A Fumbling Journey, Part 1

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In this article, we hear from ecologist Dorothy Boorse about her exposure to evolution during her childhood through college years. Next she will remind us that love comes before being right—even on evolution.

A Fumbling Journey, Part 1

When the class ended, a student was crying right in the front row. Two or three people hovered, one handing her a tissue, another giving a hug.  We had been discussing the fact that the earth looks really, really old and that many Christians believe this is consistent with the purpose of Genesis and its ancient middle eastern literary style. “But “, she said, “I don’t know what to think. My professor who told me otherwise was so godly. “ Her distress was profound, and it brought back to me the journey I have been on as well—a journey in which I have discovered that for His own good reasons—God allows even godly people to be wrong about points of fact.

I remembered back to my own school years when a shy, kind man with thinning hair taught middle school science in our small Christian school. A poster hung on the wall. It showed a progression of supposed pre-human forms. Under each was an explanation for why it was a fraud. The whole poster mocked the entire idea of evolution...

Update (18 May 2016):  This blog post has been truncated because its contents are now copyrighted in the book, How I Changed My Mind About Evolution. The book page and ordering info can be found here.




Boorse, Dorothy. "A Fumbling Journey, Part 1"
http://biologos.org/. N.p., 6 May. 2013. Web. 21 February 2017.


Boorse, D. (2013, May 6). A Fumbling Journey, Part 1
Retrieved February 21, 2017, from http://biologos.org/blogs/archive/a-fumbling-journey-part-1

About the Author

Dorothy Boorse

Dorothy Boorse, Ph.D. is Professor of Biology at Gordon College. She studies wetland ecology, invertebrates, vernal pools and salt marshes, and is also passionate about connecting science and faith communities, increasing women and minorities in science, and supporting science literacy. She teaches, does research with students, and has just co-authored an environmental science textbook for undergraduates.

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