Friday, January 11, 2008

Evolution and Education

Last week there was a big announcement by a coalition of professional science organizations calling on the scientific community to become more involved in the promotion of science education, including evolution.

Evolution Education Is A 'Must' Says Coalition Of Scientific And Teaching Organizations

This even made it to the front page of this week's newsletter for the National Education Association (the teachers' union).

The Science Daily piece doesn't mention another aspect of this discussion, however. Another story in the news this week makes the point that the new 88-page book, Science, Evolution and Creationism, affirms that evolution and religious faith can be fully compatible and that creationism has no place in science classes.

Evolution and faith compatible, book says

Although I don't agree with this perspective, God-directed evolution (a.k.a. "theistic evolution") is a view held by genuine Christians. Francis Collins, the director of the Human Genome Project, being one of them. Personally, I think it would be wise for Christians to proceed cautiously when they hear news stories like this. If we get all bent out of shape about the emphasis on evolution being taught in public schools, then we risk reinforcing the stereotype that Christians are more interested in being reactionary than we are in scientific investigation and discovery.

With that said, it does trouble me that the debate has degenerated so low that old-earth creationists are excluded from the discussion because we are lumped in with the bad science promoted by young-earth creationists. Very frustrating.

May God grant us wisdom and opportunity to change the course of the debate or at least inject something new and positive into the discussion.

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