Humanism the Only Allowed Public Religion

Neither creation nor evolution can be proven by the scientific method. All we can do is construct a model to fit the evidence. But why, in our public schools, is some of the evidence suppressed? Any objective observer would have to admit that evolutionary presuppositions have almost total control over the public education system. The supreme court has repeatedly confirmed the right for the scientific evidence for creation to be taught in public schools[1]. Yet this evidence is still largely suppressed. This is typically not the teacher’s fault because he or she is merely passing along the same one-sided information that they have been taught.

Instead of presenting evolution as a fact (which it is not), why not present the evidence which supports both positions and let students make up their own minds which has the most validity? If evolution is truly a fact of science and has overwhelming evidence supporting it, then there is nothing to fear from this approach and truth will triumph over fantasy. This two-model approach was tried in a carefully controlled study with students in the Racine, Wisconsin, Unified School District in 1978. This district consisted of 4 high schools and 7 junior high schools. The biology classes were divided into two groups – one group was taught only the evidence for naturalistic evolution (the standard curriculum in most schools) while the other group was taught both evidence for evolution and the evidence for sudden appearance in nature (creation). The result was that in standardized tests given to both groups, the group which had seen evidence for both viewpoints not only knew more about creation but they also learned and retained more information about evolution![2] There are many excellent two-model science curricula which present the evidence for both evolution and “sudden appearance” in a balanced manner with no reference to the Bible.[3]

Forcing evolutionist high school science teachers to teach what they neither understand nor agree with would result in a caricature of the creation model. However, the current situation of only presenting the evidence for one of two possibilities is also unfair and unwise. The best option is for the school board and administration to encourage science teachers to present evidence for both creation and evolution in every way short of forcing them to do so. This allows students to make up their own minds as to which theory of origins has the most validity.

By letting your child’s teacher know that you would like the scientific evidence for creation to be presented along with the scientific evidence for evolution, you may encourage some teachers to do so. You might start by giving them a copy of this book. Excellent supplemental texts such as Of Pandas and People[4] are readily available and qualified guest speakers would be willing to come if asked.

1. Edwards vs Aquillard, 1987, The Supreme Court again confirmed that the scientific evidence for creation can be taught in public schools.

2. Dr. Richard Bliss, Impact Article #36, available from the Institute for Creation Research (619) 448-0900.

3. Origins: Creation or Evolution, available from Master Books, P.O. Box 26060. Colorado Springs, CO 80936 (800) 999-3777.

4. Percival Davis & Dean Kenyon, Of Pandas and People, Haughton Publishing Co., 1983.