LONDON - British teenagers may soon be debating creationism and intelligent design in religion classes that give equal time to the Darwinists and atheists who reject these views of the world‚Äôs origins.
Newly published school guidelines reflect the growing influence of a bitter battle over evolution being waged on the other side of the Atlantic, by conservative American Christians who want to put God back into the secular state school system.
The guidelines, issued by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, place the issue firmly in religious education class, rather than the science classes where American intelligent-design proponents want it to be handled....
Neil, Science is the study of God's revealation in nature. While such knowledge can not lead to salvation, it is still truth. Do you enjoy potable drinking water? Have you ever taken an antibiotic for an infection? Do you heat your home with central heat? Do you drive a car? DO YOU POST COMMENTS ON WEBSITES? All those come from the truth of science!
While I'm all for teaching competing viewpoints (though such neutrality is not really possible), do remember that while IDers often have useful critiques of Darwinism, they are still dangerous since their methodology (from Aquinas) eschews Scripture as a primary source of truth, while they count science as a credible one. Their "blind watchmaker" god is as unknown as that in Acts 17:23.
BTW, Christians should be fully briefed on Darwinism. Know your enemy!
Another example of where the Europeans are open to embracing orthodox thought and ideas. See my post on the Anglican Church and Tony Blair oposing homosexual adoption. It is also interesting to me that while the secularlists in the US want Intellegent Design to be taught in religion classes, and not science classes, just where are these religion classes? Most gutless school districts lack the courage to develop such curricula, in fear of a "seperation of church and state" lawsuits from the ACLU! "Seperation of church and state" is not in the constitution. However, that the state shall not establish an official state church is in the constitution. To me Secularlism has all the characteristics of a church, and it seems to me that it has become the official state supported church! The trends in Europe, and even the trends in the Democratic Party, show that anti-orthodox secularlism is a loosing proposition! Time will tell!