I think if half of the population in the United States believes in God and Creationism, then maybe we should have the right to learn about it in our schools. People are always saying "we don't want Christians to press their beliefs on us," but we are having evolution pressed on us at the schools when it is being taught.
While many argue there are far too many loopholes in the theory of creationism, I would also like to take the time to point out that evolution is a scientific theory as well. While Einstein was a pantheist, he actually stated that the more he studied the universe, the more he believed in a higher power. In the end, Einstein backed up the theory of evolution with an unintelligent suggestion. He obtained his "cosmological constant" by dividing by zero. Even third graders will agree with me on this. Furthermore, it seems as if these days there can be "No God in Schools." Between halfway taking prayer out of school, who knows what's next? The government is so focused on not offending the non-Christians they disregard the 246,780,000 Christians present in the United States. Maybe it's time we stop worrying about offending certain groups and placing God back into our country, you know, our "ONE NATION UNDER GOD."
Evolution is just a bunch of guesses. I think both should be taught in schools so kids can see every viewpoint in social society. Creationism goes way back into our ancestral heritage. Teaching creationism is just showing our heritage, and different peoples beliefs. If you believe that teaching creationism is teaching Christianity, then you must also believe that teaching about the Nazis, and what they did, is teaching kids to be fascist. Also you cannot say that it is illegal to teach creationism when we as a nation have freedom of speech. And really, what is the difference? There might be a little differences here and there I know. Scientists believe this gravity that started this big bang has always been there from the beginning of time. Christians believe in the same thing just some one, an all powerful deity, was behind it all. Its morally right to teach students both ways so they can grow up and develop their own opinions.
No one theory should be taught within public school as well as private. If you do, then you are basically supporting one belief without fully explaining any others regardless if it is creationism. Teachers and professors these days portray Evolution as a law more than a theory which is unfair to the millions of people who believe or could be interested in learning about Creationism
Now, ishallannoyyo, even though understand your argument, you are mixing in your "faith" of secularism with what you think should be a child's veiw of the world. Things such as ID, cretationism, Etc. have sound scientifice support to back it up. And about evolution, the traditional scientific "dogmas" of that are going under fire.
Evolution is just a worldview. If you do some research, you can figure out that the dating methods that are used are incorrect. As for jh1234l's opinion about forcing people to learn creationism is violating religious freedom, is it not the same with evolutionism. If I believe that God created everything, then wouldn't teaching evolution be voilating my religious freedom? While creationism is not necessarily science, it is a worldview and does give some answers.
Creationism can and should be taught in schools-- as part of a theology or other religion course. It is, after all, a religious belief, and should, as such, be taught in courses that discuss religious beliefs. It should not under any circumstances be taught in the science classroom, however, because it is not science.
If you do research you will find that evolution cant prove the second law of thermodynamics, the law of cause and effect, and the law of biogenesis. This is scientific law, which makes it unscientific and should not be taught as the truth. At least teach both and give pros and cons for each.
If evolution is true, why are humans getting more and more genetic disorders? They should be decreasing if we are "evolving" into something better! Also, for those people who say creation is a religion, they are right, but evolution is, too! It is formed on similar but opposite principles. Also, evolution has no solid evidence. Their evidence is made up of assumptions and "missing links". Darwin himself said that we should be finding many more fossils in earth's layers.
Nothing in the discussion about how the world got created should be taken as axioms. We should take up creationism, explain the content of it but not "force them to believe in it", like "this is the only right". it should be taken up as a theory besides evolution, shown to the pupils like "this is one way to look at it, and there's other ways", give the pupils a review over the area. Tough, I think it's significant to emphasize the one with most body of evidence, evolution. But we must keep in mind that nothing is undoubtedly, there's gaps in both theories, isn't it?
Teachers teaching creationism might actually convice students that creationism is correct! Then we'll have a next generation of people who believe God created us all in what, 7 days??? Now, this may have insulted some of you, but all scientific evidence points to evolution, not creationsm. We don't want to teach our kids something that science has deemed wrong.
