Mini-Science Q & A – Creationism, evolution, and God

Mini-Science logo At the conclusion of each Mini-Science lecture, audience members submit their questions to the evening’s presenter, who answers as many as possible on the spot. Three of the unanswered questions are sent to the presenter for posting here. Here are questions from Dr. Brian Alters’ lecture “Creationism, evolution, and God” (May 5, 2010 ).

Q: I heard that evolution is not taught in Ontario high schools. Is that still true?

A: It’s supposed to be taught, but in the grade 11 senior biology course in the university science track. So it’s entirely likely that students in Ontario could apparently sail right through without ever hearing about it in a science class — or at least that’s what many parents, teachers, and students have reported.

Q: Will science ever be able to disprove religion?

A: The natural sciences are not really in the business of “proving” — that’s more of a math activity. The natural sciences are more in the business of confirming or disconfirming via testing things/phenomena in the natural world. By definition, the supernatural (the vital part of religion) is not the natural world, thus not testable by scientific methodologies.

Q: What exactly do they use as physical evidence supporting creationism in these Creationist museums? How can they find enough?

A: Creationist museums spend most of their efforts attempting to point out so-called “gaps” or “weaknesses” in evidential lines for evolution. They claim that our data is incomplete and inconclusive, or that it points to other-than-evolution explanations. One of the best way to see this is to visit a creationist museum website: http://creationmuseum.org

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