What Creationists Really Seek

Craig K. Svensson, in his article "A Creationist Responds" (The Scientist, January 26, p. 12) mocks his religion as surely as he conceals his objective. Creationists regularly do both. The creationists' nominal objection to the teaching of evolutionary biology is a red herring. What they really seek is the abolition of all education in natural science. They cannot settle for less, because information that impeaches biblical literalism is conspicuous in a score of disciplines, from physics and as

William Bennetta
Mar 22, 1987
Craig K. Svensson, in his article "A Creationist Responds" (The Scientist, January 26, p. 12) mocks his religion as surely as he conceals his objective. Creationists regularly do both.

The creationists' nominal objection to the teaching of evolutionary biology is a red herring. What they really seek is the abolition of all education in natural science. They cannot settle for less, because information that impeaches biblical literalism is conspicuous in a score of disciplines, from physics and astronomy and chemistry to anthropology and archeology and linguistics.

If we are to evict evolutionary biology from science curricula because fundamentalists don't like it, what are we to do about anatomy? Surely we cannot let children know that men don't differ from women in their number of ribs! That would contradict the belief (which teachers sometimes encounter in the children of fundamentalist parents) that the number of ribs in a human...

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