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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

The Archbishop of Canterbury's Tales

It seems that Dr. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, said recently that creationism should not be taught in schools as an alternative to evolution. Hooray for him. He seems like a reasonably normal fella and even was quoted as saying, "I think creationism is, in a sense, a kind of category mistake, as if the Bible were a theory like other theories."

Wow. A man of the cloth who trumpets the scientific definition of "theory". How cool is that? I mean, he says that the creation of the universe (and, by extension, Earth and us) should be talked about and discussed, but that happens all the time anyway and no one is pissy about that. The only time folks get their back-fur all pointy is when religious types try to say that their mythological fairy tales should be talked about in science class.

The counterpoint in this story comes from the British version of Dwayne Gish, the asshat named Sir Peter Vardy. He's a sponsor of the Emmanuel Schools Foundation, which teaches creationism alongside evolution and "lets the children decide". Please see my previous post on Intelligent Design for my opinion on what "teaching the controversy" is probably like.

Basically I just wanted to stop for a second and say, "cheers" to the ol' Archbishop for showing sense and rationality in the face of obvious obfuscation. He is still a man who champions faith based schools, but you have to expect that from him. I'm sure I'd fight with him about a lot of things, but this is one time I have to give credit where it's due. Hear hear.

3 Barbaric Yawps:

At 23/3/06 8:49 am, Blogger Bacon Eating Atheist Jew said...

The Vatican has actually began to embrace science, and they have come out and said that the bible can't be taken literally and basically stated the universe is ancient and that ID is crap. This was back in December or January I believe.

At 23/3/06 7:28 pm, Blogger BigHeathenMike said...

Yeah, I seem to remember some semi-coherent, seemingly rational-type statement coming out of Captain Religious Central Headquarters earlier in the year. Perhaps there is some semblence of progress being made after Europe.

Thanks for the comment and for reading my blatherings!

At 23/3/06 7:48 pm, Blogger Bacon Eating Atheist Jew said...

In February the Vatican made a nice statement. I commented on it here:)


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