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Does CMI Misrepresent Evolution?

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Ryan K. writes in response to ‘Keep religion out of science classes’. CMI—UK/Europe speaker and writer Dominic Statham responds in black.

For the most part, CMI writers seem to be in agreement with this statement [that we should keep religion out of science classes].

Although some creationists advocate something different altogether: separation of school and state.

They claim, however, that evolutionary theory does not qualify as ‘science’ and therefore should also be ousted from the public, secular school curriculum.

Since the theory of evolution exists and is believed by many people, it would seem inappropriate for students to leave school without knowing about it. Moreover, we have no problem with the teaching of natural selection and speciation in science classes, as these are well supported by observational evidence. Since there is no evidence that ordinary chemicals can evolve into living organisms or that apes can evolve into people, my view is that the theory of evolution should be taught in religious education or general studies classes.

If it is taught in science classes, it should be discussed in a balanced way. This would require that the students be allowed to hear of the considerable scientific problems with evolution theory as well as the evidence that supposedly supports it. Moreover, alternative views of origins, together with the scientific evidence for and against them, should also be presented.

The late Professor G.A. Kerkut, an evolutionist and physiologist of Southampton University, challenged students to try to come up with scientific arguments against evolution. Most could not, and Kerkut argued that this is a deficiency, because if you “really understand an argument you will be able to indicate to me not only the points in favour of the argument but also the most telling points against it.” Conversely, a student who “repeats parrot fashion the views of the current Archbishop of Evolution” is really “behaving like certain of those religious students he affects to despise.”1….

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