September 15, 2008

Scientist argues for creationism in classrooms

by David Masters

A leading British scientist has said intelligent design and creationism should be taught in science lessons alongside evolutionary theory.

Speaking this week to delegates at the British Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Liverpool, Rev Professor Michael Reiss said school pupils who hold creationist views should not be dismissed.

Reiss, director of education at the Royal Society, explained that banning creationist theory is unfair to children who hold sincere religious beliefs.

About 10% of the UK population believes that the earth is less than 10,000 years old, and came into existence as described in the Bible or the Qur’an.

Creationism is the view that the earth was created according to descriptions in the Old Testament where God made the world 6,000 years ago in six days.

Intelligent design postulates that some of the ideas behind the Big Bang and evolutionary theory are correct, but ultimately the universe was designed and organised by an intelligent god.

Reiss suggests that teachers should be open to discussing these views – whilst at the same time explaining the Big Bang and natural selection.

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