Evolution is part of intelligent design.
When one considers there is so much we don't know that we don't know, the most practical and scientific action is to stay open to all possibilities, allowing for the discussion of all theories. We currently use between 5-15% of our brain capacity, so we're certainly not as advanced as many believe, but we hold extraordinary potential! Science has already proven that all matter is energy, and that our thoughts are also energy which create matter, thus our realities (See science by Japanese researcher, Dr. Emoto: http://www.lifeenthusiast. com/twilight/research_emoto.htm
There is no better place to have these discussions than in classrooms with young people who are inspired by such critical thinking to be our next leaders. It makes the most sense in our free society to teach something about all religions, especially considering the fact that the U.S. is a nation of many cultures, ethnicities, and religions (if not all).
Therefore, an MS in Science Education degree from the Institute of Creation Research (ICR) that is based purely on "biblical science" does not seem to be sufficient for preparing students to teach objectively. I looked at the site and see that they are currently not offering the online courses to Texas residents due to the controversy covered in the article Dr. Laman posted. The list of courses on the website does not seem to include the subject of evolution, unless it happens to be sufficiently covered in the class, "Biological Origins" (description not included).
I agree with Tunya Derry with regard to evolution and intelligent design "going hand-in-hand." Everything changes, evolves, and transforms. In a 2005 PBS interview, Michael Behe, professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University and author of 'Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Darwin,' said the following about his opinion of President Bush's statement that Intelligent Design should be taught in schools with Evolution:
"... This whole debate about whether one can detect design in nature goes back thousands of years to the ancient Greek philosophers. You know, Aristotle and Dimocrates argued over whether there was design in nature and it's important to realize that all biologists readily acknowledged that the appearance of design, at least, is very strong in life. A man named Richard Dawkins, who's a very strong Darwinian biologist, nonetheless says that biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose. So we're talking about a very ancient and ongoing argument." - http://www. pbs.org/newshour/bb/religion/july-dec05/ evolution_8-05.html
Professor Behe continued about how there is an obvious design and intelligence at work within biological life forms. Years ago in my Microbiology class I had what could be called an enlightened "ah-hah" moment when I could see how cell biology was a microcosm of our world, a little world within the world of our body, and our body within the world of our society, and our society within that of our planet, and our planet a constituent of the solar system, and then the universe to infinity. That reminds me of Sidra Wasty's post where she wrote about different kinds of evolutions. It is obvious to me that we are all part of each other, a constituent of the Universe, a part of God, of Infinite Being.
Many of those against teaching Intelligent Design argue that there is no actual science behind Intelligent Design. However, Casey Luskin, an attorney and geologist from California who founded IDEA Center, a nonprofit organization which helps students learn about the scientific theory of intelligent design at university and high school campuses, states:
"Intelligent design theory is based solely upon applying observations about intelligent action and principles of information theory to the construction of biological systems, and nothing more. There is nothing mystical, supernatural, religious, or non-scientific about intelligent design theory ..."--from article, 'The Science Behind Intelligent Design Theory' found at http://www.ideacenter.org/contentmgr/ showdetails.php/id/832.
The above was found at the following website where you may read the scientific explanation in an article, 'Primer: Intelligent Design Theory in a Nutshell': http://www.ideacenter. org/contentmgr/showdetails.php/id/1136.
Dr. Laman's response to Christopher Dammel is interesting to note: "The theory of evolution does not state that humans evolved from monkeys--merely that both had a common (and remote) ancestor. (98% shared DNA is usually cited as evidence)."
Perhaps everything is related ... to God ... Ahhh, the "God Gene" :) See Time article: http://www. time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101041025-725072,00.html.
The prominent critic of Intelligent Design and Creationism, Richard Dawkins (referenced above by Professor Behe), said it perfectly, in my opinion: "If there is a God, it's going to be a whole lot bigger and a whole lot more incomprehensible than anything that any theologian of any religion has ever proposed."
Some critics of evolutionary theory say that life could not be created by chance, but obviously evolution is based on the principle of selective adaptation and natural selection--that life adapts and changes according to its physical and social environments. This points to Intelligent Design as well. All that exists in our world has a level of consciousness and energy that comes from the Source, and I believe that humans evolved from an unknown design to be co-creators of our worlds, to expand our consciousness to be extraordinary beings. After all, Jesus did say, "These things you shall do and greater."
To conclude, every person has a right to choose their religion, and it is the responsibility of our government to ensure that curriculum in schools reflects that freedom established as the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
P.S. For anyone interested, I recently came upon a pamphlet published by an organization within the United Nations which references the science behind the theory, "Energy Follows Thought." Leaders within what we could call our world government (United Nations) write that we are in a critical time today to "raise the level of human consciousness" ... "to help establish the Kingdom of God on Earth." Is this the New World Order that conspiracy theorists are so afraid of, referenced in fraternal organizations and ancient schools of wisdom? Hmmm ...
Opinion By KIMBERLY KEITH FELICIANO