The Arch Bishop of Canterbury, Opposes Creationism in Schools —–ARCH 1: Principal, chief {an arch-villain}

Posted by Chris Parker
Mar 23 2006

By Paul Majendie
Tue Mar 21, 7:46 AM ET

LONDON (Reuters) – The spiritual leader of the world’s Anglicans does not believe that creationism — the Bible-based account of the world’s origins — should be taught in schools.

“I don’t think it should, actually. No, No,” said Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, reflecting on the bitter education debate over religion and science that has so divided the United States in particular.

Williams, head of a church which has no problem with the Darwinian theory of evolution, told the Guardian newspaper: “I think creationism is, in a sense, a kind of category mistake, as if the Bible were a theory, like other theories.”

Asked if he was comfortable with the teaching of creationism in schools, the mild-mannered and usually cautious theologian said: “Not very. Not very.”

In the battle to bring God into the classroom, Christian conservative supporters of creationism and intelligent design seek to deny or downgrade the importance of evolution.

Intelligent design proponents say that nature is so complex that it must have been the work of a creator rather than the result of random natural selection as outlined in Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

Williams’ stance echoes the position of the Roman Catholic Church, the world’s largest single Christian denomination, which has weighed into the debate by praising a U.S. court decision that rejected the intelligent design theory as non-scientific.

Catholicism, which has never rejected evolution, teaches that God created the world and the natural laws by which life developed.

British businessman Peter Vardy has funded schools in northern England that came under attack for teaching creationism in biology classes.

But the creationist movement has certainly not taken hold as strongly in Britain as it has in the United States.

“Religion has become politicized in America. That is not the case here. This is not a major issue,” religious commentator and broadcaster Clifford Longley told Reuters.

“There is no intellectual credibility given to creationism in this country. There is no parallel between English evangelicals and American evangelicals.

“When I wrote an article saying there were no creationists in Britain, they both wrote to me.”

2 Responses

  1. I would like to know how much of the Bible these groups believe in. Becuase I dont think they believe in the very book that they are supposed to be, so knowledgable about. I tell you read the Bible for the real story of creation, dont believe all the evolution crap. We were not created by chance or mistake, but were created deliberately by they All Mighty God.

  2. Naga Lhu says:

    Great cycles may now be understood with the bridges Science offers unencrypting past, present and future events. To rewrite the Book offering each Religions believes with knowledge of its Science counterpart is the light that just may illuminates those standing in the dark. Who can afford, afterall, to not travel beyond these few dimensions to the twenty, sixty, thousand and beyond for the gifts of Agni and Indra through the Eye to the great Cosmic Mill to the Cosmic Lens, Hanub Ku.

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