Teaching the controversy
The debate on whether to teach the evolution theory in schools or not seems to have been around for eternity now. The bone of contention lies on the teaching of evolution as the only credible scientific theory while grossly disparaging other theories such as the intelligent design. Indeed taking a look at the raging debate, the creation theorists’ position is right; the evolution theory should be taught in schools as a controversial theory while opening doors for other theories to be too explored.
The issue of the origin of the world is no doubt a mind boggling one, not a single soul can claim to possess the key to the understanding of how life was founded and how it has been able to progress to date. What remains known and appreciated by everyone is the existence of God, the overseer and the maker of the universe. A look around the American society today reveals that almost each and every individual believes in the existence of God; millions of people flock the churches, Mosques, temples, synagogues and other places of worship to pay homage to their creator. They do this in the knowledge that the origin of their lives is as a result of an intelligent cause and not as a result of an evolutionary process from a primate. To teach their children the evolution theory then contradicts their beliefs and is a fundamental deviation from the norms and ideals of the American society. Indeed the American nation is founded on religion. As a nation, the issue of religion has been close to our hearts. Our own constitution mentions God and recognises the central role he has played in blessing our nation. To allude that the creation theory is a myth and to emphasize on the evolution theory as the one befitting an inclusion in the school curriculum pours scorn to the nation’s beliefs and ridicules all our traditional ideals.
But what is creationism and what does it stand for? Creationism is a school of flawed thoughts inspired by the half baked research findings of Charles Darwin that concluded that man at one time in his life was a baboon and that he has evolved with time to become what he is today. Such individuals disparage the creation theory as based on individual whims and emotions rather than on scientific findings and that students should only be exposed to theories that are scientifically testable without having to allude to supernatural explanations. What these proponents forget is that evolution theory has become some sort of a religious movement today; it is a core tenet of secular humanism and hence teaching it in schools gravely violates the establishment clause on the separation of the state and religion. The only prudent way hence remains to teach the evolution theory as a controversial theory that it actually is; to make it clear that the evolution theory is just one of the many theories that in futility have attempted to explain the origin of the world and life. In this way, the young minds of our children in Texas will be guarded against the misguided notions of evolutionists and their condescending views against age old beliefs on creation (Vosse, 2010).
The paper has employed a number of rhetorical devices that include weaselers an example being… flawed thoughts inspired by the half baked research findings of Charles Darwin- this is meant to make Darwin’s research seem less important.. Downplayers are also used (…that in futility have attempted to explain the origin of the world…) to downplay the role of the evolution theory in explaining the origin of life. Subjectivist fallacies are also used to convince the reader on the concreteness of the argument (examples being…nation’s beliefs, and norms and ideals of the American society). A proof surrogate is also used to show how millions of believers attend churches and mosques amongst others; this is meant to show that there are lots of people that believe in the creation theory.
Vosse, P. (2010) Secular Humanism: The Force behind the Creation-Evolution Debate and Much More. Holy Fire Publishing,