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This post will offend those who see the world through the eyes of their faith. That's not my intent, but it is the likely outcome. This post is not about the truth of faith or religion or a higher power. It is about the attempt to equate positions of faith with positions of science.
Pat Dollard posted this about Gov. Bobby Jindal and Intelligent Design.
Gov. Jindal skirts the issue of teaching I.D. in public schools by mumbling about wanting his children to be exposed to the best thinking and not wanting the schools to withhold facts because of political correctness. Well, Gov. Jindal, the fact is that I.D. is an article of faith. It cannot be scientifically verified in the same manner as evolution. As I commented on Dollard's site:
The fact is, I insist that neither I.D. nor the Hindu version of the origin of the universe be taught as anything more than non-verifiable, religious belief... on an equal footing... or not at all in public schools.
Intelligent Design is an article of faith… with no discernible basis in anything but faith. If you want to believe [in] that, fine. But to argue that it should be part of an educational curriculum opens the door to every other belief about the nature of the world and man.
Evolution is called a theory, but those who say “only a theory” simply do not understand that all scientifically verifiable “theories” start out that way… and may retain the title of theory long after verification has occurred.
There are more than enough questions about the universe than the origin of man through the evolutionary process… which is a certainty. If your faith wants to say that man’s evolutionary process is one ordained by design, that’s an article of faith. It is not verifiable… it can only be a matter of conjecture since the “existence” of God cannot be verified scientifically. One can only address, scientifically, that which is verifiable… that which is open to scrutiny.
So, if you… and Gov. Jindal… insist that Intelligent Design should be taught in public schools, then I insist that the Hindu version of the universe be taught as a legitimate alternative to both evolution and ID.
After all, how far removed is that from "the will of Allah?"Faith and morality don't rely on scientific proof for value in the lives of those who hold them. But that which is outside of the realm of science does not belong as part of a science curriculum. Our design may seem intelligent or it may be just fortuitous... the right place at the right time [given the demise of predatory dinosaurs that were beginning to exhibit signs of intelligence].
The fact that we are intelligent [or at least some are intelligent] enables us to distinguish between science and belief...