Teaching Intelligent Design
Supporters of Intelligent Design, a theory that seeks to combine God with science in respect to the origin of life and the universe, have never asked for much – save for having the opportunity to teach intelligent design as an alternative to the theory of evolution. Unfortunately, teaching anything in biology class while mentioning the word “God” is a difficult task with ever growing liberal views in government.
The argument that religion is not science has held strong, as has the opposition to at offering anything relating to the creation theory – even at Christian schools who depend on state certification of their curriculum. The rules are clear, that those classes must be classified as religion rather than science. This likely stems for the misconception that “ID” is the same thing as creationalism – that all living things magically appeared one day by slight of hand. In fact, intelligent design supports scientific discoveries and the ideals that life has, can and will evolve. It does, however, disagree with Darwin’s theory that all life evolved from a single organism. It leads on to argue that no single theory answers the question of common descent. While most all of Charles Darwin’s beliefs would be taught under intelligent design, as his theorgy fundamentally fails to explain all natural phenomena.
In 2005, President G.W. Bush drew sharp criticism for simply mentioning that intelligent design should be taugh along side evolution, so that schoolchildren may understand the debate and draw their own conclusions. Transcripts from the interview include:
“Both sides ought to be properly taught… so people can understand what the debate is about,” he said, according to an official transcript of the session. Bush added: “Part of education is to expose people to different schools of thought… You’re asking me whether or not people ought to be exposed to different ideas, and the answer is yes.”
Fortunately, calls for the opportunity to teach ID as an alternative to evolution haven’t fell of deaf ears. Since 2001, nearly all fifty states have faced challenges to teaching Darwin’s evolution theorgy. Calls for change include notations that evolution is just a theory and may not be fact, and that other theories exist – including the possibility that God played a part.