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01 Flat Earth Society

The Problem of Curriculum

Teachers, particularly science teachers, face a difficult problem when confronted by students who hold religious beliefs that are at odds with a school’s science curriculum. Biblical Creationism and Evolutionary Intelligent Design theory (ID) are the most prominent examples. Tact and careful wording may be the teacher’s best option for handling questions and objections from students who hold such beliefs. That doesn’t mean that Creationism should be considered an alternative scientific explanation. Despite the lofty name, it isn’t science. And while Intelligent Design theory poses good questions for evolutionary biologists, questions that remain unanswered, it is outside of the limits of acceptable science because it claims that unanswered questions are evidence for the existence of God. Sooner or later someone may answer the questions. What then of God?

 

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