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Why Do More Homeschoolers Want Evolution in Their Textbooks?

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May 13, 2013 Tags: Education
Why Do More Homeschoolers Want Evolution in Their Textbooks?

Today's entry was written by the BioLogos Editorial Team. You can read more about what we believe here.

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. 


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glsi - #80488

May 26th 2013

To those at Bryan and Wheaton developing these new materials,

My wife and I homeschooled our children for several years and sought out a Christian curriculum.  We looked hard for something which was neither YEC nor Darwinian.   I think we’re fairly typical Christian homeschoolers and this desire is not out of the ordinary.  The closest we found was a Mennonite curriculum we used for the middle school years.

I don’t mind the science text covering the history of Darwinism and it’s theories as long as it teaches the controversial aspects,  and especially the holes and unanswered questions in the theory.  It would also cover ID theories and other challenges to mainstream evolutionary biology. Importantly, it would be humbe enough in perspective to admit when answers are simply unknown.

It would be great to see public school texts do the same thing.

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