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Discussion 7 to Meditation 48
Evolution is a theory based on scientific evidence

by: Kaye Madison

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It is true that the evolution theory is but a theory. It has no absolute proof to speak of. However, having conceded the fact, the argument that Genesis deserves to be taught alongside evolution with the same amount of credibility falls flat on its face with one simple fact: Evolution is a theory based on scientific evidence, Genesis is a theory based on spiritual belief. Therefore, it is evidence that has no logical justification. That is the nature of faith, is it not?

The question of what is 'fact' or sufficiently within the realm of fact to teach at a school is a question I've thought long and hard about. There are many issues to consider, one being that we do indeed inherit the philosophy of our surroundings, as Robert Ingersoll tells in Meditation 435. I find what he says to be a prudent point. It is definitely a premise to argue that Christianity isn't given enough chance to be considered in the same light as evolution. What our children don't hear in school impacts on their beliefs just as greatly as what they do hear in school.

But, that being said, I do feel that the incessant cries of injustice from Christianity are misplaced and if anything, crudely vulgar. Religion preaches fairness and justice, yet for most of our collective history Christianity has oppressed science and condemned it as heresy.

However, today's world has moved beyond that prejudice. What we face today, is the question of what we teach our offspring. I personally vouch for an objective approach, as surely our modern world has room for all philosophies to be heard? But of course, that philosophy is one common among agnostics, not Christians. They do not preach evolution in their classes, do they? They do not have an open minded let-them-decide-for-themselves attitude. They would not bother to teach opposing theories in their religion doctrine. Regardless of that, they cry out for equal standing in the education system.

If we ever decide to teach Christianity version of Earth's formation, it will have been an act of open-mindedness and consideration, nothing more. That is the wonderful nature of the agnostic. We are fair, and regardless of how lacking of evidence a theory is, we will not dismiss it as untrue, simply as unproven.

But remember, the philosophy of science has some strict guidelines, one of which is that we use corroborative evidence to deduce theory, which we then set out to prove. And the great thing I love about science, the wonderfully logical and reasonable thing about science, is that any theory or deduction is extremely hard to prove, and not many things are stated to be true without infallible evidence.

So you see, Genesis has no place in schools along science, but rather along the subjects that concern themselves with the metaphysical and philosophical areas of humanity.