“God! God! God!” My ears were ringing from my father’s latest lecture.
He wasn’t very consistent with his church attendance, so I primarily
learned about the ways of Christianity through his own instruction. This
lesson pertained to our creation. He described how God, after his six-day
creation binge, formed the first man, Adam, from dust, and the first woman,
Eve, from Adam’s rib. Early on in my life, my father’s beliefs were my own.
He raised me to be a good Catholic girl and due to a lack of any sort of alternative,
a good Catholic girl I became. The idea was plausible for me at the
time. How else did the Earth and everything it held come into being? Who
taught the leaves to change color in the fall, exhibiting their true beauty only
just before their ugly end? How did the mountains reach so high as to pierce
the sky with their cloud-stained peaks? Who formed my brain and gave me
the ability to reach my mind into the realm of the abstract? God seemed the
obvious answer, but I would still pose the question of “Where did God come
from?” to my father, and as I grew older, I became increasingly dissatisfied
with his answer: “He was always there.” My sixth grade science class brought
enlightenment. The teacher instructed us to open our books to chapter
seven: evolution. I had heard of evolution before, but I had never really
understood it or the threat it posed to my fledgling religious beliefs. To say
that the theory of evolution single-handedly brought an end to my love of
all things holy would be a great exaggeration. It merely gave me an idea
around which the logical half of my mind could wrap itself. In this area, the
teachings of my father ha...
... middle of paper ...
...iple.” AIP.org. 2005. American Institute of Physics. 4 Dec. 2005. http://www.aip.
Charlesworth, Brian, and Charlesworth, Deborah. Evolution: A Very Short Introduction.
New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.
“Kansas Schoolboard Redefines Science.” CNN: Student News. 8 Nov. 2005. Cable News
Network. 16 Nov. 2005. http://www.cnn.com/2005/EDUCATION/11/08/evolution.
Peacocke, Arthur R. “Welcoming the “Disguised Friend”: A Positive Theological
Appraisal of Biological Evolution.” An Evolving Dialogue: Theological and Scientific
Perspectives on Evolution. Ed. Miller, James B. Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press International,
Stanford, Craig; Allen, John S., and Ant¢n, Susan C. Biological Anthropology: The Natural
History of Humankind. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc., 2005.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Over many years the ideas of evolution has been taught in public schools. One of the problems evolution has faced is, how much time should be spent on the subject and what are the important things one must know. This has been controversial for as long as evolution has been taught in schools and still not one way is right for all. There are many different types of evolution and along with those there are theories. A theory is information put together to form the most reasonable answer based on the evidence.... [tags: Evolution, Creationism, Scopes Trial, Education]
1221 words (3.5 pages)
- ... The eight men would have had to of cut all the timber needed to construct the ship, shape the timber into the needed materials, create the needed equipment because at that time the tools needed would be unavailable at that time in history, actually construct the ship, get the needed provisions for the ship and still gather all the animals which includes dinosaurs onto the ship approximately all thirty-five thousand of them. It has been argued that Noah being five hundred years old at the time of the flood was still in well physical shape and was wise for his age (The Holy Bible) had the knowledge to do all of these feats from his many years upon the earth.... [tags: darwinism, god, bible]
1813 words (5.2 pages)
- Creationism and Evolution taught in schools Introduction: The education of evolution and creationism in the public school system has been debatable. Charles Darwin published his conclusions of evolution in 1859. This altered the teaching of science in the public school system intensely (Armenta, 1). Several court cases have been filed against the teaching of evolution. Because of the religious conservative legislators a ban was placed on the teaching of evolution and the equal treatment of evolution and creationism or intelligent design (Armenta, 1).... [tags: Education, Creation, Evolution, Darwin]
1933 words (5.5 pages)
- Creationism and the Classroom The American classroom is suffering from a major deficiency. The science curriculum supports one theory of evolution and no other theory as to how the existence of the universe has come to be. This narrow-minded approach has kept many young minds from seeing a very broad picture of this world. Scientific creationism should be included in our public school curriculum because it is paramount to the progress of modern science. Duane Gish, who has a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Berkeley, says, “…neither creation nor evolution may be referred to as scientific theory since neither can offer eyewitness evidence of what happened in the past.” Gish further states, “B... [tags: essays research papers fc]
926 words (2.6 pages)
- Throughout history, politicians and church leaders have battled over the true meaning of the religious clauses in the United States Constitution. Ambiguity in the writing of the First Amendment has driven controversy regarding the separation between church and state, especially in federally controlled entities. The public school system is a government production, and many people feel there is either too much religion or not enough personal religious freedom in their children’s education. Because America was founded on the idea of the “freedom of religion,” lines must be drawn to regulate what is too much, and how many religious connotations, practices, and symbols can be allowed in a public... [tags: Separation of church and state]
1855 words (5.3 pages)
- Webster’s dictionary defines a science as “The intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment” (Webster’s 786). What that basically is stating is that a science is a subject that can be studied through experiments or observations. All of the sciences taught in public high schools do indeed fit this definition; they are studied through experimental labs, teaching students to learn facts through their own observations.... [tags: religious beliefs, creationism, evolution]
1242 words (3.5 pages)
- The highly controversial Scopes "Monkey Trial" was a trial taken to the Supreme Court in 1925, was an issue of whether teachers had the right to teach Darwin’s Theory of Evolution into the American school system curriculum. This trial symbolized the differing opinions of conservative fundamentalists and modernists. Conservative fundamentalists argued that teaching this theory in school systems was propaganda and unethical. A large number of conservative Americans violently protested this controversial theory, while others quietly agreed with Scope’s theory.... [tags: Evolution, Creationism, Scientific method]
823 words (2.4 pages)
- Half a century ago, President John F. Kennedy gave a speech about the importance of government always maintaining an attitude of neutrality towards religion. President Kennedy stated, “I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute.” The United States has been a country, in which the separation of church and state has been adopted and assumed to be practiced, but there has been a perennial conflict disrupting the balance between church and state. In his innovative film, The Revisionaries, director Scott Thurman exposes how the public education system has become the latest battleground in the face of an old conflict – between religion and science – challenging th... [tags: evolutionism vs. creationism]
524 words (1.5 pages)
- The History of the American Education System: A look at the 1900s The dawn of the 1900s brought with it progressive education. With a growing population due to an influx of immigrants, many cities decided to build more schools. Chicago was one such city. Before 1889, the city of Chicago had only five high schools. By 1990, the Chicago Board of Education had developed the Chicago Normal School, 15 high schools and 234 elementary schools. These schools provided not only education for students but also job opportunities for many individuals.... [tags: essays papers]
1905 words (5.4 pages)
- Intelligent design also referred to as ID is a concept that has its early origins from 4th century BC in the works Timaeus by Plato were he describes a supreme wisdom and intelligence as the creator of the cosmos. In the Metaphysics Aristotle furthers developed the idea of a natural creator of the cosmos. One of the most famous ideas for intelligent design today comes the 13th century where Thomas Aguinas described the concept of design as the fifth of five proofs for the existence of God in his work Summa Theologia.... [tags: Evolution Creationism]
1316 words (3.8 pages)