Thursday, March 02, 2006

Okay, I'm finally writing something about this article.

The problem with this sort of thing is that it is creating a false dichotomy between religion and science. Intelligent design supporters are forcing science to contradict religion when no contradiction is present. Science tells us what the laws of the universe are. We know that the sky is blue because light scatters from dust particles in the atmosphere at varying angles depending on the color of the light. We know that the Earth is 4 billion years old and the universe is about 13 billion years old. We know the universe began from what we call the Big Bang. We know that life adapts and evolves as a reaction to the environment. However, what science doesn't tell us is why. Why are these the rules of the universe? Yes, there was a Big Bang, but where did the energy come from that started it all? These are the answers that religion gives.

Religion says nothing about what the rules of the universe are, and science says nothing about why the rules of the universe are. You could even say they are complementary. A scientist searches for God's physical laws while a theologist searches for God's spiritual laws. Many religious figures see no contradiction, including the Pope, and more than 10,000 clergy from around the U.S. By teaching the children of our nation to question science everytime it seemingly contradicts religion, we are providing a massively inferior education than the rest of the Western world. I read an article a while ago, I wish I had a link, it showed that 85% of Europeans accepted evolution while less than 50% of Americans accepted it. It has become obvious to most anyone who cares that the U.S. is losing its edge in science research to the rest of the world, you can find some sort of article on the subject nearly every week. Unless we do something to stop the degradation in our nation's science education, we will soon find our selves trailing the world instead of leading it.


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