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Mickey Cooper, Colby College

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Honors Thesis (Colby Access Only)


Colby College. Religious Studies Dept.




Georgia, a state of over eight million Americans, is commonly known for its peaches and its Christian backdrop. Over the past few years, however, Georgia's opposition of teaching certain scientific theories in its classrooms has become a prominent issue. So while President Bush spends millions of American tax dollars exploring life on Mars, and medical science advances boldly into the realms of cloning and stem-cell research, many Georgia officials prohibit the use of the word "evolution" in textbooks and classrooms. The question begging to be asked is why? Why overlook and oppose science, an aspect of our civilization that is so progressive and potentially helpful to the human race? As a student of religion and science, I find it appalling that state leaders would subjectively deprive its public of progressive and exciting scientific insights. I want to explore the reasons behind Georgia's actions, and examine how religion is a pivotal cause of the dangerous situation.


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Georgia -- evolution -- science education -- religion