Wednesday, 4 June 2008
Last year Nathan was doing an assignment on whether or not Intelligent Design should be taught in the schools alongside Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. I thought it was quite interesting to hear peoples’ opinions on the matter so I asked the question on Facebook. My question was phrased “Evolution: Intelligent Design or Darwin?”
Some of the answers were:
Evolution is intelligent design. There would be no evolution without an intelligent design.
Darwin we all evolve from something.
A combination of both. I think that God would be better than creating a finished product, such as man and woman. He would be more interested in setting up a complicated set of dominos that results in what we see now, and will continue to topple to produce what will be in the future.
Neither it was all in God's plan I didn't come from a monkey.
I think it started out as Darwin but ended up being technological design.
My view reflects Robbie’s view which is the first answer above.
But to take the subject a step further and answer Nathan’s question, this is what I feel.
To place the Theory of Evolution alongside Intelligent Design in classrooms would be like teaching decision making and history alongside decision making and tarot card reading. No doubt tarot card reading can be interesting but it is not really a useful way to interpret the world.
The idea of Creationism in a homogenized Christian form is also an extremely narrow version of the story. There are a multitude of stories on Creationism beyond the Judea-Christian version.
Teaching Religious Studies/Theology in schools is a great idea especially considering the misunderstandings between cultures involving belief systems. This would be a better fit to teach Creationism within.
To me it seems that most of the problems arise when people insist that their truth is the only truth. Theology is not a replacement to Science and Science is certainly not a replacement for Theology.
Why can’t we believe in both theories, to take a quote from Robbie “Evolution is intelligent design. There would be no evolution without an intelligent design.”
I believe in evolution with God behind the wheel. Is the problem the story of Creation? Can God still not have created earth but spread over thousands of years opposed to seven days?
Can we not believe both theories?
Like I always do, I get sidetracked. After all, I once swung from trees until I learned to walk upright.
The classroom is a place of learning and I feel that the Theory of Evolution belongs in the schools. For me it would be fine to teach Creationism within a Religious Studies course but not alongside Evolution as a science course.
Science is unable to quantify everything and therefore our need for spirituality. There are beliefs and aspects of the world that science can answer, but there are many that science cannot.
For me though, science does answer the questions on creation.
However, the overwhelming joy I feel sometimes and my overpowering sadness I also feel are not answered by science but they are answered by God.
I am comforted medically that science is there.
I am comforted spiritually that God is here.