US Scientists enlist clergy in evolution battle (Broken link, active February 20, 2006):
“American scientists fighting back against creationism, intelligent design and other theories that seek to deny or downgrade the importance of evolution have recruited unlikely allies — the clergy.
“And they have taken their battle to a new level, trying to educate high school and even elementary school teachers on how to hold their own against parents and school boards who want to mix religion with science.”
There are so many fallacies present in this article about the creation – evolution debate that I could do a whole month-long series on them, just from this one news story. Maybe I will.
But what I wanted to point out today is two things. This is not the first time the evolutionists have enlisted the clergy to help them sell their anti-God religion of death to the church. One of the biggest proponents of evolution in the church, after Darwin first published The Origin of Species, was Charles Kingsley, one of the highest- regarded clergy in England at the time. Yes, that Charles Kingsley, the author of Westward Ho!, Water Babies, and The Heroes, all books recommended in the 1000 Good Books List.
Kingsley’s support of the theory went a long way to getting it accepted in churches across England and in America, at the same time most scientists were denouncing Darwin’s theory as impossible. Louis Pasteur, the great French scientist, thought Darwin’s theory such nonsense that he designed his most famous experiment to prove that like must always come from like, and in so doing, forever put the nails in the coffin of the medieval theory of spontaneous generation. Everywhere but in the minds of modern evolutionists.
The second point is this. Public schools in this country were originally designed to be the servant of the parents and the local school boards. That was the premise upon which the whole public school concept was sold to our great-grandparents. The opposition to public school was centered in the fear of losing local control. Of being out of the loop as to what was filling the hearts and minds of their children. And now the teachers, who are supposed to be the servants of the local parents and school boards, and being taught to resist their wishes.
That is why we homeschool.
You might want to brush up on your Gatto. Homeschooling was never the servant of parents. It was conceived and designed to be anti-family from day 1.
the servant of parents. If you mean public schooling was never conceived to be the servant of parents, I agree. However, that is how it was sold to our great-grandparents.
John Taylor Gatto may have the scoop on government controlled eduction NOW, but Christine is right on the history of public eduction. Horace Mann (known as the “father of public eduction”) mistakenly thought that a common school would equalize us… a socialistic thought. He thought it would decrease poverty, crime, violence, and create “social harmony”. It was sold to our great-great-grandparents as a way to save our children, and help the family. What would he think of our government schools today? I don’t think it was what Mann envisioned.
I know that in my local school district, the children are not taught what is important for THEM, but are taught what is important for the SCHOOL.. whatever it takes for them to pass their TAKS test (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills). The teachers must “teach to the test”.
As for creationism and evolution, fortunately I attend a reformed presbyterian church where much emphasis is placed on creationism… there is NO support for any evolutionary views. Evolution is one of the many, many reasons I have chosen to homeschool my four children.