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'Creation Science' and Education

see also Pseudo-Science in Education

( last updated 7-03-01 )


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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 ad litteram"

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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 Science Classes
American Physical Society Statement on Creattionism in Science Education
National Association of Biology Teachers -- Statement on Teaching Evolution
American Association for the Advancement of Science -- Press Release Oct. 1999
 
Link Lists
National Center for Science Education
Skeptics' Dictionary ( or encyclopedia ) -- "Creationism"
Creation / Evolution Forums -- The Publishing Heretic New!
Lippard's Creation / Evolution Links
Lipson's Links ( U. Syracuse )
Higgins' Links ( Rice U. )
Skeptical Information Links
Lee Hunt's Links at U. North Texas
Skeptical Creationism linksite ( Amer. Humanist Assoc. ) (over 200 links )
 
Reference Sources
Evolution Resources Page -- American Association for the Advancement of Science
"Creationist Assault on Science Education" -- fulltext news archive by state and pub.
Frequently Encountered Criticisms in Evolution v. Creation
( over 100 creationist claims, click for rebuttal )
Sci.skeptic FAQ
Talk.origins FAQ

"Answeing the Creationists" ( U. South Dakota )
Astronomical Pseudo-Science -- A Skeptic's Resource List / 8. Creation vs. Evolution
Australian Skeptics' Book List
Australian Skeptics' Publication List ( not online, see heading: "Creation" )
Creation/Evolution Reference Database ( searchable )
Left Hemisphere ( see heading: "Evolution and Creation"
Skeptic Tank -- Documents Collected from Institute for Creation Research ( fulltext )
Steiger's Pseudo-Science Links / Creationism
Essays
U. of Ediacara Archives
 
 
Investigations
 
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 2
North Texas Skeptics -- newsletter article
 
Articles, Reviews and Rebuttals
 
Creationist Geological Time Scale
A Biochemist's Response to The Biochemical Challenge to volution" by Behe ( a.k.a. "Darwin's Black Boz"
BBC IInterview with Richard Dawkins ( fulltext )
Dr. Leslie Orgel: ( Salk Institute ) "RNA World Hypothesis"
Transitional Vertebrate Fossils FAQ ( U. Wash. )
North Texas Skeptics -- newsletter article: "Creation Science Education"
Comments 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 A. Haught
Creation Science Debunked
Creation Science Fair Winner
How Not to Argue with Creationists
World Wide Skeptical Web ( see heading "Creationism" )
The Secular Web ( see book list )"
L. Flank's "Debunk Creation" resources
mailinglist signup:
Crank.dot.net -- Creationiism
Shrill but Factual
 
How Creationists Would (And Do) Educate Your Children by Bennetta, Forrest, and O'Leary
No Answers in Genesis ( articles by various authors )

 

I tire of these hacks of routine, who deny the dogma.
I neither affirm nor deny. I stand here to try the case.
" -- Emerson, "The Sceptic"


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