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  •  Not necessarily only Christians or Bible readers. (1+ / 0-)
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    The concept predates the Bible and Christianity.

    I would rephrase that slightly:

    ...the concept of supernatural creation (creationism) was universally believed before Darwin presented his theory of evolution. Although debunked by rigorous scientific research, the superstitions about the supernatural origins of life are still widely believed in modern society.  It's important for students to be taught that creationism is a superstition when discussing evolution.

    If you don't discuss the creationism myth when discussing Darwin, you're doing your students a disservice, and ignoring Darwin's very real struggle.

    I agree, that it should also be discussed in history class, but we should also be teaching theology as early as middle school as well. What better way to combat ignorance?

    "The government has got into the hands of the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy." -- Woodrow Wilson

    by DickMacgurn on Sun Apr 04, 2010 at 07:48:30 PM PDT

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    •  Again, not "creationism" (0+ / 0-)

      "Creationism" is pseudo-science. It's not the same as a belief in a creation story.

      •  What would you call the theory of creation (0+ / 0-)

        ... if not "creationism"?

        Is there another word for that?

        "Divine creation" is two words.

        "Intelligent Design" is too modern.

        The term creationism dates back to 1847. The word wasn't used to oppose Darwin's theories until 1880.

        Is it not the best single word to describe the myth of supernatural creation?

        "The government has got into the hands of the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy." -- Woodrow Wilson

        by DickMacgurn on Sun Apr 04, 2010 at 08:44:53 PM PDT

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        •  "Belief in a creation story" (0+ / 0-)

          "Of which the Biblical story in Genesis is probably the best known today and was the best known in the West, but there are many others."

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