Religion is NOT Science… and Vice Versa02.12.09
I’m so sick and tired of hearing people argue against evolution because it’s “just a theory.” As if the word “theory” is synonymous with far-fetched guess. It’s not. It’s undergone the same rigorous scientific testing as any other theory – if not more – and is considered fact in the scientific community.
Not so in the rest of America.
According to this article by Pew Research:
63 percent of Americans believe that humans and other animals have either always existed in their present form or have evolved over time under the guidance of a supreme being. Only 26 percent say that life evolved solely through processes such as natural selection.
This is insanity.
The figure is a bit hazy, though. I can stomach people who believe that God guides evolution. That at least accepts all of the evidence before us in the fossil record. But, I can’t accept people who think that humans and other animals have stayed the same for the entire existence of the earth.
It goes to show that we really need to improve our science standards in public schools. The fact that so many people don’t even understand the definition of “scientific theory” and just consider it to be the same thing as an opinion means that we are so behind as a population.
We give so much respect to everyone’s own opinions and beliefs and never address the fact that some people are flat out wrong. Sure, you’re entitled to your belief but that doesn’t mean that you’re even in the ball-park of being correct. And the mob mentality of intelligent design (“64 percent of Americans support teaching creationism alongside evolution in the classroom.”) doesn’t mean that it can just be bullied into the education system, certainly not into science class. Perhaps in Mythology 101.
Religion attempts to explain why we are here, why we are alive, and how we should live. Science attempts to explain how we and the world work. Creationism isn’t testable aside from being described in one text. There is no other evidence. There are no experiments that can be conducted to prove it one way or the other. Hence: not science. Creationism has no business in science class or being taught as a critical alternative.
This is why we have a separate place for spiritual learning called church. They don’t teach biology or chemistry there, so let’s keep the biblical stories out of the schools.
Happy Darwin Day!