of the word (they're not even trinitarian), so I would prefer that they continue to not call their claims Christian if they're going to teach them in schools. Also, I expect that, if people want these claims taught in schools, they're willing to open them up to rigorous examination and critique. I think it's perfectly appropriate to teach stupid ideas in school and explain why they're stupid. ID would serve as a rather good example of baseless assertions and faulty logic, and the problems with post-hoc reasoning.
And if we're going to teach ID, we should also teach any other claims about creation from any other religious viewpoint ... again, just not in a science class.