Jenna Hasson - Intelligent design

Hello class! Tomorrow I will be leading our discussion on Intelligent Design. 
Intelligent Design is a theory that basically opposes Darwin's theory of natural selection (evolution).
Intelligent Design is a belief that states certain features and creatures of our universe are best explained by intelligent cause, not an 'undirected process' such as natural selection.

-They are not too long, however, some of the information is quite complicated, so just do your best with the reading!
-It will really be beneficial for all of you to obtain somewhat of a background on this topic for tomorrow, so PLEASE read! :)

Pros & Cons of ID being taught in schools

We will watch this video in class tomorrow, but if you want to watch it before that would be great!

(Since this video wasn't on youtube, I couldn't get it on here. Just click on the link above to watch!)

Here are some questions to think about for tomorrow:

1). Should ID be taught in schools?
2). How does this relate to evolution?
3). Why do you think some people believe ID should be taught in church, not in biology?
4). How does ID contradict Darwin's theory of natural selection?

*This topic discussion is very controversial & could possibly get quite heated.

Thanks guys! :)

This website I found explains both sides of evolution and of intelligent design. Now I understand that intelligent design is not a science because it does not involve a natural aspect. Intelligent design is also not a religion. This is where my opinion comes in. Religion is a huge rule in my life and that evolution can definitely be part of how we are what we are. I tend not to believe the science aspect of our history knowing that God created us all equally and therefore it was not through science.

I also do not want to disregard the fact of intelligent design. I think there are arguments that pose very good points about intelligent design and it could be just as correct as evolution.


I found some information about a lawsuit that was filed in regards to intelligent design being taught in schools. I thought it was interesting. Here are some of the main ideas.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of 11 parents who say that presenting "intelligent design" in public school science classrooms violates their religious liberty by promoting particular religious beliefs to their children under the disguise of science education.

"Teaching students about religion's role in world history and culture is proper, but disguising a particular religious belief as science is not," said ACLU of Pennsylvania Legal Director Witold Walczak. "Intelligent design is a Trojan Horse for bringing religious creationism back into public school science classes."

"Intelligent design" is an assertion that an intelligent, supernatural entity has intervened in the history of life. The lawsuit argues that such an assertion is inherently a religious argument that falls outside the realm of science. At the time of the October vote, district science teachers opposed the policy and three school board members have since quit in protest of the decision.

Because Darwin's Theory is a theory, it is still being tested as new evidence is discovered. The Theory is not a fact. Gaps in the Theory exist for which there is no evidence. A theory is defined as a well-tested explanation that unifies a broad range of observations.

The lawsuit also states that teaching students that there are "gaps" in the scientific theory of evolution while not presenting any such gaps with "intelligent design" would lead students to believe that the theory of evolution is false and that the truth lies in the religious beliefs advocated through "intelligent design."