Image via WikipediaI had previously heard of the Clergy Letter Project but not really known what it was about. Today I found info about Evolution Weekend in one of my Google Alerts. I find the premise of the Clergy Letter Project to be intriguing. It certainly shows that there are religious groups that value science and the scientific method. However, I do not think there is any debate on the issue. Evolution and the scientific method must be taught in our schools.
Here are two statements from the Clergy Letter Project web site:
The Clergy Letter Project is an endeavor designed to demonstrate that religion and science can be compatible and to elevate the quality of the debate of this issue.
Evolution Weekend is an opportunity for serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science. One important goal is to elevate the quality of the discussion on this critical topic - to move beyond sound bites. A second critical goal is to demonstrate that religious people from many faiths and locations understand that evolution is sound science and poses no problems for their faith. Finally, as with The Clergy Letters themselves, which have now been signed by more than 13,000 members of the clergy in the United States, Evolution Weekend makes it clear that those claiming that people must choose between religion and science are creating a false dichotomy.