Thursday, December 01, 2005

Intelligent Design: Kansas Prof. Apologizes for E-Mail - Yahoo! News

Kansas Prof. Apologizes for E-Mail - Yahoo! News:
"LAWRENCE, Kan. - A University of Kansas religion professor apologized for an e-mail that referred to religious conservatives as "fundies" and said a course describing intelligent design as mythology would be a "nice slap in their big fat face."

In a written apology Monday, Paul Mirecki, chairman of the university's Religious Studies Department, said he would teach the planned class 'as a serious academic subject and in an manner that respects all points of view.'..."
I am not a big proponent of teaching ID as if it were a scientific theory. Any system of belief that resorts ultimately to an untestable assertion is not science.

Having said that, it is extremely harmful to honest debate when a professor starts off with ridiculing opposing points of view in addition to trash-talking their adherents. Even with an apology, it calls into question whether or not this professor can truly accept differing points of view, especially when they flow from faith in God.

Read the whole article for additional information.

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