In a recent article for Christianity Today, Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra writes about the shifting desires of homeschooling parents in America regarding evolution and the age of the earth. While most Christian homeschooling parents teach Young Earth Creationist views to their children, more and more parents are seeking textbooks and materials that integrate science and faith in a way that acknowledges and incorporates the findings of mainstream science on such topics.
“Homeschooling has broadened so much, and now includes many Christian groups who have never adopted Young Earth Creationism,” said homeschool pioneer Susan Wise Bauer, a history professor at Virginia’s College of William and Mary. “Also, there are a lot of younger evangelicals who have come to a different way of understanding Genesis, while still holding [on to their] evangelical roots.”
Textbook providers are beginning to respond to the increasing demand for integrated science materials, and organizations like Test of Faith and the American Scientific Affiliation have responded to the needs of homeschooling parents by helping to create new resources and evaluate existing ones. The BioLogos Evolution and Christian Faith grant program is supporting projects to develop homeschooling resources, at Bryan College and at Wheaton College.
Read the full story at Christianity Today.