I was in my biology class yesterday and I had a surprising and infuriating experience. This biology teacher is one of the best and most respected teachers at my small community college.
I had been enjoying his class up until yesterday when he actually uttered the words, "There is as much evidence for creationism as there is for evolution." I could barely believe my ears. He then went on to talk about irreducible complexity (which has been consistently debunked or shown how such complexities can arise) and his belief that since Mount Saint Helens erupted and caused new stratification in a short period of time that the geological record is suspect (utter nonsense, no scientists denies the existence of catastrophic events that can cause quick stratification, but such layers of sediment are not the same as the radiometric dating of the geologic colomn).
It was so ridiculous that I could not hold my tongue. I raised my hand, "You just said that creationism has the same amount of evidence as evolution? You say that macroevolution is suspect because there is no evidence, but where is the science in creationism? All that strata all over the world with specific species of organisms found with in them. Did god just create and kill off different species and lay them within this exact order in the strata? It makes no sense."
He basically ignored what I actually said and started talking about how Noah's flood in the Bible has been backed up by ancient cultures from all over the world, hinting that the flood is perhaps the reason for the strata but never coming out and saying it. He just gave that example as "I'm not saying this is true, but it means you can't discount everything in the Bible."
I have a test on this chapter coming up on Friday and I wonder what dumbass questions are going to be on this test. Do I answer questions the way he wants or do I present the facts? If he then has a problem with my answers, do I then take this to the Dean? Should I take it to the Dean anyway?
It was a very disappointing experience and I lost all respect for this teacher. Amazing how someone so smart can still have their mind clouded by their religious beliefs.