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University Will Investigate Christian Professorís Intelligent Design Class Following Atheist Furor
www.theblaze.com ^ | May. 20, 2013 | Billy Hallowell

Posted on 05/21/2013 7:24:42 AM PDT by kimtom

Ball State University, a public institution in Muncie, Indiana, is purportedly looking into claims that a course centered around the subjects of creationism and intelligent design constitutes a violation of the separation of church and state. The college purportedly began its investigation after the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), a church-state separatist group, sent a letter of complaint regarding physics and astronomy professor Eric Hedin.

Hedin’s offense? He apparently encourages students to read books by scientists, journalists and proponents who embrace intelligent design. The description of his course, as reported by World on Campus, claims that students will “investigate physical reality and the boundaries of science for any hidden wisdom within this reality which may illuminate the central questions of the purpose of our existence and the meaning of life.”

While the course, “Inquiries in Physical Sciences,” is an elective, that hasn’t stopped critics like University of Chicago professor Jerry Coyne, in addition to the FFRF, from speaking out against it as an alleged violation of the separation of church and state. In addition to sharing pages from the course syllabus on his blog, he wrote:........

(Excerpt) Read more at theblaze.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; US: Indiana
KEYWORDS: academia; ballstate; education; highereducation; intelligentdesign; science; scienceeducation
(Professor Eric Hedin (Photo Credit: Ball State University)

The attack continues.....

1 posted on 05/21/2013 7:24:42 AM PDT by kimtom
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To: kimtom

When did the state of Ball enter the union?


2 posted on 05/21/2013 7:29:48 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: kimtom

Political correctness is now being enforced by commissars at every level of American life. The country is committing cultural suicide.


3 posted on 05/21/2013 7:33:44 AM PDT by allendale
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To: allendale

Ball State is advertising for an Asst. Professor to teach Arabic and Islamic Philosophy.


4 posted on 05/21/2013 7:37:02 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: kimtom
"intelligent design" simply solidifies the fact that there is a God...

Starting with: The Book of Genesis 001:001 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. - the science didn't just happen.

5 posted on 05/21/2013 7:38:59 AM PDT by yoe
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To: kimtom

The FFRF will probably be filing suit today against the Moore, OK schools for allowing prayers on campuses yesterday.


6 posted on 05/21/2013 7:39:18 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: massgopguy

Don’t you know? It was state #53, one of the 57 that Obama mentioned.


7 posted on 05/21/2013 7:43:49 AM PDT by Arkansas Toothpick
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To: allendale

You are correct! my comrade!


8 posted on 05/21/2013 7:50:24 AM PDT by kimtom (USA ; Freedom is not Free)
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To: kimtom

As an atheist I think this is ridiculous. This is an elective class and since no one knows for sure why the universe exists then it is appropriate to explore intelligent design as long as it is not taught as fact. I feel the same way about the big bang theory and abiogenisis. As long as the professor sticks to the facts and evidence and does not teach his faith as science I would have no problem being in that class.


9 posted on 05/21/2013 7:58:05 AM PDT by albionin
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The Founding Fathers were not concerned about the separation of ‘church and state’.

They were concerned about the separation of the ‘POWER of CHURCH and the POWER of STATE’.


10 posted on 05/21/2013 8:19:58 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: albionin

“..not teach his faith as science I would have no problem being in that class...”

good comment.

I think he was suggesting books to read. I think a student should have that option.

BUT, as to the facts, (evidence) it is interpreted according to a scientist’s (student) “faith” or bias.


11 posted on 05/21/2013 8:20:37 AM PDT by kimtom (USA ; Freedom is not Free)
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To: kimtom

They hate Christian and Jewish worldviews, but love the middle eastern savage barbarian death cult.


12 posted on 05/21/2013 8:23:05 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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“...hate Christian and Jewish worldviews...”

as it is written...

should not be a surprise.


13 posted on 05/21/2013 8:28:15 AM PDT by kimtom (USA ; Freedom is not Free)
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To: yoe

“..”intelligent design” simply solidifies..”

certainly;

Every where we look we see the creations of men, and that didn’t happen without a designer.


14 posted on 05/21/2013 8:31:40 AM PDT by kimtom (USA ; Freedom is not Free)
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I say it should be REQUIRED to at least look at ID to get balance in education. I have several books that highlight the problems with evolution and the "anomalies" it can't explain. If you are never exposed to the truth, you won't have an good understanding for yourself except to say, "I know you are, but what am I?", or some other childish retort that dodges the questions. An evolutionist is taught absolution and has no idea that some of their dictum is flawed and questioned by many. The only recourse they have is to to call names of the ID scientists, or just say "your an idiot". They have no intelligent reasoning to counter existing questions that have been unexplained for decades. Almost daily, there are stories in print that declare, "History must be rewritten!". If evolution is settled, then why so many rewrites? To deny a student another explanation that makes sense is just wrong.

Science is supposed to make one think. To deny one possibility without exploring it isn't science. Most people that cringe and deny ID have never explored it.

15 posted on 05/21/2013 8:51:01 AM PDT by chuckles
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“..say it should be REQUIRED to at least look at ID ..”

In an Honest debate, that makes sense, AND if ID or Creationism is flawed, then why care if it is presented.

I find the hostility to alternative explanations, DIS- honest in the least.

16 posted on 05/21/2013 11:41:10 AM PDT by kimtom (USA ; Freedom is not Free)
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