Storm Clouds on the Horizon of Darwinism: Teaching the Anthropic Principle and Intelligent Design in the Public Schools

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Storm Clouds on the Horizon of Darwinism: Teaching the Anthropic Principle and Intelligent Design in the Public Schools
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2002
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The Ohio State Law Journal
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63
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1057
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Moritz College of Law
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English
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Storm Clouds on the Horizon of Darwinism: Teaching the Anthropic Principle and Intelligent Design in the Public Schools

 

Jeffrey F. Addicott

 

63 Ohio St. L. J. 1507 (2002).

 
 

Professor Addicott’s article addresses the future legal ramifications that the fledgling intelligent design movement and the scientific concept known as the Anthropic Principle will have on the teaching of Darwinian evolution in public schools.  Both ideas are associated with the concept that an “unnamed” intelligent designer is responsible for the creation and sustainment of life.  Predicting that the Supreme Court will ultimately allow, for instance, school boards to incorporate intelligent design in the science curriculum, he believes neither of the two ideas violate the Establishment Clause and cannot be “dismissed as yet another back door attempt by creationists to get a sectarian religious idea into the public schools.”

 

In tracing the evolution/creation debate, Professor Addicott clearly establishes all the interested segments in the controversy to include the Fundamentalist creationists and “Darwinian activists.”  Interestingly, in evaluating how the Court will view intelligent design, Professor Addicott explores what he terms the “Darwinian paradigm”―arguing that Darwinian activists may have already violated the Establishment Clause by making Darwinian evolution its own religion.

 
 

Keywords: Free Speech Clause, Establishment Clause, establishment of religion, creationism, sectarianism, intelligent design theory, Darwinian evolutionary theory, Anthropic Principle, Supreme Court, fundamentalism, Darwinian activism, fundamentalist creationism, generalist creationism, theistic evolutionism.

 
 

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