The "Wedge Document": "So what"?
It seems that many in the anti-ID community believe that there exists a conspiracy to set up a Christian theocracy, and that the Intelligent Design community is part of the "master plan".
Baloney...there is no basis for this assumption whatsoever.
No doubt there are Christian religious fanatics out there somewhere who would like to see a theocracy established, but on the other side of the coin, there are atheist fanatics who would like to see religion disappear altogether.
I firmly support the separation of church and state because I believe if one particular religion ever took hold in government, it would eventually become disasterous.
I also strongly believe that religion should remain out of the public school systems due to the fact that I'm quite sure that no one wants their child subjected to every religion under the sun during their school hours, and that is what would happen as soon as we open the door to one particular religious belief.
I also feel that secularism or humanism has advanced to a point that, for some, it is quite similiar to the make up of religious communities. They hold social events, support one another in their materialist faith, and proselytize just as other religious groups do. Consider this when perusing a few of these organizations:
The Council for Secular Humanism
American Humanist Association
National Secular Society
You’ll find that humanist groups do try to organize functions to help others in society, but their main focus is politics, rejection of the supernatural, science as truth, and various philosophical issues. They have meetings, bylaws and manifestos just as churches have meetings, church services, bylaws, and articles of faith. They encourage others to bring friends into the flock just as faith communities do.
Some of the key players in the evolution/ID debate are involved in humanist organizations. In fact, Eugenie Scott is a notable signer of the Humanist Manifesto III. Barbara Forest and Richard Dawkins are also members of humanist groups along with many other key players in the fight against “creationism“ (as they refer to it). The Humanist Manifesto has a tone very similar to religious articles of faith. I fail to see the difference between religious groups and atheist groups other than the fact that there is a belief or disbelief in God.
In Nancy Pearcey’s Book, Total Truth, she makes a very profound statement, IMO. She wrote that, “Humans are inherently religious beings, created to be in relationship with God - and if they reject God, they don’t stop being religious; they simply find some other ultimate principle upon which to base their lives.”
Here are a few other articles to consider in this regard:
Religion by Any Other Name
The Problem with Secularism
As far as teaching religion in the public schools is concerned, my personal preference would be that religion be discussed in history classes rather than comparative religion classes at the university level. I feel this way because it seems that at this point in time, due to the goal of keeping in sync with a secular, supposedly unbiased position on the subject, so many classes are taught in such a way that all religions are considered mythical and relevant only to people on some spiritual level for various reasons throughout history rather than actually providing the possibility that one might be able to consider religion as an avenue in which one might search for truth in regard to religious history or a possible purpose for our lives.
Friday, August 31, 2007