An official at the museum admitted that he presents creationist
teachings, such as the idea that all animal species appeared at once, and dives directly into the religious foundations for those teachings in response to student questions.
In short, even though the adherence to the creationist
view has not changed over time, familiarity with the term "creationism" has diminished.
Cargill herself has drawn accusations of improper involvement in the review process from the Texas Freedom Network, a group that monitors religious influence in public schools, after reports that she encouraged creationists
on the panels.
As such, the book produces a very readable description of what "we" look like to scientists who do not have a faith in God; whether "we" are young earth creationists
(YEC), intelligent design (ID) proponents, or theistic evolutionists (or anything between).
These teachers fail to explain the nature of scientific inquiry, undermine the authority of established experts, and legitimize creationist
arguments, even if unintentionally;' wrote Berkman and Plutzer.
To beat the sophistry of the creationists
requires a high degree of cleverness indeed.
Darwin was self-critical (as a good scientist should be) and it is certainly possible, by quoting carefully selected passages out of context, to give the impression that he had 'grave doubts' about evolution: but the dishonesty of such tactics serves merely to underline the weakness of creationist
Since the courts have blocked teaching of creationist
ideology in public schools (in the case of Kitzmiller vs.
claims there is no such thing as evolution and believes in the literal truth of the Book of Genesis.
They say that "there is no guarantee" that creationist
research will lead to viable explanations that can withstand rigorous scrutiny.
He added science teachers must treat pupils who have creationist
beliefs with respect.
Once that has been achieved, then, presumably, material once off-limits could again make it through the gates: little-known theories that supposedly undermine evolution, for instance, or natural wonders supposedly too miraculous for evolution to explain (like the human eye, an ever-popular creationist
example), or instances of disagreement about specific evolutionary mechanisms that would be magnified and presented as evidence against the theory itself.