For a while now, I have written sporadically about my thoughts regarding the teaching of Intelligent Design (ID)/creationism in the classroom. As I’ve stated before, I feel that ID is the result of a religious belief system and not scientific knowledge. Therefore, it is my opinion that its teaching belongs (if anywhere) in the social studies classroom – not the science lab.
Today; however, I found an interesting article about the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. He has also “stepped into the controversy between religious fundamentalists and scientists by saying that he does not believe that creationism - the Bible-based account of the origins of the world - should be taught in schools.”
Of course his reasons for this are quite different than mine. From what I’ve gathered his worry stems more from the concern of diminishing biblical beliefs by reducing them to the category of theory.
"I think creationism is ... a kind of category mistake, as if the Bible were a theory like other theories ... if creationism is presented as a stark alternative theory alongside other theories I think there's just been a jarring of categories ... My worry is creationism can end up reducing the doctrine of creation rather than enhancing it," he said
I am always intrigued by the realization that people who appear to be polar opposites can in fact come, via very diverse routes, to the same conclusion. More information about Rowan Williams can be found here.
As long as you do not personally attack me, I’d love to hear your views on ID in the schools.