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June 18, 2018

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Creationism v. Evolution: Will Religion or Science Prevail?
Last Featured: 3/28/2001

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Since the days of the Scopes' Monkey Trial, the debate over teaching evolution has captivated the nation. Recently, several states have passed laws that require evolution to be taught as theory not fact and some schools have even taken evolution out of the science curriculum. Should teachers be allowed to challenge Darwin`s theories about the origins of the world in science class? Or is the introduction of criticism of evolution just the latest attempt to substitute religion for science education? Join us for a discussion of evolution, creationism, intelligent design and a debate over the U.S. Constitution`s call for a separation of Church and State.

David DeWolf is a Professor of Law at Gonzaga School of Law in Spokane, Washington. A graduate of Stanford University and Yale Law School, Professor DeWolf has clerked for the Honorable Stephen Bistline of the Idaho Supreme Court. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Professor DeWolf is a Fellow at the Discovery Institute in Seattle, which advocates for the teaching of intelligent design in the schools. He has written a briefing book for public school administrators,

Dr. Eugenie Scott is the Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education, a pro-evolution nonprofit science education organization. Scott holds a Ph.D. in biological anthropology from the University of Missouri and has taught at the University of Kentucky, the University of Colorado, and in the California State University system. A nationally recognized proponent of church/state separation, Scott has consulted with the National Academy of Sciences and is a co-author of their book: Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science.

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"Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness, even the existence of a God, because if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear. Do not be frightened from this inquiry by any fear of its consequences·neither believe nor reject anything because other persons· have rejected or believed it. Your own reason is the only oracle given you by heaven."

— Thomas Jefferson

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American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Americans United for the Separation of Church and State
American Center for Law and Justice
Christian Coalition
The Creation Science Association for Mid-America
The Revolution Against Evolution
National Center for Science Education
Discovery Institute - Center for Renewal of Science and Culture
Speakout.com: Teaching Evolution in Public Schools
ABCNEWS.com: U.S. Adults Skeptical About Evolution
Kansas Science Standards
Science and Creationism: A View from the National Academy of Sciences
Truth About the Kansas Science Standards Tornado
Summer for the Gods : The Scopes Trial and America`s Continuing Debate over Science and Religion
by Edward J. Larson
The Creation Controversy: Science or Scripture in the Schools
by Dorothy Nelkin
Freedom of Religion
“O, Christmas Tree”: Religion in the Public Square
Intelligent Design: Scientific Inquiry or Religious Indoctrination?