BIO 344 / HPS 311
No overrides are available for this course.
Philosophical
      or
Methodological
  Naturalism
SCIENTISTS WHO DISSENT
     FROM NEWTONIANISM
“We are skeptical of claims for
the ability of the action of an
invisible fo...
SCIENTISTS WHO DISSENT
 FROM NEWTONIANISM

                                                 Biology
                      ...
12%

31%     4%
             Objects fall due to gravity
             No Opinion / Other
             Objects are pulled d...
ISAAC NEWTON

Heretic!
Never married!
Confessed to “Threatening [his]
father and mother Smith to burn
them and the house o...
PROMINENT NEWTONIST
PROMINENT NEWTONIST
“We are skeptical of claims for the ability of the action of an
invisible force operating at a distance to account for dyn...
Philosophical
      or
Methodological
  Naturalism
SCIENTISTS WHO DISSENT
    FROM DARWINISM
          “We are skeptical of claims for
          the ability of random mutati...
AMERICAN VIEWS OF
 HUMAN ORIGINS


         Other/Don’t know
         God created humans in their present form
         Go...
CHARLES DARWIN

       Heretic!
       Confessed to torturing a
       puppy when a child!
       Enjoyed shooting birds!
...
PROMINENT DARWINIST
PROMINENT DARWINIST
DO YOU THINK THAT DARWIN’S
 THEORY OF EVOLUTION IS ...

           1%
    29%         35%   Suported by evidence
         ...
AMERICAN VIEWS OF
 HUMAN ORIGINS


         Other/Don’t know
         God created humans in their present form
         Go...
• Human  beings have developed over millions of years
 from less advanced forms of life, but God guided this
 process. [In...
Flat Earthers

      Geocentrists

Young Earth Creationists
                             What about
 Old Earth Creationist...
ANTI-EVOLUTIONARY ACTIVITY
        2000 - 2009
2010

• Mississippi
            HB 586: Lessons on human evolution “shall have
 proportionately equal instruction from edu...
YEC ORGANIZATIONS
• Centerfor Scientific             • International   Baptist College
 Creationism (Phoenix)             (...
PROPOSED CHANGES TO K-12
 SCIENCE STANDARDS (2004)

            “Describe how scientists
            continue to investiga...
LETTER TO AZ REPUBLIC

