Monday, July 28, 2008

Evolution and ID: A Compromise?

In an article written by Amy Binder and John Evans, the authors wonder whether or not a compromise can be reached in the teaching of evolution. They write:

We propose a compromise that would neither violate the establishment clause of the First Amendment nor limit the teaching of evolution in the public schools. Most defenders of evolution do not consider valid the critics’ fears that evolution teaches values. Even so, teachers could take these concerns seriously by clarifying what evolutionary theory does not imply about values. To assuage the type of concern articulated by William Jennings Bryan, teachers could tell students that even though evolutionary science talks about the survival of the fittest organism, it is not a model for how humans should treat each other. They could explain that students should not make an “ought” about human behaviour from an “is” of nature and that competition in contemporary society will not lead to increased survival rates. Moreover, they could explicitly note that just because mutations in organisms are random, it does not follow that human morality is random.

I would suggest that this problem stems from an additional supposition, intrinsic to the nature of evolution—that humans have evolved as well as other animals. This is a major stumbling block for many Christians who see humans as specially created not only in thought but in deed.

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