We don’t like to embarrass people (unless they’re politicians, preachers, or other public figures), so we’ll just use the letter-writer’s first name, which is Marlin. We wrote about one of his earlier letters in this post: Creationist Wisdom #412: Two Letters! His was the second letter we discussed there, and we mistakenly called him “Martin.” We’ve corrected that, and now we’ll give you a few excerpts from his new letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Okay, here we go!
How could creation and evolution be taught as models in the public schools?
A stimulating question! Marlin offers two possibilities. Here’s the first:
As a Model — Since both Creation and Evolution cannot be Scientifically Tested (that means Earth’s origin cannot be repeatable in a scientific experiment), they could each be taught as a Model and applied to the observable world around us to see which of the two explains the real world more completely.
He’s right! Earth’s origin can’t be duplicated in the lab. Let’s read on to learn of Marlin’s second possibility:
As a Belief — Since both the Creation Model and the Evolution Model are belief systems, and they each qualify as a Religion, should both be taught in the public schools? Parents wishing to have their children taught just one Model or the other could seek schools that do just that.
Have you ever seen such clear thinking before? He continues:
The Evolution Model proposes that, due to Natural Selection and Survival of the Fittest, new kinds of organisms can be produced even though there does not exist a mechanism that can change the genetic makeup from one organism to another (as in the “Monkeys to Man” theory).
Wow — there’s no mechanism for evolution! Well, except for mutations, but Marlin doesn’t mention that. Here’s more:
In the Creation Model, the existence of different kinds of organisms, as in plants, animals, and Man, is due to God’s creation, as stated in the book of Genesis in the Bible.
Yes, that’s another model with no mechanism — except for Oogity Boogity, but Marlin doesn’t mention that either Moving along:
Since there is a difference in regard to origins, these two Models could be used in the Public School without demanding that we believe one or the other.
Perfectly reasonable! Hey — why stop with those two untestable models? They should teach the astrology model and the Zeus model too. One last excerpt:
Today the Evolution Model is demanding to be the only teaching Model acceptable in the Public School. Public awareness to change this discrepancy is the responsibility of us all.
Yes — public awareness! If everyone had Marlin’s awareness of the issues and appreciated his exemplary civic responsibility, all our problems would vanish. Great letter!
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