Intelligent Design Essay by Peter Pen

Intelligent Design
A look at the belief that the world was created by a single intelligent being and the ramifications of this belief on teaching religion in school.
# 64616 | 1,469 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2006
Published on Mar 29, 2006 in Education (Curriculum) , Religion and Theology (General)

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Intelligent design focuses more on the concept that the world and everything contained in it, even to the most intricate parts was created by an "intelligent agent". This paper examines how the advocates of intelligent design conclude that the process of evolution cannot explain everything and how currently intelligent design is labeled as a form of religious belief and therefore, cannot be taught in public schools alongside with evolution.

From the Paper:

"In 1987, the Supreme Court case Edwards v. Aguillard ruled that a Louisiana law that required that creation and evolution be taught side by side and not one subject without the other violated the First Amendment's Establishment Clause. The Supreme Court determined the violation by applying the three-pronged test that was developed through Lemon v. Kurtzman. The Lemon Test requires that the government action must have the following: secular purpose; must have a neutral outcome towards religion; no excessive entanglement of the government and religion (Epstein and Walker, pp. 187-88)."

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