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102. Reconciling Evolution | Part One
January 20, 2022
Though the theory of evolution has revolutionized the biological sciences, bringing the theory into the classroom still causes some fear and trembling—from teachers, students, parents. Last fall we spent some time with a group of people who have been researching how to teach evolution better, in a way that acknowledges the emotional and religious tensions that comes into the classroom and attempts to help students understand the science of evolution while retaining—even bolstering—their faith. In this episode we talk about the history of teaching evolution and introduce some of the research from the team.
A friend thinks that the whole Biologos approach is past its sellby date, writing to say,
This is the most tedious thing I’ve ever heard. Would probably be better informed listening to Jerry Coyne or PZ Myers. 100% of it was “waaahhhh – poor indoctrinated church people can’t really understand science until they get past their prejudices”. Then there’s the “every time you have an antibiotic there’s evolution at work!” Oh, and then there is the golden “questioning any part of science is the same as questioning science as a whole!” And then they end with, “we know that if you come to understand evolution, you will also eventually come to accept it.” This sort of stuff is insufferable. How do they still have podcast listeners?
What some of us find curious is that Christian evolutionists so seldom want to grasp the fact that the problem for most Christians is Darwinism, which is an explicitly materialist and naturalist theory of everything. The problem is not “evolution” as in antibiotics.
You may also wish to read: Michael Ruse lecture makes interesting admission re Darwinism and atheists, agnostics. Darwin’s theory, Ruse writes meant that ” the way was opened for sound non-belief, although almost always non-believers – agnostics and atheists – take their stance less on science and more on grounds of theology and philosophy.”