Gov. Haslam is expected this week to sign a new law that would require public schools to allow science teachers to discuss purported weaknesses of theories such as Evolution and Global Warming in their classrooms. What should we do about teaching evolution? Is the theory of evolution a scientific controversy or a social/religious controversy? Should this controversy be discussed in science classes? In other classes? In public schools at all?
My view is that spirituality and theology are the work of our churches. I do not see a clash between evolution and the two accounts of Creation in Genesis. Wasn’t this more or less settled about 85 years ago, right here in Tennessee? Also, is there a need to legislate ‘controversy’? Why not let students themselves learn to deal with whatever controversy they see, rather than try to tell them what should or should not be controversial?