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Summary of the caseIn March 2002, the Cobb County School District in Georgia voted to insert the label below on the inside front cover of biology and other science textbooks.
There is a vast body of literature concerning the relationship between religion and evolution. Many books have been written to discuss the relationship in general between theology and the sciences, or to interpret religious belief in light of the contemporary scientific world view, or to explore particular questions of doctrine and practice in so far as these are affected by a view of the universe as ancient, dynamic, and evolving. Below is a list of some books NCSE members have found to be enriching and useful.
The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) is expanding its online video presence with its new YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/NatCen4ScienceEd.
Here you'll find reports from the evolution/creationism wars—footage of contentious testimony, landmark and illuminating speeches, conference coverage, excerpts from television appearances, and presentations. In the future, look for classroom videos, tutorials for teachers, videos contributed by NCSE members, and much more.
When you visit our YouTube channel, check out a couple of key areas. At top right you'll see the latest, hot video. (In this case, executive director Dr. Genie Scott explaining evolution to the Texas Board of Education.) Below this video window you'll see the Playlist area. We've broken down our initial offerings into different categories—Genie Scott's testimony before the Texas Board of Education; the board's chairman, Don McLeroy, expounding on why evolution is false; and some light-hearted coverage of our recent Project Steve celebration.
Please explore the site, tell us what you like (and don't), and suggest improvements and changes. Send your comments to Robert Luhn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2001, the United States Senate adopted a "Sense of the Senate" amendment proposed by Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pennsylvania) as part of an education bill. As reported here, the resolution included the phrase, "where biological evolution is taught, the curriculum should help students to understand why the subject generates so much continuing controversy..." There was little doubt that Santorum's language could be used to undercut the teaching of evolution.
A small fraction of NCSE's primary source documents have been transcribed for the web. See links below to access to materials. We will add links to this page as our online materials develop.
Researchers may also be interested in these materials:
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In 1968, in Epperson v. Arkansas, the United States Supreme Court invalidated a 1928 Arkansas statute that prohibited the teaching of evolution. The Court held the statute to be an unconstitutional attempt to advance a particular religious viewpoint:
The law's effort was confined to an attempt to blot out a particular theory because of its supposed conflict with the Biblical account, literally read.
Below are links to complete transcripts of testimony at the Kitzmiller v. Dover trial.
Forum on "Intelligent Design" held at the American Museum of Natural History (April 23, 2002)This is a transcript of a forum held at the American Museum of Natural History on the idea of "Intelligent Design". The featured speakers were Dr. William Dembski and Dr. Michael Behe as proponents of the idea of "Intelligent Design" and Dr. Robert Pennock and Dr. Kenneth Miller as critics of the idea. The program was moderated by Dr. Eugenie Scott. Throughout the transcript each speaker is identified by their initials.