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ournamestoolong
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rougeagent21
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Intelligent Design should be taught in school

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Started: 4/30/2009 Category: Religion
Updated: 8 years ago Status: Voting Period
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ournamestoolong

Con

To make sure this is accepted, the first round will be introductions and the rest will proceed like a three round debate.
rougeagent21

Pro

"Introducing...rougeagent21! From Colorado Springs, Colorado, he comes seeking worthy opponents. On the other side of the ring is just that. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome...ournamestoolong! Well, this should be an interesting debate folks!"

(Sorry, I couldn't resist "introducing")
Well, I'm goind todebate you on whether or not Intelligent Design should be taught in schools. Just to clarify here, are you referring to US schools, or just SCHOOLS in general? Good luck!
Debate Round No. 1
ournamestoolong

Con

"Well, I'm going to debate you on whether or not Intelligent Design should be taught in schools. Just to clarify here, are you referring to US schools, or just SCHOOLS in general? Good luck!"

US schools, and more specifically biology classes.

I am just going to make my argument short. There is no evidence for ID, therefore it is not a scientific theory. Thus, it should not be taught.
rougeagent21

Pro

School- a large number of fish, porpoises, whales, or the like, feeding or migrating together.

Just kidding. I will however start by defining what my opponent has failed to, and go over his observation. He is now limiting the debate to Biology classes. This foul play, and overly abusive to the negative side. Was "biology" in the resolution that I agreed to debate? No. The negative cannot now throw in this curve ball.

School- An institution for the instruction of children or people under college age, offering a variety of courses.

Should- must; ought

Taught- to impart knowledge of or skill in

Intelligent Design- The assertion or belief that physical and biological systems observed in the universe result from purposeful design by an intelligent being rather than from chance or undirected natural processes.

My argument will be brief, and to the point. In schools, the course of Theology, or the like, is often offered as an elective. At schools, children are to be instructed by their teachers in their respective subjects. In Theology Class, one must be instructed in ID if one is to understand modern Theology. If a student was not taught ID, the teacher, and the school would not be achieving their goals to instruct. Therefore, ID MUST be taught in schools, else the system fails. Thank you.
Debate Round No. 2
ournamestoolong

Con

Thank you for accepting this debate.

"My argument will be brief, and to the point. In schools, the course of Theology, or the like, is often offered as an elective. At schools, children are to be instructed by their teachers in their respective subjects. In Theology Class, one must be instructed in ID if one is to understand modern Theology. If a student was not taught ID, the teacher, and the school would not be achieving their goals to instruct. Therefore, ID MUST be taught in schools, else the system fails. "

The makers of the theory of ID say it is a theory unrelated to religion. In Theology, you would teach the Christian faith, which includes Creationism.
rougeagent21

Pro

"The makers of the theory of ID say it is a theory unrelated to religion."
Really? And which makers would those be? Can you cite any sources advocating this please? How on Earth is Intelligent Design unrelated to religion? Does the Christian Faith say that God created the Earth? Yes. Does it say that God designed everything? Absolutely. Does it say that God is intelligent? Immensely. How then can you possibly say that? Intelligent design IS religion.

"In Theology, you would teach the Christian faith, which includes Creationism."
You seem to misunderstand religion. Christianity is certainly not the only religion. In a true theology class, numerous religions would be taught, not just Christianity. Nice try though.

So lets look at some more definitions to bring my opponent up-to-speed.

Intelligent Design- The assertion or belief that physical and biological systems observed in the universe result from purposeful design by an intelligent being rather than from chance or undirected natural processes.

Religion- A set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, esp. when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.

Again, how can you possibly say that Intelligent design does not fall under "religion?" That being said, please try to refute the rest of my argument from the previous round.

The resolution is affirmed.
Debate Round No. 3
ournamestoolong

Con

ournamestoolong forfeited this round.
rougeagent21

Pro

Well, I am sorry this could not have developed further. Please vote affirmative. Thank you.
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by YourMamIsBack 7 years ago
YourMamIsBack
what a loser. con sucked
Posted by I-am-a-panda 8 years ago
I-am-a-panda
"God cannot be observed today" - Weakest argument for God ever.
Posted by Alex 8 years ago
Alex
God cannot be observed today, neither can evolution.

However, Jesus was on this earth and observed by many.

Yeah i think it should be taught in school.
Posted by ournamestoolong 8 years ago
ournamestoolong
"You have to be careful about mistakes like that."

I try.
Posted by MTGandP 8 years ago
MTGandP
"Do you honestly think anyone disaggrees with teaching ID in Theology? It was foul play of you to use what you KNEW to be a mistake to your advantage."
You have to be careful about mistakes like that.
Posted by ournamestoolong 8 years ago
ournamestoolong
Did you vote?
Posted by ournamestoolong 8 years ago
ournamestoolong
Do you honestly think anyone disaggrees with teaching ID in Theology? It was foul play of you to use what you KNEW to be a mistake to your advantage.
Posted by rougeagent21 8 years ago
rougeagent21
Not your first one! All I can see before accepting a debate is the title and your first argument. I am under no obligation to accept new conditions in your SECOND argument. Foul play.
Posted by ournamestoolong 8 years ago
ournamestoolong
WAIT, That was in my argument.
Posted by ournamestoolong 8 years ago
ournamestoolong
It was not foul play, it was a mistake. A mistake I realized AFTER I posted my argument. (I believe)
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