Creation and Evolution Essay

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Creation and Evolution Thesis: Through both scientific reasoning and consideration of personal belief, conclusions concerning the issue of creation and evolution can be reached that do not conflict with personal beliefs or scientific theory. Introduction The issue of origins has been long debated over the past century. Groups exist who believe anything from strictly the Bible creation account to abiogenesis to anything in between. Proving and/or adapting theories on the origin of the Earth and the universe, has been an ongoing process since the beginning of the twentieth century. The debate concerning what children should be taught in school has been ongoing for nearly as long. Christian scientists have both Christian beliefs…show more content…
By 1925, states such as Oklahoma, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky had all passed laws prohibiting the teaching of evolution (1994, 27). Almost immediately, groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union began to oppose laws such as these, saying that this was infringement on personal rights. Movements continued and in 1963 the Creation Research Society was founded. This group's goal was essentially to obtain scientific evidence to back Creationism that could be used to dispute the evidence that other scientists and unions were using to refute the teaching of creation in the science classroom. In 1972, Dr. Henry Morris and Dr. Duane Gish established the Institute for Creation Research with the purpose of "meeting the need for an organization devoted to research, publication, and teaching in those fields of science particularly relevant to the study of origins" (Gish, 1993, 17). Evolution Over the next forty years, the laws prohibiting the teaching of evolution were invalidated or modified. Some states adopted laws requiring equal teaching time for creation and evolution. In most cases the courts determined the prohibition of teaching evolution unconstitutional on grounds that the First Amendment does not permit a state to require that teaching be tailored to any particular religious sect or doctrine (NCSE Court Cases, 1996, paragraph 1,2). Later, in 1982 and
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