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Friday, September 16, 2005

Evolution Crossfire (6)

Evolution is immoral ...

"Since evolution began to be taught in public schools, crime rates and other social ills have increased."

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1. Anonymous, Why are our kids killing each other? (http://www.dentalfriends.net/cool/gunbook.htm)
2. Pehrson, Marnie, Jesus, New Math, and The 21st Century (http://www.mainstreetmom.com/spirit/jesus.htm)

Responses

  1. The two sources given for this claim actually cite early 1960s court decisions related to the teaching of religion, or prayer, in public schools, not the much earlier introduction of biological evolution into primary school textbooks. In any case, this is an example of a spurious correlation. Earlier events (the critical variables) resulted in the teaching of evolution in primary schools, and may also have resulted in a contemporaneous change in reported crime rates. Significant research using early 19th century sources would be required to determine if any such correlation was valid. Such research would have to include the caveat that the collection of complete and accurate crime statistics is a recent (mid-20th century) social priority.
  2. Crime has been with us far longer than the Theory of Evolution. The 19th and 20th centuries were marked by increased urbanization. Crime statistics were better tracked. A correlation of crime rates to the teaching of evolution has not been demonstrated.
    Even if such a correlation existed, that would not mean that crime has increased as a direct result of the Theory of Evolution.
  3. Even if crime had increased as a direct result of the Theory of Evolution, it does not follow that evolution is therefore false. It may have beneficial or undesirable sociological effects, but those effects say nothing about the truth or falsity of the theory.

1 Comments:

Blogger postliberal said...

It's worth wondering aloud about this. Social Darwinism, that bastard child of evolutionary theories, is responsible for so much suffering. So often, those who stand on platforms of morality and values will also advocate the raw neglect of those in need. And then carp at the teaching of a biological theory for being ungodly. My God, that hyprocracy so annoys me...

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