Teaching Evolution

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Friday, July 01, 2005

George Will: A Debate That Does Not End

George F. Will is a hero to some conservatives, but unfortunately they tend not to be the types of conservatives who oppose the teaching of evolution. This column is typical Will, in that he gives us some ponderous thoughts on the Scopes trial ('The most widely publicized misdemeanor case in American history') and waits until the third from last paragraph to give us this:

The problem with intelligent-design theory is not that it is false but that it is not falsifiable: Not being susceptible to contradicting evidence, it is not a testable hypothesis. Hence it is not a scientific but a creedal tenet—a matter of faith, unsuited to a public school's science curriculum.

3 Comments:

At 11:06 AM, Blogger dhodge said...

First of all, for whom is it unfortunate that George F. Will is not a hero to the anti-evolutionist right? I thought this was an excellent column. He provided a lot of insight into both sides of the Scopes trial that is sorely lacking from the historical record. I wouldn't indict him for not taking a position in the debate (other than that ID is not valid science). Sometimes, it nice to read an opinion piece that allows you to form your own opinion instead of telling you which one to take.

 
At 11:11 AM, Blogger MDS said...

"for whom is it unfortunate that George F. Will is not a hero to the anti-evolutionist right?"

For all of society. If a sensible person like George Will were able to talk some sense into them, they wouldn't cause us so many problems.

You seem to assume that I dislike Will or dislike this column. Actually, I think he's one of the smartest writers around, and I liked this column a lot.

 
At 7:19 AM, Blogger dhodge said...

Isn't it actually fortunate that George F. Will is not a hero to the anti-evolutionist right? I know that you are generally a fan of Will's writing. The comments you made led to me believe that you weren't too crazy about this column, so I attempted to rebut your criticisms. I guess we'll just have to agree to agree about this one.

 

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