Sunday, December 05, 2004

Who Defines Reality?

On reading Timothy Sandefur's recent posts about creationism vs. evolution (here and here), I'm prompted to ask who is the "we" who decides what to teach? Toward the end of the post linked second above, Mr. Sandefur says this about the teaching of evolution:

I believe that all men are created equal, and that they deserve to be treated like responsible adults—which means, confronted with the reality, and charged with the obligation to recognize it, or evade it and bear the consequences....

Who defines reality, and who decides to confront us with it? The state?