Date: March 31, 2005
Creator: Scott, Eugenie Carol, 1945-
Description: In this University Scholars Day keynote address, the author sketches an overview of the foundations of the creation/evolution debate in the United States today. Evolution is rejected by many Americans because it conflicts with their religious views. This conflict may occur because evolution is not compatible with biblical literalism, or because evolution creates other problems in Christianity theology. Most Americans do not belong to Christian traditions that require a literal interpretation of the Bible; in addition, there is a long tradition of accommodation of evolution and science to Christian theology. Far from being a dichotomy, beliefs in creationism and evolution form a continuum, ranging from flat-earthers at the extreme of Biblical literalists to philosophical materialist evolutionists at the other. The author concludes with the suggestion that although students need to learn more about a variety of religious beliefs in order to better understand the diversity of the social world in which they live, these beliefs should not be taught in science class: Science should be taught in science class.
Contributing Partner: UNT Honors College