Creationism’s Trojan Horse
Last year the Kansas State Board of Education adopted a new science curriculum that taught “intelligent design” as an alternative to Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. Last week the voters of Kansas threw out the board members that had pushed for this new unscientific approach to teaching science, virtually assuring that intelligent design will be stricken from science classrooms this fall.
Barbara Forrest and Paul R. Gross, authors of Creationism’s Trojan Horse, argue that “intelligent design” is a wedge issue designed to slowly introduce religious content into science classes. Forrest and Gross expose the scientific failure, the religious essence, and the political ambitions of “intelligent design” creationism. They examine the movement’s “Wedge Strategy,” which has advanced and is succeeding through public relations rather than through scientific research.
This defeat in Kansas will not end the debate over evolution in public schools. Creationism’s Trojan Horse is an excellent primer to the concepts and personalities that are attempting to roll back the science curriculum to the 19th Century.