It is very unfortunate and so typical of our times that the fifth-grade students at West Oak Middle School in Mundelein (Daily Herald article on April 5) are never given a broader intellectual study of the question, "How did people and animals come to exist?" Instead they are force-fed by a controversial secular teaching mandate that seems to claim that science has relegated theism into a vat of citric acid and will allow only one explanation, Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.
To many, evolutionism is the foundation from which the modern world launches nearly every ideological attack against the Judeo-Christian belief systems. If there is to be a scholarly and fair seeking after the truth, then let all sides be heard in every school in our country.
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The Freemont Public Library in Mundelein suggested titles to the students that only include books supporting Darwin's theory. I have to wonder if this library carries titles on creationism and intelligent design as alternative resources to its patrons? May I suggest the following titles suitable for readers in grade school to adults which will explore the possibility that science and faith are very compatible, because, as the saying goes, when science is done right, it definitely points toward God.
For the young student, William Steig's "Yellow and Pink." For middle school and up, "Intelligent Design Uncensored" by William Dembski and Jonathan Wells. "What's Darwin Got to Do With It? A friendly discussion about evolution" by Robert Newman and John Wiester. "The Case for a Creator" by Lee Strobel. And "Discovering Intelligent Design" curriculum at www.intelligentdesign.org.