Creationism is simply not a scientific study. It is philosophy because it includes religious elements. If a parent wants their child to learn about creationism, enroll them in bible study and other classes through your local church. I see no problem with that at all! I do believe children should be educated about both creationism and evolution. Evolution should be taught through schools because it is a scientific theory based on observations, experimenting and a conclusion is able to be made. Children have the right to be taught both creationism and evolution and as they mature and learn to understand both children may be able to use both within their belief system or use the information to develop their personal beliefs. Restricting the belief in creationism is not what myself and many other intend to do. It is to respect those who do not share the same beliefs and allows parents to choose whether they want their child to be exposed to creationism or not. This is why i believe it is not okay to teach it in public schools and if parents do want creationism taught to their children than the perfect place for that is through your religious affiliation at home or if you attend a church of some kind. I know from experience that creationism is taught in these settings and believe they should be separate in order to allow parents to pick and choose what their children are exposed to.
One of the goals of teaching science in school is to raise a scientifically literate population able to make informed decisions in the public space that impact everyone's lives.
Teaching Creationism as an alternative to evolution is like teaching astrology as an alternative to astronomy. Also, teaching Creationism introduces Religion into scientific discourse. In this country people are free to believe as they wish, but your religious beliefs cannot change the facts. Creationism is not based on science it is based on religious believe and should not be taught in schools
Religion should not be taught at public schools, and also forcing people to learn creation is violating religious freedom, while teaching evolution is not as it is about how live changed after it appeared, not about how live started. Also, radiation dating,fossil records and more support evolution, and the only evidence against evolution are from people that dont even know what it is about.
First of all, let me just state that there is no actual evidence for creationism. There is nothing like all the evidence for evolution that will make all the evolutionists look and say, "hey, maybe this IS true!"... But there isn't. In fact, Creationism isn't even a science! Even if some foolhardy Christian still rebels and says, "but it IS true! It IS!" I would simply state that the establishment clause prevents anyone from forcing their religion others or favoring one religion. I would like to close this with one word: BURN!!!
Schools are supposed to teach things that have strong evidence behind them.If you want your child to be taught creationism in school then take them to religious school instead of enforcing your beliefs upon others.There is also way to many stories of creation that they would have to teach.Many students (and their parents) would be outraged.
When we don't understand something there are two routes you can take, you can state that you don't know and will research a solution, or you can stop exploration or advancing the unknown and settle with a higher power created it. Creationism is the wall to the progression of science, it tells people to stop asking questions and just accept an answer on faith alone.
The biggest argument I hear against evolution is that something as complex as life could not have happen by chance. While complex life being by chance is implausible, equally implausible is a higher being that could create such complex life existing. But evolution is not an explanation of complex life by chance, it's an explanation of complex life due to factors caused by its surroundings or natural selection. While chance and design are equally implausible, natural selection has been tested and observed. Hence why a wide majority of scientists (above 90%) view evolution as the best theory of complex life. Teaching alternative science based solely on the fact that it doesn't line up with theistic views isn't the fault of bad science but possibly bad theism.
Hundreds of years ago, the authorities could tell the public anything they want and the public would believe it, but now, in the 21st century, we need evidence to support any claim, while evolution and gravity have thousands of successful experiments to support them, creationism has none. Should we teach our children theories as if they are the truth?
Creationism shouldn't be taught in science books. It can be offered as a separate class if the students would like to learn about it. Kind of like how mythology is a separate class. If creationism is taught along side evolution then the kids will be confused on what to believe, and they'll be confused when they get to university when they learn more about science.
Evolution is purely a scientific theory. Creation science contains religious elements making it unconstitutional, so it should not be taught in schools. Creation science has been ruled unconstitutional several times by the Supreme Court. If anything, creation science can be taught outside of the Biology classroom because it is not completely a science. Darwin's Theory of Evolution was formed through scientific observations, while creation science was formed through Genesis.