We present to you, dear reader, a letter-to-the-editor titled Evolution doesn’t answer all of science’s questions, which appears in the Palm Beach Post of West Palm Beach, Florida. We’ll give you a few choice excerpts from this letter, and we’ll omit the writer’s name and city. Here we go, with a bit of bold font added for emphasis:
The United States is losing its world prominence in academics, and science may be suffering the most. But two researchers at the University of Pennsylvania claim to have found the cause: high school biology teachers who do not advocate the theory of evolution.
Today’s letter starts out as if the writer were genuinely concerned about science education. The study to which he refers has been the subject of much attention, and you can read about it here: Too many teachers ignore evolution. Let’s see some more from the Palm Beach Post:
While evolution must be taught, because it has such a primary influence on scientific thought, science and theology need not be treated as completely disparate areas of study. Each offers answers to different questions about the origin of life.
But theology simply isn’t science, so the two shouldn’t be commingled in a science class. We continue:
For example, the big-bang theory proposes that the universe was randomly created out of nothing, but cannot explain how that was possible when the scientific laws of conservation of mass and energy clearly state that mass and energy can neither be created nor destroyed. Theology, however, can.
How many misconceptions can you find in that paragraph? For starters, the letter-writer’s description of Big Bang theory is ridiculous. Even if it were accurate, that subject is unrelated to evolution. Secondly, theology explains nothing — it merely declares that a miracle is responsible for whatever phenomenon is in question. That is not an explanation. Here’s more:
[F[ew creationists would dispute the evidence of microevolution, evolution within a species that allows it to adapt to changing circumstances over time. It is over macroevolution, the theory that one species evolves into another, that the two belief systems clash.
Yeah, yeah — micro & macro. That nonsensical dichotomy has been debunked for generations (see Common Creationist Claims Confuted). But old creationist mantras seem to survive forever. Moving along:
Although the courts have ruled that creationism is not science, not all scientists would agree.
We won’t bother with the letter-writer’s discussion of “scientists” who are also creationists. Here’s how the letter ends:
Under an evolutionary worldview, living beings are collections of cells with no meaning. With teenagers already struggling to find their identities and their place in the world, why would they find any relevance in biology?
Yes, evolution teaches teens that life has no meaning. But Noah’s Ark — now that’s a self-esteem builder!
We’ve only copied a small portion of this letter. Click over to the Palm Beach Post to read the whole thing.
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