ID and Creationism can put faith at risk

I seem to be a blogging fool today! This will be my third post, and I updated “Expelled Reviews” below, too.

Just came across this thought-provoking article written by a Christian homeschooler mom. Click here.

A tantalizing snippet of the post:

…one of the primary reasons some Christian homeschoolers teach their children that evolution, the big bang and such are wrong, is because they feel an obligation to inculcate a strong faith in their children. However, it is my very strong opinion, backed up by the experiences of many people who have been down this road themselves, that these parents are actually sowing the seeds of the destruction of their children’s faith in the future.

Those who are teaching their children using creationist curriculum are in particular danger of setting their children up for this fall. To see why, I’d like to offer a challenge. Take your child’s creationist materials and look at whatever footnotes and references are provided. Now take an evening and look up the names of the authors cited. Odds are excellent that virtually all of the authors are creationist scientists. Now, take the names of any mainstream scientists who are quoted or whose work is referenced and attempt to track down their work. Specifically, see if you can find the particular quotes used in your child’s materials. Google books can be a great way of doing this. Now, read through whatever you can find with an eye towards evaluating the accuracy of the quotes provided (ie are words changed, relevant sections replaced by “. . .”). Also try and honestly evaluate if the author of your child’s materials has accurately conveyed the substance of what the author is saying.

If you drink, you may want to keep some strong drink nearby to sustain yourself during this process, because I promise you, you will not be happy with what you find…

Kudos to this mom!

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4 Responses to “ID and Creationism can put faith at risk”

  1. blendedworship Says:

    I’ve been reading Francis Collins’s “The Language of God” of late and have had my eyes opened to the surprising notion that many people of faith – many who deeply trust the Word of God and read it literately, considering the Author’s purpose in each part of each book – have more carefully considered the claims of Darwin and find them in harmony with faith.

    I’m not sure where I stand yet, but, as the dad of a bright 4-year-old, I owe it to her to give her all the best facts available.

    Thanks for posting this.

    Curious (it’s my first stop at your blog and I couldn’t find an “About” page), what is your take on the topic of theistic evolution?

  2. Thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed the post.

    I have read Francis Collins’ book as well. Another book which delves into the science of this topic more deeply which you may enjoy, or at least find informative, is Finding Darwin’s God by Kenneth Miller. I think I must recommend this book to others AT LEAST 5 times a week. 🙂

    If someone asked me my position on the topic, I would probably classify myself as a theistic evolutionist. However, as in any model of origins from a theological persepctive, there are many variances within that viewpoint. I have no problem accepting the Big Bang, abiogenesis, and evolution–basically everything science currently accepts.

    I don’t have it all worked out myself–there are several different opinions within theistic evolution on what exactly to take literal in Genesis and what not to take literally, etc.

    But basically…I’m a Christian who accepts evolutionary theory whole-heartedly. 🙂

  3. Tony Bennett Says:

    QUOTE: “I’m a Christian who accepts evolutionary theory whole-heartedly”.

    Hmmm. One who therefore denies what Christ actually said about Adam and Eve, creation in 6 days, Sodom and Gomorrah and the Flood

  4. “Hmmm. One who therefore denies what Christ actually said about Adam and Eve, creation in 6 days, Sodom and Gomorrah and the Flood”

    You must have skipped over the part where I told a previous commenter that there are several different opinions within theistic evolution about which parts of Genesis are literal and which are not. There are certainly many theistic evolutionists who believe in a literal Adam and Eve, Sodom and Gomorrah, and so on.

    The one point they would all agree on, however, is that creation did not take place in a literal 6 days. This is not a viewpoint solely held by theistic evolutionists. There are also many Christians who do NOT accept evolutionary theory that also believe in an “old earth”.

    Many arguments have been made on either side of the issue. These usually deal with the usage of the Hebrew word “yom” which is translated as “day”, other references in the Bible to creation and other stories in Genesis, and so on.

    I encourage you to go research all sides of the issue for yourself.

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