My friend John Zande over at the Superstitious Naked Ape Blog (check him out at thesuperstitiousnakedape.wordpress.com) wrote a wonderful piece this morning about giving a global stage to the desires of the Intelligent Design crowd. (IDers are anti-evolutionary biblical creationists in new clothing.) His idea was to give them a global stage to get their mojo on so everyone could see what they have to offer (a kind of creationist’s carnival) then have their curriculum (sic) and textbooks (sic) compete in the open market.
His idea stimulated me into thinking this: what if we just gave them what they want? They want Intelligent Design Theory (aka the Book of Genesis) to be taught as a competing theory to the Theory of Evolution as it is known today.
So, let’s give them what they want.
Can you imagine what would happen if the Genesis creation myth were actually taught in science classrooms. (Be wary, wary careful what you ask for! He, he, he.) Can you imagine the questions young minds will come up with? Like . . . how come there was light before the sun was created? How could they tell what a day was before the Earth was created? Was it 24 hours? How come there are two accounts (Gen. 1 and Gen. 2) and they are different? How come they think the Sun travels around the Earth? Who made god then? How come Adam and Eve had belly buttons when they were made and not born? Does that make them like cyborgs? If god is perfect, how come the first two people he creates were so flawed?
And . . . do I hafta believe this stuff to be a Christian?
Christian children would be becoming atheists in droves. Think of it . . . real progress and some sorely needed comic relief in our science classrooms.