I was at at a science teacher training day recently (new curriculum = erm….its time for a change = reinventing the wheel = increased workload) and I put the question to a science supervisor for our education board that it was a shame that the idea of creation or even its less religious brother ‘intelligent design’ was not even considered or discussed in science curriculums in Northern Ireland.
I did not throw verses from Genesis at him; I simply pointed out that surely it was not conducive to learning that we should be taught a theory as if it was fact, when there are people (respected present day scientists included) who did not believe that theory. Indeed there are well established scientists (who would not have the scriptural bias that I have) who have come to the conclusion that the complexity of life at a molecular level does more than point us to intelligent design, it leaves evolutionary theory without an answer to the conundrum that is called ‘irreducible complexity’ (I will explain that in a later post – yes, this is a series).
His answer……… “most Scientists in Britain accept an evolutionary understanding of life on this Earth, so therefore we must teach it as fact”.
This is the same guy (and he is a really nice guy by the way, just lost in his sin and blinded in his understanding like I used to be) who quoted:
“If we don’t teach students to think, then we only think we are teaching”
I am a creationist, and a scientist and a thinker (I hope), and it makes me very sad when a mindset that has no foundation in God’s word is blindly taught to pupils. Pupils, who on the most part do not have the knowledge to argue against what many of them find very strange – the idea that life is a meaningless drift of biological progression, when their souls (even when they have little or no interest in the bible) tell them otherwise. I am in my tenth year of teaching and I could probably count on one hand the number of pupils who preferred the idea of having evolved out of a pool of slime to the idea that they were wonderfully made.
How, ironic it was , on the same day, to ‘try out’ science games that contained the names of two revered scientists who were both creationists – who believed that the laws of nature that they studied and proved experimentally, had been established by the one true God and Creator of the Universe – Lord Kelvin (I passed his statue most days when I studied at Glasgow University), a brilliant physicist, inventor and engineer who throughout his life was an outspoken opponent of Darwin’s evolutionary theories.
There was also Isaac Newton, who I am hesitant to include because he held to certain heretical teachings, but who nonetheless is important to mention because behind all his science (mainly known for discovering the law of gravitation and formulating the basic laws of motion) was the conviction that God made the universe with a mathematical structure.