Florida: Good for something?

So it appears that the latest battle ground in the good ol’ “Intelligent Design vs. Evolution” war will be taking place in Florida, according to WIRED.

Now, personally, I’m a big fan of evolution.  It is a concept I can grasp and one that can be actively witnessed in other areas of our life (think constantly changing technology).  Common sense aside (this is a required step when you want to consider creationism or intelligent design), theories of evolution are the only theories that have a substantial amount of hard evidence to support them.  They can not be tested by experiment.

Borrowing from Wikipedia, here’s something to think about:

  1. Can intelligent design be defined as science?
  2. If so, does the evidence support it and related explanations of the history of life on Earth?
  3. If the answer to either question is negative, is the teaching of such explanations appropriate and legal in public education, specifically in science classes?

If you leave it at that the answer seems pretty obvious.  As Florida has shown many times in the past, there is no telling which way they’ll go.

And as a cool bonus, you get to learn about evolutionary theology – hadn’t heard of it before, but looks interesting.

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8 responses to “Florida: Good for something?”

  1. Humberto says :

    Evolutionary theology…
    [wipes tears of laughter away]

    What will people design next!

  2. furiouslachlan says :

    Isn’t that the theory where white people evolved from negroes?

  3. babychaos says :

    I was brought up Church of England so as a Christian I have absolutely no problem with evolution, whatsoever. Just as everything you read in a newspaper or hear on the news is tempered with editorial bias, the social conventions of the time in which they occur and the way people are so when you read for example, the Acts of St Luke, you should read it as the truthful account of a Greek historian writing at that time. “History” was not the same in any of the biblical times as it is now and most of it was passed on orally… so any intelligent Christian knows that the bible is it’s own kind of truth but reportage in the middle east between a few thousand years BC and early AD was not the same as it is now. A lot of the bible is history – in the style of historians contemporary to or just after the events taking place, or it’s crowd control – how do you get a simple, uneducated populous to stop eating something that makes them ill without asking questions? Tell them it’s unclean. How do you explain where we come from, sum it up in a simple story… either that or god was actually an alien of some sort… not such a far fetched idea really.

    I was taught these things in a church of England school… so I’m assuming it’s the “normal” Christian view rather than the barking looner American one which everyone seems to be confusing with actual religion, these days.

    BTW, thanks for visiting my blog!

    Cheers

    BC

  4. babychaos says :

    Sorry… a bit inarticulate… I guess I’m saying one person’s “truth” is not the same as another’s. People then didn’t define or write the “truth” the way we do now…

    Cheers (again)

    BC

  5. Ben says :

    BC,

    May I hold you up as a shining example of sanity in what often becomes a ridiculous debate?

    I agree…everything is open to interpretation, what is required is intelligent, thoughtful individuals on both sides who can look at an issue from a detached perspective.

    Thanks for the post.

    Ben

  6. wheresroxy says :

    I take it you haven’t seen all of the “science” supporting creation – as in, an actual, six-days-and-then-He-rested creation?
    It’s hysterical. (go to http://www.icr.org – it’s worth the visit…)

    Meanwhile, the basis of most theory is that it may technically unprovable in specific, it should be observable or testable in general – which is why evolutionary theory makes sense to most people.

    Unfortunately, as BC was so kind to point out, there are those “barking looners” (oh – I so need to steal that term!) who want to take Biblical events literally.

  7. Ben says :

    Hey roxy,

    Yes, I am too well acquanted with all of that. But now I have a headache from looking at it again.

    Living in Alberta, I have the dubious honor of being close to the Big Valley Creation Science Musuem

    Would you believe I haven’t had a chance to visit it yet?

  8. wheresroxy says :

    Oh darn, what a cryin’ shame! Sorry about that headache though… It tends not only to give me a screaming headache, but the mad desire to start banging my head into a brick wall, since I know that would prove more useful than any “debate” ever would.

    Unfortunately, I have had the pleasure of visiting ICR – if you knew my ex, you’d understand – and I can honestly say, it’s even scarier in person. Really.

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