Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Science, Evolution, and Creationism by National Academy of Sciences

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Science, Evolution, and Creationism January 3, 2008 IOM Report

The Institute of Medicine of The National Academy of Sciences, USA, recently released a report on the issues of science, evolution and creationism. The publication is intended as a resource for people who find themselves embroiled in debates about evolution.

While it makes a few conciliatory remarks about the inability of science to challenge all religious beliefs, it does provide reasonable and explicit support for teaching evolution and for not teaching creationism or intelligent design in the classroom.

Several statements are made in the report, acknowledging the fact that people may actually have religious beliefs that they are able to reconcile in their own minds with the scientific record of the evolution of life on earth. There are even quotes form religious leaders in "support" of the concepts of evolution.

Nevertheless, the message is clear that creationist teachings of any flavor do not belong in public schools. It can only be hoped that the days are numbered for the likes of Governor Fob James and the Alabama Inserts as well as for Intelligent Design proponents of the Dover Board of Education.

The report can be downloaded free on the National Academy Press website at:

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