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Should We Teach Scientific Criticisms of Neo-Darwinism? Many Authorities Say YES!

1. Various States and School Districts have successfully implemented such a policy: Minnesota: “Explain how scientific and technological innovations—as well as new evidence—can challenge portions of, or entire accepted theories and models including …[the] theory of evolution…”1 South Carolina: “Summarize ways that scientists use data from a variety of sources toinvestigate and critically analyze aspects of evolutionary theory.”2 Texas: Science standards require that …

Fire-Maker

From computers to airplanes to life-giving medicines, the technological marvels of our world were made possible by the human use of fire. But the use of fire itself was made possible by an array of features built into the human body and the planet. In Fire-Maker, biologist Michael Denton explores the special features of nature that equipped humans to to harness …

Darwin’s Poisoned Tree

Legitimate scientific theories like evolution should not be disbarred from science classrooms simply because of the religious (or anti-religious) views and activism of their proponents. Therefore, in order to preserve the teaching of evolution, it may be necessary to revise legal tests that are applied to assess the constitutionality of teaching biological origins. To put it bluntly, if evolution is to be continued to be taught in public schools, courts must abandon inquiries which look at the historical associations between a viewpoint on origins and religion (or non-religion). Read More ›

What is the Science Behind Intelligent Design?

Intelligent design (ID) is a scientific theory that employs the methods commonly used by other historical sciences to conclude that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection. ID theorists argue that design can be inferred by studying the informational properties of natural objects …

A List of Fine-Tuning Parameters

“Fine-tuning” refers to various features of the universe that are necessary conditions for the existence of complex life. Such features include the initial conditions and “brute facts” of the universe as a whole, thelaws of nature or the numerical constants present in those laws (such as the gravitational force constant), and local features of habitable planets (such as a planet’s distance from its host star). The basic idea is that these features must fall within a very narrow range of possible values for chemical-based life to be possible. Read More ›

3. The Mission of School

THE MISSION OF SCHOOL MAY SEEM SIMPLE. HOWEVER, I FOUND very little agreement on what is the mission of school. In fact, I would argue that this lack of a common understanding is one of the ma- jor reasons schools and school districts fail to effectively educate such a large percentage of their students. The development and solid support of …

Are Young People Losing Their Faith Because of Science?

SUMMARY: Young people leave their faith for a variety of reasons, but for a significant number of them beliefs about science play an important role. These beliefs are often formed before young people enter college, which means that churches need to address the relationship between science and faith when young people are in middle school and high school, if not earlier. …