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Archbishop: Don't teach creationism
LONDON, England (AP) -- The archbishop of Canterbury, the leader of the world's Anglicans, says he is opposed to teaching creationism in schools.
"And that's different ... discussing, teaching about what creation means," Archbishop Rowan Williams said in an interview published Tuesday in The Guardian newspaper.
"For that matter, it's not even the same as saying that Darwinism is -- is the only thing that ought to be taught. My worry is creationism can end up reducing the doctrine of creation rather than enhancing it," said Williams, the spiritual leader of the Church of England and the worldwide Anglican Communion.
Creationism -- a belief in the literal truth of the Genesis account of six days of creation -- is a hot political issue in the United States.
Williams' position is in line with that of the Episcopal Church, the American branch of the Anglican Communion.
In 1982, the governing General Convention of the Episcopal Church adopted a resolution affirming "the glorious ability of God to create in any manner, and in this affirmation reject the rigid dogmatism of the 'Creationist' movement." The resolution expressed support for "scientists, educators and theologians in the search for truth in this creation that God has given and entrusted to us."
Williams described creationism as "a kind of category mistake, as if the Bible were a theory like other theories."
"And for most of the history of Christianity ... there's been an awareness that a belief that everything depends on the creative act of God is quite compatible with a degree of uncertainty or latitude about how precisely that unfolds in creative time," Williams said.
Asked if creationism should be taught in schools, Williams said: "I don't think it should, actually. No, no."
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