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Welsh Bafflement

The head of the Evangelical Alliance Wales has hit out at a call by leading academics to ban the teaching of creationism or intelligent design in state funded schools.

Naturalist Sir David Attenborough and atheist Prof Richard Dawkins are among the academics arguing that evolution should be taught from the time children start school, as opposed to waiting until they start their GCSEs, as happens at present.

The academics say on their new website that creationism and intelligent design “are not scientific theories” but rather only portrayed as scientific theories “by some religious fundamentalists who attempt to have their views promoted in publicly-funded schools”.

But

In reponse, Elfed Godding, national director of the Evangelical Alliance of Wales, said he was “baffled” by the group’s position.  He called for a “balanced” curriculum.

“Education at all levels involves the careful analysis of a variety of ideas and viewpoints. To insist on the validity of one theory alone to the detriment of all others exemplifies intolerance and doesn’t belong in the classrooms of Wales and the rest of the UK,” he said.

“Christians hold different views when it comes to the origins of the universe. Although believing passionately in the creative activity of a loving God, Christians hold a range of scientific opinions in relation to how the universe has taken shape.  “Children and young people are entitled to be exposed to these opinions within the context of a balanced curriculum.”

I’m with Godding- anything that annoys Dawkins is worth doing in spades!  The more annoyed he gets the better.  And if PZ and his ilk are annoyed along the way, well that’s just even better.

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Written by Jim

September 19, 2011 at 16:30

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  1. In your opinion it is therefore more important to “annoy” certain outspoken scientists than it is to teach the truth to children. Are you really saying that?

    somerville61

    September 19, 2011 at 21:08

    • well since i dont teach little children science- i leave that to the pros- i have to say i think it more fun to annoy certain annoying ‘scientists’ (when did dawkins become a scientist?)

      Jim

      September 19, 2011 at 21:10

  2. Jim asks

    when did dawkins become a scientist?

    Maybe in 1966 when he received his D. Phil in zoology from Oxford, or maybe it was the years that he taught zoology at Univ of Calif, Berkeley or the 20 years he taught and carried on research at Oxford.

    One might argue that being University of Oxford’s Professor for Public Understanding of Science from 1995 until 2008 simply meant he had become a propagandist for atheism and no longer a working scientist but that may depend upon one’s definition of “scientist”

    somerville61

    September 24, 2011 at 10:31

    • actually then hes not at all a scientist. his presuppositions have completely colored his perspective and he cant claim to be a practitioner of objectivity

      Jim

      September 24, 2011 at 10:42


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