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'Creation Science' and Education
Pseudo-Science in Education
( last updated 7-03-01 )
"It is very disgraceful and mischievous,
and of all things to be carefully avoided, that a Christian ... should be
heard ... talking such nonsense that the unbeliever can hardly restrain
himself from laughing."
-- Saint Augustine in "De Genese
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"In the 1920s, several states banned
the teaching of evolution. The 1925 Scopes trial resulted in the conviction
of a Tennessee high school teacher. Only in 1968 did the Supreme Court declare
such laws unconstitutional on First Amendment grounds. In the late 1970s,
Arkansas andLouisiana required that if evolution were taught, equal time
must be given toGenesis literalism. The Supreme Court rejected those laws
in 1987. "
-- American Association for the Advancement
of Science, presss
release Oct. '99
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A number of schools have lost their
accredation in recent yeas for substituting so called 'creation science'
courses for actual science courses. 'Creation science' courses use discredited
scientific 'evidence' to 'prove' an ultra- literal interpretation of the
Bible creation story. This is only an issue when science credits are granted
for such courses, while withholding from students the actual science which
conflicts with such views. A small percentage of 'six day creationists'
believe, for example. that dinosaurs and Man had to have been created at
the same time, and that therefore teach fossil dating cannot be science.
This in some cases leads to 'religiously correct' substitutions in courses
dealing with geology, paleontology, astronomy, biology etc. Students taught
this in the guise of science courses sometimes discredit themselves badly
in the outside world. This doesn't happen in schools that teach theology
separate from science, as most reputable schools do. Skeptical activity
focuses mainly on examining the truth of specific claims taught as science.
Most scientific skeptics have no quarrel with religion itself, which does
not claim to be science. Most theologians agree that religious tenets can
only be accepted on faith, and are not testable in the physical word. Scientific
skeptics per se deal only with testable hypotheses in their role as skeptics.
Some skeptics are religious; others not. -- J.K.
Who Besides Skeptics Opposes Creationism In School
- National Center
for Science Education
Dictionary ( or encyclopedia ) -- "Creationism"
/ Evolution Forums -- The Publishing Heretic New!
Creation / Evolution Links
Links ( U. Syracuse )
Links ( Rice U. )
- Lee Hunt's Links at
U. North Texas
Creationism linksite ( Amer. Humanist Assoc. ) (over
200 links )
I tire of these hacks of routine,
who deny the dogma.
- Evolution Resources
Page -- American Association for the Advancement of Science
Assault on Science Education" -- fulltext news archive by state and
Criticisms in Evolution v. Creation
( over 100 creationist claims, click for rebuttal )
- Sci.skeptic FAQ
the Creationists" ( U. South Dakota )
Pseudo-Science -- A Skeptic's Resource List / 8. Creation vs. Evolution
Skeptics' Book List
Skeptics' Publication List ( not online, see heading: "Creation"
- Creation/Evolution Reference
Database ( searchable )
- Left Hemisphere
( see heading: "Evolution and Creation"
Tank -- Documents Collected from Institute for Creation Research ( fulltext
- Steiger's Pseudo-Science
Links / Creationism
- U. of Ediacara Archives
- A Visit to the 6'th
European Creationist Congress
- :"A Visit to the Institute of Creation Research" by Karen
Bartelt, Ph.D. Part
1 and Part
- North Texas Skeptics -- newsletter article
- Articles, Reviews and Rebuttals
- Creationist Geological
A Biochemist's Response
to The Biochemical Challenge to volution" by Behe ( a.k.a. "Darwin's
- BBC IInterview
with Richard Dawkins ( fulltext )
Leslie Orgel: ( Salk Institute ) "RNA World Hypothesis"
Vertebrate Fossils FAQ ( U. Wash. )
Texas Skeptics -- newsletter article: "Creation Science Education"
on Steve Craig's _Creation and Big Bang Cosmology
- Duane Gish
and Creationism ( from the _Rutgers Review_ )
- Articles refuting
Noah's Flood, seven days of creation etc.
- Collected articles of James
Science Fair Winner
Not to Argue with Creationists
- World Wide Skeptical
Web ( see heading "Creationism" )
- The Secular Web ( see book list
Flank's "Debunk Creation" resources
- Crank.dot.net -- Creationiism
- Shrill but Factual
Creationists Would (And Do) Educate Your Children by Bennetta, Forrest,
- No Answers in
Genesis ( articles by various authors )
I neither affirm nor deny. I stand here to try the case." -- Emerson, "The Sceptic"
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