Essays on Science and Society

Not (Just) in Kansas Anymore

Science  05 May 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5467, pp. 813-815
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5467.813

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Antievolutionism in many forms is afflicting science education in the United States today. The particular settlement and religious history of America, respectively characterized by local control and lack of hierarchy, is largely responsible. Although conservative, fundamentalist Protestants are the core of antievolutionists, the sentiment is growing among more moderate Christians, largely through the efforts of the "intelligent design" creationists. Teachers are pressed to introduce biblical creationism or creation "science," to teach "evidence against evolution" and/or to disclaim evolution as "only a theory" (meaning guess or hunch). To avoid further decrease in science literacy, scientists actively need to counteract the antievolution threat.