Faith and Evolution: Redefining the Divideby
Is the primary divide in the debate over teaching about evolution one between scientists and people of faith? No, writes the founder of the Clergy Letter Project, an organization that demonstrates that faith and science are not inherently at odds with each other. In his piece for Huffington Post, Michael Zimmerman writes that the real divide lies between people of faith themselves. Money quote:
“It’s time to look at the fight with fresh eyes. It no longer makes any sense to talk about the issue being a battle between religion and science since so many religious leaders and scientists are comfortable working together. What’s really going on is a fight between those who have a very narrow view of religion and religious leaders who think a good deal more broadly.
Those who are attacking evolution are attempting to define all religion in their own image and to marginalize all alternative religious voices in their single-minded attempt to promote their minority perspective.”
Zimmerman also notes how nearly 70 national academies of science around the world — in countries as diverse as Cuba, Israel, Iran and Tajikistan — have signed a statement promoting the teaching of evolution. Yet, he writes, “the Texas State Board of Education has made it clear that it has serious doubts about the subject.”
Not surprisingly, the anti-evolution propaganda outfit Discovery Institute in Seattle has a different take. The Disco folks, as you know, descended on Texas last year in a partly successful attempt to undermine instruction on evolution in the state’s science curriculum standards. In a counter essay on its own site, the Disco Institute claims that students should simply learn about “all sides” in the scientific “controversy” over evolution — despite the fact that mainstream science settled legitimate debate over evolution long, long ago.