After careful consideration I would like to respectfully respond to the various arguments in support of creationism. I fully support teaching creationism in the classroom, but believe it should be limited to philosophical or religious studies courses.
I reverentially counter Mr. Yeager's claim that "the Bible contains at least as much truth as any of his textbooks." The Bible was written thousands of years ago in an era where knowledge and civilizations were entirely different from those of present day. It is only logical that as our knowledge of science has improved, scientific beliefs once held as true are shown to be false.
Before I further my argument I would like to remind the opposition that the church has been wrong in the past and ask those with differing views a few questions. Do you believe the earth is flat? (Daniel 4:7-8) Do you believe the sun and all other planets and stars orbit the Earth? (Psalms. 19:1-6; Joshua 10:12-14) Do you kill people who work on Sunday? (Exodus 35:2)
If you answered "no" to any of these issues, then it is clear that you do not accept everything the Bible says as true. If the Bible can be wrong about so many other things, then how do you know the Bible isn't wrong about creationism? There is no rational reason to believe the Bible is divinely inspired just because its authors say so.
Next, I must address Ms. Mayfield's ridiculous accusation that naturalism requires faith. Views in contrast to creationism require no faith. Creationism has no evidence whatsoever, and relies exclusively on faith. In contrast, the theory of evolution is based strictly on observed evidence.
I encourage Ms. Mayfield to take her own advice and "be open to following the evidence despite where it may lead."
University of Calgary