Intelligent Design: Textbook Debate

Intelligent Design is again at the center of a textbook debate.  The Texas State Board of Education is evaluating seven high school biology textbooks, and that has reignited a decade-old battle over how to teach evolution versus creationism.

At a public hearing last week, one Texan told the board, “Presenting Darwin as facts would be nothing more than junk science.”  But Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Freedom Network, says, “I want to make sure only the science facts go into our science books.”

More than 50 science experts, parents and activists testified at a public hearing before the state education board.

Advocates of teaching intelligent design say student’s should be given a chance to challenge Darwin’s theories.

A vote by the State Board of Education is not expected until November. School districts are not required to buy board-sanctioned books, but most of them do.


In other faith and family news, Pastor Rick Warren and his wife, Kay say they kept their son’s lifelong struggles with mental illness out of the public eye for the sake of his dignity.

In an interview on CNN, the Warrens said, “We were always praying that he would either be healed or we could find treatment, therapy, or medicine that would help him manage his disease for the rest of his life.”

Matthew Warren committed suicide earlier this year at the age of 27. The Warrens, founders of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, gave the interview to CNN in recognition of National Suicide Prevention Week.  They said their goal is to help remove the stigma of mental illness.

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