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Mixing Darwin with Creationism

In 1962 the Supreme Court made a landmark decision in Engel v. Vitale, banning prayer in public schools and banning Creationism, the claim that the universe is the product of a greater being, from educational curriculums.

According to an October, 2005 CBS News poll, 38 percent of Americans argue that Creationism should be taught in schools over Darwinism. Creationism should indeed be introduced into science classes of pubic schools as a theory to study along with Darwinism.

Creationism may open a door to understanding the origins of man. It should not be studied exclusively, but in the context of it existing with other theories.

President George W. Bush, recently said that “both theories should be taken into consideration and analyzed in school.” If we study the theory of evolution in school, we should likewise be open to the theory of Creationism.

We certainly have scientific evidence to support the Evolutionary Theory, but at the same time, there is nothing to disprove the theory of Creationism.

Nearly every religion of the world exists in relation to a superior being, a creator or an eternal Father. No ones beliefs should be labeled illegitimate, especially when dealing with a religion that instills hope in its followers.

Without any abstract beliefs, man lingers aimlessly into a materialistic and empty pantomime of concrete reality. Let us understand these beliefs, and teach them in the same courses that Darwinian theory is taught.

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