“The theory of evolution is just that - an unproven theory.
And believe me, if the secular left cou...
SUPPORT FOR EVOLUTION
  Less that national average    Greater than national average
Postgraduate education (65)      Near ...
EVOLUTION ...
… is inherently anti-Christian.
… has been used to legitimize homosexual “marriage.”
… leads to judicial tyr...
“America’s moral
  decline is a product of
  the Darwinian
  worldview - which, in
  turn, is a revival of
  ancient mater...
Darwinian evolution
pretends to be modern
empirical science, but it is
merely the latest
manifestation of an
ancient mater...
THE CLASS
NATURE OF
SCIENCE & RELIGION
HISTORY OF IDEAS ON
CREATION & EVOLUTION
NATURAL THEOLOGY
    “Intelligent Design”
DARWIN’S IDEAS
Natural Selection & Common Descent
    Evolution of Complex Organs
RISE AND FALL OF YEC
  Biblical Literalism and Legal Action
RISE (AND FALL?) OF ID
 Intelligent Design as “evolved” creationism
CREATIONIST HISTORY
ASSIGNMENTS
                                                     65% of grade by MT
                                      ...
16%
            2% 7%
                    6%
                                         A+
                                 ...
FIRST REFLECTIVE PIECE
Which of the following positions best capture your view regarding the
origin and development of hum...
Introduction to "Origins, Evolution & Creation"
Introduction to "Origins, Evolution & Creation"
Introduction to "Origins, Evolution & Creation"
Introduction to "Origins, Evolution & Creation"
Introduction to "Origins, Evolution & Creation"
Introduction to "Origins, Evolution & Creation"
Introduction to "Origins, Evolution & Creation"
Introduction to "Origins, Evolution & Creation"
Introduction to "Origins, Evolution & Creation"
Introduction to "Origins, Evolution & Creation"
Introduction to "Origins, Evolution & Creation"
Introduction to "Origins, Evolution & Creation"
Introduction to "Origins, Evolution & Creation"
Introduction to "Origins, Evolution & Creation"
Introduction to "Origins, Evolution & Creation"
Introduction to "Origins, Evolution & Creation"
Introduction to "Origins, Evolution & Creation"
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Introduction to "Origins, Evolution & Creation"
Introduction to "Origins, Evolution & Creation"
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    1. 1. BIO 344 / HPS 311 No overrides are available for this course.
    2. 2. Philosophical or Methodological Naturalism
    3. 3. SCIENTISTS WHO DISSENT FROM NEWTONIANISM “We are skeptical of claims for the ability of the action of an invisible force operating at a distance to account for dynamics. Careful examination of the evidence for the Newtonian Theory should be encouraged.” Center for the Renewal of Physics and Culture
    4. 4. SCIENTISTS WHO DISSENT FROM NEWTONIANISM Biology Chemistry Medicine Math Geology Psychology Other Center for Renewal of Physics and Culture
    5. 5. 12% 31% 4% Objects fall due to gravity No Opinion / Other Objects are pulled down by God God created gravity to pull down objects 53%
    6. 6. ISAAC NEWTON Heretic! Never married! Confessed to “Threatening [his] father and mother Smith to burn them and the house over them.” Crushed Leibniz! Reductionist! Was wrong!
    7. 7. PROMINENT NEWTONIST
    8. 8. PROMINENT NEWTONIST
    9. 9. “We are skeptical of claims for the ability of the action of an invisible force operating at a distance to account for dynamics. Careful examination of the evidence for the Newtonian Theory should be encouraged.” Biology Chemistry Medicine Math Geology Psychology Other Center for Renewal of Physics and Culture
    10. 10. Philosophical or Methodological Naturalism
    11. 11. SCIENTISTS WHO DISSENT FROM DARWINISM “We are skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life. Careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory should be encouraged.” Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture
    12. 12. AMERICAN VIEWS OF HUMAN ORIGINS Other/Don’t know God created humans in their present form God created human by guiding evolution Humans evolved from non-human ancestors Gallup, 2007
    13. 13. CHARLES DARWIN Heretic! Confessed to torturing a puppy when a child! Enjoyed shooting birds! Crushed Wallace! Reductionist! Was wrong!
    14. 14. PROMINENT DARWINIST
    15. 15. PROMINENT DARWINIST
    16. 16. DO YOU THINK THAT DARWIN’S THEORY OF EVOLUTION IS ... 1% 29% 35% Suported by evidence Not supported by evidence Don’t know enough No Opinion 35% Gallup 11/19/04
    17. 17. AMERICAN VIEWS OF HUMAN ORIGINS Other/Don’t know God created humans in their present form God created human by guiding evolution Humans evolved from non-human ancestors
    18. 18. • Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God guided this process. [Indicator of a form of Theistic Evolution] • Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God had no part in the process. [Indicator of a form of Naturalistic Evolution] • God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years. [Indicator of Young Earth Creationism]
    19. 19. Flat Earthers Geocentrists Young Earth Creationists What about Old Earth Creationists Intelligent Design? Evolutionary Creationists Theistic Evolutionists Naturalistic Evolutionists
    20. 20. ANTI-EVOLUTIONARY ACTIVITY 2000 - 2009
    21. 21. 2010 • Mississippi HB 586: Lessons on human evolution “shall have proportionately equal instruction from educational materials that present scientifically sound arguments by protagonists and antagonists of the theory of evolution.” • Missouri 1651: “teachers shall be permitted to help students understand, analyze, critique, and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of the theory of biological ... evolution.”
    22. 22. YEC ORGANIZATIONS • Centerfor Scientific • International Baptist College Creationism (Phoenix) (Tempe) • CreationResearch Society • Southwestern College Van Andel Creation Research (Phoenix) Center (Chino Valley) • American Indian College of • Creation, Evolution and the Assemblies of God Science Ministries (Flagstaff) (Phoenix)
    23. 23. PROPOSED CHANGES TO K-12 SCIENCE STANDARDS (2004) “Describe how scientists continue to investigate and critically analyze aspects of evolutionary theory.”
    24. 24. LETTER TO AZ REPUBLIC “The theory of evolution is just that - an unproven theory. And believe me, if the secular left could prove evolution it would have the Supreme Court strike the word theory from every textbook in America. Face the facts: Evolution will never be more than a theory because every cockeyed explanation they come up with can be shot full of holes. None of their fuzzy premises can stand on their own, and they know it.”
    25. 25. SUPPORT FOR EVOLUTION Less that national average Greater than national average Postgraduate education (65) Near weekly church (35) Liberal (56) 30 - 49 years old (34) College graduate (52) Some college (32) West (47) Women (30) Seldom attend church (46) Republican (29) Catholic (46) Midwest (29) 50 - 64 years old (44) Protestant (28) Male (42) South (27) 18 - 29 years old (41) Conservative (26) Independent (40) Weekly church attendance (22) Democrat (38) 65+ years old (21) Moderate (36) High school or less (20) Source: Gallup Poll 11/19/04
    26. 26. EVOLUTION ... … is inherently anti-Christian. … has been used to legitimize homosexual “marriage.” … leads to judicial tyranny. … promotes immorality. … leads to suicide. … gives glory to man, not God. … corrupts education. … attacks Biblical Christianity. … fosters unbelief. … attacks the Bible and the Ten Commandments. … undermines America’s Christian foundation. … breeds intolerance toward Christians. … breeds cults. … promotes a false religion. … fuels the church-state debacle. D. James Kennedy
    27. 27. “America’s moral decline is a product of the Darwinian worldview - which, in turn, is a revival of ancient materialist philosophy.” Nancy Pearcy, Discovery Institute
    28. 28. Darwinian evolution pretends to be modern empirical science, but it is merely the latest manifestation of an ancient materialistic philosophy. … If you thought that the present controversy over evolution and intelligent design was a localized dispute about science education, think again. At stake is nothing less than the future of our civilization. Jonathan Wells, Discovery Institute
    29. 29. THE CLASS
    30. 30. NATURE OF SCIENCE & RELIGION
    31. 31. HISTORY OF IDEAS ON CREATION & EVOLUTION
    32. 32. NATURAL THEOLOGY “Intelligent Design”
    33. 33. DARWIN’S IDEAS Natural Selection & Common Descent Evolution of Complex Organs
    34. 34. RISE AND FALL OF YEC Biblical Literalism and Legal Action
    35. 35. RISE (AND FALL?) OF ID Intelligent Design as “evolved” creationism
    36. 36. CREATIONIST HISTORY
    37. 37. ASSIGNMENTS 65% of grade by MT Start as you mean to finish • Two examinations, 60% • Three response pieces (750 - 1000 words), 30% • Two reflective pieces (500 words minimum), 10% • Honors enrichment available (e-mail by Friday)
    38. 38. 16% 2% 7% 6% A+ A 9% A- B+ 15% B B- C+ 16% C D/E 17% 11% Since 2006, n = 386
    39. 39. FIRST REFLECTIVE PIECE Which of the following positions best capture your view regarding the origin and development of humankind: Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God guided this process. Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God had no part in the process. God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years. Why do you adopt the view that you do? At least 500 words due beginning of class, Wednesday 27th

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