Religion and Science

These resources are assembled for teachers and, in particular, teachers of science. Purveyors of "creation science" actively seek to cast doubt upon a great deal of science. For several reasons their arguments can be persuasive and exceedingly difficult to counter. A creationist might say, "Evolution is only a theory; subject to change," or "The existence of man is a violation of the Second Law of Thermodynamics," or, "Even scientists who believe in evolution are uncertain of their theories."

The links on this page provide teachers and citizens who are not experts with rational, well-supported arguments demonstrating that the theory of evolution is overwhelmingly accepted by the scientific community and that it provides a powerful, testable theory which is the foundation for the modern science of biology and which provides robust cause and effect rationale for the diversity of modern life we see on earth today.

Understanding Evolution website maintained by The National Center for Science Education and the University of California Museum of Paleontology

Talk.Origins is a very rich resource addressing many facets of the debate. This is probably the definitive site for answers to hundreds of specific questions about the issue. Here you could subscribe to a newsgroup devoted to the discussion and debate of biological and physical origins.

The Dover Decision on the Talk Origins website. Available here with commentary. Available in html or pdf format.

Renowned biologist and evolutionary theorist Richard Dawkins asks, Is Science a Religion?
Another Dawkins essay, One Side can be Wrong. Read this one first.

INTELLIGENT DESIGN: |A summary of arguments from proponents of Intelligent Design |Two critical views 1, 2 | TalkOrigins on ID.

The excellent PBS series on Evolution has a companion website. A more recent program followed the Dover, Pennsylvania challenge to evolution. Judgement Day

Teaching about Evolution and the Nature of Science is an important book for all teachers and prospective teachers from the National Academy of Sciences.

The National Center for Science Education helps teachers counter arguments from creationists. Extensive links to other resources about evolution including a number of "creationist" sites.

How Astronomers Know the Vast Scale of Cosmic Time.

The Burlington-Edison Committee for Science Education was formed to challenge the teaching of religious doctrine in their high school biology classes. Their website (Science or Myth?) provides an interesting history of the local issue as well as links to many other relevant sites.

The Geological Society of America has a widely linked website devoted to the issue of evolution and creationism.

The Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute in Seattle has been particularly aggressive in promoting "Intelligent Design" creationism.

Take a look at some other "creation science."