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To: Coyoteman
If you teach the scientific method — you can show students why they should believe the Theory of Evolution, as opposed to any religious or quasi-religious explanations. Otherwise, you’re simply asking them to take it on faith.

If science is just another faith-based belief system; then scientists are the priesthood, and lab coats their vestments.

Students need a basis for making rational decisions — they cannot simply be told to believe what their teachers are telling them, but to disbelieve what their priests are telling them. If the clergy says the same thing in reverse — how are students supposed to know what to believe?

The best way to make those rational decisions is by following the scientific method.

25 posted on 07/13/2007 7:42:51 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA
The best way to make those rational decisions is by following the scientific method.

Again, I agree.

What I am asking you is were you would draw the line between religion and science.

Creation "science"?

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Scripture and divine revelation?

And what method would you use to distinguish among these? If you use the scientific method, the religious-based arguments fall by the wayside pretty quickly.

So what would you have taught to our children in science classes, and why?

If you still want religious-based arguments taught, do you want them taught as examples of what we should believe in spite of the scientific method? Or as examples of where the scientific method discards religious belief when it can't produce scientific evidence.

You seem to be arguing that we should teach the scientific method in schools, but that we should also teach religious-based beliefs and objections as a part of that.

You can't have it both ways.

26 posted on 07/13/2007 7:58:01 PM PDT by Coyoteman (Religious belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge.)
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