YESTERDAY we posted this: British Scientist Wants to Teach Creationism, about Rev. Professor Michael Reiss, a member of the Royal Society, a biologist, and an ordained Church of England clergyman, who thinks creationism should be taught in schools as a legitimate point of view.
Today, in The Times of London, the same paper that carried the earlier article, we read Anglicans back Darwin over ‘noisy’ creationists. Excerpts:
The Church of England expressed deep concerns last night about the spread of creationist views as it prepared to unveil a website promoting the evolutionary views of Charles Darwin.
Anglican leaders fear that “noisy” advocates of a literal interpretation of the Bible – especially in the United States, where even the Republican vice-presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, is a vocal supporter – are infecting the perception of Christianity worldwide.
We’ve already discussed — several times — that Palin is getting a bad press over something that’s not quite true. Before continuing with the Anglican news, we’ll once again give you this source of accurate information about Sara Palin and creationism: FactCheck.org offers this: Sliming Palin — False Internet claims and rumors fly about McCain’s running mate.
Moving along now:
The Rev Professor Michael Reiss, a biologist and director of education at the Royal Society, provoked a furore this week when he called for creationism to be treated in science lessons as a legitimate “world-view”.
Indeed he did. Continuing:
A church spokesman added: “Creationism should not be taught as a scientifically based theory but could be included in discussion of the development of scientific ideas down the ages or in RE.” [We think RE means Religious Education.]
Anyway, the article also says the Church will launch its evolution website on Monday, a few weeks after the 150th anniversary of Darwin’s Origin of Species.