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Another Catholic Prelate Speaks Out

In this Catholic News Agency article about the statement of Kansas Archbishop Naumann, it is clear that the Archbishop understands the policy issue: both ID and Darwinian materialism have a philosophical base (theoretical science does have, folks), so you can’t rule out one and retain the other just because you prefer it. Either keep both out, he says, out or let both in.

Sensibly, Archbishop Naumann thinks students would be best served by acknowledging the place of philosophy in science (it is philosophy, after all, that defines science) and stop using an invidious reading of the First Amendment to disallow ID because of its theistic implications, while ignoring the atheistic implications of Darwinism.

We have taken an even more modest approach in the current pedagogical struggle: mandate teaching the scientific evidence for and against Darwin’s theory, and leave the tougher questions for later.

(Of course, even that is too much for the Darwinists, who, at all costs, don’t want the scientific truth — found in the scientific literature — about the Darwinian theory exposed.)

I hope that Archbishop Joseph Naumann’s sensible statement will be covered by the Kansas and national secular media and by religious media internationally. Even if his preferred policy is not likely to be adopted in Kansas public schools (where the Darwinists are trying to eject state school board members for even allowing students to know he pros and cons of Darwin’s theory), it is exactly the right approach to be taken in PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS, where Darwinian dogmatism currently goes unchallenged in most biology classes.

Bruce Chapman

Cofounder and Chairman of the Board of Discovery Institute
Bruce Chapman has had a long career in American politics and public policy at the city, state, national, and international levels. Elected to the Seattle City Council and as Washington State's Secretary of State, he also served in several leadership posts in the Reagan administration, including ambassador. In 1991, he founded the public policy think tank Discovery Institute, where he currently serves as Chairman of the Board and director of the Chapman Center on Citizen Leadership.