New NC bill on creation and evolution
obrien at ACADEM.WVWC.EDU
Fri Mar 14 17:58:18 PST 1997
Thanks to David Austin for posting
> A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO AMEND THE
> PUBLIC SCHOOL LAWS TO ENSURE THAT
> EVOLUTION IS NOT TAUGHT AS FACT IN NORTH
> CAROLINA PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
Lately, while teaching the works of Spenser and Milton, I have been
reminded that there was another science/religion conflict before evolution.
In the early seventeenth century the conflict was between the Ptolomaic,
geo-centric description of the universe, which received the support of the
Bible and the Catholic Church, and the Copernican, helio-centric
description of the universe. I can imagine Parliament passing a law that
Copernicus' description was only a theory and could not be taught at Oxford
or Cambridge as fact. Now that I think of it, I guess the Pope did
something like that.
Robert O'Brien West Virginia Wesleyan
obrien at academ.wvwc.edu
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