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Archbishop speaks out against teaching creationism

The Archbishop of Canterbury said he did not believe creationism, Bible-based account of the origins of the world, should be taught in schools.

india Updated: Mar 21, 2006 18:11 IST

The Archbishop of Canterbury, spiritual leader of the world's 77 million Anglicans, said in an interview published today that he did not believe creationism -- the Bible-based account of the origins of the world -- should be taught in schools.

"I think creationism is... A kind of category mistake, as if the Bible were a theory like other theories... If creationism is presented as a stark alternative theory alongside other theories I think there has just been a jarring of categories," Dr Rowan Williams told The Guardian newspaper.

"My worry is creationism can end up reducing the doctrine of creation rather than enhancing it," the most senior clergyman in the Church of England added.

A debate over creationism or a related subject known as intelligent design (ID) has triggered divisions in Britain and fierce divides in the United States, The Guardian explained.

Intelligent design is the argument that creation is so complex an intelligent, religious force must have directed it.

The religious right in the United States has pressured some states to consider giving ID equal prominence to Darwinism, the widely accepted scientific account of the evolution of life, the newspaper said.

The Guardian noted that most scientists believe intelligent design is merely an attempt to sneak fundamentalist Christianity into science teaching.

First Published: Mar 21, 2006 18:11 IST