Thursday, August 04, 2005

President Bush weighs in on evolution debate

The Washington Post ran an article on President Bush's statement that intelligent design should be taught alongside evolution as competing theories.
"Both sides ought to be properly taught . . . so people can understand what the debate is about," he said, according to an official transcript of the session. Bush added: "Part of education is to expose people to different schools of thought. . . . You're asking me whether or not people ought to be exposed to different ideas, and the answer is yes."

The article goes on to say...
Much of the scientific establishment says that intelligent design is not a tested scientific theory but a cleverly marketed effort to introduce religious -- especially Christian -- thinking to students. Opponents say that church groups and other interest groups are pursuing political channels instead of first building support through traditional scientific review.

First of all, evolution itself (as a theory of origins) hasn't been proven as fact. It's only a theory. Second, most world religions don't think we evolved from amoebas in the ocean, so the concept that an intelligent designer is responsible for introducing life and ecosystems on this planet is not restricted to Christianity. Third, of course church groups are pursuing political routes to get the facts taught in the school when they don't get a hearing at all from scoffing scientists.

There's an amazing video on how the earth is so special and so perfect that a few tweaks here or there in its make-up or position in the universe would make it completely uninhabitable. The odds of all of those factors being just right for life are astronomical. I'll find the details on it and share it with you. You MUST watch that film.


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