Letter: Let's be clear about creationism

March 29, 2002

If creationism is to be taught alongside evolution, will the account be that the world arose from the union of a male and female deity, or from a conflict between two generations of gods, or from the two halves of the body of the goddess Tamiat slain by Marduk, or from an egg laid by a duck, or from six days' divine labour 6,000 years ago, or all of these and the innumerable other creation myths throughout the world?

Education should teach something about mythology. But this should be distinguished clearly from science, of which evolution is a part.

John Radford
Emeritus professor of psychology
University of East London

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