WRIGHT WAY: Creation refuses to cut class
by WILLIAM WRIGHT
Mar 09, 2011 | 4794 views | 0 0 comments | 117 117 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A recent report from the John Templeton Foundation stated that the science of evolutionary biology has won every battle with creationism in the courtroom but in classrooms across America the theory of evolution is being undermined.

That is the conclusion of Penn State political scientists Eric Plutzer and Michael B. Berkman, authors of “Evolution, Creationism, and the Battle to Control American Classrooms.” The book is based on their survey of 926 public high school biology teachers.

The authors say they uncover evidence that creationism is “surprisingly resilient” in many biology classrooms in America, and that science and the scientific method are being systematically undermined.

“We find that about 13 percent of public high school biology teachers are active advocates for creationism or Intelligent Design,” Plutzer tells Templeton Report, whose grant supported the book’s writing.

“They emphasize to their students that these are ‘valid scientific alternatives’ to mainstream evolutionary biology and devote at least some formal class instruction to the topic. An additional 5 percent of teachers take the same position, though typically in brief responses to student questions.”

Plutzer says he and Berkman find that “active proponents of creationism as science can be found in every state, even in fairly cosmopolitan school districts.”

Why is the teaching of creation so “surprisingly resilient” in schools when the theory of evolution is more widely promoted? If evolutionary biology was an indisputable fact, why would a number of biology teacher’s across the country insist on teaching Intelligent Design to their students?

Could it be because the evidence leans more toward creation than blind chance for all the life reproducing on this planet? If the theory of evolution was completely sound there should be no biochemists to argue against it.

Yet, Michael J. Behe, a professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, asserts that “Cells are simply too complex to have evolved randomly; intelligence was required to produce them.”

In an interview released in September 2006, Behe said, “The conclusion of design is not due to ignorance. It’s not due to what we don’t know; it’s due to what we know. When Darwin published his book ‘The Origin of the Species’ 150 years ago, life seemed simple.

“Scientists thought that the cell was so simple that it might just spontaneously bubble up from sea mud. But since then, science has discovered that cells are enormously complex, much more complex than the machinery of our 21st-century world. The functional complexity bespeaks purposeful design.”

Behe’s 1996 book, “Darwin’s Black Box — The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution,” has left evolutionary scientists scrambling to counter the arguments he raised.

As part of her education in biology, Paula Kincheloe spent four years focusing on just the cell and its components. Now that she has spent years as a researcher in the fields of cell and molecular biology and microbiology at Emory University in Atlanta, Kincheloe has come to a startling conclusion.

“The more I learned about DNA, RNA, proteins, and metabolic pathways, the more amazed I became with the complexity, organization, and precision involved,” she said. “The obvious design evident in the cell is one reason I believe in God.”

If evolution was scientific fact, how do we account for these learned individuals believing in a Creator? Kincheloe said she “concluded that the Bible’s account of creation is accurate and does not conflict with true science.”

Enrique Hernandez-Lemus, a theoretical physicist working at the National University of Mexico, said, “The mathematical probability of the random generation of a single chromosome is less than 1 in 9 trillion, an event so unlikely that it can be considered impossible. I think it is nonsense to believe that unintelligent forces could create not just a single chromosome but all the amazing complexity present in living beings.”

Could such comments by other scientists who dismiss evolution be one reason why it is being undermined in American classrooms? Ask yourself: What takes greater faith — to believe that millions of intricately coordinated parts of a cell came about by accident or to believe the cell is a product of intelligent Creation? Either version requires faith, but only one version can be true.

People are born yearning for truth. When they hear it, it feels right. Proven science shows life comes from life. The Bible says all life originates with God. What feels right to you?

As Psalm 139:16 says of God, “Your eyes saw even the embryo of me, and in your book all its parts were down in writing, as regards the days when they were formed and there was not yet one among them.” — New World Translation.

For me, creation is in a class all by itself.

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