A new friend of mine sent me a link to an interesting essay that discusses the theory of evolution vs. intelligent design. It is definitely worth a read. You can check it out here.
It is important to note, and I think the author does a good job doing this, that the theory of evolution is just that; a theory. Regardless of whatever empirical data can be presented to support the theory, there still are gaps in that data. It can be said that, whether one adheres to the theory of evolution or intelligent design, there is a certain amount of "faith" involved. I do think the author does fall a little short in his constitutional argument...
"It is already legal to teach intelligent design in public schools. What is not currently legal is to mandate its teaching. The Supreme Court has ruled that this would violate the First Amendment's establishment of religion clause.
But I have some questions relating to this: Does not classical evolutionism, based almost entirely upon faith, violate the same clause? More importantly, what about the establishment clause of the First Amendment, which states that Congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise of religion?"This is a circular argument. The two sides could forever debate the application of these constitutional tenets to this issue ad nauseum. Also, I'm not sure that it is fair to say that the theory of evolution is "almost entirely" based upon faith. The theory is based upon the fossil record and biology observable today.
The author also doesn't exactly explain which theory of intelligent design could or should be mandated. The religious concept of origin varies greatly from religion to religion. Should it be then, that all beliefs be mandated? Should students be taught Genesis, reincarnation, that the earth rests on the back of a turtle, that a titan ate his kids who had to subsequently cut themselves out?
These are questions, not condemnations of the essay. Outside of these questions, the author presents a compelling case. I would not rule out intelligent design, just as I wouldn't rule out the theory of evolution. I would even go so far to say that it is unrealistic of humans, in our current state of (dare I say) evolution, to hope to comprehend the origins and true nature of our universe. There are certainly answers, but i don't believe we are properly equipped, intellectually, to find them.
I'm afraid to ask, but...comments?