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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Not Interested or Sick of Darwinism Debates?

I come back now and then to the subject of Darwinism not so much to get at an answer, but because of the incredible significance of Darwin’s underpinning of the collapse of a God-inspired life of moral absolutes and of the growth of the liberal religion of collectivism and doing whatever feels right.

A few additional and significant steps in the long battle to show our children that they are part of something larger than their own immediate pleasure occurred this week when South Carolina also decided that its children should learn all about evolution (the evidence for and the evidence against) and not just the party line; also our premier scientist in DNA research just published a book explaining that his work now points to the mind of God as the only possible source of the immense information contained in the human genome.

Some excerpts:

South Carolina Praised for Requiring Students to Critically Analyze Evolutionary Theory

Columbia, SC, Evolution News.org –- After months of debate, today the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee unanimously ratified high school biology standards requiring students to understand why "scientists continue to investigate and critically analyze aspects of evolutionary theory." The South Carolina State Board of Education adopted the standards unanimously last month, and submitted them to the EOC for approval. South Carolina’s new evolution standard does not require teaching the theory of intelligent design.

The biology standard approved requires students to be able to, “Summarize ways that scientists use data from a variety of sources to investigate and critically analyze aspects of evolutionary theory.” This falls under the overall biology standard which says that “The student will demonstrate an understanding of biological evolution and the diversity of life.”

“This victory is an important milestone towards improving the quality of science education, by ensuring that students learn the full range of relevant scientific evidence, including the scientific criticisms of evolution,” said Casey Luskin an attorney and public policy analyst with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture. “South Carolina is the fifth current state to require students to learn about scientific criticisms of evolution and this policy helps remedy the problem that most biology textbooks today largely ignore scientific challenges to Darwinism.”
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The Sunday Times June 11, 2006

I’ve found God, says man who cracked the genome
Steven Swinford

THE scientist who led the team that cracked the human genome is to publish a book explaining why he now believes in the existence of God and is convinced that miracles are real.

Francis Collins, the director of the US National Human Genome Research Institute, claims there is a rational basis for a creator and that scientific discoveries bring man “closer to God”.

His book, The Language of God, to be published in September, will reopen the age-old debate about the relationship between science and faith. “One of the great tragedies of our time is this impression that has been created that science and religion have to be at war,” said Collins, 56.

“I don’t see that as necessary at all and I think it is deeply disappointing that the shrill voices that occupy the extremes of this spectrum have dominated the stage for the past 20 years.”

For Collins, unravelling the human genome did not create a conflict in his mind. Instead, it allowed him to “glimpse at the workings of God”.

“When you make a breakthrough it is a moment of scientific exhilaration because you have been on this search and seem to have found it,” he said. “But it is also a moment where I at least feel closeness to the creator in the sense of having now perceived something that no human knew before but God knew all along.

“When you have for the first time in front of you this 3.1 billion-letter instruction book that conveys all kinds of information and all kinds of mystery about humankind, you can’t survey that going through page after page without a sense of awe. I can’t help but look at those pages and have a vague sense that this is giving me a glimpse of God’s mind.”

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7 Comments:

At 6:18 PM, Anonymous Gerard Harbison said...

Well, Russ, seeing as you're for moral values and all that, it seems odd you neglected to mention that Francis Collins is firmly convinced of the truth of evolution. And your South Carolina information is all wrong, but that's what comes from believing creationist websites. So that's 0 for 2 by my count.

Sorry to rain on your parade, and hope it goes better for you next week!

 
At 6:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No!

If we stop talking about evolution people might start talking about all the kids being raped by priests!!!

Besides - F Collins has been a christian for quite a few years and it hasn't harmed his standing in the scientific community at all.

 
At 6:54 PM, Blogger RussWilcox said...

The South Carolina information is correct. It was misreported in several press accounts, but later corrected.
Having had a child who was molested (not by a priest), the mixing of apples and oranges here is a dead end.

 
At 6:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the misguided fools in this country who believe that they were descended from Apes, I say to you; maybe you're related to Apes, but I was created by God. If you're not a believer, then fine, don't poisin our children's minds with this slop that you're trying teach them. You'll find out for sure on the day that you breathed your last breath,-- won't you?

 
At 7:08 AM, Blogger RussWilcox said...

One more quick reply. Most thinking people believe in evolution. The arguement centers on whether complex mechanisms and the development of new species can be credited solely to evolutionary processes over time. I think not.

 
At 11:14 AM, Blogger Bob Dahl said...

If the theory of evolution were proven to be true, would it shake your faith in God?

 
At 1:21 PM, Blogger RussWilcox said...

Yes, it would shake my faith in God.

 

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