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  • Tuesday, March 21, 2006

    Creationism?

    Archbishop: stop teaching creationism
    Stephen Bates, religious affairs correspondent
    Tuesday March 21, 2006The Guardian

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has stepped into the controversy between religious fundamentalists and scientists by saying that he does not believe that creationism - the Bible-based account of the origins of the world - should be taught in schools.
    Giving his first, wide-ranging, interview at Lambeth Palace, the archbishop was emphatic in his criticism of creationism being taught in the classroom, as is happening in two city academies founded by the evangelical Christian businessman Sir Peter Vardy and several other schools.
    "I think creationism is ... a kind of category mistake, as if the Bible were a theory like other theories ... if creationism is presented as a stark alternative theory alongside other theories I think there's just been a jarring of categories ... My worry is creationism can end up reducing the doctrine of creation rather than enhancing it," he said.
    The debate over creationism or its slightly more sophisticated offshoot, so-called "intelligent design" (ID) which argues that creation is so complex that an intelligent - religious - force must have directed it, has provoked divisions in Britain but nothing like the vehemence or politicisation of the debate in the US. There, under pressure from the religious right, some states are considering giving ID equal prominence to Darwinism, the generally scientifically accepted account of the evolution of species. Most scientists believe that ID is little more than an attempt to smuggle fundamentalist Christianity into science teaching.
    States from Ohio to California are considering placing ID it on the curriculum, with President George Bush telling reporters last August that "both sides ought to be properly taught ... so people can understand what the debate is about." The archbishop's remarks place him firmly on the side of science.

    2 Comments:

    Anonymous sage said...

    Mikrh mou, mou petas to mpalaki gia to our very own church debate ???
    Tha sugkentrwsw ta epixeirhmata mou kai se perimenw sthn Athina !!!

    March 25, 2006 2:21 pm  
    Blogger Xilaren said...

    χεχε! τώρα που το σκέφτομαι μάλλον ναι, υποσυνείδητα!

    μάζεψε και λίγο κουράγιο να ηττηθείς κατά κράτος φίλτατη!!!

    c u soon!

    March 28, 2006 2:05 pm  

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