Creation and Evolution: What Should We Teach?

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Keynote address for the 2005 University of Scholars Day delivered by Dr. Eugenie C. Scott. This keynote speaker discusses an overview of the foundations of the creation/evolution debate in the United States today.

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Scott, Eugenie Carol, 1945- March 31, 2005.

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Keynote address for the 2005 University of Scholars Day delivered by Dr. Eugenie C. Scott. This keynote speaker discusses an overview of the foundations of the creation/evolution debate in the United States today.

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Abstract: In this essay, I sketch 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 Christian 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. I conclude 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.

Second Annual University Scholars Day, 2005, Denton, Texas, United States.

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  • The Eagle Feather, 2005, Denton: University of North Texas. Honors College

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  • Publication Title: The Eagle Feather
  • Issue: 2005
  • Volume: 2

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Scott, Eugenie Carol, 1945-. Creation and Evolution: What Should We Teach?, text, March 31, 2005; [Denton, Texas]. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc96833/: accessed August 10, 2022), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Honors College.

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