Monday, August 29, 2005

One man's myth is another's science

President Bush, and more recently Senator John McCain, have come out in favor of including creationist theory, er um, "Intelligent Design" in science classes as a counterpoint to evolutionary theory, so kids can get all points of view you see.

Of course I suspect they really don't mean ALL points of view, but just in case they were sincere in their support for dialog, (rather than say, pandering to the anti-scientific Christian right), here's a creationist view they may have forgotten to include.

I'm glad to help further the, um, dialog.



hemer said...

do u support creationsism or evolution?

Citizen Kang said...


I support science that is fact, rather than faith based. Science that is subject to proof rather than conjecture.

Anything else is not really science.


T.L. Stanley said...

It is as hot as Hades in Rosemead. Gosh, this is an appropriate lead-in for this post. I enjoyed reading your post. However I wonder if the current anti-God anti-religion court rulings has stimulated the religious right to get on the warpath about creationism.

Also, absolute secularsim, as practiced in Communist Russia and Communist China, are not good models for America. Our democracy allows freedom of religion. While teaching creation in the classroom may not be wise, being hostile to religion, especially Christianity, is also not wise.

Take care.

Citizen Kang said...

While teaching creation in the classroom may not be wise, being hostile to religion, especially Christianity, is also not wise.

I absolutely agree. In fact I firmly believe that study of, at least, the world's major religions should be part of any well rounded education.

However I suspect a course in comparative religions would not satisfy the Christan right's apparent desire, which seems to be much more about proselytization than anything else.

tim said...

I agree that the Christian Right seems to have an agenda grounded in intolerance. I reject this Christian view. Also, there Christianity is suspect when it comes to having a more open view of religion.

Many years ago, I took "Philosophy of Religion" and "Bible as Literature" at Pasadena City College. These two classes were outstanding. And, they made me think about a lot of ideas I had never given much thought to. Gosh, that was a long time ago. Pasadena City College has sure grown over the years.

Belonging to a large liberal Christian church is refreshing, because inclusiveness is vital and an essential component of what it means to be an American.

American ideals are based on a special inclusiveness, while at the same time promoting a unity of purpose. Americanism and democracy are difficult sometimes. All points of view must be allowed.

The First Admendment insures the freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Conflicts of ideas can be hurtfull, but it is necessary to insure that freedom of thought is saved. My my, saved from ourselves indeed. And, saved maybe in a theological sense.

Another tidbit, I heard Billy Graham speak when I was a teenager many years ago. He was one of the most profound speakers I had ever heard. He captured my spiritual nature. His book titled "Angels, God's Special Agents" is still one of the most intreging book I have ever read.

Good golly, I really got carried away on this topic. Take care.