Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Kansas School Board's Interesting Timing

Check out this post and the article Matt links to. It is interesting to note that the case went to the judge (bench trial) on Friday in the Dover Panda Trial. Is the Kansas school board trying to present a united front behind Michael Behe and the Discovery Institute in preparation of receiving some bad new from the Dover judge?
Even my theistic readers would have to admit that expanding the defintition of "science" to include supernatural explanations to natural phenomena is a bad idea. I'm not saying science has all the answers; it clearly doesn't. When we reach the end of scientific explanation (first causes, for instance) religion has a place. Faith, after all, requires a leap. If we could prove the existence of god, there would be no place for faith, and I don't think any of my theistic readers want that.
There's no reason to fear evolution. Pope JPII acknowledged that evolution is "more than a hypothesis." Admitting that evolution has some strong evidence in its favor is not admitting that God doesn't exist. Charles Darwin and Richard Dawkins may be atheists, but many scientists, even geneticists and evolutionists are religious. My college physical athropology professor was a methodist. The Scarlet Panda is both a geneticists and a catholic. It is possible to both acknowledge the importance of science in the world and to keep your faith. Even Michael Behe accepts 99% of scientific evolution, taking exception only where he thinks feature are irreducibly complex (baterial flagellum, blood clotting, and the immune system).
Anyway, that's my rant. I'm going to bed now. Thank you for reading to the end.


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