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Friday, April 6, 2012

Tennessee Law Would Question Evolution (and Global Warming .... Perhaps Even Whether the Earth Is Round)

According to the Governor of Tennessee, the bill he is about to pass allowing students to critique evolution and global warming in high school classes is an attempt to teach them "critical thinking." Well, let me be the first to applaud the Governor for being willing to add years to the education of the high school students of Tennessee to bring them up to speed on 150+ years of scientific debate and discovery on the issue of evolution and decades of research on global warming. Also, he's willing to send the teachers of the state back to school for years of research on these subjects, along with updates on the reams of material written on "intelligent design" so each teacher will be able to restrain students who head down that path as this is not peer reviewed science. Such dedication to the pursuit of knowledge! Bravo Governor! After all, that is what will be needed to meet the definition of critical thinking: disciplined thinking that is clear, rational, open-minded, and informed by evidence

The last line of this news report is quite important. Wait for it or jump ahead to it. 

Now, let it be known that the vast majority of Christians today have no problem with the evolutionary theory or with climate change. Of course, I'm bold saying that and might be accused of using a broad brush here (something that annoys me when done to me) but I believe I am correct. There are many Christian scientists, including archaeologists, paleontologists, etc. who have no problem with science and their faith. The reason for this is they do not take a literal interpretation of Genesis 1 and 2 (as one theologian I know states, these chapters are too theologically important to be literally true). In fact, if you dig deep into your religious history you'll find none of the major religious theologians did until the rise of fundamentalism. Hard to believe this governor and others are willing to pass such laws to pander to a noisy minority of the religious community.  Let governors and legislators inclined to pass such bills know you don't want your children's time in class wasted with diatribes from a small minority of the population supported in a spurious attempt to engaging in critical thinking. 

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