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      I personally believe that this universe was created by God.  I base this belief upon the basic physical "laws" by which this universe operates and other more subjective beliefs.  I think that given these particular physical principles, it is inevitable that matter evolved from Hydrogen gas into intelligent, self-aware life forms.  I think that life, and intelligent life has evolved numerous times throughout this universe. I do not believe that further "meddling" in this evolution was necessary by such a Creator.

       I do believe though that this Creator is not just some distant creator, but is a personal God that can take an active part in our lives.  However, there is a difference between faith or personal beliefs and what should be viewed as scientific fact.


  Given these beliefs, do I think that "Intelligent Design" or the idea that an intelligent creator made and directed the development of the universe should be taught in science classes as some advocate?  Absolutely NOT!  I absolutely do NOT believe that these ideas should be taught in science classes along with other ideas.  Why?  Simply put  there is no conclusive scientific evidence for such beliefs.  Personally, I think that there is sufficient evidence (basic physical laws) to propose an hypothesis for such a creator, but to this date there is insufficient data to accept the hypothesis in a scientific manner.


    Science should remain as objective as possible without the introduction of beliefs that can't be proven.  I think that if  Biology or other science teachers are required to teach the idea of Intelligent Design in classrooms, it would be a gross travesty. I would REFUSE to teach such an idea on the same level as other scientific laws.  I want to explore this in the following days.


The infamous Kansas Board of Education just approved new science standards that allows the teaching of Intelligent Design in Biology classrooms (9Nov205). Among other things the Board:

1.  Rewrote the definition of science so that is no longer limited to the search of natural explanations of phenomena.

2.  They said that that the basic Darwinian theory that all life has a common origin and that natural processes created the building blocks of life has been challenged in recent years by fossil evidence.

3. As one supporter said: "It gets rid of a lot of dogma that's being taught in the classroom today."


Personally I would like to know the new fossil evidence that throws the theory into doubt.  I am gratified also that the board appears to be composed of competent paleontologists...::eye roll::














Wikipedia's article on Intelligent Design; a good summary.

Natural History Magazine article presents pros and con.

National Center for Science Education Defending the teaching of evolution in public schools

The Skeptics Dictionary

Intelligent Design exploring the controversy. Slams the ID idea

Sites Espousing Intelligent Design

Intelligent Design Network

Access Research Network This site has questions that students can ask their Biology teachers!