Orson Scott Card on Evolution, Creationism, and Intelligent Design

I found the following essay by author Orson Scott Card to be a rather interesting take on the entire “Evolution/Intelligent Design/Creationism” controversy that Bible Belters seem Hell-bent on winning.

Darwin gave us a huge leap forward. But he did not take us all the way to final truth — no scientist ever can or ever will, by the definition of what science is and scientists do.

When somebody — anybody — asks hard questions of a theory, then the scientific answer is never “shut up and go away.” The scientific answer is, “Let’s see if we can find out.”

The essay can be found in its entirety here: Creation and Evolution in the Schools.

This link comes in light of the following declaration:

We the undersigned, Christian clergy from many different traditions, believe that the timeless truths of the Bible and the discoveries of modern science may comfortably coexist. We believe that the theory of evolution is a foundational scientific truth, one that has stood up to rigorous scrutiny and upon which much of human knowledge and achievement rests. To reject this truth or to treat it as “one theory among others” is to deliberately embrace scientific ignorance and transmit such ignorance to our children. We believe that among God’s good gifts are human minds capable of critical thought and that the failure to fully employ this gift is a rejection of the will of our Creator. To argue that God’s loving plan of salvation for humanity precludes the full employment of the God-given faculty of reason is to attempt to limit God, an act of hubris. We urge school board members to preserve the integrity of the science curriculum by affirming the teaching of the theory of evolution as a core component of human knowledge. We ask that science remain science and that religion remain religion, two very different, but complementary, forms of truth.

Both are rather interesting reads.

Share your thoughts