Evolution and Creationism

Ben Stein, from Win Ben Stein’s Money fame and, if you are into politics, Nixon and Ford speech-writing fame, is appearing in a new movie called Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.

I’ve been tracking/following/interested in the the discussion of ID for the past decade since my college days when I saw a debate on ID and Evolution. I’ve never really accepted or supported ID, mainly because it seems to be trading one crazy idea (all life evolved from chance soup) to one that is even more outlandish (a “Thing” create all life, and that
Thing, which we can never know its qualities, just happened to come into being magically/spontaneously).

Regardless, check out this report from the Committee on Revising Science and Creationism: A View from the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

Here is a description:

How did life evolve on Earth? The answer to this question can help us understand our past and prepare for our future. Although evolution provides credible and reliable answers, polls show that many people turn away from science, seeking other explanations with which they are more comfortable.

In the book Science, Evolution, and Creationism, a group of experts assembled by the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine explain the fundamental methods of science, document the overwhelming evidence in support of biological evolution, and evaluate the alternative perspectives offered by advocates of various kinds of creationism, including “intelligent design.” The book explores the many fascinating inquiries being pursued that put the science of evolution to work in preventing and treating human disease, developing new agricultural products, and fostering industrial innovations. The book also presents the scientific and legal reasons for not teaching creationist ideas in public school science classes.

Mindful of school board battles and recent court decisions, Science, Evolution, and Creationism shows that science and religion should be viewed as different ways of understanding the world rather than as frameworks that are in


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