As a newbie to the world of blogging, I am amazed by the number of prolific writers out there in blogspace. SF writer Orson Scott Card has written a critique of “Darwinists” (his term) at his site that has apparently stirred up a hornets’ nest in the other camp.
The trouble is, everyone seems to be preaching to the choir. Those who accept evolution spend their time criticizing the IDists as non-scientific and dogmatic, while the IDists spend their time calling the evolution proponents materialists (read, godless) and dogmatic. It’s a shame that the majority of the US public can’t see but a tiny bit of this lively debate, assuming they either cared or understood the arguments.
In the world of physics, the last time science had a debate this heated was during Galileo’s lifetime, when scholars debated the earth-centered vs. the sun-centered model of the universe. Which reminds me of a question. Why is it that IDists and creationists don’t insist that alternative models of the solar system not be taught in the schools alongside modern ones? After all, the Bible does imply that the sun and planets orbit the earth.
Here’s commentary from another science teacher: A Teacher’s Perspective