Intelligent Design Trial

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Intelligent Design on Trial Ever since the year 1925, there has been a very controversial battle over the teachings of Intelligent Design in public school systems because many people feel that it has a religious motive. In Dover, Pennsylvania a major court case began when the school board decided that alternate theories, including Intelligent Design, of human existence would be mentioned other than the traditional evolution theory. Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution was the most common belief among many people not only in the Dover area, but all over the world. In the year 1925, a high school biology teacher was convicted for teaching an alternate theory to evolution for human existence, and it turned into a major federal court case. The reason that many people do not believe in the theory of Intelligent Design is because they feel that it has a religious motivation. This was the major statement for the plaintiffs in the Dover court case, while the defendants argued the exact opposite. Intelligent Design is best described as a purposeful design by an intelligent being rather than…show more content…
His book, The Origin of Species, was published in 1859, and stated that populations evolve over the course of generations through a process of natural selection. This book was controversial because it contradicted the religious beliefs that underlay the then current theories of biology. Darwin’s theory says that in species that sexually reproduce, no two individuals will be identical. A lot of this variety in offspring is inheritable, and may affect ones ability to survive in a given environment. He says that those who are less adapted to their environment will have less of a chance of surviving and less likely to reproduce. One of the main points of Darwin’s theory is that a slow process results in populations that adapt to their environments over time and ultimately form a new
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