At Christ Classical Academy, a group of fifth-graders recently completed a project called “Creation vs. Evolution.” They’ve been studying both creation and evolution, and they even studied portions of the DVD showing Ken Ham and Bill Nye debating the question, “Is creation a viable model of origins in our modern scientific era?” After studying both views, the students then created posters highlighting the differences between the two sets of belief.
Their teacher, David Brooks, explained the rationale for this project:
Christ Classical Academy is a biblically focused institution. Yes, we learned about evolution. These students need to know and understand it [evolution] and the arguments of the ones supporting it. One day, these kids will have to stand up for their [godly] beliefs, and that day is coming sooner rather than later. This project was a way to prepare them for that time when they are tested in life.
Should Christians Teach Evolution?
This school teaches students both creation and evolution, but some Christians avoid teaching their kids anything about evolution. We think that’s a mistake.
Here are three reasons why Christian young people should learn about evolution:
1. Eventually they will run into evolutionary teaching. After all, it’s everywhere. It’s better for them to learn about evolution from someone who will point out the weaknesses and inconsistencies than from someone who dogmatically teaches it as unquestionable truth.
2. It’s important to understand and be able to articulate the opposing position. We can’t defend biblical creation if we don’t understand the evolutionary position. It also shows respect and intelligence when you understand your opponent’s position. If you are ignorant of what evolutionists believe, why should your children take your arguments seriously?
3. It keeps you from making poor arguments. If you don’t understand evolution, it’s easy to make mistakes in argumentation. Here’s an example: we’ve heard well-meaning creationists argue, “If people evolved from apes, why do apes still exist?” But evolutionists believe we evolved from ape-like creatures and that apes are our cousins. So this argument is poor, inaccurate, and ineffective. (You can learn about more of these arguments creationists shouldn’t use here.)