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Response Paper 4 - other theories of evolution including,...

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Stephenie Lai 11:15 Breakout Witt discusses the Supreme Court case Edwards v. Aguillard in this article. The Court ruled against the teaching of creation sciences in public institutions. The theory of intelligent design is not based on religion, as many may think. In reality, it is the idea that there is an intelligent cause for certain features of our physical world. In addition, a theory actually differs from a law. A theory provides an explanation for something, while a law is a statement of fact that has evidence. In my opinion, I think intelligent design and evolution should be taught on equal playing fields so that students can make up their own opinions about this issue. Is teaching intelligent design in schools unconstitutional? Does this violate the line between church and state? What exactly does the theory of intelligent design state? What makes it different from a law? In the Supreme Court case of Tammy Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, the Court ruled “students will be made aware of gaps/problems in Darwin’s theory and of
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Unformatted text preview: other theories of evolution including, but not limited to, intelligent design.” Does teaching intelligent design in public schools violate the constitution? The Court saw the theory of intelligent design as strongly endorsing religious thought. The Court’s decision also states that the theory is a form of creationism and that it is not a science. Supporters of intelligent design usually have negative arguments against evolution. In my opinion, I do believe that intelligent design is a kind of science. It still explains a theory of how this earth was created. Although it is not an orthodox science that many people are used to, it does try to explain a scientific theory. Some may not consider intelligent design to be a scientific theory. Is it more a religious concept? What are the “gaps” and “problems” in Darwin’s theory? What is Darwin’s theory? Is it fair for one theory to be taught, while the other is banned?...
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This note was uploaded on 09/21/2011 for the course POLS 1101 taught by Professor Cann during the Spring '08 term at UGA.

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