The Fight Between Evolution And Creationism

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Religion and its clash with modern science is nothing new, from Galileo to Darwin. One of the latest controversies originates in 1831 when Charles Darwin began his five-year voyage around the world and slowly made the discovery of natural selection. Which eventually led to the theory of evolution. Evolution directly contradicted the theory of creationism that the Bible had laid down centuries before. This debate is still ongoing, particularly in the United States. The modern debate is over the possibility of creationism being taught in public schools as an alternative/or alongside evolution. Instead of using the Bible solely for spiritual purposes, many of those who follow it believe that it should be honored as a legitimate science. However, …show more content…
This dates back to 1925 when a high school teacher named John Scopes faced a legal trial after he was prosecuted for illegally teaching evolution in the classroom. This trial is often referred to as the “trial of the century” as it puts the Bible up against evolution in the middle of a Tennessee courtroom (Singham). The reason that creationism and evolution have been pitted against each other from the beginning is not because of the idea of evolution but because of the theory of natural selection that goes along with it. Darwin’s theory of natural selection claims that “how organisms evolve depends on a combination of chance mutations and the environments in which organisms find themselves” (Singham). Organisms that evolve because of chance mutations better their odds of surviving. This goes directly against creationism’s belief that we (as in every specimen on this Earth) were destined to be as we are. Evolution annihilates the idea that there might be a bigger meaning to life where the human race has a grander meaning that could be outwardly established for …show more content…
There are scientists who believe that these two can compliment each other, and that may be the case. However, the entire point of a child attending a public school is not to be specialized in the viewpoint of one religion, unless it is a class that is designed to teach about a religion and the coinciding beliefs. A science classroom is meant to teach what scientists have found, tested, and proven. “Proponents of intelligent design are doing more than attack evolution. They also are undermining essential methods of science by challenging its reliance on observable causes to explain the world around us” (Leshner). Those who advocate for intelligent design are fighting for a science that has yet to be proven as more than just religion in disguise. Public schools are federally funded and federal money should not be used to push religious beliefs onto

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