Published Online: January 19, 2005
Published in Print: January 19, 2005, as Established Science vs. Philosophical Speculation

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Established Science vs. Philosophical Speculation

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To the Editor:

Christopher Gieschen’s rather confused letter ("Approach to Evolution Depends on ‘Worldview’," Jan. 5, 2005) suggests something like parity between evolution, which is well-established science, and “intelligent design” creationism, which is almost entirely religious or philosophical speculation/opinion, lacking any scientific support.

Students and adults are free to accept scientific conclusions or to prefer any of a wide variety of nonscientific religious explanations of natural phenomena or, as a very great many do, to accept science and accommodate their religious views to the conclusions of science. But what public schools may not do, as the U.S. Supreme Court made clear in 1987, is mix religious explanations into science classes.

Edd Doerr
President
Americans for Religious Liberty
Washington, D.C.

Vol. 24, Issue 19, Page 35

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