The Landmark Decision Of Kitzmiller V. Dover Area School District

1551 Words Nov 1st, 2016 7 Pages
In the landmark decision of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, Judge John E. Jones soundly argues that intelligent design (ID) does not represent a scientific theory, but rather a religious argument whose teaching in public schools violates the Establishment Clause in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. This argument exhibits both logical validity and true premises in its categorization of the theory as non-scientific, thus being truly sound. In essence, the decision states that ID fails in two major areas – (1) it implies, and even arguably requires, the existence of a supernatural entity; and (2) it entails a false dichotomy in the vein of earlier creationist ideas. Jones argues that each of these individual premises precludes ID from being a proper scientific theory, and the conjunction of both only further strengthens such a conclusion. While both of these premises are consistent with the evidence presented in court and appropriate in the broader context of the ruling, they present unique philosophical challenges rooted in the very definition of science and the concept of falsifiability
Intelligent design came to life as the brainchild of the Discovery Institute, a self-described think tank dedicated to the advocacy of religious ideals in academia – in particular the reintroduction of Christian creationism to the American public education system. After the failure of the cause in the 1987 case of Edwards v. Aguillard due to the undeniable religious…

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