Creationism Redux — We’re Not in Kansas Anymore

May 20, 2008 | Blog

Last month, I took aim at Florida and Kansas for prostelyzing through science standards.

Today the Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the standards front is not the only place where the battle between creationism and evolution is waged. It is also waged in the classroom. According to a recent Penn State survey, one in eight high school biology teachers report teaching creationism as “a valid, scientific alternative” to evolution. Further, one in six believe that “God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so.”

Yikes. I wonder if evolution is taught in theology classes?

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    Ian

    May 20, 2008

    I wonder if evolution is taught in theology classes?

    It should be taught, or at least discussed. "How do we reconcile faith with (the realities of) science?" is a question that should be taught in theology classes.

    Of course, I'd say it would be appropriate to cover creationism in a science class as well - to discuss and debunk their claims.

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    Sabina's hat

    May 21, 2008

    I went to a religious college in Oregon, and evolution was discussed in the theology classes I took. In fact, I tend to think this is probably not unusual at all. After all, it is not as if Christians who reject evolution think it is of minor importance. In fact, if anything, these Christians often overemphasize its cultural importance, ascribing many of the real and imagined catastrophes of the twentieth century (such as Nazism, feminism, postmodernism, moral relativity, the sexual revolution, etc.) to its success as a scientific "ideology."


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