Evolution Vs. Creationism

August 22, 1997 • Volume 7, Issue 32
Should schools be allowed to teach creationism?
By David Masci

Introduction

English scientist Charles Darwin set out his theory of evolution by natural selection in his 1859 work, “On the Origin of Species.” (Photo Credit: The Bettmann Archive)
English scientist Charles Darwin set out his theory of evolution by natural selection in his 1859 work, “On the Origin of Species.” (Photo Credit: The Bettmann Archive)

Almost 140 years after Charles Darwin published his theory of evolution, theologians, educators and even scientists are still arguing its merits. And proposals to limit the teaching of evolution are being considered by a small but growing number of legislatures and school boards. Nearly half of all Americans reject evolution theory. Some say flatly that the Bible explains creation. Others, including proponents of “intelligent design” theory, argue that life is so complex it could not have come about by natural processes alone. But most scientists argue that evolution has been confirmed by the fossil record, genetics and other scientific disciplines. In addition, they say, there is no evidence to confirm the biblical creation story or to prove God's hand in the development of man or any other creature.

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