Sunday, February 05, 2006
Good Religion, Bad Science (Spectrum)
The debate over whether Intelligent Design should be taught in schools continues to rage in the US. Those promoting this political change are not recognising the fact that Intelligent Design is a religious belief, not a scientific one. Andrew Hoehn in his Spectrum article, Good Religion, Bad Science explains what would happen if science, generally, began to apply Intelligent Design perspectives to the work they do. He then goes on to discuss how Seventh-day Adventists (SDAs), a denomination that has a history of support for religious liberty, should learn from their history the dangers of supporting the current political moves to give Intelligent Design equal time in the classroom. Although the article is written for SDAs, the points the author makes are relevant for all Christians -- we should be thinking much more carefully about this issue than we perhaps have done.