Creationist Wisdom #179: Fragmentation

We present to you, dear reader, a letter-to-the-editor titled Concept of evolution continues to fragment, which appears in the Tennessean, the daily newspaper in Nashville, Tennessee. We’ll give you a few 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:

Rather than bringing the supernatural into science classrooms, the issue is about giving children a grounding in critical thinking and analysis. Evolution does not promote, or even invite, investigation based on modern day observations or knowledge.

In case you’re wondering, the letter is about the Creationism Bill currently moving through the Tennessee legislature. Let’s read on:

Evolution is certainly discredited by Sen. Bo Watson’s bill, but also by many of its own presumptions. The concept of evolution continues to fragment as we come to know more about the complexity of life and the world around us. So much of evolution must be taken on faith that it may itself be considered a religion.

The more we know, the worse it gets for evolution. We continue:

Evolution is about teaching children what to think rather than how to think. In the few generations since neo-Darwinism has dominated the American classroom we have seen our scientific scholarship severely diminished. It is evident that a single, narrow-minded, and confusing dogma retards our scientific progress.

Yes — the letter-writer has identified the problem! Teaching evolution retards scientific progress. If we want to go to the stars we have to teach about Noah’s Ark! Here’s more:

Christian creationism is not necessarily the “other side of the story.” The other side of the evolution story is that evolution is not supported by our scientific understanding of the natural energies, forces and mechanisms in evidence today. Bad science is being taught as a given in American schools today.

There is much to learn from this letter, but now we come to the end:

This bill, properly applied to the Tennessee classroom, can help open the minds of children today that will guide our progress in the future.

[Writer’s name and city can be seen in the original.]

This is one of those letters that leaves us speechless. Well, except for this: Aaaargh!!

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5 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #179: Fragmentation

  1. SC said: “Aaaargh!!”

    I concur.
    Will we ever be able to stop saying it? Now off to see if there are any good comments on that letter.

  2. I’m pleased to see that all the commentary to that letter so far is on the “good side”. Maybe there is hope for Tennessee. Now as for my home state of missourah… cringe… we will see.

  3. “In the few generations since neo-Darwinism has dominated the American classroom we have seen our scientific scholarship severely diminished. It is evident that a single, narrow-minded, and confusing dogma retards our scientific progress.”

    Huh? Space exploration, human genome project, digital computers, quantum mechanics, and on and on all came after Darwin published. That’s not a cause resulting in effects, but I fail to see how scientific progress has been limited.

    Actually, according to Stephen Jay Gould, evolution was brought into the classroom in response to Sputnik. We realized that the Soviets were beating us into space and we needed to teach genuine science to save the situation.

  4. I have to agree with you, Greg. We have seen amazing progress. We’ve also seen serious degradation in our educational system, but I would point the finger at our lack of funding science/math education and our lack of rigorous standards in our schools. We are falling behind, but it’s not because of the oft maligned Darwin, it’s because we’re more interested in funding things other than education.

  5. Lying for Jesus is nothing new. The number of gullible people willing to swallow the lie looks to be at a 50 year high.