Calvin Freiburger

The Back-to-School Tips You REALLY Need: NRB’s Top 7 Manifestations of Education Bias

Posted on September 5 2010 9:00 am
Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College. He also writes for the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.

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7. Unintelligently Designed Lessons

Some devout Christians fiercely oppose the teaching of evolution, or seek to at least pair it with lessons on intelligent design. They fear the theory undermines religion by offering a naturalistic explanation of human life’s development that seems not to need a supernatural creator. They may be mistaken—as renowned scientist and Christian convert Francis Collins explains at the BioLogos Forum, evolution is both well-supported and compatible with religion—but you can’t blame them for being concerned.

Many secularists promote evolution precisely because they want people to believe it makes the Bible obsolete, and progressives happily make common cause with them, because their dream of government as universal savior can’t be fully realized until people let go of their old Savior. Indeed, almost from the beginning, evolution has been tied to undermining religious opposition to perceived social progress. But the truth isn’t the slam dunk Richard Dawkins and his buddies would have you believe: Charles Darwin’s own take on theology’s relationship to science wasn’t that simple; Christendom didn’t respond to his work with a firm consensus of opposition, and even theologians like St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas argued that God didn’t intend the creation account in Genesis to be read in a strictly literal fashion, making scientific findings about how species develop all but irrelevant to the Bible’s credibility.

Teaching evolution isn’t a sign of classroom bias, but drawing theological conclusions from a scientific theory and proselytizing about them most certainly is.

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