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    Royal Society Education Director resigns after call to discuss creationism in school

    Education Director Michael Reiss (a biologist and an Anglican priest) and member of the venerable Royal Society (of England) proposes that creationism be discussed in science classes. His comments creates a huge furor (Source). This is occurring just as the Anglican Church apologized for Charles Darwin for underestimating his ideas (the Church of England was the first to attack him in the 18th Century). Nobel laureates are coming out enraged (Source). Reiss resigned from the society.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wise Young
    Education Director Michael Reiss (a biologist and an Anglican priest) and member of the venerable Royal Society (of England) proposes that creationism be discussed in science classes. His comments creates a huge furor (Source). This is occurring just as the Anglican Church apologized for Charles Darwin for underestimating his ideas (the Church of England was the first to attack him in the 18th Century). Nobel laureates are coming out enraged (Source). Reiss resigned from the society.
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    My Episcopalian priest was such a well-educated man. We never discussed evolution, sadly, but Bible study class with that guy was like the best free history of the middle east college class ever. I'd never done Bible study before or since, but couldn't wait for Sunday mornings with Father Dennis.

    They're required to have college degrees, the Episcop priests. Quite refreshing if you were raised with Midwestern preachers that were required to have a belief in hellfire and desire to judge his fellow citizens. I think the priest referenced here must be an anomaly, or a zealot.

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    I am glad he resigned. Creationism may have it's place in some fundamentalist church, but it should never be confused with actual science or taught in a classroom as far as I am concerned.

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    I teach biology to classes of sixteen - eighteen year olds and I have no problem in discussing creationism and I.D in my classes. I would absolutely refuse to teach creationism or I.D as science but I think discussing the evidence supportting them and the evidence supporting the theory of evolution helps a student to have an informed opinion about what constitutes science and what does not.

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