I read with interest the letter from L. Williams (Fence Post Feb. 22, 2009) which expressed her opinion that teaching the concept of "intelligent design" does not belong in public school science classes.
I suggest that L. Williams has not really thought much about the relation between science and truth. Using an argument of philosophy Professor Kreeft (Boston College), please consider a simple thought experiment. Suppose one were given four objects: a golf club, a baseball, a bat and a golf ball. The task is to place two similar objects in each of two separate boxes. Logically, one person might place the two balls in one box and the other objects another. A different person might place the golf ball with the club in one box and the baseball items in the other. Each is equally correct whether the objects are grouped by structure of function.
There is no single correct answer.
Now, let us do the same experiment with these four things: science, magic, religion and technology. I think most people would put science and technology together in the first box and religion and magic in the second. And they would be correct, since science and technology deal with only the physical world while the other two focus on things beyond it, the immaterial or spiritual.
There are some who would group science and religion together and separate them from technology and magic. Again they would be correct, since technology and magic are merely man's attempts assert his control over both the physical and the immaterial worlds respectively. Science and religion are human attempts to explain the reality, or truth, of the physical and the supra-natural worlds. As such, they are human attempts to seek and understand what is true.
Should we really just educate our children in language, math and science without instilling in them some knowledge of and a desire for what is true and right?
Charles E. Glomski
Elk Grove Village