Guest Column: Bill would encourage critical thinking

2013-02-11T00:00:00Z Guest Column: Bill would encourage critical thinkingRandal S. Kinkade Special To The Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

In his guest opinion on SB 1213 Wednesday, Gil Shapiro boldly states, "religion has no place in the science classroom." Many of the standard tired reasons are used to indicate why, but I feel we need to start at the beginning.

There seems to be an assumption that science has developed the answer to how this universe began. Though there is some controversy about it, I will use the Big Bang Theory to fit my point into the allowed space. A pea-sized particle of supercondensed matter exploded and became what we know as the universe. Oversimplified, I admit, but science has yet to come up with a truly plausible explanation from where the pea-sized chunk came.

Science must develop all of its conclusions based on nature. All of our solid scientific laws describe and define nature. This is good and right, but how did the first chunk of matter get here? The scientific method cannot get us there because we can't set it up to observe the end result. Without that our conclusions are speculation not science.

To quote Sherlock Holmes, "When you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." It is not impossible, naturalistic presuppositions aside, that our cause came from outside our natural world. It is impossible that first there was nothing and then it exploded to become our universe.

We need a bill such as SB 1213 to allow for our young minds to get us around a problem we have been working with for quite some time. If our first scientific premise is flawed then it stands to reason that those that follow have a high potential also to contain flaws.

No matter how improbable each one seems to you, which one of the next two choices is truly impossible: First there was nothing and it exploded to become our universe or in the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth?

Let's give our students a chance to bring critical thought to the question. If we stop stacking the deck with presuppositions I believe an unbiased generation will have no choice but to end up with the truth. I'm willing to take that risk to my belief system.

Randal S. Kinkade is an author, a Christian and a Vail School District Governing Board member.

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