AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.
Whatever the religious theory is, it's not a scientific theory. And evolution isn't just a theory. There is The Theory of Evolution, but many scientific concepts of evolution are accepted as fact.
Religion also evolves with humans as well they aren't separate but inter twined through out history People and their views change through a different perspective think of this someone during the romans times or whenever they were also mandated to evolve and they did and what did they become after Constantinople they were Christians and they were accepted and not beaten or put into gladiator matches against lions . We are Mandated to evolve as well as religious beliefs if they did not all Christians ( for example ) would be like the Amish and the early puritans .
True. I'm always struck by those who don't see the Bible changing views over time. This ability for it to change convinced me that it was the beginning of the discussion and not the end. It is rarely the act itself that changes, but the effect of the act, which I think leads us back to defining sin again.
American schools don't teach evolution or religion. I think both studies are important to understanding the world, literally understanding the people, attitudes, and cultures all around the world.
That doesn't mean I agree with the other poster that religious beliefs and scientific theory are equal.
The thing is, a lot of religions believe in creation stories. A scientific classroom is not the place to debate Christian creationism from the POV of literalists, versus non literalist, versus new age, versus scientologist, versus buddhist, versus Hindu, native American tradition, etc.
Those discussions and how all those creation stories intertwine and relate is meant for a religious class.
As for science and studying religious texts, you can look at the stories literally or figuratively. You could consider Galileo's perspective, that the Bible isn't meant to teach science. That he didn't feel the Bible said anywhere he was committing sins by trying to understand the universe through science. He never lost his faith, and contended that if science causes your faith to weaken then perhaps the problem is the way you interpret the Bible. Various interpretations is why we have so many churches to begin with, so keep a big picture view of your religious movement.
Learn where you Bible comes from and the history if the cannon. My understanding is that the book of Genesis was written much later than all the other books.
That's all food for thought IMO.
The theory of evolution is definately not a part of required public school curriculum, perhaps some concepts of evolutionary fact are requried. I only remember teachers trying to dismiss it all as theory, and it was mostly just presented as if all evolution is just the Darwin Theory. When teachers brought it up in that manner (and I recall about only two teachers doing it to me), it was not in a very formal way with handouts or approved learning materials. They usually brought it up themselves as a side topic.
I have little reason to believe the average American student's experience was much different than mine given the way these conversations typically play out.
I don't much else to say. If your experience was different and you learned a lot, then what is your understanding of evolution?